European Competence Centre for Vocational Training (Retail/Wholesale)

04.04.2021 : PhD Graduation

Congratulations from the ERA/EUCVOT network to Dr.Violena Nencheva, who just finished her PhD at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia/Bulgaria.


"Violena used her free time due to the Corona disruption very efficiently for a far-distance vocational traineeship with out ERA/EUCVOT network" Prof.Dr.Hallier stated. "She improved her USP by entrepreneurial skills and applications of science in an international communication team of students - it was a win-win-win situation to her, the Sofia University and our ERA-Sites".

06.03.2021 : Vocational Competences

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"

Eric worked in 2019 as an European Erasmus exchange student, as a front-end designer for the Tartu Vocational Education Centre. The project that Eric worked on, was a platform of communication between students, teachers and workplace staff for student exchanges. (Learn more)


06.02.2021 : Lighthouse 2021

Unanimously the Board of ERA approved a proposal of Prof.Dr.B.Hallier to elect the Peace Nobel Laureate of 2006 Prof.Dr.M.Yunus for the Hall of Fame. Professor Muhammad Yunus - born in Bathua/Bangladesh - got his BA and MA at Dhaka University/Pakistan and his PhD at the Vanderbilt University/USA. He was teaching as an assistant professor of economics at the Middle Tennessee State University. In 1971 Prof.Yunus joined Chittagong University at his old home-town. In 2006 he got together with the Grameen Bank the Nobel Peace Prize for the idea of micro-credits/micro-finance and its application (more at Hall of Fame).

Professor Hallier got to know Professor Yunus when both visited several times the Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan. Especially after the Corona Pandemic and its effects on all business along the international total supply chain in 2020/2021 Professor Hallier sees a need of micro-credits/finance for the poor countries which become the loosers in the widening gaps between oversaturated markets and developing countries. "We need Lighthouses like Professor Yunus to focus an equilibrium between economics, ecology and ethics for global harmony" Prof.Hallier stated at the nomination of Professor Yunus for the Hall of Fame 2021 of the European Retail Academy. "Also studying and teaching at different places in the world and looking for applications in business Prof.Yunus and his brother with his foundation is a hope and benchmark for young people" Hallier added.

10.01.2021 : Digital CIRCLE 2021

Circle started originally as the Centre for International Research in Consumers, Locations and Environments and was a cross-faculty , pan University research unit of the Leeds Metropolitan University/UK. In 2004 it was institutionalized with annual meetings circling around the member-countries of CIRCLE INTERNATIONAL. Spiritus Rector from the beginning onwards is Prof.Dr. Claudio Vignali - supported since 2005 from the founder of the European Retail Academy: Prof.Dr.B.Hallier. In 2013 the University of Vitez/Bosnia Herzogovina was empowered for double-diploma in far-distance courses for BA, MA and PhD : one of its students Dr.Alina Pukhovskaya/Russia/Mexico

The XV!! Circle Conference will be an online event at April 8th/9th 2021 jointly been organized by Salford University/UK , Gloucestershire/UK and Vitez/BH; its title will be " A Marketing and Business Perspective" : which reflects already also the bi-polar audience of practitioners as well as academics. Contributions will be published at the International Journal of Management Cases: more.

18.12.2020 : Student Driven

Recalling the success-story of the ERA/EUCVOT-Sites in the Google Rankings Prof.Dr.B.Hallier points to the fact that never a professional agency was involved but the technical drivers are students ! The first ERA-Site in 2006 was the result of the traineeship of Hanna Krasouskaya from Minsk/BelaRus ; the design-updates later and sub-Sites have been developed by Alina Pukhovskaya from Moscow/Russia.


Now the next IT-generation is Arturo Olvera Herrera from Mexico. He studied first from 2010-2013 at the Centro de Estudios Ind.Tec to become an IT-technician, going on till 2015 to study computer sciences at the Instituto Tecnologico de Queretaro; finally becoming software engineer. Learning from Violena Nencheva about vocational traineeships within the ERA/EUCVOT network he decided to analyze the old technology and to improve it by the state of art : learning in a running system.

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