The conference was attended by more than a hundred academic business researchers, faculty, school administrators, policy-makers and practitioners.
The SERDEF was represented by Prof. Maria Luisa B. Gatchalian, President of the Entrepreneurship Educators Association (ENEDA) of the Philippines and faculty of Miriam College, who attended with 32 other teachers and students of the college.
The newly formed consortium is composed of universities and strategic partners engaged in promoting and improving entrepreneurship education in the ASEAN region. Initially, the country-members, are Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
SERDEF, through representation by Prof. Gatchalian, was enlisted as one of the founding members of the consortium, which also includes the ENEDA, Miriam College, University of Santo Tomas, Saint Louis University, IdeaSpace, among others.
The mission of AEEC is to develop networking and collaboration among ASEAN academic institutions towards the goal of outstanding entrepreneurship education in the region.
As an organization, AEEC and its members are committed to sharing information and ideas, meeting challenges together in a process grounded by the values of integrative entrepreneurship education, supporting member institutions and providing a national/ regional voice for the advancement of entrepreneurship education.
At the conference, the academic community from the four countries represented validated similarities of their concerns and issues in organizing and implementing entrepreneurship courses, including barriers to teaching bound by tradition and policies; and the need to inculcate entrepreneurial mind set in both school administration and faculty.
(Picture shows Prof. Gatchalian presenting SERDEF certification as AEEC founding member to SERDEF President Paterno Viloria)