The fourth version of the outstanding meeting on entrepreneurship and educational innovation “Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators” was inaugurated in Antofagasta with the return to face-to-face classes, dictated by Babson College, a world renowned university in the teaching of entrepreneurship.
The meeting, with the participation of 45 teachers from various schools in the north of the country, aims to raise the art and the way of teaching entrepreneurship. It is a unique learning opportunity for teachers to establish a strong spirit of entrepreneurship towards their students, transforming undergraduate and graduate teaching towards an entrepreneurial approach.
The fourth edition of the symposium, which is focused on digital transformation, is organized by the Universidad de Antofagasta, through its Transfer and Licensing Office, in partnership with the Luksic Scholars Foundation, and will be held at the Enjoy Casino in Antofagasta until Friday, May 27.
Workshops, classes and presentations are part of the regular activities of the seminar, and also this year a technical visit to the Port of Antofagasta and the company Enaex Chile S.A., who implement innovation and transformation projects in their functions.
The academics will learn about the logic of entrepreneurial thinking and action, and how this can be taught and applied to students. They will also learn about the entrepreneurial mindset, recognize the key aspects of the process and content of teaching entrepreneurship through the case study method and the growing importance of other methodologies based on experience and action.
For Dr. Luis Alberto Loyola, rector of the Universidad de Antofagasta, this initiative “is in line with the guidelines of the university’s mission and its networking with other higher education institutions in the country. We are very proud of this virtuous alliance that allows us, through the link with the Luksic Scholars Foundation, to deliver tools of the highest level to teachers throughout the Northern Macrozone in such a priority area as entrepreneurship”. At the same time, he highlights the work of the Transfer and Licensing Office of his house of studies.
The Luksic Scholars Foundation is enthusiastic about resuming this symposium in person. Ben Thompson, head of programs at the Luksic Scholars Foundation, said: “The entrepreneurship ecosystem in Chile is growing and evolving by leaps and bounds, so it is necessary that academics can acquire new knowledge to transfer to their students, in this case, on the digital transformation towards which all areas are moving forward. In this sense, we are happy to be able to contribute to this objective, promoting events such as this symposium, in which participants can share experiences with outstanding academics from Babson College”.
The classes are being taught by academics from Babson College; Andrew Corbett and Matthew Allen, experts in innovation and entrepreneurship, who have vast experience from previous versions of the “Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators”, for the Universities of the Northern Zone of Chile.
Matthew Allen, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, pointed out that “the main objective is to help participating professors to teach entrepreneurship in a more effective way. The idea is to take the base they bring as university professors and entrepreneurs in some cases, and provide them with tools that complement their teaching theory and practical experience by sharing the methodologies we use at Babson”.
Babson College is one of the most prestigious entrepreneurship universities in the United States, whose goal is to develop a growing number of innovative international entrepreneurship educators. Its program has already prepared 6,173 educators from more than 1,475 institutions worldwide.
This symposium has been delivered in numerous countries and regions of the world, including Argentina, China, Ecuador, Ireland, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland, Venezuela and Costa Rica.