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Summit of Entrepreneurial Educators on ‘Practice into Policy’ in Wales

Swansea, 25-26 June – The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), located in Swansea, Wales hosted the Summit of Entrepreneurial Educators on ‘Practice into Policy’. UWTSD has become a leader in the development of entrepreneurship education and is the home of the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED).

The Summit brought together international experts in the field of entrepreneurial education representing countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Egypt, Finland, Iceland, Israel, Macedonia, Nigeria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States.

Welcomed by Professor Medwyn Hughes, Vice Chancellor (IWTSD), the participants were briefly informed about the University’s programs, and informed about the introduction of the entrepreneurial flag for every student in the new Academic year 2014-15, module offering fifteen credits, further offering the support to students, equipping them with key skills.

One of the keynote speakers was Ms Fiorina Mugione, the United Nations’ Chief of Entrepreneurship, who recently chose to spend sabbatical at UWTSD.  In her reports to the UN related to best practice, entrepreneurial mind set, enterprise and entrepreneurship, it clearly showed the need for a change in strategy in all departments of the government to support the entrepreneurship education. The UN is working on opening the new award for Youth Entrepreneurship and new programs replacing the Millennium Development Goals - economic and social goals which will include entrepreneurship Principle VIII.

Mr Nigel Culkin, President of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, stated that “Enterprise spirit exists in everyone and needs to be supported”. On the importance of the University to the Swansea Bay City Region, Councillor David Phillips expressed how important is entrepreneurial education to Swansea and Wales.

The delegates including SEECEL’s Director, Ms Efka Heder, presented their perspectives on the area of Entrepreneurial Learning.  

The experiences shared at the summit will “inform international best practice in enterprise, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial teaching, learning and evaluation”, well put by UWTSD, and will have influence on policy-making.
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