Developing entrepreneurship education in Satakunta

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences and other agencies in Satakunta have been active in developing entrepreneurship education since the late 1990’s. SAMK is introducing now a new Finnish-language Entrepreneur’s Degree Programme. Entrepreneurship is promoted in Satakunta confidently and with clear goals.

14.11.2016 | By: Timo Mattila | Photo: Veera Korhonen

SAMKin opiskelijoita Rauman kampuksella. SAMK students in Rauma campus.

 

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) and other agencies in Satakunta have been active in developing entrepreneurship education since the late 1990’s. Educational institutions as well as entrepreneurship organisations have invested in entrepreneurship skills among the young and adults.

Entrepreneurship is a current buzz term and it is emphasized everywhere. SMEs have become important employers, and during the past few years new jobs have mainly been created in small and medium-sized companies. Nearly 99% of companies have less than 50 employees. Also, entrepreneurship itself is undergoing changes. Earlier, people set up a company and worked there most of their life, now they practice entrepreneurship in a series of companies. In other words, entrepreneurship still continues most of people’s life, yet, in a different way.

Entrepreneurship is promoted in Satakunta confidently and with clear goals.

Entrepreneurship has been studied in higher education institutions and actions have been taken to encourage entrepreneurship among students. SAMK’s Enterprise Accelerator was founded in 1996 and this provided a supported way to becoming an entrepreneur already during studies. Both mentoring and UAS studies created a strong basis for expertise and entrepreneurship. As a result, nearly 300 students have become entrepreneurs. In 2015 a common enterprise accelerator ALL IN was established for all higher education and vocational education institutions in Satakunta region. Entrepreneurship is promoted in Satakunta confidently and with clear goals.

As stated above, entrepreneurship is emphasized everywhere and there is a growing demand for entrepreneurship education. Therefore, SAMK is introducing a new Finnish-language Entrepreneur’s Degree Programme. This programme is intended for those who want to develop the functions of their company and to improve their professional competence in business, entrepreneurship and their own specific field. This new programme is based on the premise that learning and working as an entrepreneur can be combined.

SAMKin opetuksen vararehtori Timo Mattila.

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Timo Mattila

Dean, Faculty of Service Business

14.11.2016 | By: Timo Mattila | Photo: Veera Korhonen

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