Deshpande Foundation Award

FDU receives curriculum award from Deshpande Foundation




Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business and Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship received the Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship Award from the Deshpande Foundation during the Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education on June 14 at UMass Lowell.

At the symposium Ethné Swartz (above center), professor of entrepreneurship in Silberman College of Business, was presented the award which was in recognition for their approach to developing and offering courses and programs that foster entrepreneurship education across the campus for all students, not only business majors.

“It is an honor to have our work recognized by our peers and the leading voices in entrepreneurship education – Umass Lowell and the Deshpande Foundation,” said Swartz. “It is exciting to participate in the national conversation about curriculum change at such a crucial time in higher education.”

According to the awards committee, the Silberman College and Rothman Institute programming “best exemplified the commitment to developing and offering innovative educational courses and programs that foster entrepreneurship education across an institution.”

“This award is truly an honor. At Fairleigh Dickinson University, we are all very proud of our faculty and their dedication to innovative curriculum development and renewal across disciplines,” said UniversityPresident Christopher A. Capuano.

The Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education brought together more than 300 university researchers, administrators and students with industry partners and leaders of venture incubators and foundations from Monday, June 13 through Wednesday, June 15 at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center. Participants in the fifth annual event – founded by UMass Lowell and the Deshpande Foundation – shared best practices, successes and challenges in implementing entrepreneurial education and action into all aspects of campus life. Individuals, colleges and universities that are at the vanguard of promoting entrepreneurship were recognized for their accomplishments with awards during the conference.