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Yoop — credits from prior entrepreneurial competence

Turning entrepreneurship competence into credits

The Yoop-tool supports students in taking advantage of the entrepreneurship competence acquired outside formal education and integrate it into their degrees. It helps students recognize their entrepreneurship competence and provides helpful information and tips for how to apply for the recognition of prior learning as part of the degree to earn credits. Yoop also encourages students to negotiate with their teachers about the opportunities to replace some of their future studies with activities that accumulate entrepreneurship competence outside the higher education institution. The web tool includes a separate section for teachers, with recommended measures and examples of good practices.

The tool is available in English, Finnish and Swedish at https://yoop.fi/en/

The web tool has been developed in co-operation between Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences in a national higher education development project YYTO.

What is entrepreneurship competence?

Entrepreneurship competence is a multidimensional issue consisting of combinations of various areas of knowledge, skills and attitudes.

It includes for example the following:

  • Observing and seizing opportunities
  • Ability to transform ideas into action that generate economic, cultural, social or societal value
  • Ability to plan, set goals and manage activities to achieve these goals
  • Creativity, innovation, risk management and responsibility

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