Lord Young, business advisor to the prime minister, recently released his report, ‘Enterprise for All,’ which looks at the relevance of enterprise in education.
The report looks at the role and place of enterprise education right from the early school years through to university. In the section on higher education the report calls for every university to have a plan for student enterprise, to offer credit-bearing enterprise courses to all students, to have an enterprise society, a student business start-up programme, support for social enterprises and for their participation in initiatives to measure the impact of these undertakings.
The university’s own pages on student enterprise (http://www.stir.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-study/student-enterprise/ ) explain that enterprise is about uunlocking student potential and that it is a pattern of behaviour that embodies a number of attributes such as confidence, lateral thinking, positive action and personal development. These are certainly skills that can enhance student personal development and employability, so should universities act on Lord Young’s recommendations?
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