University of Szeged recently held its second alliance meeting with the participation of representatives from local businesses and entrepreneurs. The meeting fostered strengthening the ties among the alliance members, marked by an action plan signed by the USZ EEE Project management and the attendees. 

During the first meeting, USZ offered several opportunities for the stakeholders, mostly local entrepreneurs, to take part in the EEE Entrepreneurship semester course that will run from September to December.

After the first meeting, attendants of the meeting were sent out a needs assessment questionnaire, as well the participants who could not attend but express their interest, in which they were able to indicate their expressions of interest and the form of involvement.

Based on the feedback from this assessment questionnaire, USZ finalised the program of the course by defining:

  • List of persons involved
  • Tasks undertaken by involved parties
  • Offered educational program elements, e.g. topic of lectures, tasks of students and call for competition.

During the second alliance meeting, together with the participating entrepreneurs, University of Szeged confirmed this program and signed an Action Plan that demonstrated the mutual commitment from all the parties involved in the project. The discussions lead to collaborative efforts among the business leaders and entrepreneurs to form bonds that will potentially live beyond the project.

The next step – the third alliance meeting – will take place in early September, when all the practical details will be finalised about the involvement of the stakeholders, and the EEE entrepreneurship semester course can be launched.

MCI as Austria’s only academic institution to take first place in two of three categories of the 2017 Universum Ranking: the number one in Employability and Career Service

Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) celebrates yet another international success: the recently published Universum Ranking (2017 Universum Talent Survey) has put MCI at the top of the Austrian academic landscape again. The Entrepreneurial School® is notably the only academic institution in Austria that has taken first place in two of, altogether, three categories.

MCI was awarded first place in the Strongest Focus on Employability category. This category rates the schools’ services in preparing students for the labor market, which are among the top priorities of the Entrepreneurial School®. The students awarded top marks particularly for MCI’s excellent reputation among potential employers, its high employment rate of graduates, its provision of practically-relevant training and immediately-applicable knowledge, its strong network with the business world, as well as its entrepreneurial approach and way of thinking.

MCI also secured first place in the Best Career Service category, which assesses the work of the universities’ career centers. With a score of 8.2 points, which is unique among Austrian universities, whose average score is 6.5 points, MCI has once again been placed at the very top. According to the students, the most important activities organized by the MCI Career Center are the preparatory career and application workshops, the excellent career platform for MCI students, and the annual Recruiting Forum held at MCI, which is considered an effective platform for exchange and communication between potential employers and students.

The first round of application for the EEE course have been ended on 31th of May at the University of Szeged. The EEE course was promoted at 12 faculties at the university and received a positive response from several media. The promotional campaign was supported by the local TV station, the most influential local radio station and the leading economist journal in Hungary.

The students had to submit a motivational letter as the application to the course that had to include the following questions and answers: why do the applicants want to join the EEE course, what are their expectations and if they have, what are the ideas that they want to further develop during the EEE course?

The Hungarian organisers plan to hold the course with maximum 10 project ideas that the students will work on during the whole semester: 1 project idea – 1 team and 3 mentors (1 entrepreneur, 1 professor and 1 student from a business MA program). During the first recruitment round 8 ideas have been selected based on the information provided by the applicants. Most of the applicants represent more or less application-oriented scientific disciplines, but most of the applicants have not taken part in business education yet, thus they expect to improve their entrepreneurial skills and experiences relating to how to start a business. The students are studying natural and formal sciences (informatics, mathematics, geography, biology), engineering (mechanical engineer, food engineering) and a few of them social sciences (psychology).

The submitted project ideas also cover various topics, typically small and medium sized business ideas as well as online selling (online advertising, fishing webshop, etc.), gastro businesses (brewery, healthy foods, etc.), financial services and agriculture. Some of the applicants already took steps to establish a company.

The second round of the recruitment campaign will start in late August during the regular course-application period in the University.  If more valuable project ideas will be received, then the organisers will consider to create new teams or merge project ideas that cover similar topics, but the main focus will be to fulfil the teams with other members providing diversity.

Univations participates in DAAD Workshop to bring EEE dissemination to the next level

On 27.04.2017 Mr. Florian Bratzke, European Project Officer at EEE Partner Univations GmbH, joined an one day PR workshop organised by German Academic Exchange Service DAAD in Bonn. During the workshop, innovative techniques for dissemination of project progress and results have been introduced to German Erasmus+ consortium leaders and partners. Going along with the high internal quality standards set to guarantee the project’s success, EEE partners agreed to intensify their efforts to disseminate project related outcomes. The insights from the DAAD workshop will support EEE partner to life up to this goal.

 

Univations prepares for German National Launch of EEE

On May 5th, Daniel Worch, CEO of EEE Partner Univations GmbH, has met with representatives from Saxony-Anhalt EU-Service-Agency to discuss the German EEE national launch which will take the 21stof November 2017 in Halle. During this high-level one-day-conference, participants from HEIs, VETs, Business and the political scene will be introduced to the main outcomes of EEE asked for productive feedback to improve the open educational resources. As the event will be organised in conjunction with Saxony-Anhalt EU-Service-Agency, EEE related subjects will be also part of the agenda and presented by guest speakers. One of the main speakers will be Mr. David Fenners, Policy Officer for Research & Innovation, State Aid & Procurement and Regional Policy at the Representation of the State of Saxony-Anhalt to the EU. Univations will host the event at the heart of Technology Parc Weinberg Campus.

 

Successful 3rd stakeholder meeting of EEE Regional Alliance in Halle

The German branch of the EEE consortium has met for the 3rd Regional Alliance Stakeholder Meeting on 18.05.2017 in Magdeburg, capital city of Saxony-Anhalt. After a short introductory note from Univations CEO Daniel Worch, Stakeholders were introduced to the latest developments within EEE and informed about the German EEE National Launch taking place 21.11.2017 at Technology Parc Weinberg Campus in Halle. One part of the event the was also dedicated to Prof. Dr. Graham Hortons Founders Playbook, which has the potential to ideally complement the EEE Teaching Toolkit when it comes to the point where students actually want to start-up a company. Prof. Horten explicitly asked participants to contribute their expertise to the Playbook, a process the EEE consortium has started as well with the pilot testing of the first module from the EEE teaching toolkit during the MLU Gründerservice Entrepreneurship week in May. As a matter of fact, stakeholders of the 3rd EEE alliance meeting agreed to intensify cooperation in the next months in order to draft a set of joint actions for improving entrepreneurship education in the region.

Second consortium meeting of the EEE Project was hosted by the University of Szeged (SZTE) Knowledge Management Center in the city of Szeged, Hungary. The meeting set the platform for the project representatives to share progress on their work packages, and discuss arrangements on the pilot-testing of the entrepreneurship courses in partner locations.

The two-day program gave the participants the opportunity to present their work in detail on the major agenda topics, i.e. the development of the EEE Alliance Road Map, EEE Teaching Toolkit, multimedia resources, and project dissemination activities, as well as exchanging ideas on the upcoming tasks, in particular, possible platforms for the pilot-testing of the courses in the partner universities- and potential challenges in implementation. The presentations overall have led to productive discussions on the nature of the ‘EEE Regional Alliance Development Roadmap’ (SZTE), and the teaching methodologies of the individual modules presented in the ‘EEE Teaching Toolkit for Entrepreneurship Education’ (MCI).

Szeged team has taken concrete steps to offer their 5-credit new EEE course ‘Entrepreneurship Education’ to USZ students from 11 study programs, starting from September 2017. The course is highly promising in its offerings. In the model, not only the business leaders will be involved with the course lecturing, but also the Department of Economics Master’s program students will provide mentoring to the enrolled students throughout the semester. Pilot teaching of the courses are foreseen to take place at the ‘Entrepreneurship Camp’ in the summer of 2017 at MCI, during which coaching and mentoring sessions are offered to MCI students, and at ‘Entrepreneurship Weeks’ in May 2017 at MLU, in collaboration with the Univations EEE Project representatives.

The meeting was a success in terms of its outcomes, supported by the generous hospitality of the host partners. The participants enjoyed a city sightseeing tour after the first day of the meeting, followed by traditional Hungarian dishes and drinks during a dinner organized by the Szeged project representatives.

The next partner meeting is planned to take place in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, on 17-18 October.

The EEE Project consortium partners came together in the kick-off meeting held at the Univations main office on December 5th-6th, 2016. The meeting brought together eight representatives from five partner institutions: Univations, University of Szeged (USZ), Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), Canice Consulting, and UIIN. 

The meeting proved to be a productive one, with a busy agenda covered in detail to ensure a solid project implementation process from the very beginning. Following the welcome and introductions by Univations representatives, each partner delivered a short presentation on the respective project teams, assigned work packages, responsibilities, and estimated timelines for the activities they will undertake during the course of the project. Conversations focused on the planning and operational aspects of the three main intellectual outputs (IOs); IO1 Regional Alliances, IO2 the Entrepreneurship Promotion Campaign, and IO3 Entrepreneurship Teaching Toolkit, as well as dissemination, quality management and evaluation strategies, multiplier events, and other topics related to the overall management of the project.

After an intensive one-and-half day project discussions, the partners had the opportunity to taste traditional German Christmas cuisine at a dinner organised by Univations. The meeting was later concluded with final remarks on the next steps, and targets to be achieved until the next project meeting.