Abstract—Governments and higher education institutions
around the world have expressed a strong opinion that
entrepreneurship among students must be enhanced to address
the concern of graduate employability post-pandemic.
Supporting this agenda, the Ministry of Higher Education
Malaysia has launched a national Entrepreneurship Action
Plan and a guide for Entrepreneurship Integrated Curriculum
in 2021. While teaching entrepreneurship in higher education
has gained great acceptance, transforming a traditional
university to nurture student entrepreneurs is still challenging.
A key challenge is to transform faculty-centric learning into
multidisciplinary learning so that students from different
disciplines can work cooperatively to enhance the success of an
entrepreneurship venture. Hence, a design-based study has
been conducted at a private university in Malaysia, with a
cooperative procedural framework developed and improved
through two cycles of implementation over one year period. The
study was participated by academics and students from more
than six disciplines including computing, design, business,
bioscience, culinary art, and communication. The proposed
framework highlights the importance of intentional alignment
among the curriculum of collaborating courses, the mindset of
collaborating academics and students, as well as the supporting
ecosystem. The framework has expanded the practical
knowledge of multidisciplinary learning implementation by
detailing the practical steps to ensure its effective
implementation. The proposed framework could be extremely
helpful for institutions that are struggling to implement
multidisciplinary learning across faculties, supporting the
entrepreneurship agenda of the institutions.
Index Terms—Entrepreneurship, multidisciplinary learning, cooperative learning, procedural framework, higher education, Malaysia.
Lok Boon Thian and Yen Heng Chang are with the Centre for Future Learning and School of Education, Taylor’s University, Selangor, Malaysia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wai Keng Choong is with Taylor’s Me.reka Makerspace and The Design School, Taylor’s University, Selangor, Malaysia.
Cite: Lok Boon Thian, Wai Keng Choong, and Yen Heng Chang, "Entrepreneurship through Multidisciplinary Learning: A Cooperative Procedural Framework for Implementation," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 12, no. 10, pp. 1118-1125, 2022.Copyright © 2022 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).