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E EURSHIP BY ANNE LISE KAPPEL HEAD OF DEPARTMENT ALKA@UNI.GL E NTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION, are often referred to as central concepts in relation to developing Greenlandic society and creating growth. These concepts are often associated with starting your own business – although entrepreneurship comprises much more than just becoming self-employed. It is therefore important to broaden one’s knowledge of entrepreneurship and to develop entrepreneurial methods in relation to other educational programmes. On our bachelor’s degree programme in Business Economics, we are increasingly placing emphasis on entrepreneurship in teaching, as it has proved to affect students in a number of positive ways. The entrepreneurial teaching methods enhance a number of desirable skill sets that provide great value. It encompasses development, assessment and qualification of new ideas – and the subsequent transformation of ideas into action. These skill sets are essential in business, for example in connection with working towards the fulfilment of the UN’s Global Goal for sustainability. Greenland’s new business economists must keep their business economics toolbox organised and updated with the latest research. The ability to work together and develop new and up-to-date solutions in collaboration with colleagues and others in the community is just as important. Similar conditions are just as true for other disciplines. It is thus meaningful that entrepreneurship is also integrated into the teaching of others subject fields. Indeed, entrepreneurship is more about practising creativity, innovation and action competencies than it is about how to start your own business. During our increased focus on entrepreneurship in teaching in recent years, we have seen a significant increase in the students’ motivation and commitment when they work with real-world issues, which they, together with others, see a real need in resolving. It has also been clear that this provides increased professional confidence, self-confidence and faith in one’s own skill set when skills that are more professional are brought to bear, together with the added cooperation with stakeholders. Thus, entrepreneurship in teaching can contribute to greater academic benefit and optimise preparation for a professional career after graduation. www.uni.gl 39

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