|24 November 2015|

A leading international academic has taken up a visiting professor role at Strathclyde University which strengthens the institution’s position at the heart of entrepreneurship and innovation in Scotland.

Bill Aulet, who is managing director of the Martin Trust Center for the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Entrepreneurship, has taken up a position as a visiting professor within the Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow.

Bill said: “It has been my honour and pleasure to work with Scottish Entrepreneurs for the past 10 years through Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise. Through this connection we brought Scotland into the first Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program cohort and developed and even closer relationship with the academic institutions as well.

“They form a critical component of the entrepreneurship ecosystem and I look forward to working with Strathclyde to raise the bar for entrepreneurship education, not only in the UK but also for the entire world. This is a field that will see enormous advancement in the next few years and Scotland will be at the forefront.”

Donna Chisholm, regional head of Sectors, Innovation and Programmes at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: “Bill Aulet is an outstanding educator and practitioner in global entrepreneurship. Through this appointment, he strengthens MIT’s relationship with Scotland, and this is a welcome development. The University of Strathclyde has again demonstrated an international business outlook and the desire to be world leading, which is exactly what Scotland needs.”