Here you find the third entreTime-Newsletter.

We tried to collect the main takeaways for both user groups: educators who joined the journey and the entrepreneurial experts are who acted as a coach.

ONE TEAM’S JOURNEY…

At the centre of the entreTime programme is the participation in an entrepreneurial team project. In the recent pilot programme, the team “PHANTASTIC 4” worked together to create GO-FAR, a new format for executive training in multiple languages aiming at creating a consortium of universities across European universities for blended short courses combined with travel experiences.

International, inspiring, refreshing, energizing were the most recurrent adjectives for describing the entreTime experience. All of them are committed to going further with the implementation of the GO-FAR concept and embedding what they learnt during this journey in their institution. 

ONE COACH EXPERIENCE…

The role of the entreTime coach is to facilitate the activity of the team – individuals with different backgrounds and from different countries – in deploying a teaching project to embed entrepreneurship within teaching. She or he has to guide the team and gently tease ideas from them.

To understand more about the coach’s experience, we interviewed Alistair Fee, Visiting Professor of Innovation at Queen’s University Belfast and strategy specialist within several capacity building initiatives, entreTime expert and coach in all the pilot programmes.

Alistair, in your opinion, what benefits have coaches gained from the involvement in EntreTime?

Coaches are challenged to create meaningful dialogue, blended with empathy. The process of connecting experts from different countries, cultures and subjects helps coaches to focus on diplomacy and delicacy. Coaches must ask robust and well-considered questions to best direct the team, always remaining unbiased yet helpful. In the meantime, coaches learn to self-examine and reflect on their knowledge, experience, and leadership skills.

What is the impact on their future career or future activities?

Coaches find additional confidence to take an international point of view. It is an opportunity for them to enlarge their network opening to new future opportunities such as conferences, joint ventures, co-written papers and why not an annual workshop around ideas and opportunities.

What can you suggest to university educators for embracing entrepreneurship in their teaching approach? and to university decision-makers?

The world has changed dramatically since March 2020. Economies rely on everyone, especially new graduates and university research teams, to be agile and flexible in the way they think. Universities are part of the overall economic network of nations. When we enrich every student and professor with entrepreneurial knowledge; universities and economies are strengthened.

When university decision-makers commit to entrepreneurship teaching and awareness, they can bring the real world into the lecture theatre and also take everyone out into the real world. This enhances learning, making graduates more employable!

Based on the experience you gained along with the pilot activities, in your opinion, what are the main gains and added values for the participants?

Participants benefit from the training programme by meeting other interested people with similar objectives. By blending different points of view, from four very different countries, everyone gets new insight, and each person is encouraged by other members of the team. In addition, participants realise they are not alone, they are not the only ones trying to do this enormous task. Delegates enjoy being with international colleagues with whom they can share ideas, projects, and ambitions forevermore.

The overall programme teaches us, that there are tried and tested fundamental approaches to raising entrepreneurship awareness in universities and organisations. entreTime teaches additional fresh, sharp, exciting diverse methods and tools that can be used as well. By mixing the two approaches in this new, bright way academics bring business reality into the lecture theatre and project-based learning.

To get additional inspiration, listen to what other participants of our third “enrich your teaching through entrepreneurship” pilot programme say about their entrepreneurial journey and its added values https://entretime.sce.de/previous-pilot-programme/.

On the 2nd of December, the last workshop of the third entreTime training programme occurred.

With an optimized dynamic provided by the learnings of the previous two pilots, a group of motivated and committed participants from different institutions and realities worked together towards a more entrepreneurial mindset during eight weeks.

The 3rd pilot was held by five European Institutions, the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, in Germany, Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, Lulea University of Technology in Sweden, J.J. Strossmayer University in Osijek in Croatia and University of Aveiro in Portugal.

More than one hundred registrations, a reserve list of participants interested in joining and participants that weren’t selected but asked for access to the platform resources, the first webinar gathered the 35 participants selected. Beginning on the 6th of October, 35 participants joined the international teams and had the opportunity to learn and to share through different formats and resources: from webinars, workshops, project development, MOOCs, LoopMe, with a combination of theory, hands-On and feedback, setting and providing the optimal environment for learning.

The 25 participants experienced and completed an immersive journey with the aim of upskilling and upgrading their pedagogical tools by providing a comprehensive training package with several international experts and with the support of 7 coaches from the five countries that promoted this cohort.

The entreTime training following the previous pilot format was held fully online allowing the participation of educators from different countries besides the hosting ones of the pilot, as from South Africa, Mozambique and Belgium, allowing a richer experience considering the cultural, scientific and personal diversity of each.

The third pilot emphasised the relevance of the training to improve and boost the entrepreneurial mindset in Higher Education Institutions and the quality of the entreTime model of teaching through entrepreneurship.

Developed by LUT University in 2008 based on the solid knowledge acquired in the field, the first release of the Measurement Tool for Entrepreneurship Education (MTEE)  have been used in many European countries.

Led by LUT, the EntreCompEdu team has developed an SAT able to capture how teachers execute entrepreneurship education with a focus on teachers in primary and secondary schools and principals.

For more info: https://eumtee.lut.fi

The second call for proposals of HEI initiative aimed to empower higher education players to become key actors in innovation ecosystems will be launched on 18 November.
The main goal of this call is to identify HEIs committed to designing individualised action plans toward long term entrepreneurial capacity.
These action plans will be designed based on an HEInnovate self-assessment, tools validated and used by thousands of institutions.
If you are interested, join the info session organised on 7 December 2021.

To learn more https://eit-hei.eu/

Here you find the second entreTime-Newsletter.

The second entreTime training programme pilot was conducted between March 31st and June 16th. It was an exciting adventure that gathered participants from around the world working together to strengthen their competencies to promote a more entrepreneurial higher education and to reflect on innovative strategies to the challenges of universities.

The pilot was held by four European Institutions namely, Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences, in Germany, Tampere University of Applied Sciences in Finland, Swansea University, in Wales (UK), Junior Achievement Bulgaria, in Bulgaria. It was a joint effort with international and interdisciplinary teams and coaches and an excellent opportunity for meaningful networking.

Starting with the mote of “teaching through entrepreneurship” the training programme brought together more than 15 international experts, 9 coaches from the four countries who hosted the programme and diverse learning and interactive on platforms, in a true interactive blended learning approach.

The pandemic context set the opportunity to have participants from around the world, being represented by 19 countries, from India, Egypt and Chile to Italy, Portugal or Poland, apart from the participants from the hosting countries. The experience was enriched by the diversity of the scientific and academic backgrounds, ages, and years of experience.

The entreTime curriculum offered the participants an immersive journey through distinct themes related to the topic, webinars, workshops, and a blended learning phase with interactive sessions, complementing the shared knowledge during the sessions.

A total of 39 participants finished the programme with active participation throughout the program, the team challenges, entrepreneurial teaching project development, micro-challenges, MOOCs, attending to the online events and being engaged in intense and constructive networking. The overall feedback was very encouraging, reinforcing the relevance of the entrepreneurship of the demands for higher education institutions and society’s challenges nowadays and particularly in the future.It was an excellent test of the overall train-the-trainer programme and reassurance of the model that entreTime is proposing.

To learn more and get inspiration from some participants https://entretime.sce.de/previous-pilot-programme/

After the deemed success of the first pilot ended on June 16th, the entreTime team has just launched the third edition of the pilot with 5 Higher Education Institutions formally engaged for training and guiding the participants.
With the aim to upskill educators, the entreTime training package offers novel validated methods and tools for stimulating the entrepreneurial spirit of students.
The 2-months pilot programme starts on October 6th, 2021 with a blended and experiential learning approach, giving access to the entreTime open-faculty platform and the lively educator community. For more info visit our webpage “upcoming pilot”.
Only 35 seats are available, apply now https://entretime.sce.de/pilot-programme (registration open until August 20, 2021)

“We are thrilled, how much passion, creativity and curiosity the educators who attended as students this time, have shown in our training programme throughout the past three months” stated the entreTime team.

All this enthusiasm has been captured by a quote expressed during the Jubilation event “I really appreciated taking a step back from entrepreneurship as a tool to get startups on the road. It’s very narrow. To step back, get a bigger picture again and see that entrepreneurship is really so important in lots of different types of teaching and that we really need to address it – also to succeed in the future.”

With 44 registered participants from 10+ countries guided by 10 experienced entrepreneurship trainers, the three-month blended training programme ended with the final pitch on  June 16th. At this concluding event, 8 impact-driven entrepreneurship projects, composed of groups of educators,  presented their pitches, showing how they deployed the newest methods and tools learnt during the “teaching through entrepreneurship” course into practice.

We had some winners:

  • “The Gamers” with 7 participants from 7 countries. A gamification approach to teach entrepreneurial skills.
  • Followed by AfrEntX – an entrepreneurship education bridge between Munich and two major universities in Togo.

Now, all the participants are part of the entreTime Community!

Evidence indicates that developing an entrepreneurial mindset in people is a key factor for economic growth employment creation and sustainable local development. Through the cascading effect of knowledge transfer across all levels of society, entrepreneurial universities play a crucial role in spreading that mindset.

entreTime deployed a comprehensive train-the-trainer package for further developing the skills of educators within higher education institutions outside business schools and economic faculties.

By incorporating entrepreneurship into their teaching, educators can:

  • Contribute to the university’s Third Mission
  • Increase students’ employability and entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Empower their teaching methods with new pedagogical competences and tools for experiential learning

Through 2021 the training programme will be validated at 10 selected HEIs in Europe and Canada. The 3-months pilot programme starts on March 31st 2021.

To apply and learn more about the training course, visit the pilot programme webpage.