UWTSD to attend meeting to showcase city's enterprise learning


Swansea will welcome visitors from across the UK and Europe this week who are keen to find out how the city is encouraging children and adults alike to learn about enterprise.

The city, the first in the UK to become a member of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, is hosting a two-day meeting of delegates ahead of a major international conference later this year.

Visitors will hear how Swansea Council has worked with schools, colleges and universities to reduce the number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET).

They will also see at first hand the extensive efforts to inspire young people to think about setting up their own businesses.

More than a dozen delegates are expected on Wednesday and Thursday from as afield as Scandinavia.

Within the last 12 months other visitors have also travelled from South Korea, Ireland, Japan and Uganda on study visits to learn more about the work taking place in Swansea.

The meeting will see delegates prepare for the Third International Conference on Learning Cities, which is taking place in Cork in September.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: “This is a great opportunity to not only showcase how Swansea is regenerating, but to demonstrate how we are preparing to deliver Wales's biggest City Deal and how the £1.3bn will help create 10,000 new jobs and many more opportunities. The projects we have underway now will help deliver a world class digital infrastructure, a digital district and a new digital economy. 

“We are very keen for businesses and academics around the world to know there is an open invitation to visit Swansea so they can see for themselves the opportunities that exist here.”

In Swansea, the focus has been on encouraging entrepreneurial learning among all residents, from pre-school to old age.

Delegates will meet schoolchildren from six years of age, who are involved in the Swansea Primary Enterprise Programme, to those aged 14 – 15 who undertake the Young Business Dragons competition.


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Both are run by the centre 4 entrepreneurial education which develops entrepreneurial thinking in schoolchildren through competitions and encouraging business ideas.

They will also hear from experts at Swansea University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD).

Professor Andy Penaluna, Director of the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development at UWTSD, said: "Here in Wales we are well aware of the impact that change has all around us. Whether we are talking about wellbeing, sustainability, innovation or economic development, good ideas are vital.

“As a UNESCO City of Learning, Swansea is leading many of the debates around the types of education that lead to more and better ideas, because with more choice of ideas we can makes better decisions, even if things change rapidly.

“This puts creativity at the heart of education, and at UWTSD we are working with top international partners to not only develop better university provision, but also to develop the creative ambitious learners that are being called for in all new welsh schooling."




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