ENTREPRENEURSHIP students of the College of Commerce and Business Administration will now have the chance to go hands-on in running a business.

This was after the college signed a memorandum of agreement with the Junior Achievement of the Philippines, Inc. (JAPI), a non-profit institution that aims to educate and inspire young people to do business through tie-ups with academic institutions.

The agreement paves the way for a program designed to “provide Thomasian entrepreneurship students with practical training and experience in running an actual business.”

Under the agreement, executives of JAPI corporate partners may advise or serve as consultants to students. JAPI has around 40 partner-companies that cover the fields of banking and finance, communication, media, and information technology, among others.

“This program will encourage students to use innovative thinking to learn business skills as they explore and enhance their career aspirations,” said Commerce Dean Helena Ma. Cabrera during the signing of the agreement at the Commerce Audio-Visual Room last September 2.

The program will help students develop a better understanding of how they can apply what they have learned in school in the world of business, she said.  

“With our vision of becoming a model business school, the college seeks to provide its students with the best learning experiences,” said Mary Baluyot, entrepreneurship department chair.

The signatories to the agreement were Cabrera, Baluyot, assistant Dean Maria Socorro Calara for the College of Commerce; and Krishna Alejandrino, JAPI executive director, Lorenzo Chingcuanco, 2008 Commerce alumni awardee, and board member Jaime Siybauco, an alumnus of the Faculty of Engineering, for JAPI. Jilly Anne A. Bulauan

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