The Faculty of Business Administration at Berlin International is proud to have signed the Entrepreneurial Skills Charta, which helps to make the relevance of entrepreneurial skills visible.
During the development process, the Dieter Schwarz Foundation and university representatives worked together to develop solutions and approaches on how entrepreneurial skills can be structurally integrated into universities as cross-cutting or future competencies. Based on the challenges identified by the more than 50 participants, eleven theses for the development of successful, sustainable entrepreneurship education were developed and supplemented in a co-creative process by a broad circle of other experts.
Berlin International University of Applied Sciences is one of the 45 universities that have committed to implementing the charter and strengthening entrepreneurship education within the university. The signatory universities include large universities such as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Konstanz, as well as smaller universities such as the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences and the Dresden University of Applied Sciences.
Entrepreneurial skills in higher education
With this charter, the Stifterverband and the Campus Founders in the Dieter Schwarz Foundation therefore formulate how universities can successfully teach entrepreneurial thinking and action. Moreover, it not only strengthens the role of entrepreneurial skills in higher education, but at the same time provides an excellent orientation for the further development of entrepreneurship education programs within the university.
Entrepreneurial skills include future-relevant competencies such as creative and visionary as well as economic thinking, but also the ability to mobilize resources and motivate oneself and others. In addition, it is also about team leadership skills, judgment or problem-solving oriented action. In order to effectively impart these future competencies to all students, junior scientists and researchers, the training of these entrepreneurial competencies must be structurally anchored in the curriculum as a cross-cutting topic. This also requires new, flexible teaching and learning concepts that transcend organizational and subject boundaries and are geared to the needs of the target group.
"Entrepreneurial thinking and action is not only relevant for founders. Employees need it to successfully meet the challenges in business and society," says Andrea Frank, deputy secretary general of the Stifterverband. "45 universities have already committed as initial signatories. This is a strong signal to strengthen future competencies in university teaching!"
Entrepreneurship education includes teaching competencies that promote entrepreneurial thinking and independent action.
As one of the signatory institutions, we agree that these competencies will become increasingly important in the future workplace and look forward to integrating them into our degree programs.
Read the entrepreneurial skills charter here.