Entrepreneurs and academics unite to advance enterprise


An illustrious group of entrepreneurs and academics gathered at Madingley Hall to celebrate the launch of Cambridge's new Advanced Diploma in Entrepreneurship . . .

A top class audience including representatives from organisations such as Microsoft Research, the Institute of Directors, the UKIBC, Arts and Business East, East of England International, Cranfield University School of Management and the University of Cambridge gathered for an inspiring evening at Madingley Hall to celebrate the launch of Cambridge’s Advanced Diploma in Entrepreneurship* - an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to gain a recognised qualification. Prof Ian Leslie, Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, joined Dr Shai Vyakarnam, Director of Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL), Prof Arnoud De Meyer, Director of Judge Business School and Sharon Collins, Director of Professional Studies, at this special networking event. The aim was to encourage guests to engage with and champion this new programme.


Dr Joanna Mills, Programme Director at CfEL, said: “We got an enthusiastic reaction at the event and I have already received numerous offers of support which is enormously encouraging. It is hugely important to us to have the backing of key institutions and businesses to develop the programme and allow as many as possible to benefit from this unique practical learning opportunity. Over 70 people have registered their interest in participating as students on the first programme in September to date.”


The programme has been developed in partnership with the University’s Division of Professional Studies, leaders in the development and delivery of online education.  Sharon Collins, Director of Professional Studies, said:  “The blended format of this programme means that participants will be able to combine part-time study with their work and other commitments, wherever they are. They will be connected to their tutors and fellow students throughout the programme; the interactive and tutor-led online components will enable them to develop comprehensive understanding that will lay a solid foundation for the intensive residential sessions in Cambridge.”


A select group of experts have been invited to form a special Advisory Board and will act as ambassadors and advisors for the programme in order to enable development and expansion at global level.


Alan Barrell, CfEL Entrepreneur in Residence and member of the Advisory Board, commented, “This Diploma has the potential to attract hundreds of delegates from across the world, especially from regions such as China and India where a Cambridge qualification will be highly valued, and as a catalyst to invigorate enterprise in Cambridge and the UK.”


If you are interested in discussing opportunities to be involved in the programme either as an ambassador, contributor, sponsor or delegate, please contact Dr Mills at CfEL  on 01223 766900.


*The Advanced Diploma in Entrepreneurship is awarded by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)



Picture: Members of the newly formed Advisory Board join with Prof Ian Leslie, Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, Dr Shai Vyakarnam, Director of CfEL, Prof Arnoud De Meyer, Director Judge Business School and Sharon Collins, Director of Professional Studies and Dr Jo Mills, Advanced Diploma Programme Director at CfEL.


From left to right: Jack Lang (University of Cambridge), Max Robinson (Kromek), Dr Jo Mills (CfEL), Dr Shai Vyakarnam (CfEL), Alan Barrell, Prof Ian Leslie (University of Cambridge), Sharon Collins (Professional Studies), Prof Arnoud De Meyer (Judge Business School), Chris Francis (UKIBC) and Natasa Milic-Frayling (Microsoft Research).


About the Advanced Diploma:


The Advanced Diploma has been jointly created by Professional Studies at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)* and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) based at Judge Business School. It provides entrepreneurial individuals the chance to achieve the high quality and specific learning required for a University of Cambridge programme at the same time as being actively supported in the pursuit of a business venture whether this is a technology, creative or social enterprise.


The programme is equally applicable to postgraduate students and to those currently in the workforce. It will be of interest to those responsible for developing transferable skills, and to employers looking to build skills and create an enterprising culture within an established organisation.


Applications are being taken now and prospective students are encouraged to sign up soon to secure one of the limited places on the first course in September 2009. If you need further information, please contact Professional Studies on 01223 760860 or email profstudies@cont-ed.cam.ac.uk


About CfEL:


Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL)


The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL), part of Judge Business School, aims to spread the spirit of enterprise to both the University of Cambridge community and to wider national and international audiences through the creation and delivery of a range of educational activities that inspire and build skills in the practise of entrepreneurship. The Centre collaborates with over 200 experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and other practitioners to provide relevant, credible and practical training. Around 40 courses, events and programmes in entrepreneurship are run per year and attended by 2000 + students and delegates.


Advanced Diploma Course Director: Dr Joanna Mills


Tel: 01223 766900; Email: cfel@jbs.cam.ac.uk; Web: www.cfel.jbs.cam.ac.uk


About ICE:


Professional Studies at the University of Cambridge provides a range of credit and non-credit programmes, qualifications and education designed for professionals wishing to extend their initial study, update their knowledge and skills or to undertake career development or change.


Professional Studies is a division of the Institute of Continuing Education which offers a large and flexible programme of part-time learning opportunities for adults. As a well-founded academic Department of the University of Cambridge, the Institute is committed both to the highest standards of excellence, and to ensuring that the University's unparalleled academic strengths and resources are made available to as many interested learners as possible.


Tel: 01223 760860; Email: profstudies@cont-ed.cam.ac.uk; Web: http://www.cont-ed.cam.ac.uk/profstudies/


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