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Between 19−21 January I was pleased to represent Enterprise Educators UK—and enterprise educators—at the 2011 Multi-Year Expert Meeting on enterprise at the United Nations in Geneva. In his opening remarks, Mr Petko Draganov, the Deputy Secretary General of UNCTAD (United Nations Conference for Trade and Development) indicated that the emphasis on entrepreneurship education and innovation policies could not be more timely.To this end, educational and public research institutions should receive particular attention as they were central elements of the national innovation system. I made arguments that, due to assessment issues within the Higher Education sector in the UK, we needed to refocus on process indicators, as opposed to purely outcome assessment. I am pleased to say that this has been referenced in the draft report, including comments on the need to develop abilities to generate ideas, not just evaluate them. Also discussed were issues of effective networking, to enable appropriate skills development and to foster an entrepreneurial culture. Clearly Enterprise Educators UK and the Enterprise Alliance are well placed to respond to this, and our successes were noted, indeed my report to the UN will be included in their website.It was further emphasised that policy should support a better reflection of technical and human capital requirements of firms, both in university curricula and decisions regarding research agendas. During the discussions it was noted that entrepreneurship education should be embedded as an integral part of economic development and that a lifelong learning approach to entrepreneurship was needed, with governments being encouraged to pay particular attention to providing access to these types of study.One key discussion surrounded the issues of who was best placed to deliver enterprise education, with the consensus being that only appropriately trained educators could lead the learning process. Teaching the teachers will become a priority and the European Union representative informed me that this would be the focus of an imminent policy meeting. It was accepted that not all educators had the capacity to undertake this, as teaching should be innovative and experiential − learning by doing. The development of an appropriate 'ecosystem' to support educators was also considered important, so that strategic partnerships between educators, students and industry could be more easily facilitated.Throughout the discussions it was great to be able to work alongside Colin Jones of University of Tasmania, who many of you will know from the closing plenary at IEEC 2010, and Victoria Lennox of NACUE, who flew over from Canada to join us. Together we felt that we made quite a formidable team, one that not only got our points across, but also exemplified the way that Enterprise Educators UK has partnered and networked to drive the agenda forward.Andy PenalunaChair, Enterprise Educators UK

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