Entrepreneurship Research and Education Network of Central European Universities






“On 1st May 2004, a historical period terminates, the beginning of which was signed by the wave of political transformations having taken place in all Central and Eastern European countries in 1990 while the end of which is marked by the majority of these countries joining the European Union” we wrote in April of 2004, starting the organization of the network of the cooperation among SME Research- and Educational Units of Central European Universities

After that ma7ny research institution and university signed the intent-declaration, and notified the intention of cooperation. The signatories of the declaration accepted that education plays a significant role in brand new Central and Eastern European entrepreneurs closing up and becoming equal competitors of their more fortunate and well established Western European partners.


The system of cooperation – Establishment of ERENET Research and Development Partnership (ERENET RDP)


The role of institutions in the higher education has been twofold in this region: on the one hand, it is their responsibility to teach the most up-to-date business and entrepreneurial knowledge to the future intellectuals, while they also have to open up towards economic actors and take part in offering existing enterprises extracurricular, postgraduate trainings and education.

Signers of ERENET realised the mutual advantages of cooperation and coordination benefits of entrepreneurial researches based on network collaboration and the successfulness of high-standard curriculum and courses created by coordinated efforts.

Taking advantage of international comparisons is of great importance in research issues such as the investigation of enterprises’ operation circumstances with special regard to good governance, enterprise-friendly economic and social environment, means of intensifying competitiveness, administrative burdens of operating enterprises and enterprises’ financial environment.

Comparing and distributing results of Best Practice researches are undoubtedly useful just like the exploration of entrepreneurs’ social responsibility and ethic business attitude in different cultures.

Common researches might help political decision-makers in creating appropriate entrepreneurial environment, finding the best solutions, while they also contribute to modernizing and selecting curriculum of higher education.


Functioning of ERENET Research and Development Partnership (RDP)


The ERENET is an organization that has no legal personality (entity) and it coordinates the member’s practical activities.

All the members of the ERENET reserve their autonomy and independency, subordinate their activities to the coordinated functioning exclusively in the commonly decided, cooperative projects.

The membership of the ERENET is voluntary, so financial member-fee will not be established. The yearly contribution of a scientific research result (or original, new publication) to common “intellectual capital” is an indispensable condition of valid membership.


ERENET is an open network, therefore all researching and higher education institutions possessing the recommendation of two network member (institutions) are allowed to join it. Applicants fulfilling requirements obtain “temporary membership status” which can be reinforced by a majority voting on the following network program. Any member can take the opportunity of its right of veto against the application. Members’ right of veto enable them to hand in and account for a veto, the consequence of which is the reconsideration of the case on the following network program. Becoming a member requires 75% unanimous vote of participating members. The registration of membership (and temporary membership) is conducted by BCU -SBDC in cooperation with SME- and Enterprise Development Regional Counsellor of UN-Economic Council for Europe, while SBDC is also in charge of releasing the current network list at least once a month via e-mail. 


The management of the ERENET


The main decision making, coordinating and managing organization of the ERENET is Steering Committee. Each institutional member can delegate one representative to the Steering Committee. The representatives have one vote equally. Private persons (entities) can be accepted as the members of the Steering Committee for two years in conformity with the twothird vote of the members of the Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee has meeting minimum once a year, where the fulfilment of the tasks of last year plan will be discussed and the targets of the following year will be set. The members make decisions of the requests with “for”, “against”, “abstention“ or “veto” vote.

The Steering Committee makes decisions in the made requests with majority vote system (50% + 1 vote). To a positive decision of a made request is necessary that the “for” votes should be more than the “against” and the “abstention”, in a form of that nobody takes the opportunity of its right of “veto”.

The vote of “veto” means that the decision can cause damage of interest for the member who took the opportunity of its right of veto. In this case the member who took the opportunity of its right of veto has to give the details and verify the damage. Decision can not be made which can cause damage or disadvantage for any member by the Partnership. In case of veto new request has to be made and can not be harmful for none of the members.

The operative coordination of the ERENET is undertaken (organized) by Corvinus University of Budapest Small Business Development Centre. Particularly the following tasks of operative coordination:

Þ    Sending Regular reference (reports) to the members in connection with the ERENET

Þ    Technical preparation and convocation of the annual meeting of The Steering Committee.

Þ    Sending prior the questions that will be discussed and required information of the discussion the members in the frame of technical preparation of the Steering Committee. This obligation of the coordinator does not limiting the right of any members in making questions or decision requests to the Steering Committee, if it was made in the appropriate time (minimum 8 days before the meeting).

Þ    Preparation and presentation of common applications, researching and other projects.

Þ    Representation ERENET in concrete questions to third partners in accordance with the decisions of the Steering Committee.

Þ    Responsibility of the project’s administrative and financial coordination and management in case of winning


The projects of the ERENET[1]


Þ    In order to create the organisational framework of their cooperation, they establish an international network of higher education on teaching and investigating entrepreneurship.

Þ    In course of regular and continuous exchange of information, they make each other acquainted with their curriculum and researches.

Þ    They elaborate and realise common research projects by taking advantage of international cooperation.

Þ    In order to provide financial sources of outlined researches, they collectively apply for support in multilateral, pan-European projects.

Þ    They promote the exchange of their professors, researchers and possibly students showing considerable interest in enterprise development, furthermore they also support students participating in integrated courses and education.

Þ    In the beginning only on a national level, however, later on also internationally they create a forum for publications in order to exchange, document and distribute their research results. The forum for publication is fundamentally an internet-based periodical nevertheless not excluding the publishing of special issues and unique publications.

Þ    By keeping requirements of education development in mind, they collectively elaborate new syllabus and curriculum.

Þ    Results of common research projects are regularly exchanged on workshops and conferences by taking advantage of researchers’ personal mobility.


People signed below acknowledge that they have read the declaration, understand it, and agree to all its terms and conditions.

The participants signed the Declaration. (See below)


Dr. Dimitru Matis

University of Cluj-Napoca

Dr. Eric Dejan

University of Belgrade/Belgrade banking Academy

Dr. Miroslav Glas

University of Ljubjana

Dr. Sanja Pfeifer

University of Osiek

Dr. Szabo Zsuzsanna

University of Tirgu Mures

Dr. Vincent Soltes

University of Kosice

Dr. Renata Vokorokosova

University of Kosice

Mr. Lehel Györfy

University of Cluj-Napoca

Dr. Gábor Nahlik

University of Veszprém

Dr. Gyula Fülöp

University of Miskolc

Dr. László Szerb

University of Pécs

Dr. Márton Vilmányi

University of Szeged

Martinez José Luis

Heller Farkas Főiskola

Gergely Németh


István Mikus

Europrofessional Hungary

Dr. Peter Szirmai

Corvinus University of Budapest



[1] The present declaration for the concrete projects will be modified on the statutory meeting of ERENET, and the Steering Comitee regularly maintain these projects