THE Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) is pleased to announce that the winner of the SIE 2010-11 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year award is Dr John Park, Charles P Skene Entrepreneurship Programme Leader at Robert Gordon University’s Aberdeen Business School.
The award recognises staff members from Scottish Higher Education Institutions who have made a significant contribution to entrepreneurship education either through the curriculum or as part of extra-curricular activities.
Nominations are made by students and members of the enterprise education community.
Dr Park is a highly experienced industry professional with an in-depth knowledge of the enterprise skills needed to succeed in business.
In 2010, he set up the university’s Business Incubator Initiative, which provides additional entrepreneurship training to students and support in setting up their own businesses.
On receiving the award, Dr Park said: “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to be recognised by SIE, who are a key strategic partner of the university.
“Despite the recent Global Entrepreneurship Monitor survey, young entrepreneurs at the university and across the country are in the process of setting up their own businesses, demonstrating that there is in fact a new generation of bright young business minds emerging in Scotland.”
Fiona Godsman, CEO of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, continued:
“We’re delighted to recognise John’s strong commitment to entrepreneurship education and his excellent work with students at Robert Gordon University.
“We were particularly impressed by the nominations John received from Business Incubator students, which complements his sterling work as a member of SIE’s national network of Enterprise Managers.”
Pictured: (L to R): Scottish businessman and enterprise champion, Professor Charles Skene OBE, Dr John Park, and Victoria Harazim, an RGU media student who has set up her own iPhone App development company, LHS.
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Notes to editor:
- Since 2005, the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) has helped students from all disciplines in Scotland discover their entrepreneurial talent. The mission of SIE is to encourage and help more Scottish students successfully create and grow new businesses, social enterprises and self-employment opportunities.
- Students in all of Scotland’s 19 Higher Education Institutions are supported by SIE’s national network of Interns, Enterprise Managers and Regional Business Advisors. Year-on-year growth in the numbers of new business ventures and the continual increase in the number of surviving student businesses is a powerful testimony to the continued success of SIE.
- SIE’s programme of activities includes regional events, the national New Ventures competition and an annual summer Bootcamp; an intensive residential workshop designed to fast-track student ventures from idea to market.
- For more information about SIE and its activities, visit the SIE website: www.sie.ac.uk.
- SIE is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Scottish Enterprise, and the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC).
- The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) was set up in 1975, and is a vehicle for promoting the economic and regeneration of defined areas within the Member States of the European Union. Within Scotland it is managed by the Scottish Government. SIE’s Regional Business Advisor programme is part-financed through the ERDF.
- Scottish Enterprise is responsible for identifying and exploiting the opportunities for economic growth by supporting Scottish companies to compete, helping to build globally competitive sectors, attracting new investment and creating a world-class business environment.
- The Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC) is the national, strategic body that is responsible for funding teaching and learning provision, research and other activities in Scotland’s 43 colleges and 20 universities and higher education institutions.
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