Towards an Entrepreneurial University Model: Case Study of the Palestine Polytechnic University
Meera Khalil Shuaib Salaimeh
ميرا خليل شعيب السلايمة
This study aimed to introduce a proposed model for the transformation of the Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU) towards an entrepreneurial university, through studying the reality of entrepreneurship in the university from the perspective of the senior and middle management at PPU. To achieve the study objectives, a descriptive/ exploratory approach was used, and the comprehensive survey was applied to all members of the study population. Furthermore, data was collected from respondents of (38) administrators, which was composed of (university president, vice presidents, deans, heads of academic departments, heads of administrative departments, center managers) using a well prepared a questionnaire as a main tool which analyzed using SPSS program. Moreover, an interview with the university president was conducted to ensure the accuracy of the information. The main findings show that that there are no statistically significant differences between the responses of senior and middle management towards the availability of entrepreneurship in the university due to the work experience. While there are statistically significant differences between the responses of senior and middle management towards the availability of entrepreneurship in university leadership, the university environment, and university internationalization due to the current position. Moreover, the findings show that the reality of entrepreneurship at PPU was somewhat high consecutively in (curricula appropriate to the needs of the labor market, community relations and partnerships, academic exchange, entrepreneurship culture, entrepreneurial education, and university internationalization). Whereas, the reality of entrepreneurship has a moderate degree consecutively in: (University policies and regulations, scientific research and innovation, university leadership, then the university environment that got the lowest moderate degree. The findings also indicate that the university leadership has a high degree in terms of importance in achieving entrepreneurship, while academic exchange has the lowest degree in its importance .On the other hand, the findings indicate the university's need for funding resources, which is an additional supportive requirement to accelerate the achievement of entrepreneurship at the university. Depending on these results, the study provides a proposed model to transform PPU to an entrepreneurial university and a mechanism to effectively achieve the university’s pioneering vision in a way that contributes to the university’s development, and in order to present this model to the decision-makers.