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Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education in Austria

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The Austrian higher education system has consistently recognised the need to become more entrepreneurial and innovative with a view to supporting the economic, social and cultural development of the country and its regions. Over the past decades, the government has been implementing a broad reform agenda to provide strategic funding, diversify higher education institutions (HEIs) and promote an allocation of students that improves the quality of services and empowers them vis à vis the future of work and society.

This review illustrates policy actions promoting the development of entrepreneurial and innovative activities in the Higher Education System and individual HEIs. In addition, based on information gathered during study visits, the review discusses strategies and practices adopted by Austrian HEIs to innovate, engage, and generate value for their own ecosystems and networks. The review is part of a series of national reports implementing the HEinnovate framework. HEinnovate is a holistic framework that the OECD and the European Commission have developed to promote the “entrepreneurial and innovation agenda” in higher education.

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Entrepreneurial teaching and learning in Austria

This chapter focuses on the “entrepreneurial teaching and learning” dimension in Austria. Entrepreneurship education is not only about starting a venture or running a business. It is a holistic activity, whose main aim is to provide students with an entrepreneurial mindset (problem-solving capacity, team-working experiences, creativity, capacity to handle complexity, etc.). Importantly, entrepreneurship education gives higher education institutions (HEIs) the opportunity to be more flexible and generate interdisciplinary curricula and engage with external stakeholders, which can provide students with real-life experiences. From this perspective, the chapter assesses the performance of the Austrian higher education system and discuss Austrian case studies. It identifies some challenges and provides some Austrian stakeholders with recommendations.

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