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EU promotes entrepreneurship education

The European Union is taking action in order to promote entrepreneurship courses for all ages with a view to boost employment opportunities and growth. Education for entrepreneurship is one of the highest return investments policy-makers in Europe can make to support growth and business creation since according to a recent research, 78% of entrepreneurship education alumni were employed directly after graduating at university, against 59 % of a control group of higher education students.

European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, today presented recent Commission projects on educating the educators at the fourth meeting of EU SME envoys held in Bologna, Italy. Nine projects co-funded by the Commission have already benefitted around 6 500 students and young people and 900 teachers.

These projects include the Entrepreneurship Summer Academies that gave 320 higher education professors and lecturers advanced training on how to teach entrepreneurship, the creation of a European online platform for educators to facilitate peer coaching, mentoring and advising, the organization of entrepreneurial competitions for young people, female entrepreneurship and the promotion of entrepreneurship in rural areas etc.

Entrepreneurial education and training to support growth and business creation is one of three key areas identified for immediate intervention by the European Commission's Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan. In the context of the Entrepreneurship Action Plan the Commission invited Member States to give young people the opportunity to have at least one practical entrepreneurial experience before leaving compulsory education, such as running a mini-company, being responsible for an entrepreneurial project for a company or a social project.

The Commission also intends to establish, as part of the "SME Week", a Europe-wide EU Entrepreneurship Day for students in their last year of secondary education. Events could include meetings with entrepreneurs, case studies, lectures, workshops and company open days.

EU promotes entrepreneurship education

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