Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education in Poland

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This report presents evidence-based analysis on Poland’s higher education transformation process towards an innovative, interconnected and multidisciplinary entrepreneurial system, designed to empower its students and staff to demonstrate enterprise, innovation and creativity in teaching, research and societal engagement. Using the OECD-European Commission HEInnovate guidance for the entrepreneurial and innovative higher education institution, the report assesses strategies and practices for entrepreneurship and innovation in Poland’s higher education institutions and the systemic support provided by government.

Higher education institutions play a critical role in Poland’s economy and innovation system, which is based on a strong and growing engagement agenda with industry and local communities, the emergence of new learning environments and strong multidisciplinary research teams. This report offers practical recommendations on how Poland can enhance and sustain the outcomes.




Higher education institutions (HEIs) play a critical role in our societies. They provide the high-level skills needed for the modern economy, assist talented young people to transition into employment, generate and disseminate knowledge and innovation, and work together with business, government and civil society to promote economic and social development. However, to reach their full potential, HEIs must constantly improve their organisational approaches, research activities, teaching methods and external engagement practices. Priorities include integrating new teaching methods into the curriculum, developing educational approaches to stimulate entrepreneurial mind sets, providing support to start-up entrepreneurs, strengthening knowledge exchange and innovation collaboration with business, and taking a more international approach to HEI activities. This report examines how to strengthen HEI strategies and practices and government supporting frameworks in this light.


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