María Messina Scolaro is a Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Administration and Coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Network of the University of the Republic. She is also co-author of Prácticas de emprendedorismo en las universidades latinoamericanas: Asociación Universidades Grupo Montevideo.
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Asking ourselves about the role of the university in entrepreneurial activity is becoming increasingly important. We have to go back several decades to identify the beginning of the attention given to entrepreneurial activity in the economic, political and academic spheres. But the importance given to entrepreneurship, as with other issues, came to Latin America only belatedly. Although our universities have been working on entrepreneurship for more than 30 years —courses, entrepreneurship centres, business incubators, research lines and academic events have been created— there are still challenges to be addressed.
In recent years, numerous scientific works have covered different topics within entrepreneurship, in particular on the teaching of entrepreneurship and the role of the university in the launching and consolidation of ventures. Taking into account the demands made on the university by the current entrepreneurial reality, the Latin American university must see entrepreneurship not only as a subject on which it can develop activities, but also as an integral part of its strategic definitions.
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