Computing and engineering students’ perceptions of entrepreneurship education in a Jamaican university

Published in: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities and Communities: Proceedings of the 17th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education and Technology
Date of Conference: July 24-26, 2019
Location of Conference: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Authors: Lisa Facey-Shaw (University of Technology, JM)
Danielle Mcken (University of Technology, JM)
Kemar Warren (University of Technology, JM)
Dillon Young (University of Technology, JM)
Hylton Mcdonald (University of Technology, JM)
(University of Technology)
Full Paper: #452


Entrepreneurship fosters growth and competitiveness in a country’s economy. University students, especially those in the technical fields, have the potential to found high growth technological-based innovative ventures. This paper looks at student perceptions of entrepreneurship education among undergraduate computing and engineering students at the University of Technology, Jamaica as a first step in fostering entrepreneurial intentions. Students appear to have limited exposure to entrepreneurial education which can affect their entrepreneurial intentions and reduce their inclination to start a business. Implications are that deliberate formal and informal curriculum activities should be instituted to promote innovation and entrepreneurship among computing and engineering students so that their technical education can lead to greater participation in entrepreneurial programs and activities. The significance is that increased participation among this group can result in technologically based businesses which can address the human capital gap in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Keywords—Entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial intentions, computing and engineering, Jamaica