Entrepreneurship and Innovation Education
Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today
On the 28th of September IDC Herzliya co-hosted the EDUCON conference. Initiated in 2005 by Sakal Media Group (India), EDUCON aims to provide a platform to discuss pressing issues, share ideas, knowledge and experience in the educational field.
For the first time this two-day conference was held in Israel, focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation.
The delegates were presented with an array of entrepreneurial programs and approaches across disciplines at IDC, including leadership, diplomacy, teaching, jurisprudence, psychology and sustainability amongst others. Keynote speakers, such as Mr Yadin Kauffman, Founding Partner at Veritas Venture Partners, or Ms Adi Altschuler, renowned social entrepreneur, provided powerful and moving insights into the everlasting effects of an entrepreneurial vision.
Hosting EDUCON highlights the importance of our engagement with India. This was emphasized by the presence of the Chairman of the Sakal Media Group, Mr Pratap Pawar, and his son Mr Abhijit Pawar, its Managing Director. Furthermore, Professor Uriel Reichman, President and Founder of IDC, addressed the audience with a forward looking vision for the future leaders of Israel and India. Prof. Reichman stated the importance of “providing practical knowledge to provide a positive contribution to society”.
Dr Eric Zimmerman, Head of Research and Global Engagement at IDC, shared his thoughts ahead of next year’s 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Israel: “Our countries have forged long-standing links in academia and government. Through capacity building projects, student exchange programs, and academic engagement, IDC is committed to ensure a role in the friendship between our two nations. At a personal level I have a genuine desire to expand the bridge of cooperation and understanding between our people”.
Some quotes from the day:
Coordination among various faculties, education based on skill development, priority to entrepreneurship, awareness about social responsibilities was displayed at Educon 2016. — Dr Shripad Bhatlavande, VIT Pune
Educon 2016 gave us an overview of how future universities will be. The new research works in science-technology, agriculture and other sectors will make this world more comfortable for humans. — Dr Khurshid Jaamdar, Dean (Nursing) and Dr Tushar Palekar, Dean (Physio-therapy), DY Patil University, Pune
Israel was the perfect choice for organising Educon 2016. Tel Aviv is known as the capital of start-ups. We got a chance to interact with world renowned researchers and experts. At this conference in Israel, we got an insight on how universities can play a vital role in building nation. — Manish Sharma, MIT, Aurangabad
Israeli universities do not aim to create graduates only, but it is an endeavour to create entrepreneurs who aspire to solve social issues. Here every market need is respondent. We have a lot to learn about agriculture, education and industries from Israel. — Sunil Patil, President, Prabodhan Bahuuddeshiya Society, Nashik
Nashik can learn a lot from Tel Aviv, world’s smartest city, as Nashik is also being developed a smart city. The skill development projects in India can get many insights from Israel’s start-ups. — Manisha Pawar, Director, Spectrum Academy, Nashik