Date and venue of the anual meeting 2009
January 16. 2009.
Berlin, during the Green Week (National Platform for all Agri Business)
August 19-21, 2009.
Debrecen, Hungary

International MBA Board Meeting, 22nd August 2008., Grand Hotel Park, Dubrovnik


Meeting Agenda (9,00-15,00)

  1. Opening
  2. Minutes of the 2007 annual meeting (Freiburg, Germany)
  3. Announcements
  4. Reports on the MBA programmes in Warsaw, Prague,Debrecen, Kiev, Moscow, Zagreb and Belgrade
  5. Constitution and bylaws of the associations: David McKenzie
  6. Accreditation procedure: Ivana Tichá
  7. Research Papers Series (APSTRACT): András Nábrádi, Debrecen
  8. Miscellaneous
  9. Date and venue of the annual meeting 2009
  10. Closing


1. Opening

Ivana Ticha welcomed everyone to the Annual Board Meeting. The meeting agreed with the agenda.


2. Minutes of the 2007 annual meeting (Freiburg)

Point 7, Research Papers Series: The first edition of APSTRACT was not only subsidized by Wageningen University (Wim Heijman), but also by the University of Debrecen. Furthermore the minutes were agreed as a true record of the meeting.


4. Reports on the MBA programmes in Warsaw, Prague,Debrecen, Kiev, Moscow, Zagreb and Belgrade


The current course on MBA consists if 16 students. The MBA program is awarded with the Quality Certificate “Professional Class”in the 2008 rating of 50 MBA courses in Poland. Last year there were 4 classes: Economics, Operational methods, Finance and Marketing. Also given by international teachers. The studyresults are not very good. In the evaluation of the teachers just one had a score below 4 on a scale of 1 to 5.The studyweek was very successful, there were students from different countries and they were very enthusiastic. With regard to the budget of the MBA course, this is break even.
Recruitment of new students: most students find their information on the internet. There is some advertisement in journals and magazines. But that doesn’t work so well. The same goes for Prague. Students are not coming from companies, but on a individual base. Because of that students have difficulties in finding the necessary finances. In Warsaw they are trying to get funds, but that is very difficult.The tuition fee is around 4000 Euro.

The last year was a successful one with 21 students in the second year and 16 in the first. The course is self-sustaining. A new website is developed and there was an update of teaching materials. Students come from various backgrounds, not only from agribusiness. The evaluation was quite good. For Economics it was a little bit lower, because of a new teacher.
The highlight of the course was the studyweek with 9 students from Poland, 13 from Ukraine and 20 from Tsjech. In the casestudies the involvement of the managementstaff was low. From the students there was no high output. Regarding the finances, there was some loss (800 Euro). Bruce supports the type of learning through case studies. Students gets more experienced and they learn a lot from each other. 
In future Prague will target more on international companies.
Next studyweek could be in Edinborough, but this is not possible during summertime.

The price in Debrecen for a 2,5 year MBA course is 6000 Euro. Not many students are interested for the course. Debrecen will organize some extra efforts for recruitment.
Andras asked everybody to send their interimreports to him for the APSTRACT.


In Kiev there is a fulltime MBA in cooperation with Weihen Stephan. There is also a parttime MBA course. The fee is 2000 dollars, next year they try to raise the price. There are no problems with recruitment of new students. The English language is still a problem. In the MBA there is no international experience. The first step was the studytour this year in Tsjech, although the financing of this studyweek was a problem.
Because of the problems with the international part of the MBA reaccreditation will be difficult. It is possible to give a certificate for attenting the studyweek.
By the end of September Kiev knows more about the English level of the students. But there is also a financial problem. Maybe it is possible to send a letter to the Rector on behalf of AGRIMBA that the costs of international teachers should be covered. When there are no international teachers reaccreditation will be impossible.


Under the Tempus programme AHEAD the first MBA was started. Finally 29 students pass their exam. Because of a new law Zagreb is still waiting for the national accreditation. After that the international accreditation will be organized. 
The evaluation of the teachers was good, but not very high. 
After accreditation Zagreb will start with a new generation. The language will be 50% Croatian and 50% English. They will start with a business introductory course. The fee will be around 5000 to 6000 Euro.


From September this year Zorica Vasiljevic will be the Director of MBA in Serbia. Also the website will go to Belgrade, and the website will be updated.
Belgrade wants to start with a new generation in February 2009. A marketingplan has been made. The fee will be around 4000 Euro.
Students in Belgrade will get access to the Leonardosite with teaching materials. Students can only view this site. For teachers it is possible to copy materials from this site. There is no problem to give individuals access to this site.


Because of a project of the Ministry of Agriculture in the Netherlands three new MBA’s will start in Kazan, Belgarod and Moscow. The format will be the same as all other MBA’s in AGRIMBA.

Next year studyweek
The next year studyweek will be organized by Warsaw.


5. Constitution and bylaws of the associations
David McKenzie made some inquiries about the legal structure of AGRIMBA. It seemed to be quite complex and very costly. Ivana Ticha, Wim Heijman and David McKenzie therefore decided earlier this year not to go for a legal structure of AGRIMBA. Edward Majewsky tells that it seems possible in Poland to start a foundation with low costs. By the end of October this year he will give more information about this.
As for now the structure of the board is as follows:
-    the network of AGRIMBA, open for everyone
-    the board of AGRIMBA, eligibility membership of the board, dealing with the MBA programs
-     the members of executive committee will be selected by the board for 2 years. The same goes for the chairperson.

Also there is a paper with the Guidelines for accreditation of AGRIMBA programs, made by Ivana Ticha, Wim Heijman and David McKenzie. The following remarks were made on the guidelines:.
Point 1
-     Member of the MBA network, that is representing institutions that are seeking for accreditation or an MBA program.
Point 2
-    AC will consist ........... will be a member of the Executive Committee, together with a person external to the Board
-     Second bullet: SE should be SR
-    An accreditation will last for 5 years. It is not clear if the procedure is shorter with a reaccreditation.
-    Is it possible to give an accreditation for 2 years, if something has to be improved? This will be checked out by David McKenzie. Are there recommendations and conditions about this.
-    There is a possibility to withdraw the accreditation, when the course director is not submitting interim reports.
-    There should be a standard structure for interim reports. Then we can meet a good quality standard. It is free to put additional parts to the interim report.

Everybody accepts the guidelines for accreditation and the structure of AGRIMBA, with the remarks made above.


7. Research Papers Series (APSTRACT)
APSTRACT has a printed and a electronic version. During the meeting the last edition, nr 1, 2 of 2008 is handed out. There is also a website of APSTRACT. 
At this moment APSTRACT is financed by three projects, but this will be the last year. So Andras Nabradi asked everyone to take care of subscription of APSTRACT (through libraries of universities, companies, etc.). Furthermore Andras Nabradi asks for the following:
-    please make citations of the APSTRACT
-    invite good writers, professors for articles in APSTRACT
-    Are there suggestions for members for the editorial board. As executive editorial board members were mentioned: Ivana Ticha, George Robertson, Bruce Ahrendsend and Janos Lazany.


8. Miscellaneous
AGRIMBA is still a member of the standing committee of the ICA. They will have their annual meeting in Spain. No one is able to go to this meeting, so Ivana Ticha will contact them to apologize for our absence.