Universities and colleges should take the lead in fostering a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship for students across disciplines, according to new guidance proposed by the sector.
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has brought together experts in enterprise and entrepreneurship education to produce clear advice for institutions in supporting innovation and venture through higher education initiatives.
‘Today’s graduates need to be able to think on their feet, responding to rapidly changing employment markets’, said QAA’s Laura Bellingham.
‘It is not just students from the business area who may benefit from capabilities and skills in enterprise. Enterprise and entrepreneurship education equips students from all subject areas with the attributes, capabilities and skills to be entrepreneurial within a range of employment settings.’
Current provision for enterprise and entrepreneurship education is fragmented. Some higher education providers offer standalone degree programmes in the subject, while others offer training and development as part of careers education and preparation for employment.
Extra-curricular activities both on and off campus are also important. These include business incubators, membership of student enterprise societies, and participation in community-based projects.
The new guidance supports universities and colleges by setting out behaviours, attributes and skills that students should have in their personal ‘toolkit’ at graduation and beyond. It offers advice on approaches to teaching and learning, and strategies for assessing students’ progress and achievements.
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