"Flemish students not entrepreneurs"

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21 November 2007, BRUSSELS - A survey from the Vlerick Management School reveals that Flemish students are far less business-minded than their peers in neighbouring countries.

21 November 2007

BRUSSELS - A survey from the Vlerick Management School reveals that Flemish students are far less business-minded than their peers in neighbouring countries.

Only one in fifty students, 2 percent, sets up their own business during their studies. Abroad the figure is 3.2 percent. Hans Crijns of the Vlerick Management School told the VRT that students felt that they were not being stimulated enough to become entrepreneurs.

There are no real lessons on how to set up your own business either.

Researchers at the Vlerick Management School say that the answer could be to include "doing business" as one of the topics that has to be taught at school.

They also favour more visits to businesses and closer ties between students and businesspeople.

The study also reveals that students abroad feel far more motivated to set up their own business than their Flemish peers.

Bottom of the heap
In an international ranking Belgium and Flanders come in at the bottom, with countries like Hungary, Switzerland, New Zealand and France performing far better than us.

Koen Peeters of Flanders DC, the Flemish organisation for enterprising creativity, told the daily De Standaard that many students don't feel the need to set up a business of their own because they are assured of a job as soon as they have their diploma.

The daily also notes that in the course of their studies many Flemish students have the intention of setting up their own business, but often prefer to work as an employee for a while first.

Mr Peeters believes Flemish education is not sufficiently geared to business.

Earlier research revealed that first year students were far more eager to set up a business of their own than last year students.

[Copyright Flanders news 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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