ACEEU news and updates

ACEEU awards EAN University its Entrepreneurial University accreditation

11. September 2018

EAN University, Colombia, has been awarded Entrepreneurial University Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU). The university is the first institution in Latin America and the second world-wide which has successfully passed the accreditation procedure that is awareded for a period of five years.

"Going through the accreditation procedure is not easy. Each institution undertakes a long process of self-evaluation, addresses issues found and ultimately needs to convince the international Accreditation Committee as well as the Peer Review Team visiting the institution that the university fulfills the 15 accreditation standards.", says Professor Thorsten Kliewe, Chair of ACEEU. In line with this, Francisco Matiz, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Entrepreneurship of EAN University, highlights that "ACEEU recognized us not only for teaching entrepreneurship issues, but also for being consistent with our discourse and applying good practices in the internal processes of the Institution.".

"On behalf of the entire Council, I congratulate EAN University for achieving ACEEU's Entrepreneurial University accreditation. In addition to programmes such as EAN BizLab, we were specifically impressed by the way how EAN's overarching concept of Sustainable Entrepreneurship guides the university's leadership, strategy, culture and processes. The university has developed its own understanding of what it means for it to be an entrepreneurial university and has executed this in an impressive way.", Kliewe adds.

ACEEU accepted as Full Member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)

01. August 2017

We are pleased to announce that ACEEU has been accepted as a Full Member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). INQAAHE, established in 1991, is the worldwide umbrella organisation for Quality Assurance Agencies in higher education, with more than 200 Quality Assurance Agencies (QAA) in higher education being members of the organisation.

The central purpose and role of INQAAHE is to promote and advance excellence in higher education through the support of an active international community of quality assurance agencies. In order to achieve this goal, the network focuses on the development of the theory and practice of quality assurance, the exchange and understanding of the policies and actions of its members, and the promotion of quality assurance for the benefit of higher education, institutions, students and society at large.

“ACEEU has been set up to promote the highest standards in entrepreneurship and engagement in higher education. Being accepted as a full member of INQAAHE is a recognition of our past work and the future exchange with other members will enable us to continue driving quality and excellence.”, stated ACEEU Chair Professor Thorsten Kliewe.

For more information on INQAAHE, please visit:

Accreditation Council Awards First Accreditations for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities

09. June 2017

Dublin, Ireland June 9, 2017 – The Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU) awarded its first accreditations to The University of Adelaide, Australia, today following an eight-month process of evaluation. The University earned a dual accreditation as both an Engaged University and an Entrepreneurial University. The Award was presented during the 2017 University-Industry Interaction Conference in Dublin, Ireland, attended by 450+ academics and practitioners from more than 50 countries.

“The University of Adelaide is a great example of how an institution can create greater social, cultural and economic impacts through the promotion of entrepreneurship and engagement throughout an entire university.” says Cameron McCoy, Associate Vice-President for Engagement at Lehigh University in the United States who chaired the Accreditation Committee of The University of Adelaide.

Reflecting on the accreditation process, Professor Noel Lindsay, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Entrepreneurship) and Director of the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) at The University of Adelaide stated:

“It was a challenging process meeting the 15 quality assurance standards to be accredited as an entrepreneurial university and the 15 standards to be accredited as an engaged university. The process was robust but it has been well worth it. While the accreditation is good to have, the journey to getting the accreditation was invaluable.”

“On behalf of ACEEU, I congratulate The University of Adelaide on the successful completion of the accreditation process¬. This is not only a major achievement for The University of Adelaide, but also for the council, and reflects the need for continuous improvement and excellence in higher education for the benefit of society and the economy.”, McCoy added.

ACEEU's accreditation approach is currently being validated through the implementation of 14 pilot accreditations. Institutions interested in entering the ACEEU accreditation process in 2017 should review the central accreditation and eligibility application documents that can be found on the ACEEU website. As a truly global accreditation, ACEEU develops a strong network of institutions that believe in generating greater impact through entrepreneurship and engagement.

“Universities are today recognising the importance of entrepreneurship and engagement, and we are very pleased to work with these universities around the world that aim to further advance their practice and get recognized nationally and internationally for their excellence.“ says Professor Thorsten Kliewe, Chair of the Council.

A full list of pilot institutions can be found at

Adelaide accreditation seminar review

02. March 2017

On February 15, 2017 ACEEU's first accreditation seminar took place in Adelaide, Australia, with more than 30 participants from 10+ countries attending.

Led by Prof. Dr. Thorsten Kliewe (Chair of ACEEU) and Paul Coyle (Vice-chair of ACEEU), the seminar provided participants with an overview ACEEU accreditations and enabled participants to explore the concept of the entrepreneurial through a serious of exercises.

With participants representing a wide range of academic and professional support roles and covering countries such as Australia, USA, South Africa, South Korea, Malaysia, among others, the workshop provided a unique opportunity for knowledge and experience sharing.

Call for 2017 applications published

09. February 2017

As of today, higher education institutions around the world can apply for entering ACEEU accreditation in June 2017, following the pilot institutions that are currently undergoing ACEEU accreditation.

Institutions interested in becoming one of the first accredited Entrepreneurial and/or Engaged Universities are required to apply for eligibility before the 1st of May 2017. The respective form can be found here:

From 2018 onward, a rolling intake model will be applied, meaning that universities will be able to start their accreditation procedures at any time by applying for eligibility.

First issue of Insight, ACEEU's magazine, published

02. February 2017

Today the first issue of INSIGHT, ACEEU’s periodical magazine, has been published. The magazine is targeting university leaders and managers as well as those driving entrepreneurship and engagement within the higher education sector. The magazine provides readers with insights into entrepreneurship and engagement in higher education around the world whilst also highlighting ACEEU’s latest developments.

Each issue will feature three articles that can take the one of the following forms:
  • Interview
  • Country in the Spotlight
  • Case Study
  • Leadership Piece
  • Research Article

The first issue features the following articles:
  • "Becoming a community engaged university", an interview with Andrew Petter, President of Simon Fraser University
  • "Creating the lucky country – Engagement in Australia", a Country in the Spotlight” article written by Sharon Winocur, Executive Director at Business/Higher Education Round Table, Australia
  • "How to become Entrepreneurial University of the Year", written by Gurpreet Jagpal, Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation at LSBU, CEO of South Bank University Enterprises Ltd and Chair of Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK)

The first and all future issues of INSIGHT can be found at:

ACEEU seminars in Adelaide, Dublin, and Santiago announced

10. January 2017

Given the high interest in ACEEU accreditation around the world, three seminars will be held within the next six months to inform interested institutions about the accreditation process and its standards, and to give the opportunity to meet both central people within the ACEEU Council as well as other universities that aim to foster entrepreneurship and engagement.

The three seminars include:
  • Asia-Pacific Seminar: Adelaide, 15th of February, 2017
  • EMEA Seminar: Dublin, 7th of June, 2017
  • Americas Seminar: Santiago, 31st of July, 2017

For more information on the seminars, please visit:

Simon Fraser University and University of Porto join the pilot phase

04. January 2017

Today, ACEEU Chair Thorsten Kliewe announced that Simon Fraser University (Canada) and the University of Porto (Portugal) will enter the ACEEU pilot phase in addition to the 12 before selected institutions. Simon Fraser University, SFU, will be the third institution in Northern America, thus reducing the region’s current underrepresentation among the ACEEU pilot institutions. The University of Porto, short UPorto, will be the first Southern European university among the pilots.

Dr. Kliewe, Chair of the Council, explained the decision by referring to the special profile of the two institutions. “We are very happy that SFU and UPorto are joining ACEEU’s pilot phase as they will help us to better understand the education (eco)systems in Northern America and Southern Europe, two major regions in the education landscape. Another factor positively affecting the decision was that both institutions are internally highly regarded universities in the field of entrepreneurship and engagement. We see their interest in ACEEU accreditation as a clear sign in the third mission of institutions and the trust in ACEEU. Ultimately, getting such high profile institutions on board will also benefit all future applicants as it raises ACEEU’s profile and the value of the accreditation.”

SFU and UPorto join the current set of twelve pilots, consisting of:
  • The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • University of Wollongong, Australia
  • University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Qatar University, Qatar
  • Coventry University, UK
  • Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • University of Turku, Finland
  • University of Tartu, Estonia
  • University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Lehigh University, USA
  • Ryerson University, Canada
  • EAN University, Colombia

For more information on the pilot institutions, please visit

ACEEU’s new social media presence

24. November 2016

In order to further promote ACEEU, its activities, accredited institutions as well as the topic of entrepreneurship and engagement in higher education in general, ACEEU has now started its social media presence at LinkedIn and Twitter.

In addition to the ACEEU website, the ACEEU Twitter account and LinkedIn page will become the main sources of up-to-date knowledge on ACEEU, its activities and newly accredited institutions. In addition, ACEEU’s social media presence will promote the topic of entrepreneurship and engagement in higher education in general.

The Twitter account can be reached at Please feel free to use the hashtag #ACEEU_org if you tweet in relation to ACEEU or Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities in general.

The ACEEU LinkedIn page can be accessed at

First official version of ACEEU's accreditation documents published

18. October 2016

The first version (v.1.0) of ACEEU’s central accreditation documents has been published today. The documents specify the accreditation process, the standards and guidelines as well as the policies that apply to each ACEEU accreditation procedure. Each document has undergone a rigour review and revision process in which each council member had the opportunity to outline change requests. Based on the feedback, the documents were slightly revised. Overall, however, the process has shown that the developed approach is widely accepted.

The documents are now available on the ACEEU website, as part of the application package, and include:
  • ACEEU Process Manual
  • ACEEU Standards and Guidelines
  • ACEEU Policies


12 institutions selected for ACEEU’s the pilot phase

11. October 2016

Following a “Call for Pilot Institutions” and an extensive review process, ACEEU has published the selected 12 pilot institutions that will be the first worldwide to undertake ACEEU accreditation and provide feedback on the accreditation process and its standards.

“We were overwhelmed with the number of applications we received in response to our call for pilots” says Dr. Kliewe, Chair of the Council. “We are especially glad to see that applications came from internationally well-regarded institutions as well as those we call ‘hidden champions’. These hidden champions are institutions that are not ranked high in classical education and research-based ranking, but are recognised widely for their entrepreneurship and engagement practice.

The twelve selected institutions include:
  • The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • University of Wollongong, Australia
  • University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Qatar University, Qatar
  • Coventry University, UK
  • Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • University of Turku, Finland
  • University of Tartu, Estonia
  • University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Lehigh University, USA
  • Ryerson University, Canada
  • EAN University, Colombia

For more information on the pilot institutions, please visit

All pilot institutions will undertake the ACEEU accreditation process as defined in the ACEEU Process Manuel. Depending on the pro-activeness of the institutions, the first completed accreditations are expected for June 2017 with the majority of accreditations most likely being completed in the last quarter of 2017.

Call for pilot institutions published

01. September 2016

Interested in becoming one of the world’s first accredited Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities? Then register now your interest to become one of ACEEU’s pilot institutions.

Given that no comprehensive and accepted approach exist yet to evaluate universities with respect to entrepreneurship and engagement, ACEEU will first pilot its accreditation before offering it to all higher education institutions worldwide. Therefore, a call for pilots was published today.

Dr. Kliewe, Chair of the Council, stated “We have done a lot of research on the importance that entrepreneurship and engagement play in universities today and we were certainly happy to hear that the topic more and more placed on the agenda of higher education institutions. However, now it is the time to see if this is only a lip service, or if institutions are really committed to further develop their practice and get recognised for their approach and achievements.

Interested institutions can apply for becoming an ACEEU pilot institution by filling out the respective application form until September 26, 2016. To access the application form, please visit:

For more information on the call for pilots, visit:

ACEEU website launched

24. August 2016

Having laid out the foundational work for ACEEU’s accreditations, ACEEU today launched its website to provide interested institutions with a great deal of information on the accreditation process, the standards against which institutions will be accredited and much more.
Dr. Thorsten Kliewe, Chair of the Council, stated: “This is a major step for ACEEU from a communication perspective. Both university leadership but also mid-level management staff dedicated to entrepreneurship and engagement perceive accreditations as rather complex undertakings and are, at the same time, unclear about the value that such an accreditation can provide to them. In many cases, our website will be the first point of contact for interested institutions, and is thus a crucial communication element before more personal interaction is established.”

The ACEEU website is mobile friendly and thus allows visitors to also engage with the content from mobile devices such as phones or tablets. Please keep an eye on our website for news on ACEEU’s development and do not forget to subscribe to the ACEEU newsletter.