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The ACE Consortium showcased the work of ACE and established CEEN (Campus Entrepreneurship Enterprise Network) at the ACE Conference at Farmleigh House on Monday 23rd June 2013.

Speaking at the conference, Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn T.D. explained “I want to pay tribute to the ACE Consortium which has been leading the way at developing and implementing strategies to embed entrepreneurship in higher education since 2008. These skills are vital, not just for business students, but all students as we strive to have “entrepreneurial graduates” across all disciplines.”

8 Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) have worked collaboratively to develop this strategy and to date 17 HEIs have participated in the National Entrepreneurship Educators Programme. It is internationally recognised that countries that place an emphasis on Enterprise Education gain a competitive advantage. The business environment becomes more innovative and adaptable whilst the graduate is equipped with entrepreneurial skills that will give them an advantage in the workplace.
The need for an entrepreneurial approach in Irish education is highlighted in a variety of reports including the Hunt and GEM Reports.

 Speaking at the launch of CEEN, ACE Project Manager Bridget Kerrigan outlined “The policies have been developed. The National Entrepreneurship Educators Programme is in place. Teaching resources have been gathered and made available online for educators to use in their own classrooms. The Campus Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Network gives educators and educational institutions access to the knowledge, resources and support they need to implement enterprise education across their disciplines. Now is the time to activate entrepreneurship in the next generation of students by using the infrastructure developed by ACE and available through CEEN.”


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