Working group on Innovative Competences and Entrepreneurship Education


Description of the initiative

The Working Group on Innovative Competences and Entrepreneurship Education was set up following the ASEMME4 in 2013. The Ministers of Education agreed to encourage the development of a program to take the scope of cooperation wider than the higher education sector, and this time mainly looking into the primary, secondary and vocational education sector. This program was set up based on the conviction that innovative and entrepreneurial skills and competences should be fostered from an early age.

The First Phase (2013-2015) objective was to create sources and perspectives for policy makers and practitioners and to create a possible inspiration for the ASEM Countries to initiative programmes in line with the represented case studies.

The Working Group on Innovative Competences and Entrepreneurship Education has finalized its second phase (2015-2017). Building on the work done in the first phase (2013-2015), the 2nd phase of the work of the Working Group Innovative Competences and Entrepreneurship Education aimed for having a closer look on the actual perception amongst the various stakeholders encompassing entrepreneurship education framework and how it is practiced in each nation to contribute to fostering innovative. Based on the research, the Working Group built a tangible platform for cooperation among ASEM members in regards to innovative competences and entrepreneurship education through, inter alia, conferences, network formation, and a centre of excellence.

ASEM Partners and stakeholders involved

  • Initiative: Republic of Korea
  • Members: Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, and Romania.

Activities, progress and achievement

First Phase:

  • Opening Seminar on the Innovative Competences and Entrepreneurial Skills, Denmark, Copenhagen, 30 September – 2 October 2013

The seminar was aimed to create the joint understanding and framework of the program and to involve the member countries committed to further development of this important aspect of education policy and practice in the two regions. A Working Group (WG) was appointed at the seminar to take responsibility for the future program of Innovation Competencies and Entrepreneurship Education in ASEM member countries which aims to carry out a best practice study on successful programs in member states.

  •  2nd Working Group on the Innovative Competences and Entrepreneurial Skills, Singapore, 27-29 January 2014

WG meeting in Singapore presented the casestudy on successful/best practice programs or projects selected from the participating countries. Denmark sent out the guidelines to support the WG in the selection and preparation of the cases. The outcomes of the meeting were:

  1. Catalogue of ”1st outlined” case studies,
  2. Targeted analysis of the best practices within the presented case studies.
  • The 3rd Working Group on the Innovative Competences and Entrepreneurial Skills, Oslo, Norway, 19-21 May 2014

The meeting in Oslo brought forward the selection and further elaboration of the Case studies. The meeting was organized also to present the case studies.  The meeting outcomes includes:

  1. Outline of the Table of Content for the final ASEMME Report on “Innovative Competences and Entrepreneurship” (submitted in ASEMME5 in Latvia April 2015), 
  2. The outline of key drivers for successful implementation of policies and programs, and
  3. Design principles of the Case Study (18 individual case studies from the 10 participating countries).
  • 4th  Working Group on Innovative Competences was conducted Viet Nam, Hanoi, 27-29 October 2014

The 4th Working Group focused on the final version of the Case Study report. The meeting completed the key drivers for the successful policies and programs. The main outcome of this meeting was expected to be the outlining of the main Policy Recommendations.

  • 5th Working Group on Innovative Competences, Latvia, Riga, 18-21 January 2015

Latvia hosted the final meeting of the Working Group on Innovative Competences in Riga. The objective of this 5th meeting was to hand over the case study report to the Latvian ASEMME5 chair.

Second Phase

2nd phase of the WG was operated with more emphasis on policy perspectives, whereas the previous phase focused on the case studies. The survey method is distinctive compared to the methods in the 1st phase of the work. The method adopted thematic approach in analysing various entrepreneurship education programs in the participating countries. The survey is expected to extract the common findings amongst the participating countries and policy recommendations on how to advance innovative competences and entrepreneurship education. During the working group meetings, 12 innovative schools and institutes has been visited by the participants in order to understand the context of innovative competences and entrepreneurship in each hosting countries.

The working group meeting has been developing the draft of policy recommendations to the Meeting of Ministers of Education in Seoul. Several policy is suggested in the recommendation are as follows:

  1. The Importance to implement Entrepreneurship Education in the national policy and system of education from the elementary to the higher education, considering the competence is necessary for both individual and societal development in 21st century.
  2. Stimulating the industry’s involvement by creating diverse policies and strategies.
  3. Improving the quality and contents of entrepreneurship education by emphasizing risking taking elements as well as by adopting the innovative methodology.
  4. Implementing teacher training program and professional development for entrepreneurship education more actively.
  5. Encouraging international cooperation to strengthen entrepreneurship education in member countries.
  • 1st Meeting in Seoul, Republic of Korea, 14-16 December 2015

The rationale of the 2nd phase has been discussed together the work plan for the next years and the Working Group was established. The frameworks for the subjects were set in an open seminar.

  • 2nd Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, 21-23 March 2016Case studies have been developed, frameworks analysed and the survey design completed

3rd Meeting in Bucharest, Romania, 26-28 October 2016
Case studies have been completed as well as the survey.

  • 4th Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 14-16 March 2017

The 4th Working Group on ASEM on Innovative Competences and Entrepreneurhip has been organized by Ministry of Education Malaysia on 14-16 March 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The fourth working group elaborated the joint report for the 6th ASEM Education Ministers’ meeting (ASEMME6) in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The meeting has discussed the policy recommendation for fostering innovative competences/entrepreneurship education and has finalzed  the report. The report can be downloaded here.

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