ACEEU Spotlight spreads the knowledge on and understanding of entrepreneurship and engagement to promote excellence in higher education institutions.
Spotlight articles are designed around the 15 ACEEU accreditation standards to provide readers with insights that can be used to spark ideas for university advancement.


01 Mar 2021

Shared GoalsThird Mission Activities
There is no doubt that employers rely on higher education providers to deliver qualified and skilled employees. It is also true that universities rely on industry to support the making of a more skilled and entrepreneurial minded workforce. For the best fit to occur between input and output (graduates), the two parties should be clearly and regularly communicating their expectations with each other.
By Nita Temmerman


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10 Feb 2021

Shared GoalsResearchContinuous Improvement
Rethinking and Reinforcing Support for India’s University Researchers in the Pandemic and Beyond
Doctoral students and young researchers from Dehli’s universities share their stories of dealing with the new challenges and limitations impacting their research work in the pandemic. Their experiences reveal increased pressures, anxiety and a lack of support from their institutions. Tackling this problem will require universities to become more innovative, entrepreneurial and engaged with key stakeholders.
By Monika Maini

27 Jan 2021

Lessons from an Academic Mountaineer: Exploring the Terrain and Getting a Grip on Competency-Based Online Education
The pandemic has unearthed latent issues of access, equity, and attainment of valuable higher educational credentials. Confronted with these challenges, universities should explore the competency-based online model: at WGU it has been effective in transforming the traditional relationships among students, faculty, the institution, and the market.
By Linda A. Wendling

20 Jan 2021

Flexible Pathways for “Getting Out of Higher Education” Will Be Even More Important in the Post-COVID Era
Higher education institutions and the labour market can work together on offering work-based learning and flexible completion opportunities to tackle growing unemployment rates in the post-COVID era.
By Uliana Furiv, Michaela Martin

14 Jan 2021

Continuous Improvement
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education in a Post-COVID-19 World
Higher education officials need to reimagine what colleges and universities will “look like” after the confusion of the pandemic passes, and why the times require, and support, innovation and entrepreneurship to guide higher education in the future.
By Marguerite J. Dennis

28 Dec 2020

Institutional CommitmentContinuous Improvement
The Risk of Returning to “The Good Old Days” for Universities Post-COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken universities in many profound ways and will likely continue to affect higher education after the pandemic subsides. In this context, little is being made on how a yearning for normality may eschew innovations in the post-pandemic periods as universities may feel increasingly compelled to revert to old practices. Driving innovations forward will present a huge challenge for university leadership.
By Amatey Doku

27 Nov 2020

Third Mission ActivitiesContinuous Improvement
Tailoring University Incubation Programmes Based on the Needs of Refugees
A revision of refugee entrepreneurship programmes in higher education institutions can increase refugee resilience and contribute to better adaptation to new communities.
By Aysuhan Tuba Saral

03 Oct 2020

Shared GoalsLeadership
Constructing Entrepreneurial Universities in Africa Presents Unique Opportunities and Challenges
Africa has been noted for its entrepreneurship culture and potential. Still the lack of clarity of the concept and a weak policy environment are inhibiting a total embrace by higher education institutions on the continent
By Ransford Bekoe

24 Sep 2020

Shared GoalsLeadership
Entrepreneurial Leadership Failure and Its Impact on Student Entrepreneurial Spirit
Entrepreneurship is often overlooked by many universities. How failure in entrepreneurial leadership impacts student entrepreneurial spirit by examining selected universities in the MENA region?
By Ibrahim M. Karkouti

20 Sep 2020

Leadership for the Engaged University: Nurturing Social Capital to Leverage Organisational Knowledge
For the engaged university to thrive requires a leadership model that fosters a culture of innovation-driven thinking, creation, and community engagement by its members.
By Antonio Dottore

17 Sep 2020

Leading Entrepreneurship at a University During Turbulent Times
Discover how in this age of uncertainty organisational development theory has been leveraged to lead the award-winning team at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
By Wendy Kerr

15 Sep 2020

Entrepreneurship Education and ADHD: Is It Time to Support Right-Brain Thinkers?
In recent years increased attention has been paid to the link between the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Entrepreneurship. Here, Professor David A. Kirby considers the implications for Entrepreneurship Education based on early research he undertook at the University of Surrey.
By David Kirby

07 Sep 2020

Institutional CommitmentShared GoalsInternal Support Structures
Carrying the Third Mission Weight Requires Many Shoulders: Can Austria Learn from the German Approach?
It takes a village to bring up a child, and an all-institutional effort to encourage third mission. Austria’s approach to promoting universities ‘roles beyond education and research has limitation on several levels. Can Germany’s more centralised government-backed model help? Here, we outline why the establishment of stand-alone transfer centers are just a drop in the ocean.
By Dr. Martina Gaisch, Daniela Nömeyer

03 Sep 2020

Continuous ImprovementImpact
From Assessing Impact to Making an Impact
Innovation scholars assessing impact in research consortia can make a wider impact to their universities, scientific community and society at large.
By Angelo Romasanta

31 Aug 2020

Can Indian Universities Tackle Challenges to Deliver Social Impact?
Indian universities that aim at producing social impact will face various challenges in funding, student expectations, student admission, academics perception, and university governance. Understanding these challenges is important before any viable strategy can be developed and implemented.
By V. Santhakumar

18 Aug 2020

Prejudice-Driven Challenges of Entrepreneurship Education Limit its Impacts
Entrepreneurial education is in trend and fashion, yet many implementation challenges it faces stem from biases and misconceptions of educators and society. Admitting this fact opens a way to solutions.
By Nikolai Shmelev

15 Aug 2020

Shared GoalsThird Mission Activities
Entrepreneurial University and COVID-19: Opportunities for Entrepreneurial Transformation?
Universities will change as a result of the Coronavirus, but how? And how will the pandemic impact on their Third Mission and enterprise activities?
By David Kirby

10 Aug 2020

Third Mission ActivitiesImpact
Why Do Most University Impact Studies Fail to Adequately Assess Universities’ Engagement with Communities?
The traditional ‘big number’ approach to measuring economic impact is out of step with what places need from their universities. As a result, improvements in engagement are difficult to analyse, plan and implement.
By James Ransom

06 Aug 2020

Institutional Commitment
Universities - Entrepreneurial and Sustainable. Best of Both Worlds?
As universities seek to become both entrepreneurial and sustainable, they will redefine their role as smart actors in entrepreneurial ecosystems.
By Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Segers