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    OCTOBER 18, 2006
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Penn State, Temple University recognized for leadership in entrepreneurship education

PHILADELPHIA and UNIVERSITY PARK, PA (October 17, 2006) — The two largest universities in Pennsylvania, Penn State and Temple University, have been recognized by the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (NCEC) with the organization’s national award for “Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines.” These prestigious awards were given at the 2006 NCEC annual conference held in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region this October.

According to Chris Pavlides, executive director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, “In our program, we recognize that the future of the U.S. economy depends on our students’ learning the key entrepreneurial skills of creativity, self-confidence, resourcefulness and leadership, as well as learning how to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing economy and growing global competition.”

Echoing these sentiments, Anthony Warren, director of the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, added, “I am continually invigorated by observing students become passionate about their own opportunities to create companies, whether they are studying science, engineering, architecture, Spanish or business. That passion is a promising sign for the economic future of the commonwealth.”

Education in entrepreneurship is increasingly being recognized as one of the most important new educational initiatives in major universities. In response, both Temple University and Penn State have created unique entrepreneurial programs that involve students from many different backgrounds and disciplines in not only learning, but also experiencing the skills required to be successful entrepreneurs.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management proactively promotes entrepreneurial spirit throughout all 17 schools and colleges at Temple. Entrepreneurship is a key Fox School tenet and strength; specific emphases of the program include global, social, life sciences and technology, and women’s entrepreneurship.  Entrepreneurship also is integral to the school’s curriculum.  For example, all MBA students participate in the Enterprise Management consulting Practicum course, in which they solve real business problems for real companies.  In its October 2006 issue, Entrepreneur magazine and Princeton Review ranked Temple University’s entrepreneurship program as the nation’s fourth-best program for undergraduates and seventh-best for graduate students.

With close to 150 universities as members, the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers is the vehicle through which top established entrepreneurship centers, as well as new and emerging centers, can work together to share information, develop special projects, and assist each other in advancing and improving their centers' impact. The consortium is the focal point for entrepreneurship centers across the United States and the world to continue the advancement of entrepreneurial excellence. 

For further information, contact:       

Lisa Meritz, The Fox School of Business, Temple University: 215-204-6427, lzmeritz@temple.edu

Wyatt DuBois, Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Penn State University: 814-863-3798, wdubois@psu.edu







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