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Tempus project «Entrepreneurs for tomorrow» (E4T) meeting at Ogarev Mordovia State University
Tempus project «Entrepreneurs for tomorrow» (E4T) meeting at Ogarev Mordovia State University

On the 3rd of February, coordinators and participants of the TEMPUS international project «Entrepreneurs for tomorrow» attended N.P. Ogarev Mordovia State University. Apart from European partners the project draws on best practices from three Russian universities - Mordovia State University, Nizhny Novgorod State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Samara State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering – in their attempt to set up a new Master programme for sustainable (P-P-P) entrepreneurship in the Volga Basin region.

The University coordinator is Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands. The complete consortium consists of Cologne University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (Finland), University College Leuven (Belgium)/

The Russian students are taught in English by international teaching staff. The specific feature of classes is its practical orientation: students have the opportunity to bring their theoretical knowledge of entrepreneuship and business ideas to innovation economy. All universities-participants work together with regional science parks and business incubators which are hunger for innovative ideas. Moreover the programme offers a further training in one of the European countries in order to get acquainted with the experience of European business incubators.

The Rector of Ogarev Mordovia State University, Sergey M. Vdovin, welcomed domestic and international guests – project coordinators: Jo Spaubeck, professor at NNGASU Nishny Novgorod, Russia, Fouad de Vries, International (e-) Business Senior Law Lecturer at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Nadezhda D. Guskova, head of Chair of Management at Mordovia State University, Natalia Sh. Vatolkina, head of International Office, Mordovia State University.

The Rector emphasised the idea that participation in the TEMPUS project not only an exchange of experience with leading European universities, but also a foundation for further fruitful cooperation which is more important. The participants of the meeting discussed current issues and prospects for further development of the programme which should serve as a pattern for bachelor degree programmes and post-diploma programmes of study as well. University educators, administrators and decision makers appreciate the value added that this programme provides to young entrepreneurs. The results of collaborations with EU universities may maximise international scope of academic studies and contribute to the increase of entrepreneurial activity in the region.

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