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.
“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.
DAAD study accompanying our project EE-KEY-AZ published. Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries. Case Studies and Recommendations for the “University-Business-Partnership Programme”
Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries (Study)
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.