Implementing a Central Asian Centre for Teaching, Learning and Entrepreneurship (CACTLE)

Project Overview

Project Title Implementing a Central Asian Centre for Teaching, Learning and Entrepreneurship (CACTLE)
Project Number Erasmus+ 561495-EPP-1-2015-1-AT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Country Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End October 15, 2015–October 14, 2018
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 942.604
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Vienna Institute of Economics and Business (Austria) – the project coordinator
• Friedrich Alexander University (Nuremberg, Germany)
• University Oberta Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain)
• University of Coruna (Spain)
• The Kyrgyz National University (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
• Kirgizstan International University (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
• Kyrgyz State University named after I.Arabaev (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
• T.Ryskulov New Economic University (Almaaty, Kazakhstan)
• Karaganda Economic University (Karaganda, Kazakhstan)
• Eurasian National University named after L.Gumilyov (Astana, Kazakhstan)
• Bukhara State University (Bukhara, Uzbekistan)
• Fergana State University (Fergana, Uzbekistan)
• Westminster International University in Tashkent (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
  • Franz-Karl Skala, Vienna University of Economics and Business (Project Head), +43 1 31336 4854,
  • Josef Aff, Vienna University of Economics and Business (Project Coordinator), +43 1 31336 4633,
Beneficiary Vienna Institute of Economics and Business (Austria)

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

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;
  • enrich the qualification-portfolio of HEI-teachers by improving their teaching qualifications;
  • complement and contribute to the co-creation of knowledge and to the knowledge exchange between universities and enterprises in innovative settings;
  • develop their students competencies and attitudes to enable them to act as innovative and responsible members of the society

To support the development of excellence in this field the CACTLE project will be implemented in the innovative form of an international acting virtual expert network with a sustainable perspective.

CACTLE project intends to make an own input into the professional development of academic staff, as well as development of enterpreneurship skills and competences both in teachers and students, through sharing best practices among project partners. In the long run the CACTLE will have a sustainable impact on human capacity building of Central Asian countries and will act as an international service network to foster the knowledge triangle.

Project Objectives
  • To qualify and certify HEI-teachers in modern 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 development” at all participating universities.
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), Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Economy, Trade, Business and Administration
Target Groups Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Employers and employer organisations, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
Related Projects

Not Assigned

  • Sustainable implementation of a CACTLE.
  • Qualification framework development.
  • Teaching/training/learning material development.
  • Training for different target groups.
Project Results
  • Teaching competencies of university teachers improved.
  • Further trainings for enterprises (standardised or tailor-made) offered.
  • Education for entrepreneurs provided.

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