A qualitative exploration of the impact of postgraduate enterprise and entrepreneurship education in modern UK universities on Russian Graduates

Topazly, Yuliana (2018) A qualitative exploration of the impact of postgraduate enterprise and entrepreneurship education in modern UK universities on Russian Graduates. Doctoral thesis, University of West London.

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This research analyses the impact of British Postgraduate (PG) Business Education in modern UK universities (MUKUs) on the entrepreneurial actions of returning foreign students by reference to the world’s second largest transition economy, the Russian Federation. It identifies the motivational influences on Russian students for studying in the UK, studying Business and Management and choosing a university. The research focuses specifically on three London-based modern UK universities, Postgraduate studies, in general, and Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education (EEE) at those institutions and the entrepreneurial actions of Russian Graduate Entrepreneurs upon return to home country. This study is important for UK universities and transition and developing economies because it brings together these issues in a new way, and from a new perspective, and by reference to the entrepreneurial activity of returning Russian graduates who had studied abroad. Thus far, the linking of international studies, education and entrepreneurship and top line economic impact has received little attention, though recent publications have examined peripheral issues. This research has two main objectives; first to chart the entrepreneurial journey of Russian Graduate Entrepreneurs (RGEs), from the time of their UK postgraduate studies through to the actual practise of entrepreneurship in Russia; and secondly to examine the challenges and barriers faced by RGEs during their studies and afterward, as they take their first steps into actioning entrepreneurship. Methodologically, the study brings together three ostensibly disparate units of analysis, modern London-based Universities that offer Postgraduate Business Management and EE Education; Russian students, who graduated from these universities between 2005 and 2015; and economic development (non-governmental) officials from Russia.Data is collected over four rounds (secondary data, followed by three rounds of qualitative interviews) and analysed using classic qualitative content analysis, front-ended with a small-scale pilot study. This research found generally that the entrepreneurial journey of Russian Graduate Entrepreneurs generally occurs across three broad stages, a ‘Preliminary’ stage that covers experiences before Russian students enter the UK for PG studies; a ‘Learning’
stage which includes experiences of living and studying in the UK at MUKUs; and an ‘Action stage’ that focuses on entrepreneurial practise back home.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Education > Higher education
Depositing User: Users 3908 not found.
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 08:57
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:26
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5496


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