Central Asian Center for Teaching, Learning and Entrepreneurship (CACTLE)

Coordinator:Vienna University of Economics and Business

Welthandelsplatz 1,
AT – 1020 Wien

Description: Currently universities of economics and business in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and
Uzbekistan have to master a series of challenges. They have
• to demonstrate that they are reliable providers of good quality higher education by providing graduates with competencies required to evolve their professionality and to develop capacity for the labor market
• to enrich the qualification-portfolio of HEI-teachers by improving their teaching qualifications
• to complement and contribute to the co-creation of knowledge and to the knowledge exchange between universities and enterprises in innovative settings
• to develop their students competencies and attitudes to enable them to act as innovative and responsible members of the society.

In this joint project ‘Teaching Competencies in Economics and Business” will serve universities of economics and business as catalyzer to master these challenges. To support the development of excellence in this field a “Central Asian Center for Teaching, Learning and Entrepreneurship – CACTLE” will be implemented in the innovative form of an international acting virtual expert network with a sustainable perspective.
The CACTLE will be dedicated
• to qualify and certify HEI-teachers in modem Teaching Competencies in Economics and Business for the target groups: students, employees of private companies/public institutions and entrepreneurs.
• to offer a course program and in class and long-distance training material for further training courses for enterprises/institutions to link the universities to business and industry, using specific modalities of teaching and learning patterns.
• to develop a core-curriculum and teaching and learning material for an accredited elective “Entrepreneurship and Business developmenf at all participating universities.

Partners from Kyrgyzstan:
– Kyrgyz State University named after I.Arabaev
– International University of Kyrgyzstan
– Kyrgyz National University
– Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic

Foreign Partners:
– Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen Nurnberg (Germany)
– Fundacio Per A La Universitat Oberta De Catalunya (Spain)
– Universidade Da Coruna (Spain)
– Turar Ryskulov New Economic University (Kazakhstan)
– Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz (Kazakhstan)
– L.N.Gumilyov Eurasian national university (Kazakhstan)
– Bukhara State University (Uzbekistan)
– Ferghana State University (Uzbekistan)
– Westminster International university in Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Duration: 36 month


Management - Innovation - Development (MIND)

Coordinator: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Calle Juan de Quesada,
35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria,
Las Palmas, Spainweb-site: http://www.ulpgc.es

Description: Central Asian universities could become those sites where the interest of different
stakeholders – potential employers, government and youth could meet each other. An innovation and research is what modern society asks for.
Creation of the Youth Centre will allow young people who usually don’t have appropriate knowledge, experience and funds to start their own business or develop any project to do it within these centers – develop a business model and start a micro or small business or non-commercial company. This is should not be just/or only a business idea – focus could be made either on social development, urban communities or environment.
Within the project students will receive instruction on the fundamentals of leadership and business, normative and legislative support, while also investigating and articulating their own priorities and values. Over the courses, classes, speaker programs, and other experiences help build advanced leadership skills and develop awareness of how business works. Development program will become three-year program that will push students to set and achieve ambitious goals for their own advancement as leaders.
Develop an online platform where students could upload their works and proposals for potential investors or any other interested parties. Those projects that are highly demanding or could bring much advantage in social context could be supported/ financed and developed by university, government or private business companies. The program is expected to: develop students’ leadership skills; create the system of consultancy for newly developed and up-running enterprises; support start ups of universities’ students; create and develop University Innovation Consulting.
Units responsible that will provide students with all necessary knowledge, consultant service, courses, equipment, market research, legal and managerial advice during several stages of the process of their project. Those are: development, approbation and start.

Partners from Kyrgyzstan:
– Kyrgyz National University
– Capacity Building Consulting Group
– Osh Technological University
– Talas State University

Foreign Partners:
– Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
– Instituto Superior Tecnico (Portugal)
– Universita Degli Studi Di Genova (Italy)
– Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (Slovakia)
– Tashkent state university of economics (Uzbekistan)
– Bukhara State University (Uzbekistan)
– Samarkand Agricultural Institute (Uzbekistan)
– Technological University of Tajikistan (Tajikistan)
– Russian-Tajik Slavonic University (Tajikistan)
– Khorog State University named after M. Nazarshoev (Tajikistan)

Duration: 36 month


Investing in Entrepreneurial universities in Caucasus and Central Asia (EUCA-INVEST)

Coordinator: Otto-Von-Guericke-Universitaet Magdeburg

Universitätspl 2,
39106 Magdeburgweb-site: http://www.ovgu.de/

Description: In conditions of very low youth labor force participation and unappealing
perspectives in employment upon graduation, universities lack capacity to equip their students with entrepreneurial skills. Lack of internships and other professional training opportunities during studies, among others, lead to discouragement, lack of motivation and inactivity among the youth. Large group of GE and KG youth is losing their potential to put their creative ideas into product and create self- employment. Therefore, there is a need for more formal and non-formal education activities aimed at strengthening entrepreneurial capacity of students and graduates. These activities are often unavailable or inaccessible in due to the lack of competencies and relevant experience within HEIs. Systemic approach in incorporating entrepreneurship modules within study programs at GE and KG HEIs will have positive impact on the above mentioned issues, however, qualified and trained professors ready to introduce innovative methods of teaching into their curricula are also necessary. Another aspect is lack of guidance and mentoring which can be seen as a problem as it contributes to decreased involvement of youth in economic activities. Guidance and trainings are essential for already graduated students as well in order to help them fully make use of their potential and knowledge received during their studies.
Within this context, the aim of optimization of HEIs are reform of HE system, adaptation it to the new economic environment and increasing the efficient use of material and human resources of universities. HEIs should review their own training process of graduates so that they can provide well formed and competent graduates who will be contribute actively to the development of their national economies.
This project thus is concrete response to these attempts of reform. It aims to develop a creative and supportive environment in partner HEIS through the establishment of CreaLABs.

Partners from Kyrgyzstan:
– Kyrgyz Economic University named after M. Ryskulbekov
– International Ataturk Alatoo University
– Issykkul State University named after K.Tynystanov
– University of Economy and Enterprises
– Education Network Association «EdNet»
– Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic

Foreign Partners:
– Masarykova univerzita (Czech Republic)
– Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
– Kazimiero Simonaviciaus Universitetas Uab (Lithuania)
– VšĮ “Saulėtekio slėnis” (Lithuania)
– Universidade do Minho (Portugal)
– The Glasgow Caledonian University (United Kingdom)
– Ilia State University*Iliauni (Georgia)
– LTD Caucasus University (Georgia)
– Bank of Georgia Teaching University (Georgia)
– Kutaisi University (Georgia)

Duration: 36 month


European Dimension in Qualifications for the Tourist Sector (EurDiQ)

Coordinator: Baltijas Starptautiska Akademija

Lomonosova iela 4,
Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga,
LV-1003, Latvia

web-site: http://www.bsa.edu.lv/

Description: Dissemination strategy will be implemented through scheduled activities throughout
and beyond the project life-time. Wider awareness of Bologna culture, EHEA, OS, SQFs and new program will be raised through dissemination events, including conferences, which will be visible to larger audiences through publications in mass media, press-releases, photo gallery of events, audio-visual products, TV and Radio interviews, etc.
Grant-holder will coordinate project implementation on the basis of legally-binding Grant Agreements between the Grant holder and all partners. EurDiQ Council composed of 12 representatives from PCIs and EUls will collectively manage and approve project activities. Four Work Groups will be set up to make sure that project outcomes are timely delivered with the appropriate quality.

Partners from Kyrgyzstan:
– Silk Road Tourism Association
– Bishkek Academy of Finance and Economics
– Issykkul State University named after K.Tynystanov
– Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic

Foreign Partners:
– London Metropolitan University (London)
– EDEX – Educational Excellence Corporation Limited (Cyprus)
– Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (Germany)
– European Project Management (Germany)
– Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics Russian Federation
– Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation Russian Federation
– Sochi State University for Tourism and Recreation Russian Federation
– Federal State-Funded Educational Institution of Higher Profession Russian Federation
– Russian State University of tourism and service Russian Federation
– Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Russian Federation
– Biedriba “Krievijas Turindustrijas Savienibas Baltijas nodala (Latvia)

Duration: 36 month


Advancing University Education in Biomedical Engineering and Health Management in Kyrgyzstan (KyrMEDU)

Coordinator: Westsachsische Hochschule Zwickau

Dr.-Friedrichs-Ring 2A,
08056 Zwickau

web-site: https://www.fh-zwickau.de/

Description: The project idea is based on the observation that the state of the healthcare system
in Kyrgyzstan is suboptimal and education regarding the operation of advanced medical equipment (such as diagnostic devices) is poor. Even the Kyrgyz Ministry of Healthcare admits that expensive medical equipment located at public hospitals cannot be operated because personnel {medical doctors and technical staff) lack the required knowledge of operating (to western standards well-established) medical devices. An important objective of the project therefore is to sustainably facilitate the stakeholders for ongoing device usage, beyond the device acquisition. This should be accomplished by developing study programmes (curricula) for healthcare informatics and biomedical engineering which shall be established at the participating Kyrgyz partner universities.
One of the project’s main objectives is therefore to install a healthcare training lab. Since the budget for the healthcare sector in Kyrgyzstan is limited the appropriate equipment which will be provided via a sharing model which will allow all partner universities to use the healthcare training lab for educating staff and students. This will be further facilitated by distance learning and tele-medicine approaches. A sound concept for future use and advancements will be developed. Elaborating a solid trade-off between regional enablement and centralized focus is crucial for the project success and future developments. Therefore, the long-term capability to integrate medical devices in the Healthcare System and life-long learning assures the sustainable exploitation of the hardware investments.
The intended project aims to gather knowledge about the real conditions and future perspective of the healthcare sector in Central Asia. It comprises the aspect of the ability to distribute the educational process, given the scarce resource of equipment and teachers and also the aspect of the applicability of complex medical devices.

Partners from Kyrgyzstan:
– Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture
– Kyrgyz State Technical University named after I. Razzakov
– Kyrgyz State Medical Academy named after I.K. Akhunbaev
– Osh State University
– Naryn State University named after Satybaldy Namatov
– Issykkul State University named after K.Tynystanov
– Talas State University

Foreign Partners:
– Universitatea Tehnica Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
– University of Zagreb (Croatia)

Duration: 36 month


International University Cooperation on Land Protection in European-Asiatic Countries (IUCLAND)

Coordinator: Universita Degli Studi del Molise

Via Francesco De Sanctis, 1,
86100 Campobasso, Italy

web-site: http://www.unimol.it/

Description: Education will play a crucial role in the land degradation protection. This involves an opportunity and implies rethinking and reorganizing higher education institutions (HEIs) to become effective change agents in terms of learning outcomes for students. Coherently with the regional and international effort at political level, IUCLAND proposes to improve the effectiveness of development and land protection strategies by increasing cooperation capacity and best practices productivity, though educational patterns involving HEIs and all potential stakeholders, e.g. farmers’ association. The main objective is to create an international network in Land Degradation topics among universities and other organizations of the society at large aimed at:
– establishing structured cooperation for scientific research and knowledge transfer;
– starting summer school and workshop that will train the actual and future generation of academics able to do research and produce innovation in the framework of land degradation.
– exchanging experiences and good practices related to educational programs. These objectives will be realized also through short-term mobility of teachers, administrative and technician, students for putting in common educational programs, quality assurance procedures, teaching materials, and to improve them with input from society in terms of required skills and jobs in environmental topics. All the branches of Environmental and Agriculture Science, and Remote Sensing are involved. As a result, the promotion of homogenization dynamics affecting educational patterns will improve international cooperation ability and effectiveness supporting the efforts played at national and regional levels.

Partners from Kyrgyzstan:
– Kyrgyz State Technical University named after I. Razzakov
– Osh Technological University

Foreign Partners:
– Slovenska Pol’nohospodarska Univerzita v Nitre (Slovakia)
– Sveuciliste U Zagrebu Agronomski Fakultet (Croatia)
– FORMIT – Fondazione per la Ricerca sulla Migrazione e sulla In (Italy)
– studiogiuliano srl (Italy)
– Huazhong Agricultural University (China)
– Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
– Fujian Normal University (China)
– East-Kazakhstan State Technical University named after D. Seri (Kazakhstan)
– M.Auezov South Kazakhstan State University (Kazakhstan)

Duration: 36 month