Danuta Jazłowiecka, MEP, EE-HUB.EU Ambassador
When I ask school-aged young people what they would like to do in the future, only a small percentage have clear ideas about their professional careers. This shows that teenagers are very often not able nor prepared to make decisions when it comes to choosing a university or even their studies. Therefore teaching them to be active, entrepreneurial, responsible, flexible and ready to adapt to changing social and economic conditions should be one of the main tasks faced by European schools in this century.
Louise Vang Edwards, JA Denmark Alumna
My name is Louise and I love corporate. Phew I said it.
On the surface there’s obviously nothing wrong with this statement, but seeing as I credit most of my professional successes to an entrepreneurship program and an amazing entrepreneurship network it took me a while to be comfortable with the fact that starting my own company is not my ultimate dream.
Trudy Norris-Grey, Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe, Public Sector Microsoft (JA Board Member)
The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy. In order to increase growth and create employment, Europe needs to accelerate the transformation of its business landscape through advanced digital technologies.
Simone Baldassarri, Policy Officer for DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Having been working at European level for a number of years already to promote entrepreneurship education, we can see that things are slowly but constantly moving. Most countries in Europe have significantly increased their efforts in the area of entrepreneurship education.
Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe
Young people today can spend 20 years in a classroom. As the pace of change outside those walls increases exponentially, the more important it is to ensure that schools and universities are spaces that are in constant interaction with the community outside. Kris Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister for Belgium, on the occasion of the European Youth Forum plenary on April 17th, spoke of the critical importance of entrepreneurship as a career path and what should be an “osmosis” between education and employment rather than a “leap”.