Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Philippines

Ref: 10003263


Students enrolled on the following modules are eligible to participate on this opportunity: ENTE 1521 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation; ENTE 2563 Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation; ENTE 2535 The Creative Art of Selling and Negotiation; ENTE 3534 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and ENTE 3506 Creative Management and Marketing.

The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 35 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.  DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Newly industrialised, the Philippines has been predicted to become the 12th richest country globally by 2060, impacted by increasing populations, however infrastructure will need to be developed such as schools and colleges, hospitals and housing facilities. Considering this rapid growth prediction, how can a country develop sustainable supply chains for both product and service industries?

This trip to Manila and Boracay in the Philippines is designed to give students the opportunity to learn entrepreneurial skills from a Global perspective, embed a greater understanding of innovative sustainable development and consider the impact of commodities and commercial exportation whilst creating innovative sustainable development strategies.

Students will spend a week in Manilla where they will develop relationships with fellow Enterprise and Innovation students at SISFU and seek to understand stages of development of the city from a socio-economic perspective. While in Manila, you will engage with local students through team building, learning about alternative entrepreneurial perspectives and behaviours, impacted by culture and lifestyle. There will also be visits to locations in Manila which deal in both counterfeit and authentic commodities to gain a greater understanding of commercial exploitation. Also, through partnerships with SISFU alumni undertake a study into business process outsourcing in Manilan call centres.

You will then travel to the Island of Boracay. Boracay has been known for decades as the party Island of the Philippines. However this has caused devastation to the Islands natural habitat. Driven from evidence created by the local community and small business owners, President Rodrigo Duterte declared a closure of the Island for six months in June 2018, which was implemented by the Department of Natural Resources.

You will undertake training from the Department of Environment and Nature Resources in the Philippines to give a greater understanding of methods being implemented to seek solutions in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development goals. In addition, you will meet with local business owners in Boracay such as Nigi Nigi Nu Nu apartments in station 1 and Wills Place in Bulabog beach , and undertake primary research of local Boracay communities to understand what impacts they have seen from the intervention undertaken by the Department of Environment and Nature resources, and how they believe this will impact in future years. Students will also have the chance to undertake community activities for ‘A Day to make a difference’ whilst in Boracay.

Cultural activities

Students will get the chance to learn about a new culture through ‘buddying up’ with local students who will help them explore the local community.  Also, whilst at SISFU, there will be a campus sports tournament, and social events including a BBQ. Following the transfer to the island of Boracay students will be able to participate in a range of optional activities such as exploring the Basang Cave, which is the longest in the country, followed by a visit to the fresh water springs of Hurom-Hurom for a relaxing swim.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – All bookings to the Philippines will be managed by the university and travel partners, with transfers in the Philippines arranged with our partner institution, SISFU. Students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Philippines immigration requirements. UK citizens and can enter the Philippines without a visa for an initial period of 30 days. Students of other nationalities are recommended to check on the Philippine Embassy website.

If you have any specific questions about this please email dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Tuesday 31 December 2019
  • Return date: Monday 13 January 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel, accommodation and in-country flights: £1250
  • Students will also be required to pay for: food and drink, cultural activities, vaccinations and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 28 October 2019 9am