Autmnschool and Workshop in Siegen

As in the last years, also this year an Autumnschool took place in Siegen as part of the DAAD-funded project “EE-KEY-AZ”. In October 15 students of the Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC) visited the University of Siegen and were welcomed by 12 German students. The school was held by Prof. Dr. Muslum Ibrahimov, a lecturer from UNEC, and was themed “Founding in the field of agriculture”. Founding companies in this area enjoy great popularity in Azerbaijan and thus the students had the opportunity to deal with the latest innovation technologies in the field of agriculture and to develop their own business ideas on the subject. During Autumnschool, the students worked in international teams on these ideas, sharing their opinions and knowledge.

In addition to the students from Azerbaijan, 5 professors and employees from UNEC came to participate in the Network Meeting of the EE-KEY-AZ project. As part of the workshop, the Azerbaijani delegation as well as the students were briefed about different programs for entrepreneurship education in Siegen. Prof. Dr. Petra Moog spoke about “Sustainable Managing Entrepreneurs”. Another speaker was Mrs. Greber, an employee from the founding office of the University of Siegen, who talked about the topic “Sustainable entrepreneurial thinking and acting”. In the afternoon, Start-up stories were presented to the participants. A highlight was the presentation of the founder Bastian Schäfer, who introduced his own business idea. The presentations were followed by a lively and varied discussion on the subject of entrepreneurship education, which further sensitised the participants.

Besides the content program there were further offers for the participants of the Autumnschool. During the excursions to the city center and old town of Siegen, the upper and lower castle  particularly impressed with their architecture and their historical background. A visit to the nearby city of Cologne was also on the agenda so that the Azerbaijani participants were able to breathe some german metropolitan air. The trip to Cologne ended in a joint dinner in a restaurant. The lively discussions showed that the UNEC students were able to learn a great deal about Germany and german culture in the very short time of their stay.

German professor at Radio UNEC

Within the mutual project “EE-KEY-AZ Entrepreneurship Education: Key to the Creation of Jobs and Employment in Azerbaijan” of the University of Siegen and the UNEC, Professor Petra Moog of the chair of ntrepreneurship and Family Business and Birgit Felden, director of the Institute of Entrepreneurship of, SME and Family Business of the Berlin School of Business and Law, were guests at Radio UNEC.

In the programme “Vizion +”, the German professors expressed their views on the organisation of the spring school and of the teaching process at the UNEC as well as their impressions of Baku.

A recording of the interview is available here.

Transcript handover

As part of the “EE-KEY-AZ Entrepreneurship Education: Key to the Creation of Jobs and Employment in Azerbaijan” project, a reunion of the master’s degree students who had participated in the previous year’s “Entrepreneurship and SME: Basics of Entrepreneurship” summer school took place.

Professor Petra Moog of the University of Siegen and Sannur Aliyev, the director of the department of international cooperation at the UNEC, praised the knowledge and abilities of the master’s degree students an encouraged them to successfully create their business plans.

The students that had completed the spring school in the previous year received their transcripts.

Factory tour of Azersun-Karton

Factory tour of  Azersun-Karton for the professors and students participating in the spring school “Entrepreneurship and SME: Basics of Entrepreneurship” as part of the “EE-KEY-AZ Entrepreneurship Education: Key to the Creation of Jobs and Employment in Azerbaijan” project

During the excursion, the delegation of the Azersun Holding invited the guests to look at the production processes and activities of the factory in detail. The German professors and master’s degree students were told about the importance of environmental protection concerning the recycling of cardboard.

At the end of the excursion, Professor Petra Moog made an entry into the company’s visitors’ book.

Note: The mutual project “EE-KEY-AZ Entrepreneurship Education: Key to the Creation of Jobs and Employment in Azerbaijan” of the University of Siegen and the UNEC was the winner of the competition of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2016. The duration of the project four years. The project encompasses events and workshops both in Germany and Azerbaijan that are attended by professors, teachers, junior researchers and students alike. Summer and winter schools as well as numerous seminars take place in both countries. Moreover, an exchange for junior researchers and graduates of the University of Siegen takes place in Azerbaijan, while their Azeri colleagues do research in Germany. Within the project, students receive the opportunity to gain practical experience in various companies in Germany and Azerbaijan.

Representatives of the Azeri economy held lectures at the UNEC within the spring school “Entrepreneurship and SME: Basics of Entrepreneurship”

Azeri businessmen and experts informed the participants of the spring school about innovation within the country’s economy and shared their knowledge and experience with the German and Azeri master’s degree students.

Kanan Agayev, a representative of the BERC Group, held a guest lecture about the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises. In his presentation, he talked to the master’s degree students about development policies pertaining to national SME and explained their financing mechanisms. Moreover, the questions of the the master’s degree students were addressed during the event.

Note: The mutual project “EE-KEY-AZ Entrepreneurship Education: Key to the Creation of Jobs and Employment in Azerbaijan” of the University of Siegen and the UNEC was the winner of the competition of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2016. The duration of the project four years. The project encompasses events and workshops both in Germany and Azerbaijan that are attended by professors, teachers, junior researchers and students alike. Summer and winter schools as well as numerous seminars take place in both countries. Moreover, an exchange for junior researchers and graduates of the University of Siegen takes place in Azerbaijan, while their Azeri colleagues do research in Germany. Within the project, students receive the opportunity to gain practical experience in various companies in Germany and Azerbaijan.

Spring school at the UNEC – a photographic report.

The spring school continues as part of the project “EE-KEY-AZ Entrepreneurship Education: Key to the Creation of Jobs and Employment in Azerbaijan”.

Master’s degree students of the University of Siegen and the UNEC participate in the spring school „Entrepreneurship and SME: Basics of Entrepreneurship”. The spring school is led by Professor Petra Moog of the University of Siegen. Professor Birgit Felden, director of the Institute of Entrepreneurship of, SME and Family Business of the Berlin School of Business and Law, acts as a lecturer.

Note: The mutual project “EE-KEY-AZ Entrepreneurship Education: Key to the Creation of Jobs and Employment in Azerbaijan” of the University of Siegen and the UNEC was the winner of the competition of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2016. The duration of the project four years. The project encompasses events and workshops both in Germany and Azerbaijan that are attended by professors, teachers, junior researchers and students alike. Summer and winter schools as well as numerous seminars take place in both countries. Moreover, an exchange for junior researchers and graduates of the University of Siegen takes place in Azerbaijan, while their Azeri colleagues do research in Germany. Within the project, students receive the opportunity to gain practical experience in various companies in Germany and Azerbaijan.

A round table took place at the UNEC with the participation of a German professor

Professors and employees of the University of Siegen and the UNEC participated in the mutual project “EE-KEY-AZ Entrepreneurship Education: Key to the Creation of Jobs and Employment in Azerbaijan” of both universities.

Professor Birgit Felden, director of the Institute of Entrepreneurship of, SME and Family Business of the Berlin School of Business and Law, first presented the development of the collaboration between family entrepreneurs and network building as well as international consortia.

Next, views and opinions were exchanged and discussed.

Note: The mutual project “EE-KEY-AZ Entrepreneurship Education: Key to the Creation of Jobs and Employment in Azerbaijan” of the University of Siegen and the UNEC was the winner of the competition of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2016. The duration of the project four years. The project encompasses events and workshops both in Germany and Azerbaijan that are attended by professors, teachers, junior researchers and students alike. Summer and winter schools as well as numerous seminars take place in both countries. Moreover, an exchange for junior researchers and graduates of the University of Siegen takes place in Azerbaijan, while their Azeri colleagues do research in Germany. Within the project, students receive the opportunity to gain practical experience in various companies in Germany and Azerbaijan.

Summer school at UNEC together with Siegen University – “Enterpreneurship and SME: Basics of Business”

“The enterpreunership education EE-KEY-AZ at UNEC: the Summer School organized within the framework of the project “creation of work places in Azerbaijan and the main factor of employment has been launched.

The spring school of the UNEC has begun as a part of the project “EE-KEY-AZ Entrepreneurship Education: Key to the Creation of Jobs and Employment in Azerbaijan”.

The summer school, which will last for five days, will focus on the topic “Entrepreneurship and SME: Basics of Entrepreneurship”. The courses at the summer school will be offered by Professor Petra Moog of the University of Siegen with joint participation of master’s degree students of the UNEC and of the University of Siegen. Furthermore, Professor Birgit Felden, director of the Institute of Entrepreneurship of, SME and Family Business of the HWR Berlin, will be invited as a lecturer from Germany.

The heads and experts of Azeri companies will share their experiences with the participants of the summer school and hold lectures on the most recent trends of the economy and the country. During the summer school, excursions to companies will be organised to familiarise the participants with the activities of their production facilities of the country.

At the end, the master’s degree students will be evaluated based on the results of their business plans and receive credit points.

 

At the end, the master’s degree level students will be evaluated based on the results of their business plans and will receive the credits.

PhD Exchange

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.