New business courses set for Surrey

May 04, 2006, volume 36, no. 1



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New concentrations in entrepreneurship and management of technology will come on stream in September for SFU business students studying at the Surrey campus.

Approved by the SFU board of governors in March, third and fourth year Surrey students opting for the new concentrations will take four upper division courses out of a possible six tailored to their choice of concentration. The Surrey program already offers concentrations in marketing and finance.

“A lot of firms in B.C. are small and mid-size enterprises that are young and so are exploring the kinds of new technological issues that come with running a small company, like supply chain management and financing, for example,” says Drew Parker, associate director of SFU business' Surrey programs. “Understanding the nature of an entrepreneurial business is important, particularly in Surrey where a lot of business start-ups are emerging.”

Entrepreneurship courses will include new venture planning, project management and new venture finance.

There is also an entrepreneurship dual degree program with Zheu Jiang University in China being planned.

Management and technology courses will include managing technological innovation, project management and supply chain management.

Parker says that about 40 per cent of students will choose more than one concentration as they pursue their degree.

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