Growing role for NCGE

17 04 2008

The news that the NCGE has been given the task and extra resources to build and manage university enterprise networks, as a result of Government commitments in the Enterprise Strategy: Unlocking the UK’s Talent and Innovation Nation White Paper has been welcomed by CEO Ian Robertson: “this charge to extend the role of the NCGE will enable us to build a network of exemplar universities which will provide staff, students and graduates with leading edge enterprise and entrepreneurship opportunities, support and education that will enable them to compete and succeed effectively in a complex global environment”.

The university enterprise networks will be based on the US Kauffman Foundation experience and over the coming months NCGE will be working with a range of possible private sector partners and engaging with higher education leaders.  A key part of the development of the network will be the involvement of the private sector, and the commitment and involvement of the senior management within universities.

In addition to this new activity, the NCGE will continue to build on its significant international partnerships which underpin activities such as the International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme (IEEP), the Flying Start Global Fellowship, and the China-UK Entrepreneurship Educators Network.  The NCGE is already committed to encouraging HEIs to embed innovation and entrepreneurial activity into the fabric of their institution through its sponsorship of the Times Higher Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award and in its role as co-organiser of the Third International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC), which will take place in London in September 2008.

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