Developing Entrepreneurship in Indonesian Higher Education

October 15th, 2020

The critical role of universities in socio-economic development is nowadays widely recognised. Enhancing linkages and cross-fertilisation between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and their business environment in the interest of employability of graduates and sustainable and inclusive growth is high on the agenda of policy-makers around the globe and a relevant target under the current Europe 2020 Strategy and its Flagships Initiatives. In this vein, Agora Institute enhances university-business cooperation through SMART, a project co-funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ Programme that facilitates the transfer of good practices from the EU to Indonesia. Thanks to this ambitious project, Agora Institute has implemented one of the largest studies into cooperation between Indonesian HEIs and business yet completed, which has provided the basis for the three intensive trainings to be implemented throughout the project. Implemented and developed by Agora Institute, the University of Bologna, and the University of Turku, the first successful training on entrepreneurship was held from 6-8 October 2020 and counted on the active presence of experts from different European universities. The first training targeted different groups such as academic staff and local enterprises and was attended by more than 50 participants from Indonesia and Europe. Moreover, the event provided a forum for the participants to learn and discuss various aspects of entrepreneurship such as strategies, university’s third mission, entrepreneurial training and scouting programmes, and entrepreneurial ecosystems, networks and collaborations. The three-day training workshop constituted an excellent opportunity for an in-depth exchange of practices and valuable experiences Europe/Indonesia.

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