International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED)

International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development

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UWTSD Swansea is widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost institutions in creativity-based entrepreneurship education. Our predecessor, the Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship, challenged many theories of business education and informed the international entrepreneurial community on approaches that enhance creative abilities in enterprise.

We started locally and small, through teaching and learning that helped our students to succeed well beyond graduation. They in turn continue to feed back to us, to keep our UWTSD courses fresh and relevant.

Our techniques caught on and became the topic of conversations, from Brazil to Tasmania, people started to takes notice and to ask questions. Since 2005, we have contributed to significant Welsh and Westminster Government reports and led European discussions on developing teaching abilities for enterprise and entrepreneurship. Of course we also chaired the UK’s first ever guidance for the Higher Education sector too.

Thus UWTSD’s Centre has changed significantly, from a local University Centre to a Globally recognised source of expertise. In recognition we created the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED), to build on the global relationships that have developed and the subsequent heightened level of expertise that we have.

In addition to supporting our own staff, students and business start-ups by enhancing their skills and abilities in business innovation; we also work to improve Global understanding of what it means to be an enterprising educator.

In 2012 the University was at the heart of the two major reports relating to enterprise and entrepreneurship education across the UK. This included The Wilson Review of Business-University Collaboration and the Quality Assurance Agency's (QAA) Guidelines for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education. QAA are the standard setting body for all UK university education.

In 2013-14 UWTSD welcomed the United Nation’s Chief of Entrepreneurship to the University. Fiorina Mugione spent 4 months on campus initiating research that will inform the Geneva-based United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) ‘Empretec’ study programme, which inspires entrepreneurs in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Since its formation in 1988, the programme has successfully trained over 300,000 people, helping to found or expand businesses and creating thousands of jobs in the process. However, Fiorina and her team have identified a number of improvements that could be made and this research continues to be conducted at IICED.

In 2014 the Centre contributed to a major UK Government report that recognises the key role entrepreneurs play in the drive for growth, and looks at the effectiveness of our education system in supporting our entrepreneurs – from the age of 4 to 44 and beyond. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Micro Businesses report, entitled ‘An Education System Fit for an Entrepreneur’, was launched in Westminster in February 2014, and the Centre’s Research Director Professor Andy Penaluna presented the study to senior politicians on behalf of the authorial team.

In June 2014 over 25 international experts converged on Swansea for the first ever Global Summit of Entrepreneurial Educators. Themed ‘Practice into Policy’, the event sought out international perspectives that inform, enhance, influence and lead new decision-making and policy development within Governments – based on sound academic experience and practical understanding.

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