Dr. Rabinder Buttar, Clintec’s founder and CEO, along with Sir Tom Hunter and other entrepreneurial founders, became one of the Founding Entrepreneurs at Strathclyde University following an immersive “Babson Global Symposia for Entrepreneurship Educators” (SEE) programme. The innovative move in education saw 19 inspirational founders and advisers join the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Strathclyde Business School in support of students and academic faculty as Entrepreneurial Founders, teaching students the best practice across the University.
Sir Tom Hunter, who endowed the Hunter Centre which funded the SEE program, commented: “This marks a major step forward in our ambition to have the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Strathclyde Business School lead globally in entrepreneurial teaching and research.”
The Key Babson faculty delivered the Global Symposia for Entrepreneurship Educators in September 2017, which was developed to prepare educators to teach with an entrepreneurial mindset and build a network of like-minded educators dedicated to innovative and entrepreneurial education. Babson College is consistently ranked as the top entrepreneurial university and provider of executive education globally. Dr Buttar gave her time to support Strathclyde students become the next generation of entrepreneurs. She believes that by combining theoretical and practical experience from current entrepreneurial leaders, local students will have the potential to make Scotland a global leader in entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship is a fundamental aspect of Dr. Buttar’s work; not only has she incorporated the entrepreneurial spirit into the cultures and values of her company, Clintec, but her own entrepreneurial spirit has been recognised with prestigious awards throughout the years. These include Ernst & Young’s ‘Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year’, the Institute of Directors’ ‘Director of the Year’ and was listed by the British Science Council as one of the top 10 practicing entrepreneurial scientists in Britain. In 2015, Dr. Buttar was inducted into Strathclyde’s Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs and said of the programme: “I was honored to join other leading entrepreneurs to educate and support academic members of staff at Strathclyde University. Sharing real life work experience and knowledge within a classroom setting will help Strathclyde deliver the next generation of global entrepreneurs.”
Professor Eleanor Shaw, head of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, and vice dean Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange, who is heading up the 47-strong group of academics and entrepreneurs, said: “We are building the capacity of our faculty to deliver world-class teaching and learning.” The programme aspires to ensure that everyone involved in a Strathclyde Business School programme has the very best experience, and leaves feeling energised, refreshed, and with the know-how and toolsets to make a difference.