TMT entrepreneurship 6-8 April 2021 – Otto Kroesen
How to move forward from general theoretical knowledge on entrepreneurship to building and training entrepreneurship competences in entrepreneurship courses, and in WASH and CSA in particular? – That is the central question of this training module.
All over the world entrepreneurship has become a focal point of attention in higher education. In the Western context students are attracted to the freedom and creativity derived from small-scale creative work in SMEs and startups. In emerging economies it is often the lack of jobs that is the motivating force. In both contexts creative young people in startups and SMEs are making attempts to go beyond often outdated production and management processes. The combination of social and technological innovation makes it an attractive option to run one’s own enterprise.
Universities, both non-western and Western, have difficulty in offering entrepreneurship courses that meet those demands. Course material and lessons often merely appeal to the intellect, leading to the reproduction of knowledge on exams. This is not only a matter of resources. With the same resources, in terms of teachers and time, and lesson material and exams, entrepreneurship competences can be fostered and trained. That can be done by including outgoing activities like internships, expert interviews, social labs around societal problems involving university partners, business partners and government agencies (triple helix). Entrepreneurship competences can be stimulated, by involving initiatives and responsibilities and actions from the students and by interaction of the students and staff members with the network of societal actors created in this way.
The development of such competences can be coached, supervised, trained and assessed, by using different approaches. The student becomes a problem solver for the community, entrepreneurs and SMEs are involved in supervision and knowledge development together with the university, the university teacher develops into a coach and project manager. How this can be achieved – that is the theme of this TMT.