Romania: Antreman project

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Anglia Ruskin University experts helped establish 137 businesses through new ANTREMAN School

In 2013, CEDAR completed a three-year, 950,000 euros project funded by the Romanian Government through the European Social Fund, to launch a new School for Entrepreneurship and Management for the Romanian Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.

Established in 2010, the ANTREMAN School has used Anglia Ruskin University's BA (Hons) Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management, delivered by CEDAR, as the basis for its new Masters degree in Entrepreneurial and Management Studies, run exclusively in Romania.

Over 200 students enrolled on the first year of the Masters programme which, following the structure of the Anglia Ruskin University degree, was delivered by a combination of academics and entrepreneurs, which included Natalie Haywood (Leaf Tea Shop and Bar), Paddy Bishopp (Paddy and Scotts) and Walter Herriot OBE.

Moreover, this ambitious three-year scheme to export enterprise and entrepreneurship to the former communist country resulted in 137 new businesses being created by the first cohort of graduates.

Through CEDAR, Anglia Ruskin University's Romanian partners - the National Council of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Romania (CNIPMMR) and the Romanian Academy of Economic Studies - have also adopted The Big Pitch since 2013, to help the students set up their own businesses.

Professor Lester Lloyd-Reason said:

"Helping to establish 137 new businesses is a remarkable achievement by all of those involved. This project has made a tangible difference not only to the students within the ANTREMAN School, but also the lecturers involved in delivery. The ANTREMAN School sets the standard by embracing alternative ways of delivering entrepreneurship courses. It has succeeded in embedding entrepreneurs into an academic programme in Romania for the first time."

Octav Dafinoiu said:

"The ANTREMAN programme represents a very unique and innovative approach to business education for young entrepreneurs in Romania which is more practical and adapted to new realities. For me, it has been an opportunity to meet lecturers and successful business visionaries from both the UK and Romania with high expertise, from which I have learnt greatly."