New Publication on Entrepreneurship
The Edward de Bono Institute launches a new publication on entrepreneurship
The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta launched a new publication entitled ‘Best Practices in Teaching Entrepreneurship and Creating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Europe’ during a dissemination meeting on Tuesday 29th September 2015 at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Floriana. The meeting was an opportunity for the attendees, most of whom are local key players in the promotion of entrepreneurship, to learn more about initiatives aimed at fostering entrepreneurship at different levels in Malta and overseas.
The publication was developed as part of an international project funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme and is the result of a collaborative effort by four partners from Poland, the UK and Malta, namely Global Entrepreneurship Week Foundation Poland (Fundacja Światowego Tygodnia Przedsiębiorczości), Youth Business Poland (Fundacja Inkubator Technologiczny), British NGO Peace Child International, and the University of Malta’s Edward de Bono Institute. The project was a response to the low levels of entrepreneurship and high levels of unemployment and underemployment among young people in many parts of Europe. The aim was to highlight how entrepreneurship is fostered and supported through support schemes, collaboration and educational initiatives in the three different EU countries, in the hope of inspiring the implementation of similar solutions elsewhere.
The publication is available in six languages (Polish, English, German, Italian, Spanish and French) to achieve broad international dissemination. It is made up of four parts, as follows: Part One provides the social, economic, historic and legal background of the three participating countries; Part Two presents examples of partnerships between the government, private and non-governmental sectors and discusses the challenges being faced in this regard; Part Three showcases tools and methods of teaching entrepreneurship in formal and non-formal education; and Part Four provides recommendations on potential further actions in the field of entrepreneurship education and the creation of positive entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Dr Leonie Baldacchino
The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking
Lecture Centre Dun Mikiel Xerri, Room 214
University of Malta
Msida MSD 2080
02 October 2015
Participation at ocean literacy conference EMSEA 15
Prof. Alan Deidun, from the Department of Geosciences at the University of Malta, recently presented two papers at the 3rd EMSEA (European Marine Science Educators Association) conference organised by the HCMR and held at the Cretaquarium in Heraklion, Crete.
The major goal of EMSEA, founded less than five years ago, is to promote ocean literacy across Europe, with the ultimate goal of including ocean literacy principles within school curricula. Ocean literacy is based on seven over-arching principles, with an ocean literate person considered to be fully aware of the mutual impacts and influences between the ocean and humans. Conversely to the European situation, ocean literacy in the US traces its origins back to 1976 with the founding of the NMEA (National Marine Educators Association).
Prof. Deidun has spearheaded numerous ocean literacy initiatives on the Maltese Islands, namely the opening of the first ever marine environmental education centre at Dwejra, Gozo, in March 2013, as part of the PANACEA project, coordination of the Spot the Jellyfish citizen science campaign, the organisation of numerous screenings of the PANACEA underwater documentaries (available also on youtube) and the launch of the MED-JELLYRISK smart phone app and jellyfish dispersion model. Currently, he is collaborating with the Malta National Aquarium within the PERSEUS@School initiative, through which a Maltese student has been selected to act as PERSEUS Ambassador for Malta and deliver a presentation at the European Parliament on the 10th of December in the presence of different MEP’s, through financial support from the PERSEUS project.
02 October 2015
Publication: The International Critical Pedagogy Reader
The International Critical Pedagogy Reader, edited by Professors Antonia Darder (Loyola Maramount University, LA), Peter Mayo (University of Malta) and João Paraskeva (University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth) has just been published in both its hardback cover and paperback forms. It contains chapters on critical pedagogy by a host of established scholars such as Zygmunt Bauman, Maria Paula Menesas, Nur Masalha, Vanessa de Oliveira, George Sefa Dei, Ana Sanchez Bello, Alicia de Alba, Ramon Flecha, Gert Biesta, Marta Soler and Boaventura de Sousa Santos, to name but a few. The full list can be viewed through this weblink.
The blurb for the book reads: “Carefully curated to highlight research from more than twenty countries, the International Critical Pedagogy Reader introduces the ways the educational phenomenon that is critical pedagogy are being reinvented and reframed around the world. A collection of essays from both historical and contemporary thinkers coupled with original essays, introduce this school of thought and approach it from a wide variety of cultural, social, and political perspectives. Academics from South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and North America describe critical pedagogy’s political, ideological, and intellectual foundations, tracing its international evolution and unveiling how key scholars address similar educational challenges in diverse national contexts. Each section links theory to critical classroom practices and includes a list of sources for further reading to expand upon the selections offered in this volume. A robust collection, this reader is a crucial text for teaching and understanding critical pedagogy on a truly international level.”
The volume also contains reading lists for different aspects of the field which include work by University academics such as Professor Ronald G Sultana, Professor Carmel Borg, Professor Mary Darmanin and Dr Maria Pisani. It was selected as Book of the Month for August by Routledge.
This is Professor Peter Mayo’s third book with Routledge. In 2010 he published his edited volume Education in Small States and, in April this year, he published his single authored Hegemony and Education under Neoliberalism. Insights from Gramsci.
Professor Carmel Borg, from the Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education, University of Malta, wrote one of the endorsements for the book appearing on the back cover: “This reader is destined to become a pivotal book in critical pedagogy. It will reshape the field by extending critical pedagogy’s geography and issues. A must-read for educators committed to decolonizing pedagogy."
Other endorsements included that by Donaldo P. Macedo, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Education, University of Massachusetts Boston who wrote: "The brilliance of the International Critical Pedagogy Reader is its audacity to de-colonize the taken for granted 'Center-Periphery' exporting model of critical pedagogy—creating, instead, a powerful place for subaltern voices to be heard. This comprehensive, illuminating, and timely edited book re-inserts the centrality of both the 'critical' and political coherence, remaining loyal to principles of liberation and emancipation. The International Critical Pedagogy Reader makes it powerfully clear that critical pedagogy is a way of life that does not require courage to be critical but simply demands coherence, humility, and ethics."
29 September 2015
Publication: 'Star Trek: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Theory and Practice'
Star Trek: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Theory and Practice is a wonderful illustration of the well-known declamation ‘To boldly go where no man has gone before.’ It explores various intersections between the humanities and the sciences in Star Trek, with a wide range of topics, including architecture, medical and ethical concepts. This eclectic collection of essays feature topics such as ‘The Relevance of Star Trek in the Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Science Fiction,’ ‘Ethical Issues in Reproduction in the Star Trek Series,’ ‘Sentient Creatures in the Star Trek Universe to name but a few. These essays form the proceedings of a Star Trek Symposium held in Malta in 2014. Delegates and speakers worldwide came together from varied fields of medicine, nursing, humanities and architecture providing a rich and innovative interpretation of Star Trek and science fiction in general. To the writers’ knowledge, this was the first international academic symposium dealing exclusively with Star Trek. This book aims to reach and appeal to both academics from various disciplines as well as to science fiction lovers with a penchant for Star Trek.
The organizing team will not stop here. With a Science Fiction Symposium held after the very successful Star Trek event, the authors intend to publish the proceedings of this symposium as well. Submitted abstracts were encouraged to explore and present contemporary issues in medicine, science and technology as well as philosophical and sociological issues relating to the Humanities, with a specific focus and a direct correlation to science fiction.
2016 also marks the 50th anniversary from the launch of Star Trek: The Original Series, thus creating the need to prepare for another Star Trek event which will be held on 15 and 16 July, 2016. The organizers are inviting academics to send in their abstracts. The proceedings of these events when published will yield an interesting book series.
29 September 2015
Europe’s World is the only independent Europe-wide policy journal, produced in association with some 100-plus leading European think tanks and academic institutions. Since its launch in 2005 it has become the premier ideas platform for new thinking on political, economic and social issues, read by over 100,000 of the most influential decision makers and opinion formers across Europe.
Published every 4 months, Europe’s World’s objective is to stimulate the much needed debate over topical policy issues by encouraging citizens and stakeholders within civil society, media, academia, business and government, to engage in a series of genuine and informed political debates which reach beyond the Brussels village.
To date over 300 authors, including Heads of State, corporate chiefs, top academics, leading NGO activists or policymakers, have contributed articles, firmly cementing Europe’s World’s reputation as a platform for new thinking and ground-breaking ideas.
Europe’s World’s newly extended website, EuropesWorld.org, is designed to further promote debate on the policy challenges facing Europe. It spans articles and reactions to articles published in Europe’s World, but is not limited to the journal since it also features studies and reports from think tanks throughout Europe.
Its aim is to give readers direct access to the latest in policy thinking across the EU, and encourage visitors to submit their own reports and comment on any of the contributions featured on the website.
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