FIRST ANNUAL GLOBAL CONSORTIUM FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION (GCEE) SUMMIT TAKES PLACE AT BABSON COLLEGE

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GCEE is a vehicle to develop curriculum, initiate collaborative projects with international partners in the field of entrepreneurship education, and create a platform for the global exchange and integration of best practices in entrepreneurship education. 

“The Summit constitutes an important event for GCEE and was represented by member institutions and guests from over fifteen countries,” said Administrative Director Tom Simon.
 
Participating organizations included:
  • Abu Dhabi School of Management
  • Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
  • Bangkok University
  • Centrum Catolica
  • Institute of Business Administration
  • Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
  • Podomoro University
  • Shiv Nadar Foundation
  • Singapore Management University (SMU)
  • Stratesphere
  • Tallinn University
  • Tecnologico de Monterrey
  • Universidad del Desarrollo
  • Universiti Tun Abdul Razak
  • University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Zhejiang University

One of the invited guest speakers who could not attend was His Highness Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates.  His Highness, however, was kind enough to send a video message in which he explained the importance of GCEE to UAE as follows:

“The Ministry of Higher Education is committed to continuously improving the quality of academic programs and ensuring that the colleges and universities of the United Arab Emirates operate at international standards of quality.  The mission of GCEE is very consistent with our objective.  Together, GCEE members will address entrepreneurship education in a comprehensive manner at the global level while developing high-impact solutions for the local context for participating countries and regions.  As a global group devoted to cutting edge educational techniques and pedagogies, GCEE will ensure continuous improvement and excellence in entrepreneurship education for its partner schools.  This is the reason why Abu Dhabi School of Management (ADSM) joined GCEE as the first and only founding life-time partner.  It is a means to ensure that ADSM continues to be an excellent institution of higher learning.”

His Highness ended his message by committing to host the next GCEE summit in Abu Dhabi – an invitation that well received by all GCEE members.  Most are excited about the visit, said Simon.

Attendees heard from Babson senior management, a keynote speaker, and had ample networking with other attendees and Babson faculty and staff. Members spent a day working on an actionable agenda for GCEE for the upcoming year.

Sessions included:

  • The Experience of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® (ET&A) – Babson’s Entrepreneurship Paradigm 
  • GCEE Core and Babson Global Signature Activities
  • Keynote by Steve Mariotti, Founder, Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • The Entrepreneurship Center and the Academic Ecosystem for Entrepreneurship

About The Global Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education

The Global Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education (GCEE) is the catalyst and convener for entrepreneurship education throughout the world. The Consortium prepares leaders to create value generating opportunities for a better world providing a framework for collaboration for member institutions and a vehicle for securing access to the best of today and tomorrow’s entrepreneurship education.

It convenes like-minded institutions in entrepreneurship education in an annual conference that jumpstarts a year of thought and action during which global teams work on projects related to entrepreneurship education that can be shared with the rest of the consortium. GCEE’s Serious Play Studio designs and creates new products and processes pertaining to entrepreneurship education. A global and cross-disciplinary representation of thought leaders participate in studio projects by invite only.

Consortium members also may engage Babson to deliver services that provide members practical and proven entrepreneurship methodologies of Babson College. Services include curriculum design, faculty training, and guidance on establishing a Center for Entrepreneurship.

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.


By Michael Chmura, mchmura@babson.edu, 781-239-4549 | 10/20/2010 06:00