The Entrepreneurship Educators Association of the Philippines (ENEDA) has come to Palawan to share its expertise in business education in the hope of inspiring wisdom to the Palawan State University faculty and student body. Specifically, their goal is to orient business educators on how to teach entrepreneurship. They have made it clear that it is their mission to propagate entrepreneurship.

Dr. Antonio Lopez, keynote speaker of ENEDA has shared his group’s vision of entrepreneurship and what this means for students who are taking up business courses.

“Entrepreneurship prepares a student to identify opportunities, start up a business and manage a business. The thrust of an entrepreneurship program is the putting up of a business using creativity,” said Dr. Lopez.

ENEDA has made a clear distinction between entrepreneurship and traditional business practice, citing entrepreneurship as a mindset that encourages an individual to think out of the box.

“You cannot just be called an entrepreneur. You have to introduce an innovation to be called an entrepreneur,” added Dr. Lopez.

Dr. Lopez and several other colleagues have come to the PSU to address both the students and the faculty of the College of Business and Accountancy by empowering them with the entrepreneurial mindset by sharing trending practices in the business sector that run parallel to the values that ENEDA believes to be of paramount importance for the business practitioners of the future.

Although he is here in his capacity as a representative of ENEDA, Dr. Lopez, also a member of the Commission on Higher Education shed some light on the matter of innovation in the academic setting.

“There is a mandate coming from the CHED stating that Higher Education Institutions have to comply with the minimum requirements as far as course offerings are concerned. However, many HEIs do not realize that CHEd allows them a space of flexibility. We’re (CHEd) setting only the minimum, meaning HEIs can add and adapt. You can innovate according to your preference and according to your strength. That will make you different from the other schools,” he said.

He also underscored how he views the potential of the Palawan State University at this point in time.

“I would like the PSU to be a research laboratory in the region, a center of research complete with a laboratory. This means to say that you would also be servicing the other HEIs in the region whether public or private. The thrust of the government after all is to make State Universities and Colleges sustainable. The Benguet State University, for example, sells strawberry wine and other strawberry related products. They even have those small stores for that but they also have the complete laboratories there. They’re serving also those small communities who would like to adopt their livelihood program.”

Dr. Lopez also acknowledged the vision of the current PSU leadership in that President Sespeñe himself wants more community involvement, livelihood projects and collaborations in terms of research. The president has been very emphatic about this matter especially this year as the PSU celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

As his parting shot, Dr. Lopez stated, “Palawan would be a very good strategic location (in the region) because you are also attracting tourists to come in as potential investors. PSU can take the lead, maximize its strength and whatever resources it has.”