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AKEPT NATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE ‘ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION: CURRENT PRACTICES, KEY CHALLENGES AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS’ JULY 6, 2009 AKEPT NRC2009 PUTRAJAYA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE (PICC) CALL FOR PAPERS inherent in the attempt to realize their Overview objectives to develop the entrepreneurial spirit and practices in higher education. In order to Developing an entrepreneurial culture and resolve such challenges, future directions will supporting innovation currently enjoys a high- thus, need to be charted and set down for priority status on the government’s agenda for higher education institutions to generate the national development. Higher Education kind of human capital that is independent and Institutions have a key role to play, both self-reliant in the face of any adversity. through the provision of training to build entrepreneurs, and the application of The conference discussions will focus on two knowledge transfer to industry. The scope of principal themes; current practices and entrepreneurship in higher education is wide- emerging trends, as well as challenges and ranging; apart from providing training on how future directions in developing entrepreneurs to start a business, entrepreneurship also and entrepreneurial practices in Higher includes the development of personal Education. attributes and horizontal skills like creativity, initiative, adaptability, persuasiveness, and self-confidence, among others. About the Conference This conference is timely as it addresses the concerns of the stakeholders of higher The AKEPT NATIONAL RESEARCH education, particularly at this difficult time CONFERENCE (AKEPT NRC2009) is a caused by the current global economic and premier national event for Malaysian Higher financial crisis, and the resulting downturn in Education leaders, comprising advisors, the job market. With the scarcity of jobs, and board of directors, senior management of looming unemployment, the issue of public universities, as well as polytechnics generating human capital which is self- and community colleges, CEOs in private sufficient, and equipped with an higher institutions, academics, researchers, entrepreneurial mindset and culture, becomes lecturers, administrators, heads of all the more powerful and pertinent in today’s departments, and ministry officials. scheme of things. We invite submissions of results of studies Among others, this conference will highlight related to the conference theme, including current practices and emerging trends in studies in the process of being completed. Higher Education that foster entrepreneurship, and the key drivers that Writing in this area is also invited for AKEPT’s create the necessary conditions that generate Centre for Leadership Research and entrepreneurship. Academic leaders also Innovation (ACLRI)’s research journal, due to need to be made aware of the challenges be published this year. 1 AKEPT NATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE ‘ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION: CURRENT PRACTICES, KEY CHALLENGES AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS’ JULY 6, 2009 AKEPT NRC2009 PUTRAJAYA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE (PICC) CALL FOR PAPERS Topics of Interest Paper Submission Guidelines AKEPT NRC2009 encourages the Papers accepted are Research Reports, submission of creative and impactful studies Industrial Papers, Application Papers, and and writing that transcend the known and Experience Papers. explores hitherto uncovered knowledge in this area. Submissions may cover visionary Papers submitted must adhere to the new viewpoints and challenges, or the conference’s theme, and not exceed a description of tried and tested initiatives in reading time of 15 minutes. implementing entrepreneurship into the higher education curriculum. Full papers, formatted in PDF or MS Word and not exceeding 10 pages, must be Of particular interest are studies or writing accompanied with an abstract and power related to the application of emerging point presentation. The deadline for practices of entrepreneurship in higher submission of papers is June 6, 2009. education in transforming human capital to meet the current and future economic Submissions must be done via email to challenges. firstname.lastname@example.org This conference would act as a platform to The submission forms are available at the share thoughts about; official website of the conference : http://www.mohe.gov.my/akeptconference • the role and implementation of entrepreneurship in the higher All submissions are subject to approval by the education curriculum vetting committee. Those whose papers have • the extent of the role higher been accepted will be notified by June 15, education institutions play in 2009. developing the entrepreneurial spirit Please direct further enquiries to; • the most effective ways of Prof. Dr. Rohana Yusof : 03 8883 5101 collaborating at the national and Mr. Ahmad Jaffri Ahmad Zaini : 03 8883 5492 international levels, in order to Ms. Chan Foh Ching : 03 8883 5615 overcome the challenges of the current economic downturn. Mr. Muhammad Bukhari Abdullah : 03 8883 5498 2