Publiceret: 27.10.2016Af Felix Bekkersgaard Stark mail
A new study published by the Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship shows that 54.1% of Danish schools have taught entrepreneurship in the academic year 2015/2016.
Managing Director Christian Vintergaard is very pleased with this trend.
“Almost 200 schools have embraced entrepreneurship. This is important because teaching entrepreneurship has a positive effect on pupils. They experience a stronger attachment to their school, they become more enterprising and they develop greater ambitions for the future,” says Christian Vintergaard.
The figures also show large regional differences. Overall, 16% of Denmark’s schoolchildren have been taught entrepreneurship in their most recent academic year.
But in Southern Denmark, this figure is 20.7% of pupils while in Region Zealand only 12.8% of pupils have been taught entrepreneurship.
“It is still a relatively new concept for many schools. But luckily we are increasingly seeing that positive examples inspire pupils and more and more schools are actively using the teaching of entrepreneurship,” says Christian Vintergaard.
The Confederation of Danish Industry is also pleased about the figures.
“Pupils who have been introduced to entrepreneurship at school are often more prepared to set up their own business. We need that in Denmark and we are pleased to see that more people are taking the leap,” says Senior Consultant Alexander Ulrich.
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He still believes that entrepreneurship needs increasingly to be incorporated into the teaching offered at higher educational establishments.
“More students in youth education programmes and in schools have been introduced to entrepreneurship. But the universities have just not embraced it as rapidly. This is something that needs to change,” says Alexander Ulrich.
He praises the Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship for setting up links between the business community and the universities – as with the recent agreement between the University of Copenhagen and the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers designed to teach students about medical entrepreneurship.
“Entrepreneurship contributes to introducing students to the private sector and provides students with the tools to create new products and set up new businesses. The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship is an entrepreneurship knowledge centre and, as such, a cornerstone in ensuring teaching at a more practical level. The Confederation of Danish Industry recommends that the Foundation be awarded a three-year independent grant as a separate item in the Danish Budget,” says Alexander Ulrich.