The status of entrepreneurship education in Australian universities

Maritz, Alex, Jones, Colin, & Shwetzer, Claudia (2015) The status of entrepreneurship education in Australian universities. Education + Training, 57(8/9), pp. 1020-1035.

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The purpose of this paper is to provide an analytical overview of the current state of entrepreneurship education (EE) in Australia; placing emphasis on programs, curricula and entrepreneurship ecosystems.


The authors performed a contextual review of the literature by delineating entrepreneurship education programs, the entrepreneurial ecosystem and EE learning and teaching. The review was enhanced by a systematic collection of data from higher education institutions web sites, depicting the prevailing situation of entrepreneurship programs, courses, subjects and their ecosystems.


A number of interesting findings emerged from this study. From a curricular perspective, Australian universities offer 584 subjects related to entrepreneurship. This includes dominance at undergraduate level, representing 24 minors/majors and specializations in entrepreneurship. In total, 135 entrepreneurship ecosystems were identified.

Research limitations/implications

This paper presents findings from university web sites and as such requires introspection to validate individual university offerings.

Practical implications

The study provides the status of EE in Australia, and may guide academic and policy decision makers to further develop entrepreneurship initiatives.


This paper provides the first analytical overview of EE in Australia and paves the way for further evaluation.

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ID Code: 92979
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australia, Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education, HERN
DOI: 10.1108/ET-04-2015-0026
ISSN: 0040-0912
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2016 04:41
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2016 22:16

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