This week, Babson presented its Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE) program to a group of 40 Spanish academics, government officials, foundation directors, and entrepreneurs at the University of Cantabria in Spain.

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This was the inaugural program of the Santander International Entrepreneurship Center (CISE), an international center for entrepreneurship supported by Santander Universities.

Babson has partnered with Santander Universities to deliver its branded methodology of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® (ETA), a unique educational process which trains participants in the “art and craft” of teaching and learning entrepreneurship.

CISE is an international initiative born from Banco Santander, through its division Santander Universities, Cantabria University and the Government of Cantabria to promote “integrated entrepreneurship.” CISE’s functions and mission are based upon four pillars: Promotion of the entrepreneurial culture, entrepreneurial research, entrepreneurial training, and knowledge transfer to support entrepreneurial action. The initiative is led by CISE President Federico Gutierrez-Solana.

The five-day intensive symposium provides an introduction to case method teaching and live, venture-based teaching. Attendees are encouraged to identify, plan, and improve as teachers, learners, researchers, colleagues, and entrepreneurs. SEE explores best practices in entrepreneurship education, case method frameworks, and pedagogy – in a dynamic setting.

The program is led by Babson Professors Heidi Neck and Andrew Corbett.


  • Case Method Teaching
  • Managing Classroom Challenges
  • Curriculum and Course Design
  • Experiential and Action Learning Pedagogies
  • Immersion-based Teaching
  • Assessment and Assurance of Learning
  • Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®
  • Entrepreneurial Identity
  • Idea Generation
  • Design Thinking
  • Market Tests and Business Models
  • Building Entrepreneurial Teams
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Managing Growth

“In today’s environment of uncertainty, the world needs entrepreneurial solutions and leaders who create economic and social value everywhere,” said Elaine Eisenman, Dean of Babson Executive and Enterprise Education, “Programs like SEE are leading the effort to shape tomorrow’s entrepreneurial leaders today.”

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society -- while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit

About Santander Universities

Banco Santander’s commitment to progress finds its expression in the Santander Universities Global Division, whose activities through local affiliates, such as Sovereign Bank, form the backbone of the bank’s social action and enable it to maintain a stable alliance with the academic world. Santander has forged long-term partnerships with more than 940 universities in Latin America, China, Singapore, USA, Spain, Africa, Portugal, United Kingdom, Russia and Singapore.

Santander Universities USA was introduced in the United States in 2008 through Sovereign Bank and has now resulted in agreements with 21 universities and colleges. The program supported 775 scholarships in 2011.

Santander Universities Global Division is the channel through which Banco Santander supports the higher education sector in these countries in such areas as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student mobility and innovation.

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By Barbara Spies Blair, , 781-784-3259 | 11/02/2012 07:00