Higher Education for Central Asia Food Systems and Standards

Project Overview

Project Title Higher Education for Central Asia Food Systems and Standards
Project Number Erasmus+ 574005-EPP-1-2016-1-LV-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Country Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End October 15, 2016–October 14, 2019
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 898.312
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Latvias Lauksaimniecibas Universitate (Latvia)
• Hilfswerk Austria International (Austria)
• Association of Fruit and Vegetable Enterprises (Kyrgyzstan)
• Kyrgyz State Technical University Named after I. Razzakov (Kyrgyzstan)
• Kyrgyz Economic University Named after Musa Ryskulbekov (Kyrgyzstan)
• Lietuvos Sveikatos Mokslu Universitetas (Lithuania)
• Tajik Agrarian University Named after Shirinshoh Shohtemur (Tajikistan)
• Khujand Polytechnic Institute of Tajik Technical University of Tajikistan by Academic M. C. Osimi (Tajikistan)
• National Association of Small and Medium Business of the Republic of Tajikistan (Tajikistan)
• Uniwersytet Rolniczy Im. Hugona Kollataja w Krakowie (Poland)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
  • Latvijas Lauksaimniecibas Universitate (Latvia), project coordinator
Beneficiary Latvijas Lauksaimniecibas Universitate

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

Food production and processing are amongst the major economic areas in Central Asia (CA). To compete on international food markets, national food production and processing systems must observe and apply internationally recognized standards. Currently only few universities in CA have competences and capacities to introduce and maintain standards compulsory for food export. One of the main challenges is the availibility of professionals working on regular basis as technologists in companies who have competences necessary for introduction and maintenance of standards. This challenge was recognized and proposed by Tajikistan (TJ) and Kyrgyztan (KGZ) small and medium enterprises

The project tackles issues related to perfecting of higher education content in 4 universities in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for promotion of development of national food production and processing systems which observe and apply internationally recognised standards. Specific area was selected based on initiative of KGZ and TJ food industries’ companies.

Overall objective: To support modernisation of higher education for implementation of internationally recognised food production and processing safety systems and standards in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, thus increasing food export potential of small and medium enterprises.

Project Objectives
  • To modernize higher education in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan for implementation of internationally recognised food production and processing safety systems and standards.
  • To enhance relevance of higher education to needs of food production and processing industries.
  • To increase capacity of higher education institutions.
  • To enhance networking.
Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Standards and curriculum development, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements)
Occupational Field Agriculture and Food Processing
Target Groups Employers and employer organisations, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
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Activities
  • Elaboration of study modules.
  • Modernization of study programs.
  • Increasing teachers’ professional competencies through trainings.
  • Elaboration of e-learning tools.
  • Training of students.
  • Acquisition of 56 devices and 360 books.
  • Organization of networking events with participation of target groups and stakeholders for EU partners to bring the most contemporary knowledge to CA universities.
Project Results
  • Higher education in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan modernised by developing and introduction study modules in four involved Central Asia universities.
  • Relevance of higher education to needs of food production and processing industries ensured by involving companies in study content development processes.
  • Capacity of higher education institutions increased through measures, increasing professionalism of teachers and through developing teaching facilities (upgrading study laboratories in 3 and increasing variety and number of study literature in 4 CA universities).
  • Networking among higher education institutions and food production and processing industries in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan enhanced trough joint events and publicity measures.
  • Networking among higher education institutions of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and EU Member States promoted through implementation of the proposed project, during which partners will plan further initiatives to be realised jointly.

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