Free online course teaches entrepreneurship for sustainability

Hagar ElBarbary, Rosmeriany Nahan-Suomela, Man Yang, Rumy Narayan, Piia Uusi-Kakkuri, Sören Kock
Hagar ElBarbary (Hanken), Rosmeriany Nahan-Suomela (Novia), Man Yang (Hanken), Rumy Narayan (University of Vaasa), Piia Uusi-Kakkuri (VAMK), Sören Kock (Hanken)
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Five universities in Vaasa have developed an online course together. The course, titled “Entrepreneurship for Sustainability and Wellbeing in an Era of Digitalisation”, is now open to everyone and free of charge.

A collaboration with five higher education institutions in Vaasa is bearing fruit. Each university has contributed with their own knowledge and together built a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

“A lot of entrepreneurs from the region have contributed their knowledge and expertise, which the participants of the course get to take part of,” says Hagar ElBarbary, Project Coordinator at Hanken School of Economics.

Learn how to become a sustainable entrepreneur

The course consists of several online learning modules, which can be completed in five weeks at a pace of about four hours a week. Participants will learn how to become a sustainable entrepreneur and the skills and mindset that are needed. The topics include, for example, sustainability-driven entrepreneur ecosystems and how to create wellbeing as an entrepreneur.

Rumy Narayan, Grant-Funded Researcher at the University of Vaasa, notes that the course also covers the role of sustainable entrepreneurship in information societies. Piia Uusi-Kakkuri, Principal Lecturer at VAMK University of Applied Sciences, concludes that the course combines theory with a very practical approach.

Also promotes Vaasa

The five schools involved are Hanken, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Åbo Akademi, the University of Vaasa, and VAMK. Rosmeriany Nahan-Suomela, Head of Degree Program in Digital Business and Management at Novia UAS, says that,

“All of the higher education institutions in Vaasa involved in the project have developed different parts of the course, which together with coordination and teamwork has produced a unique combination.”

Man Yang, Assistant Professor (tenure track) at Hanken, concludes that the different stakeholders’ strong presence in Vaasa contributes to the fact that the course also can be seen as “a joint promotion of our city”.

The idea about doing a joint collaboration in this form originated from Sören Kock, Dean of International Relations at Hanken.

“Hanken has done several MOOCs before, and this is the second one to be built on a wide collaboration between the Vaasa Consortium of Higher Education”, says Sören Kock, who also serves as Hanken’s Rector’s representative in Vaasa.

Not just for students

The targeted audience is not just students but “learners”, in other words, practically anyone who is open to new learning experiences. The course highlights the role of women entrepreneurs working in the sustainability field.

Learn more and join the course via the British platform Future Learn: Sustainable Entrepreneurship for Wellbeing in a Digitalisation Era

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