Entrepreneurship Education in Iranian Higher Education: The Current State and Challenges

S. Karimi, M. Chizari, H.J.A. Biemans, M. Mulder

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Entrepreneurship has long been considered a significant factor for socioeconomic growth and development because it provides millions of job opportunities, offers a variety of consumer goods and services, and generally increases national prosperity and competitiveness. Due to this positive impact of entrepreneurship, recent decades have seen a tremendous rise in entrepreneurship education at various universities and colleges around the globe, including in Iran. In the middle of this expansion remains the challenges and problems of development and changes for entrepreneurship.
This paper investigates the state, trends, challenges and solutions in entrepreneurship education in Iran which emerged from an extensive review of literature. The literature reviewed indicates that entrepreneurship education in Iranian higher education faces with economic, political, social, and cultural challenges. Also this article offers some approaches and recommendations for resolving the challenges as well as encouraging and fostering entrepreneurship in higher education. The findings of this study provide valuable insights for policy makers, educators, students and graduate entrepreneurs. Stakeholders could use this study to make better choices in relation to the improvement of entrepreneurship education in Iranian higher education system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-50
JournalEuropean Journal of Scientific Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Entrepreneurship challenges
  • Entrepreneurship education
  • Higher education
  • Iran


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