Facilitating entrepreneurial skills across borders


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Can we raise entrepreneurial awareness in students who go on foreign internships? The Uni-Key project has developed an online course which brings together interns who are based globally although most will be in Europe. The course encourages participants to explore entrepreneurial issues in their host organisation and to exchange experiences with their peers. An additional aim of the course is to encourage the interns to become knowledge transfer agents between their university and host organisation as well as ambassadors of both.

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Facilitating entrepreneurial skills across borders

  1. 1. Facilitating entrepreneurial skills across borders by Anne Fox
  2. 2. Session route map •Who? What? Why Project •How?background •Key situations •Mobile •SocialBuilding the •Informal course •Game elements •Diversity •Gender Challenges •Third country perspectiveOpportunities
  3. 3. Section 1Who, what, why?
  4. 4. Uni-Key Project
  5. 5. Uni-Key Project• Funding: LLP Erasmus Programme• Duration: October 2011 until October 2013• Co-ordinating organisation: University of Applied Sciences Fulda• Project consortium: 9 universities, research institutes, chambers, enterprises, NGOs from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Spain
  6. 6. What’s the challenge?• Encouraging SME internships• Encouraging entrepreneurial mindset• Uncovering learning through additional tasks and reflection over and above the intern work
  7. 7. Section 2Building the course
  8. 8. Uni-Key Context
  9. 9. External Quality Board• Recent graduates• University teachers• Business owners• International studentOffice administrators
  10. 10. Target participant• EU-based Students seeking foreign SME internship• Entrepreneurial• Intercultural• Willing to move out of their comfort zoneMeet Giovanni
  11. 11. Key Learning SituationsWhat key learning situations do you thinkarise when a student goes on a foreigninternship in another country?• Use the chat
  12. 12. Key Learning Situations• Situation: Planning an internship abroad -> turned into a career development exercise• Situation: Self-organisation during internship, including financial issues -> turned into a problem solving and financial management exercise• Situation: Confidentiality and ethical challenges -> turned into a good governance exercise• Situation: Interim evaluation -> turned into an opportunity seizing and intercultural networking exercise (“home ambassador exercise”)• Situation: Under-challenged and over-stressed -> turned into a self-organisation and goal setting exercise• Situation: Reluctance and related conflicts -> turned into a strategic self-development and creative thinking exercise• Situation: Reporting on internship activities -> turned into a valorisation and effective communication exercise (“host ambassador exercise”)
  13. 13. Uni-Key Pilot course modules
  14. 14. Uni-Key Pilot course modules
  15. 15. Sample task 1 • Select one element which you want to develop or change. Check how the other elements of the analysis can contribute, support the change/development process of the one element you chose. of the boxes of the "mindmap", the one In one where I listed what I can gain from my experience, II realized that the thing I had stated that one of the advantages of doing an most problems identifying internship abroad is the possibility of creating awas "Who supports me?". So network of contacts which can be useful for my I decided to think better future career. Reflecting on this point, I realized that I about it and to try this should improve this aspect and work much more on approach. it.
  16. 16. Sample task 2
  17. 17. Section 3 Challenges
  18. 18. ChallengesIn developing the online training the UniKey project facessome challenges such as:■Developing a course which is relevant across borders andacross continents■Developing a course which both business and universitiesvalue■Creating meaningful tasks which can be completed on top ofa fulltime job■Connecting cohorts of interns to work together even thoughthey may be at different stages of their internship■Creating tasks which can be completed with less thanoptimal connectivity■Increasing the value of the internship to the SME by sharingrelevant new developments from the student‟s homeinstitution
  19. 19. Diversity
  20. 20. Is this an issue?
  21. 21. Third country perspective
  22. 22. Informal Learning
  23. 23. Will you join us? Second pilot run
  24. 24. Uni-Key Pilot course 2Start: March 2013End: July 2013Organisation: 7 modules á 10 days (ca. 3-4 workload hours) + welcome/feedback moduleLanguage: EnglishFormat: Moderated On-line Course
  25. 25. Thank you!Let„s keep in touch:Anne Foxannef@annefox.euTwitter: foxdenukwww.uni-key.euhttp://annefox.euor join the EuropemobilityNetwork:www.europemobility.eu
  26. 26. Sources• Game lodge image http://www.flickr.com/photos/instijl/2299283277/sizes/l/• Godding & Godding http://www.goddingandgodding.com• Informal learning http://youtu.be/gtdHZQ2VXhECourtesy of Charles Jennings & Fusion-Universalhttp://www.fusion-universal.comSlides are archived here:http://www.slideshare.net/foxdenuk/facilitating-entrepreneurial-skills-across-borders