TAMPA — The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Tampa has been awarded the Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC).
The GCEC awards are judged by peer entrepreneurship directors to recognize the very best in entrepreneurship education, according to Donald F. Kuratko, executive and academic director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington.
“The University of Tampa captured the Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award because Dr. White and her entire team have established their program as one of the finest models in the world today,” Kuratko said. “It was a most deserving award.”
Previous winners of the award include the University of Texas-Dallas, Belmont University, Villanova University, University of Maryland-College Park, Wake Forest University, Boston University, Ball State University and Northern Kentucky University.
Kathleen Allen, professor in the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, presented this year’s award and stated that the judges found UT represents “the leading edge of innovation in entrepreneurship education.”
“The program stands out by its bringing together of learning, facilities and community that creates a powerful platform allowing aspiring entrepreneurs to transition from classroom to practice,” Allen said.
For more information about the award, see www.globalentrepreneurshipconsortium.org/home/.
The GCEC, formerly the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (NCEC), is the premier academic organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to the nation’s university-based centers for entrepreneurship. It has become the vehicle by which the top, established entrepreneurship centers, as well as emerging centers, can work together to share best practices, develop programs and initiatives, and collaborate and assist each other in advancing, strengthening, and celebrating the role of universities in teaching the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 105 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves 8,037 students from 50 states and 140 countries. Approximately 65 percent of full-time students live on campus, and more than half of UT students are from Florida.