Entrepreneurship Education Questions and Good Practices in Hungary and Central and Eastern European Countries


Entrepreneurship is a key driver of economy as the majority of jobs and produced goods are created by small and medium enterprises all over the world. This process highlights the need and importance of entrepreneurship education. Being an entrepreneur could be motivated by different issues: freedom, higher self-esteem and a greater sense of control over own lives, and it may have different roots in personal character, family background or even in business opportunities. Education of future entrepreneurs should cover different fields, financial knowledge, managerial studies, planning methods, behaviour patterns and special entrepreneurial skills. Our research focuses on the need for reconstructing entrepreneurship education at higher education institutions, based on the findings of an international research on the economic awareness and entrepreneurial attitudes of university students in Hungary and other CEE countries. Research results indicated that entrepreneurial attitudes of Hungarian students are very strong: not only in business-type courses, but also at courses of agricultural, engineering, human resource and pedagogical studies. On the other hand, our findings called attention for the different economic knowledge level of students with various specialization, which should be considered during the development of teaching materials and curricula. In the course of entrepreneurship education, the main task of educators is to strengthen the economic knowledge of students by learning-by-doing and practice-oriented methods as well as by introducing good practices together with representatives of the entrepreneurial sphere. Our paper summarizes the main findings of our research and their applications in the remodelling of entrepreneurship education methods.

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Csaba Balint Illes, Szent Istvan University, Hungary
Anna Dunay, Szent Istvan University, Hungary
Saeed Nosratabadi, Szent Istvan University, Hungary

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Conference: ACE2016
Stream: Higher education

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