The competition, which is voluntary, aims to showcase innovative business ideas by final year students and is an activity called “Beyond the Textbook”.
Executive Vice Dean for Resources and Planning Lawrence Sause said the competition solves a problem that many students miss when heading into the real world.
“It’s part of a bigger issue we have beyond the textbook, it’s a program we developed in business school. It was triggered by the fact that many students when they leave university, they’re unprepared, and another thing is that what we teach in the classroom is quite different, we prepare them to get a job,” Sause said.
He said some of the life skills had not been taught, which prompted the idea of starting a voluntary program by staff to push the curriculum forward.
Sause stated that there are three accents beyond the manual, which are;
- Develop a positive mindset and cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit
- Teacher Student Critical Life Skills, and
- Building civic responsibilities and how to help the community.
The guest speaker was PNG MSME Council Chairman Desmond Yaninen who spoke about the importance of competition and how graduates have limited opportunities.