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Entrepreneurship education and skills key for competitiveness and jobs Publicēts: 11/11/2011

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Europe needs more entrepreneurs, more innovation and more jobs. One important aspect is to mach the offer and the demand in the labor market providing the right skills and education.

Entrepreneurship education is also increasingly crucial to promote more business. It is essential to educate entrepreneurs at an early stage to provide the young generation with new creative, independent and successful entrepreneur knowledge. Given the importance of this topic, the Commission had a strong presence at the conference “Formazione, competenze e competività delle imprese”, which was held in Rome today.

Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, and Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, both attended the conference.

The European Commission is supporting a series of activities for more entrepreneurial learning, such as the exchange programme 'Erasmus for Entrepreneurs'.

The teaching of entrepreneurship has yet to be sufficiently integrated into university curricula, as the Commission has outlined on several occasions.

The Commission contributes to promoting the concept of mini-companies run by students, which develop on a small scale a real economic activity at school, or simulate the operations of firms in a realistic way.

European Industrial Doctorates will strengthen links between businesses and universities by enabling researchers to spend at least half of their study period within a company. This will provide the researchers with key skills and increase their employability.