LJMU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship has received international recognition after winning the title of ‘Outstanding Program Abroad’ in Philadelphia, USA.
The Centre received the title at the annual conference of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), the largest independent, professional, academic organisation in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship.
The title was awarded to the Centre for Entrepreneurship after Emma Robinson, Head of Student Entrepreneurship, and Professor David Gibson, Head of Entrepreneurship Education, were invited to the conference in Philadelphia to take part in a competitive pitch against fellow finalists from the University College Dublin.
The work Emma and David entered into the competition focussed on the ‘change of business’ model adopted by the Centre in recent years, which supports academics to embed enterprise principles into their programmes via the Enterprise Educators Academe.
Emma commented: “Meeting with American colleagues emphasised that LJMU’s approach to entrepreneurship is on the right path to further success. We look forward to further international links for our students as we become more embedded in the global community of entrepreneurship.”
David added: “This award is international recognition for the excellent educators from LJMU who are embedding enterprise into the curriculum and creating ground breaking transformational civic experiences across all disciplines.”
David was also voted as Co-chair for the USASBE’s Special Interest Group on pedagogy, providing an excellent opportunity for LJMU educators to collaborate internationally and publish their work.
The win is the latest success for the Centre of Entrepreneurship. In 2016 the Centre won the ‘Building Enterprise Skills’ category in the Government’s annual Enterprising Britain Awards (EBA). As a result of the strength of its EBA entry, the Centre also won the subsequent European Enterprise Promotion Awards, organised by the European Commission. LJMU beat off competition from nine other European countries, including Italy and Latvia, to win the Investing In Entrepreneurial Skills Award. This recognised the University’s Enterprise Educators’ Academe for its innovative and impactful approach to embedding enterprise skills across the teaching curriculum to improve student entrepreneurialism.