Entrepreneurship in Initial Primary Teacher Education (EIPTE) is a strategic partnership between eight European institutions: six higher education institutions, one science centre and a foundation. Th Read more
To reach new horizons in pursuit of economic stability and sustainable innovation, Europe needs to further develop its human capital and excel in educating future entrepreneurs. Not only needed for starting new businesses, “Entrepreneurship” as a competence is a key for lifelong learning and continuous professional development in “all walks of life”.
So, when shall we learn how to think as an entrepreneur? The European and global practice indicates that the most widespread platform for learning about, for and through entrepreneurship remain the university level. Yet, similar to any other skill acquisition, the development of the entrepreneurship competence requires a continuous time and effort investment – the earlier we start, the better result we gain. Therefore, we believe entrepreneurship education (EE) should be encouraged at the earlier stages of formal education.
Unfortunately, according to the the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2016-2017 school-level EE is by far the most underdeveloped element in the entrepreneurship eco-system due to the lack of EE in pre-service teacher or initial teacher education (ITE) programmes at the university level. PIETE (Erasmus+ funded project, 2018-2021) will make a substantial contribution to cover those needs and address deficiencies in the development of entrepreneurial competences for a new generation of teachers at universities