Founding Members

The founding members of EDNA are:

Since establishing the Network, membership has grown to include the following institutions in Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Myanmar. 


Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

IIMB consistently figures among the top business schools in India in domestic and international surveys. In March 2002, The Nadathur S. Raghavan Center for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) was set up to synergize IIMB’s focus on entrepreneurial studies. The Centre facilitates business growth by combining academic research with practical experiences.

The NSRCEL not only trains and promotes entrepreneurship but also acts as an Incubator for start-up companies. The NSRCEL has a rich faculty of mentors who have diverse experience in various industries and enterprises.

The NSRCEL has a team of esteemed resources which it draws upon for mentors.

University of Economics and Business – Vietnam National University, Hanoi

The Vietnam National University, Hanoi, was the first modern university established in Vietnam and is one of two national universities in Vietnam. VNU holds a special position in Vietnam’s higher education system, and along with Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh, it is considered to be the top university in Vietnam. It enjoys a high level of autonomy and reports directly to the Prime Minister. VNU is also the country’s key scientific research centre, and its system of research institutes and centres play a key role in the research on important fields within various national development strategies. The University of Economics and Business is the premier business school in Vietnam, and is a member of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools.

University of Sydney Business School – Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program

The University of Sydney Business School is a world-class business school at the forefront of global business and management education. Relevant and focused on today’s business world, it is the only Australian business school to achieve membership to CEMS – the Global Alliance in Management Education in addition to international accreditation from AACSB and EQUIS. Many of programs are also professionally accredited, complementing and underpinning the global recognition and respect of a University of Sydney Business School qualification. The University of Sydney Business School has extensive experience managing educational programmes at the postgraduate, undergraduate and executive-education levels focused on entrepreneurship.

The Innovation and Enterprise Program manages the Business School’s engagement in EDNA. The Innovation and Enterprise Program is a cross-disciplinary team of researchers that focus on business innovation and entrepreneurial ventures and people. Within this context of innovation and entrepreneurship, areas of focus include internationalisation pathways, strategic management and entrepreneurship (both business and social). The program recognises that the process of identifying and exploiting new opportunities requires a number of participants. The relevant participants include creative individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses, investors and government bodies. These people are supported by educators and researchers who provide new insights and education. By acting as a conduit, the Innovation and Enterprise Program hope to engage the entrepreneurial community on a local and international level. The comprehensive programme of outreach,that includes activities focused on Remote & Rural Enterprise, Social Enterprise Finance Australia, Women Entrepreneurs and other activities to grow an enterprising region.

Yangon University of Economics, Myanmar

The Yangon Institute of Economics is the premier university of economics and business in Myanmar. It was founded as the Department of Economics of Yangon University in 1964. The institute offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and diplomas, mostly in commerce, statistics and economics. It is also the primary business school in the country, offering full-time, executive and online MBA degrees. The institute serves over 7000 undergraduate and graduate students across its three Yangon area campuses.

Vietnam Women’s Academy, Hanoi

First established on March 8th, 1960 the Vietnam Women’s Academy is a public higher education institution within the national education system, working directly under the supervision of the Vietnam Women’s. For the past 52 years, VWA has provided training to many generations of women and VWU staff of all levels. Over time, the School has seen a remarkable improvement in both the quantity and quality of staff and professors.

University of Battambang, Cambodia 

University of Battambang is a centre of excellence in education and research in Cambodia. It was founded by H.E. Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in 2007. UBB’s goal is to educate the leaders of tomorrow in a wide range of fields through a balance of theory and practice, and the integration of real world experiences into academic education.

National University of Laos

The National University of Laos (NUOL) was officially established by merging the existing Higher Education Institutes that were formerly under the supervision of several Ministries into one university.

NUOL plays an important role the higher education sector in Lao PDR as it strives to achieve the following missions:

  • promoting and performing research in natural and social sciences;
  • preserving and expanding the arts, culture and traditions of the multi-ethnic nation; and
  • providing academic services to society.

Since its founding in 1996 the number of students at NUOL has expanded to 26,000 with a staff of over 2,000. NUOL is recognised as one of the most important public institutions in Lao PDR

UIN Sunan Ampel, Surabaya Indonesia

University Islam Negeri Sunan Ampel or Sunan Ampel State University of Islamic Studies, better known as UAIN Sunan Ampel was established on July, 5th 1965. UAIN Sunan Ampel is located in Surabaya in the province of East Java. As an Islamic higher education institution, IAIN Sunan Ampel provides teaching, research, and community services based on Islamic values and national ideals.

IAIN Sunan Ampel has a strategic political and religious position in East Java. The province is a home for hundreds and even thousands of quality educational institutions at elementary or secondary levels in addition to 3,582 traditional Islamic boarding schools (pesantren) and 9.895 madrasahs. Given its strategic location, IAIN Sunan Ampel has the advantage of being regarded as the centre of excellence in the study of Islam and its sciences.

Chiba University of Commerce, Japan

Chiba University of Commerce (CUC) is a private university in the Inchikawa, Chiba, Japan and was established in 1950. Its predecessor, the Sugamo Higher School or Commerce was founded in 1927.

CUC has three Faculties and five departments, one Doctoral Program, three Master’s Programs and one MBA Program.

© Richard Seymour 2015