The needs assessment for university business incubators in South-Eastern European countries

Nikoloski, Dimitar and Kushi, Evis and Mancheski, Gjorgji and Angeleski, Marjan (2013) The needs assessment for university business incubators in South-Eastern European countries. In: 6th International conference for entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development (ICEIRD), June 20-21, 2013, Istanbul.

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The higher education systems in the South-Eastern European countries represent an important factor for generation of essential knowledge and skills that give students advantageous position in the labour market. However, the higher education systems in this region are lacking suitable links between the practical needs of the students and capacities of the real sector. The establishment of university business incubators has been recognised as valuable strategy that would help enhancing the students’ entrepreneurial skills and would corroborate with the current state of the economy. In this context, we intend to assess the students’ needs, their capacity for generation successful business ideas and the willingness of the potential stakeholders to participate in the process of design and implementation. For this purpose we have carried out a survey on representative samples of students in two universities: “St. Kliment Ohridski” (Macedonia) and “Aleksander Xhuvani” (Albania). Furthermore, a comparative analysis of the results is used in order to draw useful conclusions and recommendations with respect to the types of supporting services and phases of incubation that the model of university business incubator should have to provide. The methodology of analysis includes standard methods for statistical inference and cross tabulation analysis. In our view, the adoption of the model of university business incubator as a standard in the higher education institutions may have large positive impact on the labour markets performance since the increased awareness for self-employment opportunities will stimulate the entrepreneurial climate and induce creation of new jobs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Economics and Business
Divisions: Faculty of Economics
Depositing User: Mr Dimitar Risteski
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2019 11:18
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2019 11:18

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