Haaga-Helia starts up in South Africa
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences will export its startup and entrepreneurial knowhow to South Africa after launching a co-operation with the country’s largest university Tshwane University of Technology.
The collaboration project between the Finnish and South African institutions will include, among other things, development of education supporting entrepreneurial skills, teacher exchange and R&D projects.
“This collaboration is a new way of exploring the opportunities in education export,” says Hannele Mennala, head of StartUp School at Haaga-Helia in a press release. “We’re still figuring out the practical steps, but our goal is to bring our dynamic and innovative startup knowhow to South Africa.”
Over 100 new startup companies have sprung up from the StartUp School at Haaga-Helia. The school’s approach of involving local businesses in education was key to the newly launched project.
“We wanted to launch collaboration with Haaga-Helia based on our appreciation of the university’s know-how in startup activities and entrepreneurial education,” says professor Stanley Mukhola of Tshwane University of Technology. “Moreover, we respect the way in which Haaga-Helia collaborates with local businesses. We are on the same page in relation to how teaching and learning should be developed.”