Competitiveness of European economy requires citizens and particularly young people to be innovative, creative, flexible and courageous to face challenges in a dynamic and volatile economy.
Young people need to become ‘entrepreneurs’: they should be able to turn ideas into action, successfully develop new commercial and social ventures and be innovator in the organizations where they work.
The entrepreneurial mind-set is not a personal characteristic and it can be developed through learning and experience within the education system. The European Union has set as a strategic objective to enhance creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship at all levels of education and training (Education and Training 2020).
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
EnterMode aims to stimulate entrepreneurial skills of higher education teaching staff and company staff and develop the entrepreneurial mind-set and related skills of higher education students. Its main objectives are:
- Raising awareness on the importance of internships for higher education students in general and for building entrepreneurial skills
- Developing HEIs–companies partnerships for the promotion of entrepreneurial education of higher education students
- Capacity building of higher education teaching staff and companies’ trainers, to organise entrepreneurial teaching and learning
- Developing entrepreneurial mind-set, skills and competences of higher education students, during their internships
- Developing an integrated model of entrepreneurship skills acquisition that includes different levels of learning, using online serious game
- Building a community of practice that allows for developing common practice and integrating newcomers into existing business communities
- Developing learning analytics to enable the tracking of learning progress and adapt the EnterMode program to personal and organisational needs.
- Higher education faculties/departments that offer non-business studies and horizontal services of Universities, such as career offices or international relations offices that are involved in students’ internships and in partnerships with companies
- HEIs teaching staff and staff working in liaison offices, career offices, internship departments and international relations offices
- HE students enrolled in HE study programmes of non-business and economics sectors
- Companies, mainly SMEs, offering or having the potential to offer internship places for students in different sectors
- Companies’ trainers involved in internship programmes