Modernization of Higher education in Central Asia through new technologies

Coordinator: University of Ruse Angel Kanchev

8 Studentska str., POB 7017, Ruse, Bulgaria

Project Description:
In order to respond to the.
– Digital Transformation of Industries (Industry 4.0) which requires DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF EDUCATION with overtaking pace, the consortium will develop Concepts of adapting the educational system to the digital generation considering the specific conditions of each of the Central Asian countries;
– EU Requirement to give the opportunity for EVERYBODY to learn at ANY time and at ANY place with the help of ANY lecturer, using ANY device – HiEdTec will create Centres for Innovative Education Technologies (IET Centres).
– Digital Competence Framework for Citizens & Digital Education Action Plan- HiEdTec will support university lecturers to adopt effective digital teaching methods, open pedagogies & tools.
– Sustainable academic network for sharing experience and exchange of good practices in the field of IET and didactic models;
– 5 Concepts of adapting the education system to the digital generation in line with the specific conditions of each partner country (PC);
– 15 IET Centres;
– 45 active learning classrooms;
– Virtual classrooms;
– Handbook of implementing IET in PC HEIs;
– Courses for trainers for the acquisition of digital skills and learning methods – 75 trainers trained;
– Courses for lecturers for the acquisition of digital skills and learning methods – 600 lecturers trained;
– 75 OERs;
– 75 PowerPoint presentations of lectures suitable for delivery on an interactive electronic white board;
– 5 Cloud-based Virtual Libraries of the digital educational resources.
– The project products will be of benefit to all stakeholders in education:
• National and university policy-makers in the field of education;
• University academics who are trainers / lecturers / learners;
– The project will help to turn the partner HEIs into innovative universities and to improve the quality of the trained specialists needed to perform the Digital Transformation of Industries.

Partners from Kyrgyzstan:
– Ala-too international University
– Issyk-Kul State University named after K. Tynystanov
– Kyrgyz State technical University
– Ministry of Education and Science

Duration: 36 month

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Establishing Master programmes in HRM and talent Development in Central Asia (TALENT)

Coordinator: Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Boulevard de la Plaine 2, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium

Wider Objective: To have 7 CA universities with HRM experts and HRM graduates who – locally and nationally – study and improve the labour market and the employment relations.

Project Description:In Central Asian (CA) countries, large groups of graduates don’t find a job according to their degree, nor can they develop their talent within their work. The countries lack HRM experts that can e.g. introduce transparent selection and promotion procedures in enterprises, or assist the government in modernising its labour market policy.
In this project, 3 Kazakh, 2 Uzbek and 2 Kyrgyz universities will each develop a two-year HRM master programme (TALENT) that has similar core courses in the 7 universities. Each of the programmes has to obtain accreditation, by the middle of Y2. In Y3, the first year of the 7 TALENT programmes must take start. Some of the 7 universities have an excellent reputation; they will help the less prestigious universities to develop and maintain their TALENT programme.

The course development will be coached by the EU partners, with the teachers of each course meeting each other and further co-operating via a knowledge sharing platform. The teachers will develop separate, but highly comparable course syllabi and introductory texts. In 6 workshops, the EU and CA teachers will present HRM topics, adapted to the CA context and illustrated with CA examples.
The project website will start as an introduction to the project, and then develop into a website introducing HRM and its applicability to the CA context. It will include a selection of the introductory texts, together with video recorded material of the workshops and case studies. Most material will be available in 3 languages (EN, RU + (KZ or UZ or KG)).
The 7 CA universities already have good contacts with regional and national stakeholders. In this project, the focus will be on entrepreneurs, trade unions and governmental bodies on labour markets and work conditions. With each of the 6 HRM workshops, the stakeholders of the respective university will be engaged, i.e. in the role of disputant. A selection of stakeholders will be incorporated in each university’s TALENT advisory board.

Partners from Kyrgyzstan:
– American university of Central Asia
– Kyrgyz Economic University

Duration: 36 month

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Enhancing Green economy in 3 countries of Asia (EGEA)

Coordinator: Otto-Von-Guericke-Universitaet Magdeburg

Universitätspl. 2, 39106 Magdeburg, Germany

Wider Objective: The main goal of EGEA is to promote “green” economy and sustainable behavior at all levels of education in three countries of Asia (KG, IN, NP) endorsing the role of HEIs as catalysts of change.

Project Description:
The three targeted countries present real challenges to sustainability that future experts in applying green economy can contribute to mitigate. India’s progression to a greener economy is lagging behind expectations. India has recently been pointed as a bad student in environment by being ranked 155 out of 178 countries far behind other BRICS countries. A recent WHO survey indicated that 13 out of the world’s 20 most polluted cities can be found in India. In Nepal, government attempts to alleviate impacts of Climate changes and environmental protection does not address the benefits of a Green Economy. This is due, among other things, to the lack of specialists. Only one research center and associated partner (CGDE) is producing research on green economy issues for Nepal. In Kyrgyzstan, the transition to sustainable development is an urgent necessity, since at present, the country’s socio-economic development is largely based on the consumption of natural resources. Green economy is recognised in the recent National Strategy for sustainable development of the Kyrgyz Republic. However, along with the state commitment to establishment an inclusive green economy for the country’s strategic sustainable development plans, an urgent need is to promote this initiative from below to disseminate information on resource saving and the priorities of the “green economy” in the education system of KG.

Milestones: 5 modules of 15 ECTS on areen economy from multiple approaches (business, management, economics, law and environmental studies) + 1 interdisciplinary module on green economy in practice. Adding all modules together partners will be able to create MA program after accreditation.
8 Green Economy Labs providing 5 courses (online, offline) on Green Economy to business, environment agencies and other HEIs to create a community of Green Economy practitioners.
10 PR and marketing specialists formed with leadership skills to convey green behaviour in kindergarden & schools

Partners from Kyrgyzstan:
– International University of central Asia
– Issyk-Kul State University named after K. Tynystanov
– Kyrgyz Economic University

Duration: 36 month