a champion for entrepreneurship education

Alison Price, Head of Policy, Enterprise Educators UK, England.

This article was first published in 2019 in the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network eZINE Volume 2 no 3

Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) is a leading independent enterprise network for enterprise educators. EEUK enables excellence by connecting enterprise educators and practitioners to learn from and inspire each other to develop their practice.

In this article, Alison Price, Head of Policy, gives the background to the EEUK Fellowship award and introduces one of the first recipients Jing Zhang, the General Manager of Beijing Weishengchang International Education, based in Beijing, China. Jing was recognised for her work as a national Champion of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education across China. 

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The EEUK Fellowship has been specifically designed to recognise the professional competence of those working in enterprise education by offering the opportunity for individuals to gain both public profile and deserved recognition.

The award was developed by the EEUK Board in response to calls from its members for the need for formalised recognition through demonstration of their professional practice through a written portfolio.  The award is based on the IOEE National Occupational Standard for Enterprise & Entrepreneurship educators.

The award is considered to be pioneering in that it offers the only sector-wide recognition that is equally available to all those working as enterprise educators, including academics, practitioners and influencers.  

To receive the title of “Fellow of EEUK” prospective applicants have to complete four written pieces which have been carefully designed to help them reflect upon their professional practice.

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Left to right: Alison Price and Jing Zhang

2019 saw EEUK award their first international Fellowship to Jing Zhang (FEEUK). Jing works works in partnership with Enterprise Evolution, part of The Women’s Organisation based in Liverpool and Manchester in the UK, which has supported enterprise education initiatives in China, Nigeria and Thailand, as well as across the UK.

EEUK Chair (2019-20) Gareth Trainer (University of Newcastle, UK) said Jing’s submission demonstrated that she is a very competent and accomplished influencer, working as a national Champion of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education across China. 

Jing Zhang recognised that although she is widely known in the sector as an international education expert, receiving the EEUK Fellowship is a formal testimony of her professional competence. “I am excited to get the fellowship of EEUK, which recognises my professional achievement in enterprise education against an international benchmark; achieving this Fellowship is so important for me”. ◼️