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Entrepreneurship in higher education

The primary purpose of entrepreneurship education at university is to develop entrepreneurial capacities and mindsets. The teaching of entrepreneurship has yet to be sufficiently integrated into university curricula - indeed it is necessary to make entrepreneurship education accessible to all students as innovative business ideas may arise from technical, scientific or creative studies.

Study: Effects and impact of entrepreneurship programmes in higher education (2012)

The aim of this study pdf [680 KB] is to assess the impact of entrepreneurship education on four dimensions: 1) the acquisition of the entrepreneurial competence 2) intentions towards entrepreneurship; 3) employability; and 4) impact on the society and on the economy.
Results show that entrepreneurship education makes a difference. Those who went through entrepreneurial programmes and activities display more entrepreneurial attitudes and intentions, get a job earlier after finishing their studies, can innovate more even as employees in a firm, and start more companies.

Annexes. pdf - 165 KB [165 KB]

Entrepreneurship in higher education, especially within non-business studies

This Expert Report explores key issues regarding the teaching of entrepreneurship in higher education, identifies existing obstacles and proposes a range of solutions, taking into account the different levels of responsibility (public policy, institutions, educators and relevant stakeholders).

The Report focuses primarily on learning about entrepreneurship as part of non-business disciplines, in particular within technical and scientific faculties and universities.

The Commission launched a European survey on Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), with the aim of analysing the state of the teaching of entrepreneurship. The survey report provides a valuable contribution in better understanding strengths and weaknesses of the offer of entrepreneurship education in European HEIs. Results include also a description of successful examples, and an on-line benchmarking tool.

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