Central Asian Education Platform – Phase 1 (CAEP 1)

Project Overview

Project Title Central Asian Education Platform – Phase 1 (CAEP 1)
Project Number EuropeAid/131004/C/SER/RSC
Country Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Turkmenistan Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 1 000 001 - 2 000 000
Project Start – Project End February 1, 2012–March 20, 2015
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 1820450
Implementing Organization / Consortium

- GOPA (Germany) - lead
- IBF (Belgium)
- DAAD (Germany)
- CAICo (Kyrgyzstan)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

– Wolfgang Hellwig, Gopa (Project Director), +49 617 2930 451; wolfgang.hellwig@gopa.de
– Christian Wagner, Gopa (Team Leader), +49 821 5890 979; christian.wagner@proqualityconsult.de
– Eugen Breit (Project Assistant), +49 617 2930 428; eugen.breit@gopa.de
– Maddalena Bearzotti, IBF , +32 2 2370 985; bearzotti@ibf.be
– Christoph Jost, DAAD, +49 228 8828 703; c.jost@daad.de                                                                                                                                                                                             – Baktybek Shamkeyev, CAICo, + 99 631 2664 68; bshamkeyev@caiconsulting.org

Beneficiary EC DEVCO on behalf of the CA countries

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

In the framework of the “EU Central Asian Strategy for a New Partnership” (2007), aiming at the five Central Asian (CA) states, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, the European Education Initiative has been launched.

The objectives set within the European Education Initiative (EEI) for Central Asia are:

  • To contribute to the adaptation of the education systems of Central Asia states to the needs of the globalised world and to cooperate with major international partners and donors supporting educational programmes and institutions;
  • To support all levels of education, including vocational education and training and higher education, academic and student exchanges for instance under the Erasmus Mundus programme, TEMPUS and bilaterally.

The Central Asian Education Platform (CAEP), running from February 2012 to February 2015, is a key pillar of the European Education Initiative for CA to organise activities, regional and national seminars of direct interest for each of the Central Asia partners in the field of Education.

CAEP focuses on Vocational Education and Training (VET) and on Higher Education (HE). The main content areas are Interaction of VET and HE, Teacher Education and Training as well as Quality of Education.

As CAEP renders its full assistance to the EEI and its main actors – the CA stakeholders in VET and HE and the related Commission Services – it closely cooperates with EU initiatives like:

  • Tempus Programme;
  • Erasmus Mundus Exchange Programme;
  • ETF projects.
Project Objectives

To provide the services required to ensure smooth progress on the implementation of the EU CA Education Platform, supporting its objectives and activities as agreed between the EU and the Central Asian partner

The DG Development Cooperation of the European Commission manages the implementation of CAEP. It is organised in close partnership with the Central Asian countries in the form of a structured dialogue to ensure that selected topics and undertaken actions are in line with the national and regional priorities and interests.

The bi- and multilateral regional and national education sector dialogue will be accompanied by an intensive communication initiative and by needs-driven studies.

Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Mobility and international exchange
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers, Standardisation, Certification, Accreditation Bodies
Related Projects

Central Asia Education Cooperation Network

Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES)

Subregional Cooperation in Managing Education Reforms


Component 1: Dialogue forums
Technical and logistical support to the organisation of national and regional dialogue forums (conferences, meetings, workshops):
1. National meetings in each Central Asian country with representatives of ministers, experts and practitioners;
2. Thematic technical meetings at regional level amongst representatives of Central Asian line ministries, public authorities, education practitioners, representatives of EU and EU Member States and international donors;
3. Policy-focused regional forums at ministerial level with ministerial representatives of Central Asian countries, representatives of the EU (notably the European Commission) and involved EU Member States;
4. Follow-up national meetings to examine the results and recommendations of the regional and ministerial forums In planning and organising these forums, the project should take into account past and on-going similar initiatives in the sector to build on their results maximise synergies and avoid duplication of identical activities.

Component 2: Marketing and communication
Completion of a state-of-play on the education sector of each country (including a needs assessment and a stakeholder analysis), and a CAEP project database will be set-up on the activities in the area of education carried out in Central Asia by the project countries, the EU, EU Member States and other international donors.

Developing of inventory of existing studies on the education sector of the Central Asian countries.

Set-up of  a website. Communication tools such as an e-newsletter will be used for promotion and sharing the results of dialogue forums and EU-Central Asia education cooperation and programmes.

Component 3: Studies
Carrying out of studies to complement the dialogue for additional studies, briefings, and policy advice might be requested by the Contracting Authority ad-hoc basis. Currently, studies are prepared on „Quality in VET and HE“ and on „Teacher Policies“.

Project Results

Planned Outputs:

1. Europe-Central Asia education sector dialogue improved
2. Quality of mutual multi-country learning improved
3. Experience, lessons learned, best/good practices shared
4. Evidence-based policy approach initiated
5. People-to-people exchange and mutual understanding enhanced
6. Support to sector approaches enhanced
7. Support to local stakeholders to better implement reform programmes at all institutional levels improved
8. Capacity of policy makers through policy analysis and learning enhanced

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