A lecturer at Queen's University has become the first recipient of a National Teaching Fellowship for Enterprise in Education in the UK.
David Gibson has been recognised for his evolving teaching practices, including inspiring business simulation projects similar to the BBC programme, Dragon's Den.
Mr Gibson was chosen from 223 nominations and is one of 50 individual award winners for 2007.
He will receive £10,000 to support his learning and teaching activities which will be presented to him at an awards ceremony in London next month.
Speaking about his teaching methods, David said: "The focus of my teaching is not to show students how to become the next Richard Branson but to be more enterprising and innovative in whichever career they choose.
"It is very rewarding to see the students develop and succeed. In lectures, they are initially out of their comfort zone, but the creation of a fun learning environment encourages them to respond.
"This award recognising my work is, in itself, also very rewarding."