DCU@PNU students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, recently took part in the Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy (HFEA). The Academy, offering training in entrepreneurship worldwide, as recently expanded its programmes in Saudi Arabia to include DCU partner Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University. The Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy is designed to equip current and future entrepreneurs with a set of tools to develop their entrepreneurial capacity, share experiences, and meet new friends with common areas of interests and challenges.

About 50 DCU@PNU students participated, mostly from the DCU@PNU Msc Business Administration students, along with several alumni.

The HFEA workshops are offered in line with Vision 2030, the Saudi government’s plan for economic and social reform that empowers women with the aim of increasing their numbers in the workforce. In just 10 years, the number of female entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia has increased by 35 per cent**, accounting for almost 40 per cent of all entrepreneurs in the Kingdom.

Partaking in the HFEA workshops has afforded participants a unique perspective on how to combine the theory of entrepreneurship with the application of entrepreneurship.

Since its launch in 2015, the Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy has trained close to 250 entrepreneurs across the Middle East and North Africa.

**As reported by Arab News

Well done to all DCU@PNU students who participated.

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