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Academic first in Europe to get award

A Queen's University academic has been named as one of the world’s top enterprise educators.

David Gibson from Queen’s University Management School has been named as one of the top three enterprise educators in the world by the United States Association of Business Educators. He is the first person in Europe to receive the award.

David 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. It has already been adopted by the European Training Foundation to enhance the employability of graduates right across the EU by providing them with enterprise, business and entrepreneurial skills.

David said: “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.

“There is a need to nurture the enterprising behaviour and employability of students at all levels, not only to encourage small business start-ups but also to develop a culture of enterprise and innovation.

The award comes as David’s latest book The Streetwise Guide to Being Enterprising has just been published by Oak Tree Press.

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