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Towards a Model for Entrepreneurial University Ecosystem in the Evolving Higher Education Landscape in Kenya

As the intensive search for answers to varied global challenges such as structural economic shifts and recessions persist, government and corporate leaders throughout the world are increasingly looking to "their" universities to offer solutions that promote regional development and boost national competitiveness. The enactment of an entrepreneurial institutions of higher learning can play a significant role in knowledge-based economies, where knowledge is an influential component of output to advance the economy. The entrepreneurial institution of higher education is one of the key forces that propel social systems, and hence entrepreneurship can be viewed as both a process and an outcome for this force. How these institutions interpret and respond to this call will define the University of the Future. But has their impact been felt so far? These universities are themselves struggling to remain relevant and operational due to economic challenges; more so in developing economies like Kenya where they previously relied on government funding and tuition fees only. This study seeks to investigate the opportunities and challenges for Kenyan universities in transforming themselves to become entrepreneurial universities. This goal is two-fold in that it denotes how colleges are approaching this new epoch of self-reliance, as well as reflects the principles of the entrepreneurial society, of which the university is a part. By offering a thorough analysis of numerous case studies from across the globe, the research deepens our knowledge towards creation of an entrepreneurial institution of higher education ecosystem, and thus offers strategies for Kenyan and other African universities to become an integral part in re-writing the pragmatic role of institutions of higher learning in the economic advancement of their respective countries. Universities are called upon to improve their programs, delivery of the content, the output quality (entrepreneurial students) and meaningful interaction with stakeholders. Entrepreneurial universities will be born and sustained through entrepreneurial degree programmes, creation of corporate alliances, development of entrepreneurial cultures and ecosystems, and development of initiatives and programmes for the commercialization of scientific research, among other strategies.

Commercialization of Research, Entrepreneurial University, University Ecosystem, Opportunities, Challenges, Kenya

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Kaberia, S. K., Muithya, V. M., Muathe, S. M. (2024). Towards a Model for Entrepreneurial University Ecosystem in the Evolving Higher Education Landscape in Kenya. Higher Education Research, 9(1), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.her.20240901.11

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Kaberia, S. K.; Muithya, V. M.; Muathe, S. M. Towards a Model for Entrepreneurial University Ecosystem in the Evolving Higher Education Landscape in Kenya. High. Educ. Res. 2024, 9(1), 1-17. doi: 10.11648/j.her.20240901.11

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Kaberia SK, Muithya VM, Muathe SM. Towards a Model for Entrepreneurial University Ecosystem in the Evolving Higher Education Landscape in Kenya. High Educ Res. 2024;9(1):1-17. doi: 10.11648/j.her.20240901.11

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