A global study of 122,000 university students of 1,000 universities in 50 countries, showed that Greek students are lacking in entrepreneurship while also abandoning their dreams of entering the civil service. The research data will be presented at the conference, titled “The Culture of Entrepreneurship in Education,” that is to take place at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki on Saturday, November 19.
In Greece, the data was gathered by focusing on a sample of undergraduate and postgraduate students from 11 universities. A coordinator for the study in Greece, lecturer Katerina Sarri, and post-doctorate researcher Doctor Stavroula Laspita noted that:
•Greece is beneath the international average for entrepreneurship intent following studies (Greece: 4% — International average: 8.8%). The level is the same as other southern European countries (Portugal, Spain, Italy)
•Most students want to work in small, medium and large organizations following their studies.
•An intent to open their own businesses at five years after graduation is evident. This intent has become greater than their desire to enter the public service, which has noted a great decrease compared to the past.
•The universities positively contribute to making 41.1 percent of students consider developing new business ideas, with 36 percent of students stating that there is a climate conducive to this at their universities, and 55.1 percent of students believing that the knowledge that they acquire at universities regarding entrepreneurship as reinforcing their ability to pinpoint business opportunities