European Competence Centre for Vocational Training (Retail/Wholesale)

02.05.2017 : Giving Hope

"Shangilia/Enjoy" is giving hope for underprivileged children from Nairobi's slums. Founded by the Kenyan actress Anne Wanjugu (main actor of the film "Don't Cry, Child of Africa") in 1994 - today it is the home of former slum children with a primary and secondary school and even a College to prepare via vocational training the children to be able to join university (see also: YouTube Nairobi and news of 30.04.2017 at

It is important for those children to develop self-confidence in their abilities. The two German artists Marie-Christin Hallier ( and Barbara Hanebuth were working together with the kids to test and to develop painting workshops - thought as a basis for a long-standing cooperation (YouTube Shangilia).

03.04.2017 : Russian Tongue

For the first time since its start in 2005 now in 2017 one of the ERA-Sites will offer the choice of bi-lingual News ! It is also a courtesy for the big share of Russian speaking universities as members (see: - bridging also within that panel political controversies.

The Site is again a vocational development of an ERA-StudentTeam - it has been designed by Alina Pukhovskaya from Russia - being linked with the ERA-network already over 10 years - and supported by Valto Vaaraniemi from Finland and the News are translated into Russian by Aruzhan Zhumakhan from Almaty/Kazakhstan, who wll be also our "Russian Language Contact" at that Site . Operation of the English version is supported at the moment by Jyri Toermaenen/Finland.

03.03.2017 : ERA-Trainee

Following other students from Finland now Jyri Toermaenen from Rovaniemi is trainee at the European Retail Academy in Cologne/Germany - mainly improving vocational communication skills within the ERA/EUCVOT network

But also Culture is part of the exchange to the city which got its name as a Roman Colony (Cologne) 2000 years ago and being the Fourth Holy City like Jerusalem,Istanbul/Konstantinopel and Rome within Middle Ages. The big church called Dom is a religious centre of the Catholic Church still today.

06.02.2017 : AEUC

At the Almaty Investment Forum in December 2016 Prof.Dr.B.Hallier proposed a "Vocational Education Platform " as a network along the historical Silk Road to connect in applied sciences the Universities of Kazakhstan with the neighbouring territorries. This network should be called "Almaty Eurasian University Complex (AEUC)".

Now AEUC is started as a virtual platform under the link - designed by Alina Pukhovskaya (CV) and technically supported by Valto Vaaraniemi ( also former ERA-trainee). The first sponsor is Trade Help from Kazakhstan, a long-term cooperation partner of ERA. The AEUC-Site will be promoted locally by Aruzhan Zhumakhan, still a student but already with international experience via AIESEC Kazakhstan.

03.01.2017: CIRCLE Warsaw

Since 2004 CIRCLE organizes international PhD-Conferences - rotating each year to another European country. The 14th edition will be in Warsaw at April 19th-21st 2017.

The European Retail Academy is supporting CIRCLE as well as its distance e-learning diplomas via VITEZ University/Bosnia Herzegovina from the early beginning. Its former ERA-trainee Alina Pukhovskaya (CV) is taking part at the CIRCLE/VITEZ PhD-program. More about Warsaw: Download Flyer)

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