How Kingston University inspires young entrepreneurs
He is listed in the Europe Media and Marketing Class for 2021, which identifies the most talented young media and marketing moguls of the future. Within a year, he co-founded AudioMob (an audio advertising company for mobile games), developed technology that enables gamers to hear advertisements without video or banners interrupting their game, raised £ 1.4 million in funding and won Warner Music and Ministry of the Sound Group as customers.
The 29-year-old owes his success to his Kingston BSc (Hons) in Business Management – a four-year dual course of study with a one-year internship. “Kingston University was absolutely the best choice for me in an environment that gave me the skills and confidence to grow as a budding entrepreneur,” said Facey. “The modules I studied, the conversations with my tutors and the entry into entrepreneurship have taught me to tackle typical business challenges and find opportunities.” Lecturers and students inspired him to become an entrepreneur.
Kingston is the home of entrepreneurs. The university’s business school offers a range of business-oriented degree programs: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management BSc (Hons), Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship MSc, and International Business Management MSc.
A solid, comprehensive support system complements what you will learn in class. If you’re looking to develop skills, an idea, or a business start-up, Kingston’s Enterprise Education is the program for you. It offers competitions, workshops, events, mentors, hackathons, funding opportunities, an incubation room, visa advice for start-ups and more.
The Career and Employment Service offers all students a range of support services such as job fairs, internships and workshops on job interviews and CV preparation. Whether you want to start your own business, solve global problems or increase your employability, the department is at your disposal.
In addition, the university supports students and local companies with a range of services, network events, seminars and workshops. Kingston University’s e-Incubator, for example, is a nine- to twelve-month program that guides students and recent graduates through the process of creating and developing new business ventures, from idea to feasibility to market. Participants receive help with the validation of business ideas through “stress tests”, with refining new venture ideas into a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) in a safe learning environment, access to expert business advice and the expansion of their business networks.
Such efforts to create a rich, well-rounded teaching and learning environment are recognized every year. Kingston was ranked one of the top two UK universities for graduate startups in the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey for eight consecutive years. In 2018, Kingston University was named one of the 200 best young universities in the world in international rankings by the industry-leading publication Times Higher Education (THE).
In 2019, the fashion student program was one of only two in the UK and only eleven internationally to receive the maximum possible Badges of Excellence – a new feature in the prestigious rankings. The next year, Kingston was named one of the top 40 institutions in the country in the Guardian University Guide’s rankings for 2021.
Many students come with the goal of entering Kingston University and leaving it as graduates ready to take the world by storm. When Jamal Osman first landed in the UK he was penniless and could not speak English. Armed with a Kingston degree, he would win the Gaby Rado Memorial Award from Amnesty International.
He conquered the world press with his interviews with Somali pirates and his exposure of the illegal trade in UN food aid – all while still studying at Kingston University. “The way to Kingston University gave me the key to life,” he enthuses Journalism BA (Hons) Graduate.
He met many fascinating people who made him a more mature person. “Now I can use my skills to expose corruption and injustice around the world,” he said. “Without a university, I would still work in a warehouse.”
Whether undergraduate or postgraduate, Kingston graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required for the demanding workspace of the 21st century. The majority of graduates are in work or study six months after graduation.
How? A robust internship program. It is part of most postgraduate programs at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston Business School, and the Faculty of Science, Engineering, and Computer Science. Since the internship is an audited part of the course, international students will be issued a two-year visa if they meet the requirements of the Ministry of the Interior to cover both the teaching and the internship.
With four campuses in and around central London, Kingston students get all the hustle and bustle of city life – and the career opportunities that come with it – without the hassle. Beautiful Kingston upon Thames is one of only four Royal Boroughs. Only 30 minutes by train from the heart of the capital, it is one of the safest areas in London and offers all the highlights of city life in a green location on the river. Here the parks are lush; Atmospheres are alive.
Midwife with registered midwife BMid (Hons) student from Canada and Norway Rebeckah Ferger decided to study at Kingston University because “it is located in a beautiful city full of history”. “It’s culturally diverse and has been rated number one in London for midwifery studies,” she said.
Caylyn Sheldon, an MA student in museum and gallery studies, agrees. “I’ve seen a lot of England, Ireland and Wales, but London has a special place in my heart,” she enthuses. “Having the opportunity to study at Kingston University is a dream, especially with the program I’m studying that allows us to explore different museums and parts of the city.”