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International Institute Offers Enterprise Education Support to Europe

31.03.2015

The International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED), based at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in Swansea, has entered a period of significant engagement across Europe helping to craft the development of enterprise and entrepreneurship education throughout the continent.

IICED is an international focal point which brings together a distinguished group of international experts in entrepreneurial education to engage in high-level discussions and to consider global perspectives that can impact, or have impacted, on policy-making. The Institute’s aim is to inform international best practice in enterprise, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial teaching, learning and evaluation.

Over the next three weeks IICED will:

  • Lead the development of new compulsory entrepreneurial education for the Republic of Macedonia
  • Provide expert advice for the EU’s SephHE project on best practice / supporting potential for entrepreneurial education in higher education (Wupertal, Germany)
  • Provide expert advice for the EU’s new competence framework for entrepreneurial education (Seville, Spain)

Professor Radmil Polenakovikj, from the National Centre for the Development of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Learning in Macedonia, said: “Global problems need an international perspective, but good practices can also be learned from the experiences of universities like UWTSD. Here in Macedonia, our government has adopted some of their initiatives and are adapting them to suit our local circumstances.”

In recent weeks IICED representatives and UWTSD students have supported Westminster Business Minister Baroness Neville-Rolf in the launch of ‘IP Tutor’, a new online learning tool designed to increase the level of IP knowledge amongst lecturers and students in higher education.

In addition, IICED Director Professor Andy Penaluna has led workshops at the prestigious European Commission University Business Forum in Brussels.

UWTSD has taken a global lead on innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship education. It has challenged many theories of business education and informed the international entrepreneurial community on approaches for engaging and enhancing creativity in an enterprise context. The University has spearheaded international efforts to find new ways of supporting students and to equip them for the 21st Century working environment, where flexibility and adaptability will be key skills.

Last year the University contributed to a major UK Government report, on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Micro Businesses, which recognised the key role entrepreneurs play in the drive for growth, and which looked at the effectiveness of our education system in supporting our entrepreneurs.

The United Nations’ Chief of Entrepreneurship, Fiorina Mugione, recently chose UWTSD to support the UN’s Empretec programme, which inspires entrepreneurs in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The University’s track record involves significant contributions to 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, which UWTSD chaired.

UWTSD also developed the first University-accredited enterprise and entrepreneurship-focused teacher training provision for school teachers, in collaboration with Welsh Government and other educational partners in 2011. The new approaches they devised, and in particular the learning outcomes and goals, were subsequently adopted by the European Commission’s Acknowledging and Developing Entrepreneurial Teacher Training (ADEPTT) project.

Last October, Professor Andy Penaluna was recognised for his UK-wide contribution to business and enterprise skills by winning the Enterprise Educators Award during a prestigious event at the House of Lords.

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