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Promoting the entrepreneurship agenda across higher education institutes, (HEIs), and the importance of staff engagement. Professor Pauric McGowan Director Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship, (NICENT).
Professor Pauric McGowan
Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship, (NICENT)
In this presentation I will seek:
Nothing less than the development of the Entrepreneurial University or Institute of Technology……………….
HEIs are increasingly under pressure:
To be more relevant in society,
To behave more entrepreneurially by government, business and society generally
To reflect the new “world of work” for which graduates must be prepared
“The future prosperity of society depends on all our young people, including the brightest and the best, and their parents coming to regard the business sector and in particular setting up their own business, as a valid and realistic career option”
Entrepreneurship and Education Action Plan, DETI, DE, DEL March 2003, p6
uncertainty and complexity
fluid organisational structures
greater probability of self employment
wider responsibilities in family and social life
Gibb and Hannon 2006
Through embedding “entrepreneurship” within the curriculum
Through extra-curricular activity focusing on entrepreneurial new venturing, (ENV),
Through Curriculum development
>17, 000 at undergraduate
>1900 at postgraduate
Through extra-curricular activities
>900 students in >300 business
For many within HEIs the concept of entrepreneurship with its associations with business development and its interest in the profit motive provokes,……..
“…an image of shady villainy, a fifth column gnawing away at the basic values that define a university, a wolf masquerading as a milch-cow”
McNay 2002, p 2
People who start businesses - Entrepreneurial New Venturers
People who grow businesses - Corporate entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs
People who renew communities or social groups – Social or Community Entrepreneurs
Exploit the opportunity in innovative ideas
Challenge the status-quo
Make a difference
Display particular traits and competencies
‘The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him…The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself… All progress depends on the unreasonable man’
George Bernard Shaw
Professor Pauric McGowan.
Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship, (NICENT),