DAAD study accompanying our project EE-KEY-AZ published. Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries. Case Studies and Recommendations for the “University-Business-Partnership Programme”
In the end of 2017, the mutual PhD student exchange followed this year. For this purpose, five PhD students from Azerbaijan visited us for one month each to research and network at the University of Siegen. Likewise, Miriam Hiepler and Konrad Meisner from the chair traveled to Baku in November to work there.
Eight professors and UNEC staff members participated at the IECER (Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship) conference. As part of the project, the conference matched the sensitization and qualification approach for Entrepreneurship Education.
In September, an autumn school took place in Siegen. The topic of the school was international marketing. This school was held by Sevar Mammadova, a lecturer from the Azerbaijan State University of Economics. Ten students from Germany and ten Students from Azerbaijan attended at the school.
Closing of the Spring School on “Entrepreneurship, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: Business Fundamentals” was arranged at UNEC. The event has taken place within the project “EE- KEY- AZ Entrepreneurship Education: A Key to Job Creation and Employability in Azerbaijan”.
Head of the Department for International Cooperation Anar Kazimov noted that UNEC teachers, especially young research fellows and students have taken possession broad knowledge and experience on entrepreneurship, establishment and development of business within the project. According to the project, familiarization with the particulars and performance of the business infrastructure of Germany and Azerbaijan has also happened. 10 graduate students of the University of Siegen and 12 of UNEC attended the project.
A Professor of the University of Siegen Petra Moog who expressed satisfaction of her visit at UNEC and evaluated the projects implemented in the university thanked the teaching staff and students of the University of Siegen and UNEC, as well as the representatives of the University of Montpellier for their active participation. P.Moog noted that she got closely acquainted with most manufacturers performing in Azerbaijan and obtained detailed information about the country’s economy within her trip to Azerbaijan. She said Azerbaijan has a strong economy and non- oil export is being developed in the country rapidly.
Views on the latest tendencies and problems of Azerbaijan economy were exchanged within the event. A Working Group of the Round-table organized in Germany and the experts of the Winter School arranged at UNEC were awarded certificates in the end.
About the Project: The “EE- KEY- AZ Entrepreneurship Education: A key to Job Creation and Employability in Azerbaijan” Project was approved for funding by the DAAD. The Project is to be implemented within 4 years and has an actions plan on several directions.
A delegation consisting of the teaching staff and graduate students of the University of Siegen and UNEC who attended the Spring School on “Entrepreneurship and SME: Business Fundamentals” Projects arranged from April 17 to 21 within the “EE-KEY-AZ Entrepreneurship Education: A Key to Job Creation and Employability in Azerbaijan” Project were on an excursion in the Oil Processing Plant of Azersun Holding.
Azersun Holding’s representative provided the guests with the information about the performance of the plant and invited them to follow the production process closely. At the same time, he made them familiar with the production assortments and samples. German teachers and students noted the production process is in high level and organized properly; they stressed it is conducted in accordance with the world standards and norms.
The guests’ questions were responded in the end and they were introduced special gifts from Azersun Holding.
A Spring School has been launched at UNEC within the Project “EE- KEY- AZ Entrepreneurship Education: A Key to Job Creation and Employability in Azerbaijan”. The four- day Spring School will be conducted on “Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Sized Enterprise: Business Fundamentals”.
Congratulating the students selected for the Spring School, Head of the International Relations Department Anar Kazimov wished them successes within the opening. He said the University of Siegen’s Professor Petra Moog would run the Spring School joined by 12 graduate students of UNEC and 10 of the University of Siegen. Leaders and experts of Azerbaijani businesses will share their experiences with the participants and lecture about the latest tendencies of the country’s economy. Excursions to the country’s manufacturers will also be arranged to make the participants familiar with their performances.
Masters will be assessed on the basis of their business plans and get credits in the end.
Note: The “EE- KEY- AZ Entrepreneurship Education: A key to Job Creation and Employability in Azerbaijan” Project was adopted to be funded by DAAD. The Project is intended to be implemented within 4 years and has an actions plan on several directions. The Spring School will take place through April 17 to 21.
UNEC implements a series of successful projects, including student exchange with the University of Siegen of Germany.
The graduate students of the Siegen University Jens Bolay and Tim Dettmann who applied for the exchange program of UNEC for the spring term of 2016/2017 academic year came to Azerbaijan on February 15. They study in UNEC Business School.
J.Bolay is an amateur photographer, too. The German student places photos regularly shot in Baku and the regions from the day of his arrival to Azerbaijan in his photo blog.
J.Bolay explained his desire to study at UNEC was based from the thoughts of German students who studied here before. They are of positive opinion about UNEC. At the same time, they note that Azerbaijan is a very beautiful country; people are very hospitable and affectionate. That’s why I choose UNEC to study. Besides his studies at UNEC, he transfers fascinating nature of Azerbaijan, eye- catching historical monuments to the memory of his camera.
The joint “EE-KEY-AZ Project. Entrepreneurship Education: A Key to Job Creation and Employability in Azerbaijan” Project of Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC) and the University of Siegen of Germany is successfully in progress. UNEC staff Ragif Gasimov’s, Anar Huseynov’s and Aysel Guliyeva’s dissertations who were on business in Germany had been discussed in PhD Board of the University of Siegen.
The PhD Board of the University of Siegen containing graduate and doctoral students holds meetings on the basis of the schedule adopted once a year more than once. The Board Chairman and Assistant instruct the members to develop presentations covering the direction, theme, methodology and urgency of the dissertations. Presentations are debated within the meeting and requirements for the next stage in connection with the dissertation are determined.
Plans of UNEC teachers’ dissertations were submitted and the University of Siegen graduates’ offers and recommendations were heard within the Board Meeting this time.
The Project will be implemented by the partnership of the University of Siegen with UNEC and the financial support of the Headquarters of German Academic Exchange Service for 4 years.
The Summer and Winter Schools in Germany and Azerbaijan, trainings in Finance, Business Planning, Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management, Logistics, E-commerce, Risks Management and so on and workshops with the participation of the academic and administrative staffs of both universities in Baku and Siegen are planned to be organized in accordance with the Project. At the same time, 4 nominee doctors’ participation in one- month internship every year, organization of competitions on “Business Plan” among the young research fellows and “Consultant Financial Clubs” are to be realized within the project. The club will create the opportunity for the formation of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, as well as provide them with a chance to pass internship in different companies of Germany and Azerbaijan.
Together with the teachers and 11 students of the University of Siegen the representatives of the Ministry of Economics, Ministry of Labor and Protection of Citizens, Head of the Baku Information Center of German Academic Exchange Service, Chairman of German- Azerbaijan Trade Chamber, Program Leader of the German International Cooperation Society, President of the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Recruiters) Organizations, universities’ rectors, employees of the Embassy of Germany to Azerbaijan and the representative of the National Erasmus+ Office attended the opening ceremony of the Project organized at UNEC.
UNEC Rector, Professor Adalat Muradov noted the sustainable development of the cooperation between the two universities and the implementation of teacher-students exchange during the event. Speaking about the organization of Summer and Winter Schools between UNEC and the University of Siegen, Rector emphasized that the 4-year project will be beginning of a new stage between the two universities. A.Muradov also stressed the project will play an important role in improving entrepreneurial and business education in Azerbaijan. He pointed the significance of the project in terms of better preparation of UNEC students for labor market, as well as the formation of the experience of establishing new jobs. A.Muradov highlighted the joint Graduate Program to become one of the most important contributions of the Project too.
Head of the Baku Information Center of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Ms. Steffanie Dufaux pointed the type of project was implemented in Azerbaijan for the first time and that it is the biggest project in the region financed by DAAD. She stressed the project would both bring nearer the higher education systems of Germany and Azerbaijan and the two universities.
Advisor to the Rector of the University of Siegen for International Strategic Cooperation Dr. Ulrich Eberhardt spoke about the history of cooperation between the two higher education institutions. He brought to attention the Project as a logical result of beneficial collaboration between the universities.
Then Head of the Department of the University of Siegen, Professor Petra Moog delivered detailed information about the content of the project, aim, events to be implemented within 4 years, as well as the realization of the project and funding mechanism in detail. She expressed gratitude to UNEC administration and other partners for the development and execution of the project.
According to the Project, the official opening ceremony of the project was held with the participation of UNEC’s delegation of 9 people at the University of Siegen on October 26. The issues of the management of Project, events to be implemented within 4 years, harmonization of curricula in the future and other technical and organizational affairs were discussed during the meeting of the Project’s Working Group. UNEC’s young teachers and nominee doctors met with the professors representing relevant departments of the University of Siegen and debated on the topics they want to conduct researches in the future in Germany.
Students’ questions related with the project were responded within the event. UNEC students who attended Winter School at the University of Siegen were awarded certificates in the end.