In Chalmers' initiative on entrepreneurship in education, the aim is to give students an opportunity to practice an entrepreneurial approach. It is about developing people, both students and employees at Chalmers, and not primarily creating new companies. Having practice and experience in working with an entrepreneurial approach, is a benefit for all Chalmers students in any future career choice.
Entrepreneurial approach in learning
Between 2016 and 2019, Chalmers has been running a project aimed at integrating entrepreneurial experiences into the education programs. The project is not about new courses, modules or programs but to broaden the opportunities for all students to get entrepreneurial experiences. In some cases, it is about making the students aware that they are already participating in learning with an entrepreneurial approach, for example in project work, graduate and master's theses.
In practice, entrepreneurial experience is about working with methods where everything is not corrected and where there is no right or wrong. The uncertainty that may arise is important to train and reflect on during education, to be better prepared for working life. The idea is an integrated approach in the education and not that everyone should learn to become entrepreneurs.
Create value for others
A definition of entrepreneurial experience has been developed based on the context at Chalmers. The definition contains three parts and these three parts should be addressed to fall within the scope of the definition.
- Create value for others (Into action): Through interaction with other people, get an understanding of their needs, and based on these needs, create something of value for them.
- Ideas and opportunities: An iterative process consisting of generating and designing ideas, evaluating them, choosing an idea, packing and selling the idea and implementing it in a relevant context so that value is created for others.
- Ability and courage: Ability to identify, combine and use your own and others’ resources, and dare to deal with uncertainty, reflect on the outcome, to create value for others.
At least one course within each program
To give opportunities for all students, Chalmers primarily focuses on at least one compulsory course at basic and advanced level in which students are trained to work entrepreneurially.
In addition to the integrated approach, students can also apply for specific courses in entrepreneurship within certain programs or apply to the master’s program Entrepreneurship and Business Design. In summary, Chalmers will offer options for all students to learn an entrepreneurial approach, for many students to further develop their knowledge in entrepreneurship and for a few to also develop excellence in entrepreneurship.
Film from a course in surface chemistry where the students work with value creation
Development leader with a focus on entrepreneurship
Chalmers works continuously to ensure a high quality in teaching. The fact that the students get entrepreneurial experience and increasing the integration of entrepreneurial work methods into the education programs is part of the quality work. There is a pedagogical development leader with a focus on entrepreneurship available to support program managers and teachers in the process of integrating entrepreneurial experiences in courses and programs.
Chalmers Entrepreneurship Society, CES
The Chalmers Entrepreneurship Society (CES) is a student association aiming at developing and contributing to an entrepreneurial culture among the students. The association arranges inspirational activities such as lunch lectures, workshops, evening events, and the Entrepreneur's Day once a year.