Training on cooperative entrepreneurship in higher education

Training on cooperative entrepreneurship in higher education

EMES member Frédéric Dufays, coordinator of the Centre of Expertise for Cooperative Entrepreneurship at KU Leuven, extends a warm invite to an online event dealing with how to integrate cooperative entrepreneurship in higher education.

Event rationale

Cooperatives contribute to entrepreneurship, job creation, providing access to finance, ensuring inclusive and gender-balanced green growth, and stimulating the economic and social progress at a community level. Today in the European Union there are around 131,000 cooperatives with more than 4.3 million employees and an annual turnover of 992 billion euros. Despite their economic and societal importance, cooperatives are underrepresented in the university curricula. There is a lack of cooperative entrepreneurship education.

In line with the priorities of the European Commission expressed in the report of February 28th 2017, “An agenda for the modernisation of higher education”, the Erasmus+ project COOP4EDU aimed at developing educational materials on cooperative entrepreneurship. The consortium, consisting of Alcala University (Spain), the Center of Expertise for Cooperative Entrepreneurship of KU Leuven (Belgium), University of Ioannina (Greece), Cooperatives Europe (Belgium), Co-operative College (UK), the Coopetic Group (France) and the European University Foundation – Campus Europae (Luxembourg), developed a teaching programme and education materials on the history of cooperatives, principles of cooperative entrepreneurship, cooperative business model, writing business plan for cooperatives, team cooperation, and on the opportunities and challenges of cooperative entrepreneurship in digital era.

The training event

This event will present these teaching modules, offering an opportunity to discuss the potential of dissemination of the teaching modules with the policy-makers, academia, expert community, cooperatives, and all other interested stakeholders in the development of education on cooperative entrepreneurship. “I am sure that many EMES members have valuable insights to share and might be interested in the open access course modules that have been developed in the framework of the Erasmus+ project COOP4EDU”, says Dr Dufays.

The event will take place on 17 and 24 November, online, from 1pm to 4pm, and you can sign up for one or both. It will consist of two parts:

  • Didactics of cooperative entrepreneurship and how the educational material can be extended and adapted to local needs (17/11).
  • Policy making and how to better integrate cooperative entrepreneurship in (higher) education policy (24/11).

The exact program will follow soon. Speakers from the EU Commission and renowned scholars have already confirmed their participation.

You can register here.

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