The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley, and the faculty of the Silicon Lake College recently formed a new partnership with the aim of fostering entrepreneurship education and post-pandemic cross-border e-learning.

SCET founding director, Ikhlaq Sidhu, and Silicon Lake Chairman, Bao Shi, along with leaders from both universities, officially announced the collaboration as part of Berkeley’s role in supporting education globally, and the University of Silicon Alliance, the U.S. campus of Silicon Lake College, will be managing and operating the courses and programs. The agreement collaboration allows students to remotely learn topics from the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship framework.

Aerial view of Silicon Lake College (硅湖职业技术学院, website). It is one of the earliest private higher vocational colleges established in Jiangsu Province, China.

While the United States has a long history of educating students from around the world, COVID-19 is presenting a challenge to international students that wish to receive an American education. The Silicon Lake College and the University of Silicon Alliance, are one of the first to open programs that enable students to access international programs without leaving their home, and across the language barriers as all courses will be translated or delivered into various languages. The parties look forward to other forms of partnership in the future as well, including global academic exchange and faculty engagement.

“With the partnership, students will be able to learn the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship at home, using their native language through experiential learning courses, workshops, and projects,” said Dr. Shi, “although it will be taught in an online format, the program is designed to be highly interactive where the SCET professors will be interacting with and mentoring students on a regular basis and students will be split into a groups of four for team projects.” Upon completion of the program, the students will receive certificates from SCET and the University of Silicon Alliance to recognize their completion of the program.

Dongnandong Creative Industrial Park, Silicon Lake College’s center of innovation and entrepreneurship

“We are excited to embark on this new partnership to bring the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship to international students,” said Dr. Ikhlaq Sidhu, faculty director for the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology and professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research at UC Berkeley, “We look forward to sharing knowledge and approaches for developing entrepreneurial programs and culture.”