Enterprising Buckingham students help launch new entrepreneurship guidance

18 January 2018

A University of Buckingham student and a graduate talked about their experiences of entrepreneurship at the launch of new advice for students from the QAA. The new guidance captures the latest thinking on how to embed entrepreneurship and enterprise in higher education.

University of Buckingham BSc Business Enterprise (BBE) and MSc in Entrepreneurial Consultancy and Practice Graduate, Abi Owolabi and one of our second year BBE students, Jordan Armadi-Myers spoke about their experiences being students on the two enterprise / entrepreneurship programmes at Buckingham. Head of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Professor Nigel Adams said “I am very pleased that one of our graduates, Abi Owolabi and one of our undergraduates, Jordan Amadi-Myers, will be two of the speakers at the QAA entrepreneurship education guidance launch event in London.

They will be speaking about their experiences as entrepreneurship students on the BSc Business Enterprise course at the University of Buckingham. Venture Creation Programmes, such as the Buckingham BSc Business Enterprise (BBE) are now fully recognised and mentioned throughout the guidance. Research has shown that Buckingham’s BBE was the first undergraduate Venture Creation Programme in the world.

Professor Andrew Penaluna, of the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, who led the guidance, said: “Educators are often tasked with preparing for jobs that don’t exist, using technologies that have not yet been invented, and spotting and solving problems that we have to define clearly. We need to allow students to learn in a way that enables them to identify and solve real problems, perhaps starting a business as an integral part of their programme or responding to challenges set by a local enterprise. Allowing them to fail is one of the best ways to learn. Being able to experience failure in order to find new ways forward is a valuable life lesson that increases resilience, helps flexible thought development and brings innovative new ideas into play.”

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