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Entrepreneurship Development in European Union: An Integrated Market for a Better Business

In 2017, the University of International Business became a holder of a grant under the Erasmus + Jean Monnet – Module program for the implementation of the project “Entrepreneurship Development in European Union: An Integrated Market for a Better Business”, designed for a three-year period (2017 – 2020). Due to the fact that the activities of the Jean Monnet program are aimed at developing and supporting research in the field of European Union issues, the goal of this project is to familiarize UIB students with the basic principles of doing business in the EU countries. The project is being implemented jointly with scientists from the University of Turku (Finland) and the University of Southern Denmark. To achieve the goal of the project, a range of tasks was defined, which includes: developing and teaching a special course on entrepreneurship with a total volume of 300 hours, conducting research on the project’s topic and publishing articles in scientific journals, conducting various kinds of scientific and practical events: conferences, round tables “, Master classes. At the moment, the project is in its final stage. Over the past three years, the project team has done a lot of work, all the goals and objectives have been achieved: more than 600 students of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs attended a special course on entrepreneurship, three international scientific and practical conferences, a number of “round tables” and master classes were held , more than 10 scientific papers have been published.

Syllabus of the course

List of publications

On April 25, 2018, the University of International Business hosted the Student Scientific and Practical Conference “Digitalization of the Economy of Kazakhstan” organized with the support of the Erasmus + Jean Monnet program. More than 70 students of bachelor’s and master’s programs took part in the conference. The conference consisted of three sections:

1. Socio-economic modernization of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the context of the digitalization of the economy.
2. Innovative approaches to the development of the financial and credit system of Kazakhstan.
3. Business development in the context of digitalization of the economy.

Based on the results of the conference the Proceedings of scientific materials have been released.

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On March 14-15, 2019, the University of International Business hosted the International Scientific Conference “Global competitiveness of Kazakhstan: strategy of practical responses to the challenges of time” organized with the support of the Erasmus + Jean Monnet program. More than 120 students of bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD programs took part in the conference. The conference consisted of five sections:

1. Modern transformation of the economy: Kazakhstani model and world processes.
2. Problems and practice of management and marketing in changing conditions.
3. Digitalization and development of informational technologies.
4. Society. Politics. Law.
5. Additional materials. Articles of master students, PhD students and lecturers of the University of International Business and foreign universities.

Within the framework of the conference “Global Competitiveness of Kazakhstan: Strategy for Practical Responses to the Challenges of Time”, there were some topics on the integration of Kazakhstan with the European Community, due to the project carried out by the Department of Management and Business at the University of International Business within the framework of the Jean Monnet program “Entrepreneurship Development in European Union: An Integrated Market for a Better Business”. In this area, important business issues were discussed, international comparisons were made, conclusions and recommendations were made on how to ensure the efficiency of the business.

Based on the results of the conference the Proceedings of scientific materials have been released.

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During the period of October 16-20, 2017, we conducted the UIB-Finland Science and Research Week. The UIB-Finland Science & Research Week was a collection of scientific and research activities in the field of economics, entrepreneurship, and management studies. By bringing in the most distinguished and internationally well-known scholars to Kazakhstan, this week of events aimed at promoting scientific research among young academics and improving research competences of Kazakhstani universities in general. The week was co-organized by the University of International Business (UIB) and Finnish partner universities: Turku University and Lappeenranta University of Technology. Various events will take place during the week, PhD courses, research seminars, brainstorming and experience-sharing meetings, paper development workshops and a cocktail networking event. The week was financially sponsored by the Research Council of UIB and Jean Monnet Activities within the European Union Erasmus+ program. We provided free and open access to participants from all universities in Kazakhstan. More than 350 scientists from local Universities took part in those activities. We got very good feedback from all participants.

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On April 21-22, 2020, the University of International Business hosted the Annual Student Conference “Almaty: Sustainable city 2020” organized with the support of the Erasmus + Jean Monnet program. More than 140 students of bachelor’s and master’s programs took part in the conference. The conference consisted of eight sections:

1. EU-CA relations: prospects for energy cooperation.
2. Safer and smarter cities.
3. Urban languages.
4. Urban hospitality.
5. Urban Economics.
6. Entrepreneurship: an integrated approach for development.
7. Urban management.
8. The global city: urban conflicts & diplomacy.

Based on the results of the conference the Proceedings of scientific materials have been released.

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On April 23, 2019, within the framework of the project “Entrepreneurship Development in European Union: An Integrated Market for a Better Business” under the Erasmus + Jean Monnet – Module program, ESC Clermont University master’s student Eric Mandonnet, studying at the UIB on academic exchange, made a presentation on the topic “The Current Situation of Startups and Other Small Businesses in France”. The event was attended by 3rd year students of the specialties “Finance”, “Management”, “Marketing”, “Accounting and Audit”.

From 14 to 18 October 2019 at the University of International Business within the framework of the project “Entrepreneurship Development in European Union: An Integrated Market for a Better Business” under the Erasmus + Jean Monnet – Module program, lectures were held by a representative of partner universities, the University of Southern Denmark and University of Turku (Finland), Professor Maria Elo. Classes were held for 3rd and 4th year students of the specialties “Finance”, “Management”, “Marketing”, “Accounting and Auditing” and “Economics” of the undergraduate program, graduate and doctoral students. The main topic of the lectures was “International Businesses in Europe and UN Sustainable Development Goals”. At the end of a series of face-to-face classes, students received topics for research projects, which were worked on until the end of the first semester of the 2019-2020 academic year. During the entire period of work on their projects, students had access to the online consultations of Professor M.Elo.

On September 18, 2019, at the University of International Business, as part of the implementation of the project “Entrepreneurship Development in European Union: An Integrated Market for a Better Business” Jean Monnet Activities within the European Union Erasmus+, a lecture by Professor László Vasa from Széchenyi István University (Hungary) was held. Professor L. Vasa is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade and an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. The lecture addressed the issues of the political and economic structure of the European Union.