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Entrepreneurial university-leaders 'can create graduate opportunities'

Published: Thursday, 13 January 2011   Category: Self Employment

People looking for graduate opportunities could make their own if they have a strong entrepreneurial spirit, say a business body.

The National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) has suggested that entrepreneurship should be rife in the culture of UK higher education.

Ian Robertson, the NCGE's chief executive officer, said cuts threats to higher education offered "a positive challenge for university leaders" and that "non-reliance on the public sector should percolate throughout the university".

"The institution itself needs to act entrepreneurially to wean itself off public funding," he argued, adding that "all departments and individuals should explore ways of engaging with industry and entrepreneurs in a more beneficial way for everyone".

This week, the NCGE launched a nationwide training programme for academics that promotes enterprise in UK universities with Dragons' Den star Doug Richard.

The Enterprising Academic Programme will encourage lecturers and researchers to understand the business context of their work.

Find graduate opportunities at gradplus.com 

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