China-South Africa Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum

The second annual China-South Africa Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum was held at Nelson Mandela University Business School in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. The Youth Forum was jointly organised by the Zhejiang Normal University from Jinhua, China and Nelson Mandela University. 

The first China-South Africa Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum was hosted by the Zhejiang Normal University in 2018.

The Youth Forum was a platform for engagement between South African and Chinese young people, students, academics and professionals interested and/or involved in entrepreneurship and innovation. This year’s Youth Forum focused on the ways the digital economy and E-commerce shape and impact global economic patterns, South-South cooperation, and youth innovation and entrepreneurship. Young entrepreneurs from South Africa had an opportunity to engage and share their ideas, knowledge, practices, successes and challenges with the visitors from China in order to get a better understanding of how to go about and succeed in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Youth Forum was attended by students and staff from Nelson Mandela University, a delegation from Zhejiang Normal University, Young entrepreneurs and innovators from across the Eastern Cape, students from Walter Sisulu University and University of Fort Hare, representatives of the National Youth Development Agency and the Youth Directorate at the Office of the Premier of the Eastern Cape, and learners from Diaz Primary School, St Theresa Primary School and G.J. Louw Primary School in Port Elizabeth.

The Youth Forum saw the academic engagement, where academics and researchers from Nelson Mandela University and Zhejiang Normal University – together with students and young entrepreneurs in the audience – discussed issues, opportunities and challenges related to entrepreneurship and innovation in the era of digital economy, cooperation in the Global South, and youth entrepreneurship and innovation in South Africa and China. The Youth Forum also saw a number of panel discussions on various aspects of youth innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition, young entrepreneurs, innovators and academics from the Eastern Cape had an opportunity to showcase their work.

The morning session of the Youth Forum was attended by the Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University, the President of Zhejiang Normal University, Governor of the Zhejiang Province and the Premier of the Eastern Cape Province. They addressed the audience and spoke about the importance of youth entrepreneurship in both countries and what the two universities plan to do together in the future to assist students develop skills and knowledge for entrepreneurship and innovation.

In addition, during the opening session of the Youth Forum, Nelson Mandela University and Zhejiang Normal University signed an institutional partnership agreement for future research, teaching and learning engagement and collaboration. This is an important agreement that builds on the strategic linkages and partnership between the Eastern Cape and Zhejiang Province that goes back to 2000 and focuses on economic links, engagement and cooperation in science, culture and education.
Posted on 17 September 2019 11:43:05

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