Entrepreneurship Education
Elinkeino-, liikenne- ja ympäristökeskus
kuva kuvitetusta kompassista in Northern Ostrobothnia
Vipuvoimaa EU:lta 2014-2020 Euroopan unioni - Euroopan sosiaalirahasto

Kuvitus kristalleista

University of applied sciences

At universities of applied sciences the students come across the phenomenon of entrepreneurship as part of their studies. At this level, entrepreneurship education focuses on the development of the students' readiness for entrepreneurial activities on a broad scale. The opportunities for creating new business activities and commercialising one's ideas are also especially highlighted. The students see entrepreneurship as a potential career choice.

Entrepreneurial and working life skills

  1. Students are activated to set goals for themselves and to consciously build their own career paths.
  2. Students are encouraged to take responsibility and build partnerships with companies.
  3. Learning about entrepreneurship and how to set up new business activities supports distributed working on both the national and international levels. The entrepreneurship education partners are also involved in this co-operation.
  1. Students learn entrepreneurship in authentic multisectoral learning environments in mock companies, co-ops and working life projects.
  2. Incorporating “from research to business” thinking into the studies in all fields of study. Connecting entrepreneurship studies even more closely to the development of new business activities and to the innovation processes of companies.
  3. Supporting students’ business ideas and entrepreneurship aspirations and developing them further as part of their studies. Engaging in active multisectoral co-operation with business incubators and business and internationalisation services.

Learning environments and methods

  1. Reinforcing the status of entrepreneurship studies. The opportunities offered by globalisation, sustainable development and digitalisation are taken into account in the realisation of these studies.
  2. Developing multisectoral entrepreneurship learning environments such as business incubators, start-up accelerators and the entrepreneurship hub Business Kitchen together with the university and the entrepreneurship education partners.
  3. Working in closer co-operation with companies. Commercialisation and new business activities are made a visible part of research, development and innovation activities (TKI).
  1. Connecting alumni activity to entrepreneurship education, working in closer co-operation with student associations and institutions on different levels of education.
  2. Developing the entrepreneurship and business expertise of the teaching staff with complementary training and corporate co-operation. Co-teaching and mentoring are utilised in the development of entrepreneurship education methods. Learning entrepreneurship skills and how to set up new business activities reinforces working life oriented project learning and distributed working skills.
  3. Creating a culture and atmosphere that is favourable to entrepreneurship with communal events and theme weeks, for example, and by diversely bringing the methods of entrepreneurship education and stories about entrepreneurship to the fore.

Kuvitus kristalleista

University

Entrepreneurship education helps individuals realise their own skills and creates agents of change who want to make their mark on the world. Adopting an entrepreneurial mode of thinking gives students tools for their future career paths. Growing into an entrepreneur requires that one builds up their entrepreneurial identity and develops their business knowhow.

Entrepreneurial and working life skills

  1. Students, researchers and staff are activated to recognise their own entrepreneurial potential and encouraged to become active agents who create local and global changes.
  2. Growing into an entrepreneur is supported by coaching the individual’s skills in self-knowledge, self-expression, broadening of perspectives, interaction and networking.
  1. Content that is of internationally high quality is offered to build the knowledge and skill competencies related to the opportunities, principles and practices of business life and the economy.
  2. The entrepreneurship career path and co-operation with working life are a natural part of all university degree programmes and they form an integral part of the study modules. The partners are found in local, national and international networks.

Learning environments and methods

  1. The university is known as an international research university that leaves room for people to grow into entrepreneurs. The university as a whole functions as an entrepreneurial learning environment with an atmosphere that feeds curiosity.
  2. The status of entrepreneurship studies is reinforced and they are realised on multidisciplinary and communal platforms such as the TellUs Innovation Arena and Business Kitchen.
  1. Multidisciplinary activities are realised in co-operation with local, national and international partners.
  2. Entrepreneurship education is realised through encounters, mentoring, team building and international networking.
  3. Research-based innovations are sought by encouraging researchers to broad co-operation and multidisciplinary thinking.