Wednesday, August 21 11:40:13
ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, has today called on the educational establishment to stop paying lip-service to entrepreneurship education and to embrace it as part of their core identity.
All the evidence suggests that a practical approach to business subjects and an exposure to entrepreneurship in every degree, with participation in real and potential enterprise scenarios, giving a dynamic teaching mix of process and action, guarantees success.
While the perennial cry from big business lobbyists is for more maths and science in schools, to satisfy their multinational masters, the importance of entrepreneurship to the regeneration of the Irish economy is of far greater consequence, the business group said.
As a result of even some basic entrepreneurial education, students see themselves as entrepreneurial, which can translate into real business ventures. Just as important, it will contribute to an attitudinal change towards entrepreneurship within the Irish culture.
The Association criticised the main universities for their large classes, poor teaching methods, dry academic content and few applications to real business life. The result is a graduate unfit for work, ill-prepared for business life and error prone.
Commenting on the situation, ISME CEO, Mark Fielding said, "Most of our universities are light-years away from the cutting edge of entrepreneurship education in global terms. We need more specific structured training and workshops, mentoring, business networking and incubation space, together with on-the-job experience, while studying. Many of these institutions are just paying lip-service to entrepreneurship education without involving business and especially SME business."