Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)
Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education in Poland
This report presents evidence-based analysis on Poland’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 Poland’s higher education institutions and the systemic support provided
Higher education institutions play a critical role in Poland’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 Poland can enhance
and sustain the outcomes.
Among its recommendations, the report says that Poland should
Build a resource base for entrepreneurship education and training, including platforms for good practice exchange and networks of entrepreneurship professors and entrepreneurs who can contribute to entrepreneurial learning.
Increase the legitimacy of entrepreneurship as an academic field by funding research and organising Polish entrepreneurship conferences and exchange platforms to encourage academic staff to engage in the entrepreneurial agenda.
Encourage the newly established Innovation Council to work with higher education institutions to define an entrepreneurial vision for the Polish higher education system and to oversee its implementation.
Co-operate with the Ministry of Economic Development (and the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development) to strengthen the start-up support infrastructure using European Union Structural and Investment Funds.
Develop a new international exchange programme for academic staff to build on the experiences of the Top 500 Innovators Programme, and strengthen animation of the existing network for past programme participants.
Higher education institutions should appoint a senior manager with responsibility for the “third mission”, including innovation, entrepreneurship and building relationships with government and the business community.
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