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Few uni students set up own businesses

LESS than 2.9 percent of local university students have started their own businesses although more than 80 percent want to do so, according to a report issued yesterday by education officials.

Xue Mingyang, director of the Shanghai Education Commission, said yesterday that this contrast means entrepreneurship education needs to be improved.

Only 26 percent of the city's colleges have launched entrepreneur courses even though the government has urged college graduates to ease unemployment pressure by starting their own businesses.

About 37 percent of colleges have no plans to set up such courses. Among existing programs, most were made for MBA students, officials said.

Education officials held a meeting yesterday to discuss ways to improve entrepreneurship education.

The commission launched a study on entrepreneurship education earlier this year and found the field was developing slowly, according to Xue.

"Inadequate courses and a lack of professional teachers impeded the development of entrepreneurship education," Xue said.

Officials said these factors contributed to the low proportion of local university students launching businesses.

Education authorities have set up pilot programs at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and University of Shanghai for Science and Technology.

The two schools will set up an entrepreneurship education major or department next year to train teachers in this field.

They will then set up a curriculum for university students, officials said.


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