From School to Business Cool Webinars

Between March and July the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA) - European Chapter held 6 online webinars for EMA members on entrepreneurial skills you need to start and successfully run your own business. Participants from 32 countries assembled online for the webinars lasting each 60 to 75 minutes depending on the participant’s questions.
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Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA) - European Chapter unites EMA members from EU member states; Albania, Andorra, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Kosovo*, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey. There are several important goals European Chapter is trying to achieve. First of all, it is constantly aiming to provide necessary information and to increase overall support to Erasmus Mundus (EM) students who are starting the EM programme in Europe. Additionally, European Chapter is in charge of supporting both - EM students and alumni from European countries or currently residing in Europe. Professional Development Coordinator, among other activities, is in charge of supporting EC members in their professional development by making relevant and appropriate resources available, advertising the EM programme among local and regional employers, in job fairs and lists, at governmental level and through the EU diplomatic channels, as well as identifying traineeship schemes with interested private and public institutions.

As a part of this webinar series, we've put our focus on the entrepreneurial set of skills.

We've had:

6 awesome speakers - Katarina Matveeva (UK), Serena Leka (DK), Ned Vidojevic (RS), Gordon Bozinovski (USA), Veronika Tomova (MCD), Matt Sopiars (USA).

Participants from 5 continents - North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia

Participants from 32 countries: Italy, Albania, Denmark, Serbia, Finland, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Colombia, China, Malaysia, Cameroon, North Macedonia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Brazil, Argentina, USA, Canada, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Philippines, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Chile.

On average, our posts on LinkedIn reached out to at least 1000 unique viewers.

Considering the topics our users covered (business development, marketing, market research, running sustainable businesses, social entrepreneurship, innovation, LEAN start-up, financing your projects, building sales teams, writing good emails, doing appropriate industry-based research), we strongly believe that our participants were given a chance to learn more about the latest trends and have a chance to hear from experienced and educated lecturers.

We see this project as part of the Cluster I - Strengthening higher education quality, with the inter-connected focus to Groups 1) and 5) - Increasing skills development and Increasing employability. Without any doubt, entrepreneurship is an important topic within universities, and there are innovative programmes helping guide the next generation of business founders. Many universities place their entrepreneur support solely within their business departments and, as many faculties operate separately, this can mean self-employed education is not easily accessible to students from other disciplines. In addition to the previous topic, entrepreneurship is often analysed from the academic perspective, which is an important tool in raising the awareness of students, however, it does not provide practical inputs necessary for starting new businesses. Our approach aims not to replace the higher education, but yet to add an additional layer of education as well. By developing skills in high demand by the market we ensure that participants increase their chances for employability.

*Membership status: Potential candidate

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