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The Dutch Merchant

VU International News and Reviews No. 121 October 08 2018

October 2018

The OECD has published the report of its assessment on “Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education in the Netherlands”. The 162 pages report was the result of the HEInnovate review of the Netherlands, conducted by the OECD together with the European Commission.

Overall, the report is fairly positive about the Netherlands and what they call “valorisation”. Many HE institutions are offering a rich variety of entrepreneurship education activities. Valorisation takes many forms and efforts are made to have a common set of indicators on how it creates societal and economic impact (and how much). Of course, recommendations for further improvements are being offered.

It was based on selected case studies, a background report and kick-off workshop, a number of site visits and a leadership survey – ending with a draft report and final workshop. For a qualitative approach a fairly robust approach, particularly because it is used for all HEInnovate country studies and provides a basis for comparative analysis.

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