The African German Entrepreneurship Academy (AGEA)
One important way of sustaining and extending the iN4iN Africa Network was to come up with a new project. In this vein, the African-German Entrepreneurship Academy (AGEA) was conceived. This is an extension based on the argument that the iN4iN Africa Network were only universities. The project will run for a period of four years (2017-2020). Similar to the erstwhile iN4iN Africa Network, the current AGEA project is generously supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
The main objective of the AGEA is to take our iN4iN Africa activities to the next quality level by creating the conditions that will enable more universities in Africa to establish Entrepreneurial Education Programs and Entrepreneurship Support Centres After having trained universities in different parts of Africa through the iN4iN Africa Network, two universities have been chosen as hubs to connect with other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), business and business associations within and across respective countries. These two universities are the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and INES-Ruhengeri, Rwanda. Furthermore the AGEA project will included businesses and business associations in Germany, Ghana and Rwanda. The inclusion of associations AGEA widens the iN4iN Africa Network, allowing new approaches to sustainability at the university and business levels.
Praxis Partnership Vietnam
The International SEPT Program at the Leipzig University decided in 2005 to export its International MBA in Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development to Vietnam. The foundation of the cooperation was a strong partnership with Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) which was already established in a context of faculty cooperation in 2004. The first MBA class started in 2006 and up to now more than 260 participants studied in nine intakes. In 2008 this MBA program located then in Leipzig and Hanoi was awarded by the DAAD and the Stifterverband der Deutschen Wirtschaft because of its extraordinary contribution to the development of Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Germany and Vietnam. Because of this success, SEPT decided in 2011 to expand its activities towards the south of Vietnam based on a cooperation agreement with the Vietnamese German University (VGU).
Since 2012 we are supported by the DAAD Praxis Partnership Programme in order to establish at the two destinations in Vietnam a partnership project with SMEs and SME support institutions in Vietnam as well as in Germany. Our new project proposal “Academia meets Business” (2015-2017) aims to institutionalize our approach and to secure the long-term sustainability of all activities. Furthermore, we want to increase the outreach of our activities especially in the context of the 40 Years of Diplomatic Relationship Anniversary between Germany and Vietnam. Therefore, the proposed project has the following specific objectives: (1) Establishment und Development of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre (EIC) at Vietnamese German University in Ho Chi Minh City, (2) Implementation of the Bach Khoa Entrepreneurship Programme (BEP) at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), (3) Knowledge transfer to public and private economic support organisations as well as other Vietnamese universities.
Certified Innovation Manager Trainings in Costa Rica
In 2011, iN4iN worked in a middle-term cooperation schema together with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications of Costa Rica with the purpose of developing the innovation competencies of different actors of the private sector, as well as, promotion and support organizations from both, governmental and private institutions. The objectives of the cooperation included the development of innovation management capabilities, and the development of implementable innovation projects by the participating companies and organizations.
The National Technical University of Costa Rica (UTN) is our local academic partner. In 2011 iN4iN trainers provided the first edition of our Certified Innovation Manager (CIM) Training in San Jose. Since then, every year our experts visit Costa Rica to provide the training, sometimes more than once a year. In 2016, iN4iN finished successfully the 10th edition of this training. We believe that all these years of an active cooperation with our partner, UTN, clearly demonstrate the satisfaction of the participants and our partner, with our training.
Fostering Entrepreneurship at European Universities
More Entrepreneurial Life at European Schools (MELES) is a project developed by a group of European Universities located in Poland, Portugal, Greece and Germany. This initiative started in 2014 and its primary goal is to introduce in the curriculum of these educational institutions elements in order to provide entrepreneurial skills and knowledge in this field. The project is implemented in the departments that have little experience in teaching entrepreneurship or do not have any experience at all.
MELES allows both, students and teachers, to develop skills that have so far been neglected in the curriculum. In addition, it fosters the cooperation between higher education institutions with a variety of fields of study. Moreover, it introduces unconventional and innovative methods of teaching, displacing the traditional approach of the teaching process. Two summer schools were developed as part of this project. Each summer school had as participants 30 students from all partner universities. The first summer school was in Greece in 2015 and the second in Portugal in 2016.
SME Development Training – Train the Trainer Program
Entrepreneurship and SME development are considered as drivers of sustainable social and economic development of a country. Nevertheless, entrepreneurship is not a natural career path in a country like Saudi Arabia for a variety of reasons, which are deeply rooted in the social structure, belief and practices of the country. Therefore, stimulating entrepreneurship requires focused and sustained efforts from private and public sectors as well as social influencers.
With this objective in mind, the Saudi Credit and Savings Bank (SCSB) initiated a timely and comprehensive program to support SMEs and enhance their survival rate and productivity. Having completed the program design, SCSB selected ETSC to kick start the Business Fundamentals program, and to establish and operate the Riyadh Business Center (RBC). ETSC worked in collaboration with the GIZ to address some of the key objectives of the RBC and the Business Fundamentals program. iN4iN took part of this project and implemented on behalf of GIZ International Services a train the trainers program.