Elearning is readily available right here and now! It is tried and tested to the benefit of those who are able to change their mindset and focus not on buildings and premises, but on the
quality of web-based learning deliverables. The pervasiveness of internet has made it easier to leverage elearning platforms and their deliverables to benefit today’s elearning students.
The power of elearning is impressive – it allows participants to follow international learning activities from the comfort of their home or wherever they have reliable internet access. It
provides rich content and diverse learning activities, making the whole learning experience more effective. Advenio eAcademy is licensed higher education institution that has been providing elearning courses in entrepreneurship and related subjects for many years. It has provided such programmes locally and internationally since 2012. Amongst the various international programmes it offers is an accredited Masters in Entrepreneurship, the MHEI-ME programme. This is offered in collaboration with five leading European universities.
An Erasmus+ co-funded Project
The partner HEIs in the project come from different countries and include: Greece – University of Ioannina; Hungary – Szent Istvan University; Italy – University of Bari Aldo Moro; Malta – Advenio eAcademy; Slovakia – University of Žilina; and Ukraine – Poltava University of Economics and Trade. These HEIs got together to setup and run this programme as part of their on-going commitment to identify and implement best practices in on-line learning. This project was co-funded by Erasmus+ and has been in development since 2017 with Intake 1 being launched in April
2018. The course structure is based on a learning progression which covers the core competencies required to set-up and grow a business. These include six foundation subjects, each
delivered over a five week period. These are followed by three specialist subjects delivered collectively over a fifteen week period. Once the subject course modules are completed, these are followed by an internship in a host organisation in the students’ home country or in the country of any one of the partner HEIs. Students are given work packages in each of the previous nine subject modules and these need to be implemented within the host organisations during their 13 week internship. Once the internship is completed the final stage includes a 26 week period for the development of a research project – a viable business plan. This business plan would address the needs of a new business the student seeks to launch or the growth of an SME business the student is already involved in. The duration of the online programme is 21 months. For more information on the HEI Partners, the MHEI-ME course and most importantly what students think
of the course, refer to www.aea.academy
Three key benefits
The MHEI-ME Masters programme offers three key benefits to participating students:
- The convenience of learning through the use of a state-of-the-art elearning platform that allows for a combination of self-learning and collaborative learning activities. A particularly useful learning activity is the weekly on-line live workshop tutorial with direct access to senior Faculty. This provides students with the opportunity to address any course content issues in a timely manner, allowing them to proceed with their studies without delay.
2.The peace of mind that the programme is certified by NCFHE the National Commission for Further and Higher Education in Malta at 90 ECTS MQF/EQF credits at Level 7 and will be recognised as such within the EU and other countries which are signatories to the Bologna process.
3.The programme is recognised by the Get Qualified Scheme, so participants will be eligible to get up to 70% of the fees set off again their tax. Course fees are Eur9,990 for the full
programme, which with the Get Qualified Scheme end up costing Eur2,997. This initiative ensures that the programme is available at a minimum cost. A number of partial scholarships are also available.
Leveraging technology to get a Masters’ qualification
Elearning is here to stay. It provides powerful learning tools for those learners who already have a very busy lifestyle. The MHEI-ME is a programme which uses state-of-the-art technologies to deliver face-to-face learning experiences with an international Faculty and student complement. The focus of this programme is to attract entrepreneurs, or would be entrepreneurs, who seek a higher level of competence to enable them to successfully launch or grow their SME operation. By the end of the course, students will acquire a comprehensive set of knowledge, skills and competencies designed specifically to enable them to function effectively as entrepreneurs and small business managers within a European environment.
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