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Queen's academic among top three enterprise educators in the world

By Clare Weir

An academic from Queen’s University in Belfast has been named as one of the world’s top three enterprise educators.

Broughshane man David Gibson from the School of Management has been recognised by the United States Association of Business Educators and is the first person in Europe to receive the prestigious award.

He has been recognised for his work in introducing the ‘E-factor’ into courses at Queen’s, the UK’s Entrepreneurial University of the Year.

His work has seen him introduce a model of enterprise teaching into courses not traditionally associated with entrepreneurship, including nursing and the arts.

The award recognises the value of his model, which has already been adopted by the European Training Foundation to enhance the employability of graduates right across the EU.

Mr Gibson said that Queen’s commitment to enterprise can be seen in the fact that the model reaches 11,000 students across the university and has led to over 500 students directly engaging in business activity.

“I like to emphasise that being entrepreneurial is not necessarily about making millions; instead it is about having a mindset which is geared towards making a contribution, and the skills to turn opportunity into reality.” he said.

“It is important that students take a pro-active approach to gaining employment. This may mean putting together a portfolio of their work to show off their skills. It’s all about having the right attitude.”

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