UJI EMPRÈN: HOW TO ENHANCE ENTREPRENEURSHIP FROM THE UNIVERSITY SIDE?
Universitat Jaume I (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2015 Proceedings
Publication year: 2015
Conference name: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2015
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:One of the principles of the Universitat Jaume I (UJI) educational model is to encourage entrepreneurship. The aim of this statement is to present the “UJI Emprèn” plan and its programmes, which are implemented by different structures in the University, which are organically dependent on the Vice-Rector for Students, Employment and Educational Innovation (VEOIE), which work in coordination to support the entrepreneurship of students, graduates and academic staff. The programs embrace the four phases of entrepreneurial itinerary: intention, identification and filtering of ideas, determination of business opportunities and creation. The objectives of the plan are wide-ranging: raise awareness, motivate, inform, train, guide, provide networking opportunities for the students, promote values and routines that facilitate the development of the creativity and innovation transversally, including the faculty, and thus enhancing both UJI and university community’s entrepreneurial skill.
The programs are extended both to college and University students enrolled in the three cycles (Bachelor, Master and PhD) and to alumni, as well working with the faculty is expected. Its characteristics are: coordination between the structures of the University, dynamism and active search of synergies and interaction with all the stakeholders involved in the University entrepreneurship, both local and autonomic (Scientific Parks, Research and Knowledge Transfer Office, Students associations, Senior associations, public authorities with competence in the field, etc.) that seek for international references.
Key and fully detailed programmes will be developed in this paper, such as PATU (Action University Tutorial Plan), highly innovative in the formation of creativity skills for first-year young students, through mentoring by their fellows from more advanced academic years and a lecturer; NETEC: “Program for the development of Business Opportunities among the top-level students and the research staff of the UJI: (Technological business based on Knowledge)” and University Junior International Entrepreneurs, whose objective is to develop the entrepreneurial talent of high academic level students and to promote the international mobility through global business’ initiatives.
Finally, further results and future lines of action will be discussed.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship Education, University/Industry Experiences, Good practices.