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Creating global entrepreneurs unites World Universities Network in Leeds

10 December 2007 |

Creating global entrepreneurs unites World Universities Network in Leeds

Fostering entrepreneurship and equipping individuals and organisations with the skills to work effectively across geographical, political and economic boundaries is the theme of the World Universities Network workshop hosted by Leeds on 10-11 December.

One hundred scholars and industry representatives are participating in the workshop, the second in a series of international events - held in Chicago, Leeds and Zhejiang - to identify and explore issues surrounding the development of 'global entrepreneurs'.

Increasingly creative, adaptable and cross-cultural individuals are crucial to developing new types of relationships, partnerships and organisations that are based on extensive trans-national collaborations. The Leeds event will examine to what extent these needs are being addressed at present and discuss how best to successfully foster such individuals and develop their potential.

"Competitiveness and innovation are key issues of the 21st Century and underpin wide-ranging global challenges and opportunities," says WUN Chief Executive Officer, David Pilsbury. "Governments worldwide are concerned to foster entrepreneurship, however, activities to support entrepreneurial approaches within universities are still emergent and there is little research globally on the enterprise process. Only through better understanding of key enterprise and innovation components will we be able to continue our rapid economic development."

"There is a real need to develop policy to accelerate global entrepreneurship skills in universities," says Leeds Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Williams. "The outcome of the three workshops and advice from entrepreneurial leaders in the US, UK and China will result in a key document outlining future strategic recommendations for consideration by national funding bodies."

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