Belfast Telegraph

Top honour for QUB academic

An enterprising academic from Queen’s University Management School has been named the ‘number one’ enterprise educator in the world.

David Gibson, from Ballinderry, is the first person in Europe to receive the prize from the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

He was recognised for his work in promoting enterprise education in Queen’s.

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

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Gregson, said: “This honour recognises the vital work which David and his colleagues carry out to nurture these vital skills among all our students.

“The development of our pioneering model of entrepreneurship education was a crucial factor in Queen’s receiving the Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year title in 2009.”

Mr Gibson said: “We believe it is crucial for students to develop a spirit of enterprise to give them the edge in the highly competitive jobs market.”

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