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DkIT Business Lecturer Wins Big at International Teaching Excellence Awards

09 October 2018

DkIT Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Lecturer Angela Hamouda has been announced as joint winner of the prestigious International Innovation & Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Awards 2018. Angela received the award last month at a ceremony in Aveiro, Portugal in recognition of her teaching case: ‘Community Entrepreneurship – An Innovative Approach to Creating Change Agents for the Community’.

Community Entrepreneurship aims to equip students who aspire to work in the community sector with both entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial skills. The module is designed to enable students to develop a robust understanding of the capacity of entrepreneurship to solve community problems. Students will learn to identify new venture opportunities within the community and acquire the necessary skills to build sustainable businesses. The module combines a mixture of innovative pedagogical approaches including group tasks and challenges, case studies, guest speakers, reflection and presentations.

Upon speaking about receiving the award, Angela said:

“I am delighted to receive this recognition for my work in Community Entrepreneurship. Tackling social issues and challenges requires an innovate approach from communities. My teaching case seeks to highlight how integrating business methods for social purposes can bring about positive change in communities. By equipping our students with the professional skills and knowledge to develop sustainable social enterprises, we hope to empower communities to develop more innovate solutions to their problems and tackle economic, social and environmental issues.”

Angela’s teaching case was presented alongside other examples from the US, Columbia, Hong Kong, Germany, Austria Poland Italy UK, The Netherlands, Slovenia and Ireland. She was named joint winner with Dr Paul Flynn of NUI Galway who presented 'Innovate21: An Innovation & Entrepreneurship Teaching Methodology for the Development of 21st Century Skills'.

International Innovation & Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Award is the fourth significant teaching award received by Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2018. In March the Department of Hospitality was awarded a DELTA (Disciplinary Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment) Award for its project entitled ‘Embedding Graduate Attributes into all Programmes’. In April, the Masters of Business Studies was awarded two separate Education Awards for Best International Collaboration and Best Academic Partnership. To find out more about courses offered at DkIT, please visit

About Angela Hamouda

Angela Hamouda is a lecturer of Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation at Dundalk Institute of Technology. She has extensive experience of working with students across multiple disciplines at both graduate and post graduate level. Her mission is to drive forward the Entrepreneurship Agenda and help students and organisations realise their entrepreneurial potential. Her areas of research interest include; entrepreneurship education, female entrepreneurship, social innovation, engineering entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial networks and enterprise support mechanisms. She has conducted research at national and international level and been involved in developing an Entrepreneurship Educators Network.

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