Elevating entrepreneurship with a new collaboration
The Centre of International Trade and Business in Asia at James Cook University in Singapore and the Center for Entrepreneurship at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will work together on teaching, research and consultancy projects, primarily in the area of entrepreneurship.
(Dr Emiel Eijdenberg, Senior Lecturer in Business at James Cook University in Singapore, with Professor Enno Masurel,
Professor in Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Director-Founder of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
On 22 October 2019, the Centre of International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA) at James Cook University (JCU) in Singapore and the Center for Entrepreneurship at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (CFE@VU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The MOU will bolster collaboration efforts on shared interests and objectives between the two universities. This includes working together on teaching, research, and consultancy projects in the areas of entrepreneurship, management, and international trade.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has a storied 140-year history in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is home to one of Europe’s largest innovation-driven entrepreneurship communities.
Conversely, James Cook University in Singapore is located in Asia’s high-tech, service-oriented, knowledge-driven hub. Dr Eijdenberg says, “Based on strong international trade and a nation’s wide entrepreneurial spirit, the country has advanced in recent years to the world’s most competitive economy.”
He adds that “CITBA embraces this entrepreneurial spirit and brings together scholars and practitioners in the areas of international trade, economy policy and business in Asia’s tropical regions, but also in other parts of the world.”
Currently, Dr Eijdenberg and Professor Masurel — in collaboration with international colleagues — work together in four research projects about entrepreneurs in the tropical regions.
These projects examine, amongst other topics, entrepreneurship and climate change in the world’s tropical regions. For example, one project covers the influence of environmental pollution and drought on the satisfaction with life of entrepreneurs within Zambia’s mining sector.
As this relationship develops, future collaborations may take shape in the form of exchanging faculty for seminars, teaching subjects, and workshops.
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