May 31, 2022

Training Mission 2 of the PATHWAY Project was held in Montpellier, France last May 16-20, 2022 following the successful completion of Training Mission 1 in Alicante, Spain. Training Missions are a few of the significant components of the PATHWAY Project that builds the capacity of Philippine higher education institutions on students' employability and entrepreneurship skills. PATHWAY Project partners from Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), Benguet State University (BSU), Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas (LPU-B), Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), St. Paul University of the Philippines (SPUP), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) from the Philippines, as well as training facilitators from the University of Alicante (UA) from Spain, all found their way to the University of Montpellier in France and attended the in-person training sessions.

Training Mission 2 also called the Training of Trainers 2 with the theme, “Inspiring and Supporting Entrepreneurship” is a five-day program that included training sessions on developing the entrepreneurial path and social entrepreneurship as well as wrap-up discussions and French lessons during its first day. The second day of the training gave the participants a venue to collaborate and learn with each other. The activities and topics included the workshop on canvanizer, visit to the UM Trading Room, two lectures on providing Entrepreneurial Education and on supporting and inspiring entrepreneurship for students. The day was capped with a visit to the UM Institute of Technology Laboratory. The third day began with a management meeting discussion, lectures on professional insertion at the Institute of Business Administration and on promoting student entrepreneurship, followed by a workshop and brainstorming session on curricular reform and skills set. The day ended with a wrap-up and conclusions. The fourth day of the training showcased the impact of the innovation laboratories of UM on start-up businesses. The day was also led by training speakers from the ECCP and CHED on entrepreneurship education in the Philippines. An informative wine-tasting event ensued that taught the Filipino delegates about the local wine culture of Montpellier.

The last day of the training was dotted with management discussions of the future activities in the PATHWAY project. The training was capped with an introduction of Training of Trainers 3. Over-all, the delegates were able to gather first-hand knowledge of the functions and structural organization of entrepreneurial incubators. Numerous insights were gathered on how to improve student services related to business/entrepreneurship centers in higher education institutions.