European Competence Centre for Vocational Training (Retail/Wholesale)

15.02.2019 : VSE Prague

The former ERA-exchange and present PhD-Candidate Nora Tineva from the Faculty of Trade at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria participated in a mobility exchange funded by the EU project BG05M2OP001-2.009-0012 "The enhancement of UNWE research potential". The mobiltiy was held in the University of Economics (Vysoka skola ekonomicka v Praze - VSE) in Prague, Czech Republic.

Thirty years ago in the late 1989 Prof.J.Jindra from Prague visited Prof.Hallier for the first time in Cologne/Germany, they both together created with the Trade Ministry, retailers and market-research youngsters the concept of todays CZ Retail Summit. In 2011 Hallier was honoured by the VSE Prague with the title "doctor honoris causa".


15.01.2019 : Rovaniemi

Already since 2006, students, from the Lapland Education Centre REDU, have visited the European Retail Academy for vocational training and intercultural understanding; their teachers Jari Koivumaa and Ismo Molkoselka discussed with Prof.Dr.B.Hallier the next exchange for 2019 and other EU-projects.

The last trainees from REDU ,Daniel Haakila and Roni Suomalainen, produced a YouTube video about their home city; to introduce their home-city and also to attract foreign students to come to Rovaniemi, Finland.


20.12.2018 : VOT - Pioneer

Benedetto Cotrugli/Benedikt Kotruljevic (1416 - 1469) was born in a merchant-family in Dubrovnik, Republic de Ragusa (today Croatia) and studied beside at his hometown later in Ferrara, Bologna and Naples/all Italy. His personal libraries in Dubrovnik and Naples contained the most famous works of Classic Antiquity, Christian theology, philosophy, Judaism and Arab Culture.

Writing in 1458 his book "Art of Trade" in the Italian language instead of the scientific Latin language he took the strategic decision to communicate his vocational knowledge more to the level of the applied sciences of merchants instead of theory at universities: insofar he was a pioneer of vocational training! But never less, he was also a holistic thinker as the pyramid shows: he combined in his way economical, ecological and ethical elements for a world of harmony on the micro- as well as on the macro-level.


15.11.2018 : Continuing Learning

In 2018 Eric Telkkälä from Rovaniemi, Finland had his first traineeship with the European Retail Academy in Cologne, Germany and produced the YouTube "My experience of German apprenticeship"

Now in 2019 he will be working as a web designer for Tartu Vocational School, Estonia as part of an European Erasmus Project - making an universal platform for international school mobilities.


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.

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2012-2015 ERA, European Retail Academy, Roesrath, Germany

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