Posted December 7, 2016

Temple in the top 10

Entrepreneurship education is a pillar across all of Temple’s schools and colleges and the big dogs, 'The Princeton Review' and 'Entrepreneur' magazine, have noticed.

 A Temple bus wrap that reads ‘plugged into the city, powering the world’ outside of Paley library.
Photography By: 
Ryan Brandenberg
Temple students are given the opportunity to learn that entrepreneurship isn't a business discipline, it's a way of thinking.

Halana Dash isn’t sure what she wants to do after she graduates in May, but her experiences as a Temple student are providing her unlimited options.

Last year, she studied in Christchurch, New Zealand, a city still struggling to reestablish itself after a devastating earthquake five years ago. Dash, an English major, saw firsthand through an internship in Christchurch how small businesses and startups are rebuilding the local economy—an experience that inspired her to dig into the entrepreneurial scene back in the U.S. Now, she is considering working with a nonprofit or a startup company, or even teaching English abroad.

As students approach graduation, they may feel flooded with anxiety about the future if their path is uncertain. But for Temple students like Dash, who has filled her undergraduate years with entrepreneurial education, internships and professional development opportunities, that anxiety is a bit less likely.

It’s because of Temple’s focus on entrepreneurial education across the university that its graduate and undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship  programs recently earned top 10 rankings from The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine for the second consecutive year.

Temple is more aware that entrepreneurship is something that will be relevant to all majors.
-- Halana Dash, Class of 2017
Temple’s undergraduate program remained No. 8, and the graduate program moved up to No. 9 in the nation after a survey of more than 300 universities across the country was conducted. The 2017 rankings are published by The Princeton Review and will be included in the December edition of Entrepreneur magazine.

“I feel like I got an equally good liberal arts education and a real-world education. Temple is more aware that entrepreneurship is something that will be relevant to all majors,” Dash said.

Alan Kerzner, assistant professor of strategic management and director of Temple University Entrepreneurship Academy, explained that entrepreneurship is not a business discipline.

“It’s a way of thinking, of discovering opportunities and developing breakthrough ideas,” Kerzner said. “Temple has realized this and practiced it through the university with trainings, competitions like Innovative Idea Competition and Be Your Own Boss Bowl.”  

Temple University Entrepreneurship Academy is dedicated to further enhancing the education, practice and success of entrepreneurship through all of Temple’s schools and colleges.

“More and more resources have been made available to students from all 17 schools and colleges at Temple,” Fox School of Business Dean M. Moshe Porat said. “Our mission is to prepare and encourage students to think and act like entrepreneurs, no matter where their careers guide them.”

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—Samantha Krotzer and Christopher Vito