Ford funds VCU initiative in Morocco | Richmond Biz Sense

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), with help from Ford Motor Co., is building a business and entrepreneurship school in Morocco:

Richmond Biz SenseAn effort by VCU to build a business school in Morocco could prove to be “the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

The famous last line from the film “Casablanca” must have crossed the minds of university staff when they arrived in the Moroccan port city last month to start work on the initiative, which will offer programs in entrepreneurship beginning this fall.

Why Morocco? Established relationships between VCU, the International Institute of Higher Education in Morocco and Ford Motor Co. are driving the effort and will culminate with the creation of the Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy at IIHEM, located in the nearby capital city of Rabat.

Jay Markiewicz, executive director of entrepreneurship programs at VCU, is developing the curriculum with colleague Joe Coombs and will oversee the workshops to be offered at the academy this November. They will be held at IIHEM.

“The idea is a long-term commitment by VCU, IIHEM and the Ford Fund to truly build an academy, which is multiple workshops, some infrastructure and integrating with key stakeholders in Morocco,” Markiewicz said…[full story]




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