Learning entrepreneurship

“Entrepreneurship Education” teaches entrepreneurial skills

What are the hallmarks of successful entrepreneurs? Which skills do they need? And how can these knowledge, skills and personality traits be nurtured and assessed? The WSC’s “Entrepreneurship Education” team focuses on these questions, because entrepreneurship is a science in itself that needs to be researched, taught and learned.

Expertise and a good idea are not enough to survive on the market in the long term or as an intrapreneur in organisations. This is why the Education Team analyses, systemises and optimises the entrepreneurship courses offered at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The aim is to provide a full range of scientifically sound, interdisciplinary and practice-oriented courses for all university members. Already, there are many modules that teach start-up skills in individual departments. They are being expanded into an integrated and modularised undergraduate programme. In addition, the Education Team is optimising the further education opportunities and systematically adding to them; moreover, credit options for extracurricular activities are created. It will take some time before the complete programme with modules for each phase of the start-up is ready.


Our current activities include:

  • systematically recording and assessing the range of courses in the field of entrepreneurship and start-ups
  • developing relevant additional degree programmes where credit points can be gained
  • promoting the development and testing of teaching formats in the “Innovative Practical Projects” competition.
  • promoting potential founders and start-ups in existing further education formats through Akademie der RUB scholarships
  • developing demand-based, modular further education programmes in the field of start-ups

The Entrecomp-Framework

In setting up the course programme, we follow the European reference framework for entrepreneurial competences (“EntreComp”). It is based on a broad understanding of entrepreneurship, which consists of the competence areas “Ideas & Opportunities”, “Resources” and “Into Action”.

Figuratively speaking, this means: Only when the individual petals – for example, self-motivation, team spirit or the founder’s planning skills – unfold, can the little plant of entrepreneurship grow and flourish.

Quelle: McCallum E. et. al. (2018): EntreComp into action: Get inspired, make it happen. A user guide to the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework. Europäische Kommission, Luxemburg

Areas of competence

Contact the “Entrepreneurship Education” team

Any questions? The interdisciplinary team from the RUB’s University Development and Strategy Department (Department 1) and the Faculty of Business and Economics is happy to help.

[Translate to English:] Portrait Judith Ricken
Dr. Judith Ricken

Sub-project Manager

Prof. Dr. Michael Roos

Sub-project Manager

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Deborah Beutler

Coordination "Innovative Practice Projects"

Portrait Vanessa Vaughn
Vanessa Vaughn

Project Management

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Benjamin Bonakdar

Project Staff

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Lea Decker

Project staff

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Nicholas Schmidt

Project Staff