Erasmus+ logoProject for higher education student and staff mobility between Programme Countries and Partner Countries: 2016-1-UK01-KA107-023667-PP.

Staff mobility: international entrepreneurship education

Erasmus+ 107 is a branch of Erasmus that facilitates international staff mobility. The University of Northampton Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) and Almaty Management University (AlmaU) are working in partnership to develop a joint Master’s degree in International Entrepreneurship, with students from each country studying outside their home country for a part of the course. The course design will be informed by understanding and co-operations built up through the mobility activities enabled by Erasmus+ 107. The project is the first to be funded under the umbrella of the Centre for Sustainable Business Practices in FBL.

This project aims to:

  • further the internationalisation strategy of both AlmaU and the University of Northampton
  • garner regional impact through institutional links in both countries, fostering growing trade links
  • assist individual entrepreneurs through meetings with their counterparts in each country
  • develop entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan, enhancing their curriculum for entrepreneurial education

 

The University chose to work with Almaty Management University (AlmaU) because they have similar attitudes to social impact and entrepreneurship, and because of existing research and teaching links with Kazakhstan. The University of Northampton teaches Entrepreneurship at all HE levels and is distinguished by its AshokaU and Changemaker status, Centre for Enterprise and Employability and the The Enterprise Club. It is complemented well by AlmaU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development which encourages entrepreneurship education in Kazakhstan, through the generation of a new attitude and culture. This project will build on previous visits and work relationships, and comprises five trips between the two institutions, to increase understanding of teaching and curricula at both universities. Staff for trips will be chosen based on their teaching of, interest in and commitment to entrepreneurship.

The trips will be:

  1. September 2016: Three FBL staff visited  AlmaU in Kazakhstan (Sandy MacDonald, Gill Gourlay and Kathleen Mortimer)
  2. November 2016: Two AlmaU staff visited FBL at the University of Northampton
  3. April 2017: Five University of Northampton staff visited AlmaU in Kazakhstan
  4. June 2017: Five AlmaU staff to visit the University of Northampton and take part in the FBL annual research conference
  5. September 2017: Three FBL staff to visit AlmaU for a final assessment

Results and information will be available after these trips through social media, seminars and presentations. Participants will also give a seminar at the FBL research conference and the team will collaborate to produce a paper reporting on the project, to be delivered at a conference in 2017.