Enhancing the Entrepreneurial University: An Entrepreneurship Education Ecosystem Approach At La Trobe University
The aim of this paper is to create, develop and disseminate a collaborative guiding framework for an impactful entrepreneurship education ecosystem (EEE) at La Trobe University; based upon theoretical frameworks and international best practice of cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship education (EE) and ecosystems. The purpose is to engage La Trobe University (LTU) stakeholders and wider entrepreneurship community toward aligning with University Essentials, with particular integration of the innovation and entrepreneurship essential, further complementing the Career Ready Advantage capabilities framework of student skills and attitudes. Priority areas, in order of outcomes proposed, include graduate employability (contextually enhanced as creating employment), student satisfaction and teaching and learning quality. Outcomes include a report and framework to inform University stakeholders on the application of a synthesis of best practice entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurship ecosystems within the context of the LTU community of practice. Wider dissemination of this first of its kind study to disseminate findings and resources include cross-disciplinary LTU workshops, conference papers, journal articles and a unique scholarship of learning and teaching book on entrepreneurship education ecosystems.