The partners in the European Flagship project called Sustainable rural development through youth participation, innovation and entrepreneurship 2012-2015 identified a lack of common knowledge of efficient education and research on entrepreneurship and on involving the youth. As a result, a Nordplus Horizontal project, SURE, was launched and conducted within the Flagship network. This project aimed at developing a framework for entrepreneurial education, and thus enhancing innovation and entrepreneurship among the youth.
The following pages introduce the results of the SURE project. The work started with creating an evaluation method in a desktop study. It included a literature review of current research on entrepreneurship education and training as well as evaluation. It formed the theoretical basis for the project’s evaluation method: a questionnaire that reflected and referenced to the review. It served as a tool for the survey of different entrepreneurship education and training methods.
The survey was conducted in the seminars and events of the SURE and Flagship projects as well as other actors in the field. Altogether 19 entrepreneurship education methods were evaluated according to the questions defined in the desktop study. By comparing different methods, practices and research the guidelines for efficient entrepreneurship education especially in rural context were created.
A model for evaluating entrepreneurship education methods was disseminated within the Baltic Sea region in cooperation with the Flagship project. In the future the project partners and the Young ambassadors of democracy, a new project started in 2015, will disseminate in Europe the good examples resulting from the SURE project. SURE supported the goals of the partner network and the European Union Strategy of Baltic Sea Region as well as the Nordplus program.
Main administrator: Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education
Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences (coordinating institution) (FI)
Student Union of Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences (FI)
Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre (LV)
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SE)
Coompanion Kalmar (SE)
Guidelines for entrepreneurship training in rural areas: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-588-539-5
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