A guiding framework for entrepreneurial universities


In promoting and supporting entrepreneurship, universities themselves need to be entrepreneurial and innovative. However, these are still new tasks for many universities and they need assistance in not only developing closer links between the “research” and “education” missions of a university, but also in developing and strengthening partnerships with entrepreneurship support providers and sources of financing. While universities need to be pro-active in this regard, public policy has an important role to play in opening up universities to their “third mission” and in building synergies between research and education.

The Guiding Framework for Entrepreneurial Universities was developed as a collaborative project between the OECD LEED Programme and the European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture in 2012. This framework is based on international case study work on university entrepreneurship support and the theoretical debate of the role of universities in generating entrepreneurial motivations, intentions, and competences. This partnership was supported by a steering committee that consisted of six independent entrepreneurship education experts.

This Guiding Framework was designed as a tool to help universities pursue the goal of becoming an “Entrepreneurial University” through a self-assessment process that also provides examples of inspiring projects that can be implemented. The Framework also underpins the OECD methodology of assessing entrepreneurship teaching and support in HEIs.

For more information, please see the Guiding Framework.


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