UK Enterprise Initiative Comes To The Usa – With NACCE’s Help!
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
Community College, South East London, England
four years the U.K. government has been providing funding for international
activity under a scheme sponsored by the Prime Minister – the Prime Minister’s
Initiative for International Education – or PMI for short. The overall aims of
PMI are to develop educational partnerships and encourage student (and staff)
mobility in the context of an increasingly global economy.
money was allocated to a project for partnership working in the United States.
This initial project involving four US colleges, was led by Greenwich Community
College in London and has made progress on developing articulation links
between Associate degrees in the USA and the UK’s new vocationally focused
Foundation degrees. Because of the success of this project, the PMI Board
agreed to set aside additional funding specifically to move forward on
partnerships between the U.K. and U.S. colleges with a focus on mutual learning
associated with Enterprise.
2010 a contact seminar was held in Washington, D.C., organised by NACCE with
the support of the British Council and the Association of Colleges in the U.K.
The aim of this developmental seminar was to prepare the colleges to develop
joint bids that would fulfill the PMI funding criteria for this enterprise
related fund. A full report on the seminar can be found at www.NACCE.com, under
Program & Events, Member Events.
were successful and these will involve 10 colleges in the U.K. and 17 colleges
in the U.S.
Greenwich bid will enable the creation of cross-Atlantic modules of study on
Entrepreneurship that can be appended to vocational curriculum in the U.K. and
the U.S. to enhance existing qualifications. The units will use online and
virtual study methods and enable colleges to develop future articulation of
U.S. Associate degrees and U.K. Foundation degrees. The project activity will
be related to the development of a common international curriculum, using
technology and thereby encouraging student mobility.
Westminster Kingsway bid teams from the colleges will participate in a
competition to develop either a new food product or process, based on local
farmed ingredients that may be either packaged or served on a plate. They will
collaborate via the Internet and social networking sites and will be mentored
by specialist tutors and industry professionals in both countries. The
competition culminates in a visit to the host country, featuring a week of
industry visits and trips, face-to-face collaboration between teams and a final
presentation to a ‘Dragons Den’ panel of judges.
partners in the Anniesland bid will develop an International Passport to
Enterprise Skills (IPES). Project activities are focused on the scoping,
designing, production and mutual certification of the IPES. The IPES will
capture and collate indicative best practices, case-studies and methodologies;
contextualize entrepreneurship in a variety of scenarios (incl. Web-based
business opportunities), indicate the knowledge and understanding required in
entrepreneurship; profile and demonstrate entrepreneurial skills and attributes
in action; and indicate and exemplify possible performance criteria and
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