Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Queen’s academic to speak at business summit

An academic from Queen’s University will be among the speakers spreading the word about global entrepreneurship at a business summit in India.

Teaching fellow David Gibson, from the university’s management school, will speak to around 1,000 delegates at the third international entrepreneurship summit in the Indian Institute of Management in Kolkata next Saturday.

A spokeswoman for Queen’s University said: “West Bengal has not seen the increase in entrepreneurialism of other Indian states and the conference is bringing together experts from across the globe to speak on what entrepreneurship means to them and what their students aspire to.

“The invite to speak at the conference is a unique opportunity to highlight the entrepreneurial spirit of Queen’s University and form new links. It follows previous visits by Queen’s delegations to India.”

Mr Gibson is known for developing an ‘enterprise for life’ education model now used throughout Queen’s curriculum and in universities around the world.

He is the only person to receive a National Teaching Fellowship Award for enterprise education by the Higher Education Academy in the UK and has written a book on enterprise competencies.

Mr Gibson said the Kolkata summit was “a real opportunity to build on strategic academic and business relationships”.

“I’ll be speaking about how important is to have entrepreneurial motivation in order to create high growth businesses but also for people who don’t necessarily want to start their own businesses to have an entrepreneurial mindset and to be able to think innovatively within their workplace.

“Queen’s University is seen as cutting-edge, especially after winning the Times Higher Entrepreneurial University of the Year title and we are keen to build on our successes.”

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