IJIMT 2016 Vol.7(4): 147-152 ISSN: 2010-0248
doi: 10.18178/ijimt.2016.7.4.662

A New Way of Infusing Entrepreneurship Education into the IT Curricula: A Special Case from UAE

Emad Bataineh and Zakaria Maamar
Abstract— This research paper reports on the successful experience of the College of Technological Innovation at Zayed University in introducing a new academic component “entrepreneurship and innovation” to its IT curriculum. Since the journey started in fall 2011, it has been full with challenges, successes, as well as lessons learned. The introduction of entrepreneurship education stresses out the role that the college has to play in preparing students who will contribute positively to the future development of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In UAE, there is a growing trend and interest among the national female populations to start their own businesses after graduation. This clearly shows a new way of thinking among the new waves of graduates, which is deviating from the traditional thinking of pursuing careers in the government sector. This new path of ventures is not going to be free of challenges and frustrations. The paper discusses in detail the course contents, learning outcomes, delivery modes, and last but not least, graded assessments. The paper also lists over fifteen government initiatives to instill and promote the culture of entrepreneurship and provide a conducive support environment for UAE entrepreneurs. Finally, the paper proposes several recommendations to strengthen and make entrepreneurship education at ZU more robust.

Index Terms— IT curriculum, entrepreneurship education and culture, business plan, and innovation.

Emad Bataineh and Zakaria Maamar are with Zayed University, UAE. (e-mail: Emad.Bataineh@zu.ac.ae)

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Cite: Emad Bataineh and Zakaria Maamar, " A New Way of Infusing Entrepreneurship Education into the IT Curricula: A Special Case from UAE," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 147-152, 2016.

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