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Doctoral candidates unleash their entrepreneurial skills

17 November 2022

The first cohort from the Doctoral Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme has enjoyed a life-changing experience. 

Participants in the first-ever Doctoral Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme have tapped into their entrepreneurial potential and learned valuable skills to enhance their future careers – both in and out of the academic world. 

The inaugural programme, run by the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), wrapped up earlier this month with a two-and-a-half-day residential workshop. 

“The residential was an amazing experience. We learned about resilience, reflected on our year-long learning journey, worked on the next five-year plans and concluded with inspirational talks. We all completed this programme feeling optimistic and motivated,” says doctoral student Saima Qutab. 

This programme is a new offering from CIE designed to help doctoral students develop an entrepreneurial mindset. A total of 21 students from various faculties at the University of Auckland took part in the programme for its debut this year. Judith Marecek, Programme Manager, says it’s been rewarding to see students making the most of it. 

“We were really pushing them out of their comfort zone, and they were super willing to give it a go and come back with feedback about what they learnt from it. To see their enthusiasm has been the highlight for me.” 

While doctoral candidates are naturally laser-focused on their research subject of choice, the Doctoral Entrepreneurial Leadership programme is all about expanding their mindset and applying entrepreneurial thinking to their research pursuits. 

Through a series of workshops, events and self-directed learning exercises, participants learn to broaden their thinking and develop crucial entrepreneurial skills they can take with them into their future careers. 

“This programme helps them think in a much broader way – by connecting with others, communicating with others and understanding that you’re solving for something that needs solving rather than just for yourself,” says Judith. 

“Whatever they go on to do after they’ve completed their doctoral studies, this programme is going to help them get there.” 

For Saima, her time in the programme has been life-changing. 

“I now have a clear idea of how to align and translate my education and research to help solve real-world problems. I’m interested in social entrepreneurship and feel confident about the paths I can take to realise my dreams.” 

There are still a few spots left for the Doctoral Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme in 2023. Visit the programme page to learn more and apply. 

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17 November 2022

The first cohort from the Doctoral Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme have enjoyed a life-changing experience.

Participants in the first ever Doctoral Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme have tapped into their entrepreneurial potential and learned valuable skills to enhance their future careers – both in and out of the academic world.

The inaugural programme, run by the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), wrapped up earlier this month with a two-and-a-half-day residential workshop.

“The residential was an amazing experience. We learned about resilience, reflected on our year-long learning journey, worked on the next five-year plans and concluded with inspirational talks. We all completed this programme feeling optimistic and motivated,” says doctoral student Saima Qutab.

This programme is a new offering from CIE designed to help doctoral students develop an entrepreneurial mindset. A total of 21 students from various faculties at the University of Auckland took part in the programme for its debut this year. Judith Marecek, Programme Manager, says it’s been rewarding to see students making the most of it.

“We were really pushing them out of their comfort zone, and they were super willing to give it a go and come back with feedback about what they learnt from it. To see their enthusiasm has been the highlight for me.”

While doctoral candidates are naturally laser-focused on their research subject of choice, the Doctoral Entrepreneurial Leadership programme is all about expanding their mindset and applying entrepreneurial thinking to their research pursuits.

Through a series of workshops, events and self-directed learning exercises, participants learn to broaden their thinking and develop crucial entrepreneurial skills they can take with them into their future careers.

“This programme helps them think in a much broader way – by connecting with others, communicating with others and understanding that you’re solving for something that needs solving rather than just for yourself,” says Judith.

“Whatever they go on to do after they’ve completed their doctoral studies, this programme is going to help them get there.”

For Saima, her time in the programme has been life changing.

“I now have a clear idea of how to align and translate my education and research to help solve real world problems. I’m interested in social entrepreneurship and feel confident about the paths I can take to realise my dreams.”

There are still a few spots left for the Doctoral Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme in 2023. Visit the programme page to learn more and apply.


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