Photo caption: Advenio eAcademy representatives, Mr. Stephen P. D’Alessandro and Mr. Kurt Tabone, Executive Director and Courses Coordinator respectively, at the MHEI exhibition stand explaining the programme structure to a potential candidate at the Commonwealth Local Governance Forum held in Malta in November 2017.
Following the launch of the MHEI-ME (Multiple Higher Educational Institutions – Masters in Entrepreneurship) Programme in Malta by a consortium of six European higher educational institutions, Advenio eAcademy represented the consortium at the Commonwealth Local Governance Forum (CLGF) in Malta.
The CLGF in November brought together more than 500 top local government policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders – including heads of government, ministers, mayors and council leaders, senior officials, and partners from development agencies, academia and civil society and the corporate and finance sectors. These stakeholders met in Malta to discuss policy developments, share and learn about new ideas and innovative solutions and products to help councils and local governments improve their processes and services. The conferences provided a unique international opportunity for local government policy-makers and practitioners to meet and exchange ideas, information and good practice. An integral part of the programme was the Exhibition featuring a range of products and services that provided stakeholders with a clear indication of best practice products and services available internationally.
The MHEI-ME programme was promoted during the Exhibition as it demonstrates how developing counties can use technology to leverage local efforts to provide top quality tertiary education. The MHEI-ME programme is an innovative on-line Masters programme which is certified by the National Commission for Further & Higher Education in Malta, the NCFHE, and is co-funded by Erasmus+. It is an eighteen month on-line 90 ECTS Credits Level 7 Masters programme. Led by Advenio eAcademy it includes the active participation of another five European HEIs including the University of Ioannina – Greece, Szent Istvan University – Hungary, University of Bari Aldo Moro – Italy, University of Zilina – Slovakia, and Poltava University of Economics & Trade – Ukraine.
Mr. Stephen D’Alessandro, Executive Director of Advenio eAcademy, spoke about the shared objectives of the consortium to develop and enhance best practices in on-line graduate education in the field of entrepreneurship. He explained that the MHEI-ME programme was the fruit of collaboration over the past three years bringing together an international faculty and best practice. It is an on-line course designed as a holistic programme, delivered in English and integrating six foundation subjects and three specialist subjects, an internship module and a business plan module.
He maintained that the programme was ideal for participants from developing countries because it is:-
- able to deliver a combination of self-learning and collaborative learning activities designed to meet the needs of graduate entrepreneurs who require post graduate education which will give them a competitive advantage in leading their SME organisations;
- an on-line course certified in Malta by the NCFHE providing students with a certainty on the validity of the ECTS accreditation at Masters level;
- able to offer participants the chance to pursue their studies and obtain recognized international post graduate education without leaving their country.
The MHEI-ME is an Erasmus+ co-funded project reflecting the EU recognition of the initiative. This co-funding also provides for granting of scholarships to students on the first intake commencing in April 2018. Applications for Intake 1 are now open to entrepreneurs in possession of a first degree and direct experience in the SME sector can apply. For further details contact email@example.com.