Are universities neglecting the entrepreneurs of tomorrow?

Recent research has shown that entrepreneurship education can stimulate students’ creativity and entrepreneurial capacity, thereby supporting their entrepreneurial aspirations. Another study found “a statistically significant relationship between entrepreneurial education of management students, attitude toward entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial intention”. The researchers urged universities to offer training modules for students wishing to become entrepreneurs.

According to the GUESSS 2018 report, universities can play an important role in entrepreneurship. The GUESSS 2021 report sheds more light on this subject with the conclusion:

“Entrepreneurship education and the entrepreneurial climate at university are key determinants of entrepreneurial intentions and activities.”

The report also notes: “Student-run businesses are mostly very young and very small. However, entrepreneurs are quite satisfied with their performance.

In response to this gap in the curriculum, we have developed an initiative in the Postgraduate Project Management course at Victoria University. Working with Michael Jackson, an alumnus who became an entrepreneur and started two project management companies before retiring, we created a project that required students to work in groups to develop a project management startup proposal. project. The group approach was consistent with the findings of the GUESSS 2021 report, which said:

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