Vibrant Apprenticeship Schemes Keep Youth Unemployment Down

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In recent weeks we have witnessed the joy and pain experienced by young people (and their families) when the results of the Leaving Certificate and CAO points were published. The heavy emphasis that Irish people place on third-level education was highlighted yet again and those left behind have to struggle with identifying alternative plans. Ireland is quite rightly proud of its high participation rates in third-level education. Indeed, an EU report earlier this year highlighted that Ireland had the highest rate ...

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Entrepreneurs Can Be ‘Made’ Through Education

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It is broadly agreed that the economic growth of this country is heavily dependent upon our ability to encourage more people to start up businesses.
We are particularly in need of more indigenous enterprises capable of selling innovative products and services internationally.

However, many myths persist about the concept of entrepreneurship. Some of these were evident in a recent Irish Examiner article entitled, ‘We should encourage a culture of risk-taking’.

The article, by Joe Gill, used a range of emotive expressions to ...

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Let’s Have Entrepreneurship Education for All

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One of the great myths surrounding entrepreneurship is that it is concerned solely with the creation of a new business, and by extension the generation of wealth for the entrepreneur who established it. The reality is that entrepreneurship is about a way of thinking and behaving, it is about identifying opportunities, assembling a team, gathering resources, being positive, taking risk, and building for the future. Indeed entrepreneurship can be applied in many different economic contexts such as social entrepreneurship, public ...

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Mentors Can be Key Role Models for Entrepreneurs

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Given the current economic challenges facing many countries across the globe, the notion of engendering greater entrepreneurial activity has become a significant goal for many national governments.

However, the challenge facing policymakers is to identify ways in which they can develop indigenous entrepreneurial potential and simultaneously renew the local economy by building competitive advantage.

It is almost 20 years since researchers first noticed that generating vast numbers of new jobs will not come from creating new firms. Instead, they will come from ...

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Using Lego to Teach Entrepreneurship

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I recently visited Qingdao (China) as part of my work as President of the International Council for Small Business. While there I had the opportunity to visit some of its 3rd level colleges, particularly Qingdao Feiyang Vocational & Technical College (where I spoke with an audience of approximately 1,000 students) and Qingdao Entrepreneurial Incubator Center of College Students.

China is currently going through a very interesting phase with its new leadership seeking to develop its economic activities internationally. Much of the entrepreneurial ...

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An Appreciative Email From A Student

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My name is Aleksandra. I was a participant of your course “New Venture Creation” which was in Turku School of Economics last year.

I want to say you great thank you, because your course helped me to believe in myself and change my life. Before this course I was really afraid of trying something new, I was afraid of using my abilities.

When I came back home I continued to study at the university and started to take part at the programme ...

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Time for Entrepreneurship To Be Made Available To All Students in Higher Education

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It would not cause too much debate to suggest that Ireland in the late 1950s was a depressing country. It had suffered greatly from decades of poor economic performance and the constant hemorrhaging of its population through emigration. Overcrowded classrooms, low family incomes and poor physical school structures meant that only 10,000 students took their Leaving Certificate in 1957.

Meanwhile during that decade, third-level education remained the preserve of the elite and a total of just 8,653 students were present ...

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Why Ireland Needs an Entrepreneurship Education Policy

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A new report has been published by the EU called ‘Entrepreneurship Education at School in Europe National Strategies, Curricula and Learning Outcomes’. The report finds that in Ireland “There is no specific national strategy for entrepreneurship education in general education”. This hardly comes as news to anyone involved in education in this country, and particularly to the many people who have attempted to persuade governments of all hues about the benefits of having an integrated entrepreneurship education strategy.

For much ...

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New members of Irish Research Council named

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Irish Research Council
29th March 2012
Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the newly established Irish Research Council, Tom Boland, Chief Executive of the HEA said “both IRCHSS and IRCSET have played a central role in the development of Ireland’s higher education and research system over the last decade. I look forward to this new Research Council building on past work and providing a new strengthened body which will be a strong advocate and supporter of new and emerging research ...

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