On Friday, March 1, an international conference called “University-society- micro-enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises: challenges in Central America and Europe” will be held at the auditorium of the Costa Rican Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce. The event, which begins at 9:30 a.m., will include the participation of the vice presidents of the nine European and Central American universities that belong to the Eureca network, as well as various cooperation organisms including the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the European Commission, regional organisms and representatives from the Costa Rican institutions involved in the project.
During the event’s inaugural act, an update on the advances and results of the Eureca project, now in its third phase, will be presented. Later talks will be given on the: “Contribution of universities in the development of micro-enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises,” and “Strategic alliances: university-society-business: Euro-Central American vision to improve the development of micro-enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises through training.”
Eureca (Euro-Central American network for the improvement of the sustainability and quality of micro-enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises) began as a joint initiative of the Network of European and Central American Universities, as a way to stimulate and boost the academic and socioeconomic development of Central America. The project is co-financed by the European Union in the framework of the ALFA III program and the partner universities; and its management has been placed in six Central American universities, among them EARTH University, three European universities and three collaborating institutions.
To-date, as a result of the Eureca Project, 40 students in Nicaragua and Honduras have participated in the first pilot course of the modular post-graduate program, and 30 micro-enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (five in each participating country) have played an active part in the National Working Groups, ensuring the integration of the academic and productive focuses in the design of the post-graduate training program and its adaptation to the necessities of micro-enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises.
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