UCC reworks its curriculum to equip students with entrepreneurship skill before graduation


The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has begun reworking its curriculum to enable students that are trained there to acquire entrepreneurial skills before they graduate from the university.

Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Rosemond Boohene, says making students acquire 21st century skills is the university’s current direction and all structures are being put in place for its success.

Speaking at the launch of the Ghana-Britain Partnership for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GB PIE) program at the University of Cape Coast, the Pro VC indicated the university has already set up several structures to hone the skills of students.

She stated, “Currently, what we are doing is revising our curriculum. We have a team that is looking at our curriculum development. We want to incorporate 21st century skills into the curriculum. This curriculum will encompass entrepreneurship, ICT skills, innovation, and creativity. ”

Prof. Boohene says the university has started stakeholder analysis with the department and faculties, and they are hoping that in the next year or two, all their programs will be revised.

She explained that the revision of their curriculum, she said, would come with 21st century skills components in them.

According to her, when the students of the university are able to develop such skills before they graduate, they will be able to operate anywhere, whether in Ghana, Africa or globally.

“ICT skills alone enable one to collaborate, think critically and immerse themselves deeply in entrepreneurship. They are all aimed at developing an all-round student, “she stated.

The Professor of Entrepreneurship further indicated that there’s a university-wide entrepreneurship course that aims to develop the entrepreneurial mindset of students at the university.

Apart from the business incubator the university has, the university recently launched the Design Thinking and Innovation Hub, which is aimed at helping students grow and nurture their business ideas so that they can turn them into startups.

“Our ultimate aim is to develop entrepreneurial leaders and we are determined to groom the young ones within the university to be agents of transformation and change.

In addition, she explains that the university was looking at how they would commercialise and internationalise their research.

“We are doing these already, but we want to strengthen them to make them super viable and support our students and our research to grow.”

The project lead of the Ghana-Britain Partnership for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Prof. Desmond Omane Acheampong, underscored the need for Ghana to equip its youth with entrepreneurial skills, skills that would arm them to be competitive anywhere they find themselves.

For him, if the skills of the youth are properly harnessed, it will increase the working age population, which could promote high productivity and more robust economic growth across the African continent.

“A major constraint to job creation and youth employability in Ghana is the deficit in translating innovation into viable ventures and businesses. Currently, the IAU projects in Ghana are working on various aspects to bring about the needed change, “he stated.

UCC reworks its curriculum to equip students with entrepreneurship skill before graduation

The GB-PIE project has the goal of driving collaboration among all IAU projects in Ghana to bring to the attention of the general public the successes and opportunities available to the youth in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship.

This project is being implemented by the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.