Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)
Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education in Ireland
This report presents evidence-based analysis on Ireland’s higher education transformation
process towards an innovative, interconnected and multidisciplinary entrepreneurial
system, designed to empower its students and staff to demonstrate enterprise, innovation
and creativity in teaching, research and societal engagement. Using the OECD-European
Commission HEInnovate guidance for the entrepreneurial and innovative higher education
institution, the report assesses strategies and practices for entrepreneurship and
innovation in Ireland’s higher education institutions and the systemic support provided
Higher education institutions play a critical role in Ireland’s economy and innovation
system, which is based on a strong and growing engagement agenda with industry and
local communities, the emergence of new learning environments and strong multidisciplinary
research teams. This report offers practical recommendations on how Ireland can enhance
and sustain the outcomes.
On 23 October 2017, the OECD-EC report on Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education in Ireland was launched in Dublin in presence of Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Irish Minister of State for Higher Education, Mari Kiviniemi, OECD's Deputy Secretary-General and Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Director for Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport Directorate-General for Education an Culture of the European Commission.