Designing Entrepreneurship Education for Impact, PDC & UNB

May 22, 2015 | by: Heather Boyd-Kinnie

The PDC and UNB will present Designing Entrepreneurship Education for Impact in a Global Context: The Case of the University of New Brunswick (UNB) at the 4th Annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education. June 9-11, 2015 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Designing Entrepreneurship Education for Impact in a Global Context: The Case of the University of New Brunswick (UNB)
Entrepreneurship education (EE) is part of degree programs around the world. Research has identified many ways in which EE can impact students. Further, EE can assist individuals in identifying appropriate career guidance and to act in socially responsible ways. UNB is ranked highly in Canadian entrepreneurship education (Industry Canada, 2010; StartUp Canada 2014) and various faculties at UNB have begun incorporating lessons learned and best practices from entrepreneurship curricula and education initiatives beyond departmental boundaries and around the globe. For example, the Technology, Management, and Entrepreneurship (TME at the faculty of Engineering) program has created and implemented various entrepreneurship education initiatives. Moreover, the Faculty of Business has been teaching entrepreneurship as part of their business education both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Finally, Renaissance College, UNB’s interdisciplinary leadership faculty, has been teaching social entrepreneurship as part of their undergraduate curriculum since 2007. Various faculty members are also engaged in an ongoing major research initiatives focusing on EE. In 2011, the Pond-Deshpande Centre (PDC) was founded to spread the entrepreneurial mindset and to foster networking, community engagement and to support start-ups and local businesses. In November 2014 the PDC received $500,000 from the McConnell Foundation within the context of its RECODE initiative to promote social innovation and entrepreneurship. In this panel discussion, various faculty members from different UNB faculties and members of the PDC will share and discuss various perspectives, insights and lessons learned resulting from their individual and cooperative engagement in entrepreneurship education practice and research.

Moderator: Thomas Mengel, Professor of Leadership Studies at Renaissance College, University of New Brunswick (UNB)
Dhirendra Shukla, Associate Professor and Dr. J. Herbert Smith ACOA Chair, UNB
Jeff McNally, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, UNB
Karina LeBlanc, Executive Director, Pond-Deshpande Center, UNB
Jake Wildman-Sisk, Social Ideas Enabler, Pond-Deshpande Center, UNB

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