UWTSD's IICED helps shape entrepreneurial learning


UWTSD is delighted to note that Associate Professor Kathryn Penaluna and Professor Andy Penaluna’s work to shape the future of entrepreneurial learning is featured on School Education Gateway, Europe’s online platform for School Education.

A video recorded by Professor Andy Penaluna, the Director of UWTSD’s International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED) and Associate Professor Kathryn Penaluna, Enterprise Manager features a discussion on entrepreneurial learning and offers teachers ideas on how to transform their classroom into an exciting place with an entrepreneurial mind-set.

UWTSD is already widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost institutions in creativity-based entrepreneurship education and has spearheaded international efforts to find new ways of supporting students and to equip them for the 21st century working environment, where flexibility and adaptability will be key skills. 

Presented in 23 European languages, the School Education Gateway is a single point of entry for teachers, school leaders, policy makers, experts and other professionals in the school education field.

The School Education Gateway is funded by Erasmus+, the European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. It is operated for the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission by European Schoolnet, an international partnership of 31 European Ministries of Education developing learning for schools, teachers and pupils across Europe. The School Education Gateway is linked to eTwinning, the community for schools in Europe.

Professor Andy Penaluna said: “For the past five or 6 years we have been in the middle of discussions relating to international skills gaps and potential ways that education can help to address them. It is all about helping young people to get ahead in an ever-changing world.

“Whilst as an academic I can say that the research into education is helpful, I would also add that when young people’s future and careers are so uncertain the biggest focus of all has to be forward thinking. To do that we need to start to combine and connect things that may never have been connected before, so in essence we all have to be creative.

“UWTSD IICED was set up to respond to these new ways of thinking, and luckily we have the support of experts’ right across the globe.”

Professor Kathryn Penaluna said: “As someone who came from banking and finance, I know that the logic used in business is changing dramatically. New ideas need new ways of explaining, or nothing will result.

“This is so different from the way that I was taught, and teachers today are responsible for developing their pupils’ competencies in areas such as challenging norms and seeing new ways of doing things. Once in a while the teacher will not be the expert either, but they will become the coordinator and mentor to their students - sometimes being quiet so that learners make connections in their own minds, and not simply be told things – it is quite an art.

“These are some of the messages that we wish to share, and what better platform than School Education Gateway, because they stretch right across Europe.”

Note to Editor

For more information about The School Education Gateway: https://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/viewpoints/interviews/education-talks-the-entrepren.htm


You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1dF37wTDSE&feature=youtu.be



UWTSD Swansea is widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost institutions in creativity-based entrepreneurship education. Our predecessor, the Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship, challenged many theories of business education and informed the international entrepreneurial community on approaches that enhance creative abilities in enterprise.

We started locally and small, through teaching and learning that helped our students to succeed well beyond graduation. They in turn continue to feed back to us, to keep our UWTSD courses fresh and relevant.

Our techniques caught on and became the topic of conversations, from Brazil to Tasmania, people started to takes notice and to ask questions. Since 2005, we have contributed to significant Welsh and Westminster Government reports and led European discussions on developing teaching abilities for enterprise and entrepreneurship. We also chaired the UK’s first ever guidance for the Higher Education sector too.

Thus UWTSD’s Centre has changed significantly, from a local University Centre to a globally recognised source of expertise. In recognition we created the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED), to build on the global relationships that have developed and the subsequent heightened level of expertise that we have.

In addition to supporting our own staff, students and business start-ups by enhancing their skills and abilities in business innovation; we also work to improve Global understanding of what it means to be an enterprising educator.

You can find out more about IICED herehttp://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/iiced/


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