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ICA-Edu Colloquium 2018 | Print |

ica-edu-v2-500x208-with-long 250.pxlLet the entrepreneurial genie out of the bottle!
how will we stimulate the nascent entrepreneurial skills of our students?

Thursday 21 and Friday 22 June 2018
to be held at Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Leuven, Belgium


Colloquium focus

The new generation of life sciences graduates is expected to show creativity, resilience, pro-activeness and risk taking while being able to recognise opportunities: in short entrepreneurship. Whereas traditionally entrepreneurship education was the domain of business schools to stimulate new venture creation, entrepreneurship education has become more and more a university-broad approach focussing on the development of an entrepreneurial mind-set and entrepreneurial competence among staff and students: entrepreneurial development is increasingly dependent on our education. The focus of this colloquium is to share views, experiences and practices on how to stimulate nascent entrepreneurship, curricular as well as extra-curricular in the Life Sciences.

Colloquium themes

The aim of the ICA-EDU Colloquium 2018 is centred on three themes:
• What do I see as my challenge in stimulating nascent entrepreneurial skills?
• What entrepreneurial learning outcomes do I want to achieve?
• What are cutting edge entrepreneurial learning activities and how do I assess them?

Colloquium background

Global entrepreneurship surveys such as the Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students' Survey (GUESS) indicate that around 9% of our university graduates have the intention to work in their own business directly after studies. Similarly, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) indicates that in innovation-driven economies (such as in Europe), almost one out of ten adults (18–64 years old) in Europe was in 2013 involved in the process of starting or already running a new business. Entrepreneurship is a not an (intentional) process that happens overnight, it can take years to move from latent, nascent entrepreneurial intentions towards an entrepreneurial project, practice or venture. Education is increasingly seen as a means to encourage future graduates – also those who do not want to become independent entrepreneurs- to develop and internalise an entrepreneurial mind-set and associated competencies. Is it nowadays uncontroversial that entrepreneurship education is more that 'just' training students to create start-ups and that - like in any other profession – talent helps, but there is a lot to be learned to be able to engage in entrepreneurial thinking and acting.

But what type of entrepreneurship education works under which circumstances for which students? What is clear is that entrepreneurship education is not only teaching about entrepreneurship (so new content), but also includes news ways in teaching that content. From a broad perspective on entrepreneurship education is not only the responsibly of specialised departments or centres: different life sciences subjects can contribute, for instance via problem- and project-based learning activities, internships and exposure in courses to entrepreneurial role models and entrepreneurial guest lectures. Although recent meta-analysis suggest that more social constructivist type of methods are important for teaching and learning in entrepreneurship education, there are not fixed methods or progression models for entrepreneurship education. Depending on the phase in the entrepreneurial journey (from very nascent to highly experienced), learning and teaching activities may vary. Therefore, the goal of the colloquium is to discuss experiences with integrating entrepreneurship education into life sciences curricula, including assessment, and the type of learning outcomes they may generate. In short, how to stimulate nascent entrepreneurial skills of our students?

Expected Colloquium Outcomes

• Increased awareness about the relevance and cutting edge learning practices in entrepreneurship education
• Overview of exemplary learning outcomes that can be achieved by life sciences students through entrepreneurship education
• Inspiring and concrete examples for integrating entrepreneurship education into new or existing courses and curricula, curricular and extra-curricular;
• Overview of existing challenges in current design of entrepreneurship education in Life Sciences Universities;

Target Audience

The ICA-Edu Colloquium is designed to bring together staff from ICA Member institutions who have a particular interest in developing innovative approaches in teaching and their students learning.