Establishing Master Programmes in HRM and Talent Development in Central Asia

Project Overview

Project Title Establishing Master Programmes in HRM and Talent Development in Central Asia
Project Number 598690-EPP-1-2018-1-BE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Country Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End November 15, 2018–November 14, 2021
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 947.595
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) – Project Coordinator
• KIMEP University (Kazakhstan)
• Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge (Bulgaria)
• Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge (Uzbekistan)
• Toshkent Shahridagi Xalqaro Westminster Universiteti (Uzbekistan)
• Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)
• Kyrgyz Economic University named after Musa Ryskulbekov (Kyrgyzstan)
• American University of Central Asia Institution (Kyrgyzstan)
• Athens University of Economics and Business - Research Center (Greece)
• Otto-Von-Guericke-Universitaet Magdeburg (Germany)
• Innovative University of Eurasia (Kazakhstan)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Jan De Schampheleire, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Project Coordinator),; +32 2 614 81 26

Beneficiary National governments

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

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 faculty of each course meeting each other and further co-operating via a knowledge sharing platform. The faculty will develop separate, but highly comparable course syllabi and introductory texts. In 6 workshops, the EU and CA faculty will present HRM topics, adapted to the CA context and illustrated with CA examples.

Project Objectives
  • To retrain faculty from 7 CA universities in 8 HRM related courses. The CA faculty will be made deeper acquainted with EU HRM research and practice. The CA faculty will be encouraged to develop comparative courses, and to question what HRM in the EU or western context takes for granted. Mainly, the faculty will develop syllabi and introductory texts to their courses. In the margin of the project, they will be stimulated to set up research in HRM.
  • To establish 7 accredited master programmes in “HRM and Talent Development” (TALENT). The details of the curriculum will be developed in the Preparation workpackage. The programme will be oriented towards giving students a background in HRM that enables them to scientifically analyse an organisation and to set up methods for improving both the situation of employees and the economic efficiency of the organization.
  • To make an informal network of EU and CA faculty. Within the project, CA faculty working on the same or similar courses will come together in workgroups and HRM workshops with the EU faculty. Academic discussion and comparative HRM is to be stimulated. In Y3 of the project, the network will aim for the systematisation of CA HRM research.
Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Policy Advice & Development, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Standards and curriculum development, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements), Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Sociology, Psychology, Educational Science
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, Training providers (public and private)
Related Projects


  • Defining the course titles and structure of a two-year HRM master programme (TALENT) in 7 Central Asian (CA) universities.
  • Developing in each CA university the syllabi for 8 core HRM courses (40 ECTS).
  • Preparing an accreditation dossier in each CA university (120 ECTS).
  • Obtaining accreditation for TALENT master programme in each CA university.
  • Conducting 6 workshops (one in each CA city) on HRM involving regional stakeholders.
  • Running in each CA university the first year of the master programme with a first cohort of 20 students.
Project Results
  • Faculty from 7 CA universities in 8 HRM related courses retrained.
  • Seven accredited master programmes in “HRM and Talent Development” developed.
  • An informal network of EU and CA faculty established.

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