European Competence Centre for Vocational Training (Retail/Wholesale)

15.10.2018 : ERA-Secretariat

While studying BA and MA at the University of Saarbrücken/Germany, Alina Pukhovskaya (LinkedIn) started Vocational Training at the European Retail Academy. She helped at exhibitions in Düsseldorf/Germany and Moscow/Russia and went for professional training to Dubai and Hong Kong. Further on she became chief-designer and manager of ERA-Sites.

Alina helped as an external consultant with the EU-project FORWARD and wrote her PhD thesis about knowledge management in non-profit networks on the example of Food Banks in Mexico (read here more on far distance MBA and PhD programs of Vitez). From Oct.15th 2018 onward Prof.Dr. Hallier appointed her "Chief of Staff" of the ERA-Secretariat. Alina Pukhovskaya will be his deputy for all operative tasks.

10.09.2018 : Changing Perspectives

Going abroad for traineeships is not just additional know-how in science, but changing perspectives by different cultural environments that enable students to enlarge social competences, as Eleonora Nkolaeva and Tatiana Zolotova experienced (see: collage of impressions)

Their stay was a continuation of the exchange of the Plekhanov student Nikolay Kalmin documented in a YouTube (LINK), which then was followed by a visit of Marie-Christin Hallier in Moscow and St.Petersburg (LINK).

02.08.2018 : Plekhanov Students

The two Russian students Eleonora Nikolaeva and Tatiana Zolotova, both from the Plekhanov University/Moscow , will translate and place the Russian News of during their ERA-traineeship.

The Thematic University Network TUN will support also the Green Belt Initiative of the First International Silk Road Mayors' Conference being executed in Astana/Kazakhstan ( see also at ).

15.07.2018 : Circle PhD

Circle is an university network founded in 2004 : the idea are annual conferences rotating ln the Circle-member countries for students to present their MA or PhD papers in English under the supervision of international professors. Prof.Dr.Hallier is part of that supervisor team.

Additionally Circle lnternational is running a far-distance program for MA and PhD. ln 2018 the former ERA-trainee from Russia, Alina Pukhovskaya, now living in Mexico defended her thesis about the Food Bank Mexico successfully at the Annual Meeting in Sarajewo/ Bosnia-Herzogewina. Next year Circle will meet from April 24th to 25th at the University of Gloucestershire/UK


15.06.2018 : Kruzenshtern Connection

One of the tactical tools of the European Retail Academy to build a TeamSpirit is sailing with groups upto 20 international students ( in a mix from.BA to PhD-aspirant) with the tallship Kruzenshtern.

Taken some of the memory pics ( also partly published by the two books ,,TeamSpirit" and ,,Kruzenshtern") the two ERA-exchange trainees Daniel Haakila Costa and Roni Suomalainen from Rovaniemi/ Finland created the following YouTube about the history of the tallship as well as about learning on board (LINK).


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