Speaking when he officially opened the first innovation and entrepreneurship exhibition which brought together 50 entrepreneurs from higher learning institutions in the country earlier this week, NIT Deputy Dr Professor Prosper Mgaya said National Institute of Transport Entrepreneurship, Business and Innovation Centre (NITEBIC).
Dr Mgaya said that within a short of its operations, the NITEBIC has become popular with graduates because it encourages innovation as a way of promoting self-employments among educated youth who would otherwise crisscross the streets in search of jobs.
“NITEBIC aims to emancipate students in higher learning institutions from the thinking of being employed once they graduate, it helps stimulate and develop skills, change attitude and mind-set towards a flexible and pro-active stance to entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour,” Dr Mgaya said.
“Our goal at NITEBIC is to act as an incubation and mentoring support centre for entrepreneurs among students in higher learning institutions. The centre encourages entrepreneurial skills adoption among students,” he added.
He also said that the NITEBIC brings together 50 entrepreneurial students who seek to learn from each other as well start forming their businesses while still attending university education.
On his part, NIT Rector Professor, Zacharia Mganilwa said, “Earlier this year, we launched the entrepreneurship centre, NITEBIC with an objective of motivating student entrepreneurs in higher learning institutions countrywide to start running their own businesses while still at school.”
He said during the launch of the NITEBIC that in addition to acquiring theory which at the university, students also get entrepreneurial skills which then enables them to become self employed once they graduate hence forgetting about seeking formal employment.
“Entrepreneurship is a necessity for all because it can help students from higher learning institutions to be more creative and have self-confident in whatever they undertake business wise,” he added.
One of the exhibitors who is from University of Dar es Salaam, Juliana Gilbert said that the entrepreneurship skills obtained during her studies have assisted her start her own business hence abandoning the notion of seeking employment.
“With my college mate doing a different degree course in business and computer engineering, we managed to establish an entrepreneurship firm called Matheostechs which sells repairs, services computers but also its accessories,” Gilbert said.
She also urged other higher learning institutions’ students to pay attention to entrepreneurship training programs because they are a vital instrument to stimulating entrepreneurial thinking and change mindset.