Introducing Transdisciplinary European Studies in Tajikistan (TACES)

Project Overview

Project Title Introducing Transdisciplinary European Studies in Tajikistan (TACES)
Project Number 561985-EPP-1-2015-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Country Tajikistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End October 15, 2015–April 14, 2019
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 902.713
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Technische Universität Dresden (Germany) – project coordinator
• Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci (Czech Republic)
• Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tajikistan (Tajikistan)
• Tajik State University of Law, Business and Politics (Tajikistan)
• Khorog State University Named aftere Myonsho Nazarshoev (Tajikistan)
• Dangara State Universtiy (Tajikistan)
• Academy of Science of the Republic of Tajikistan (Tajikistan)
• Tartu Ulikool (Estonia)
• Tajik National University (Tajikistan)
• Russian-Tajik Slavonic University (Tajikistan)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
  • Technische Universität Dresden, project coordinator, +49 351 463-0
Beneficiary Technische Universität Dresden on behalf on Tajikistan

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The project primarily aims on the modernization of Tajik humanities by developing, implementing and accreditation a trans-disciplinary Master degree program “European studies” at Tajik National University (TNU), and by developing European Studies modules for implementation into existing programs at Tajik State University for Law, Business and Politics Khujand, and State Universities of Khorog and Danghara, thus reaching all regions of Tajikistan. The employability of graduates, and thus the relevance of the humanities themselves, will be enhanced by fundamental methodological modernization. Indeed, the “cultural” and “spatial turns” that has made modern regional studies suitable for globalization should be adapted to the specific needs of Central Asia. After the end of the project the Master program will be taken over by a sub-consortium of NTU, Russian-Tajik Slavonic University and Academia of Science of Republic Tajikistan. The program serves as a methodological template for other degree programs in the region. Tajik ministry of education and Science will support the implementation of the program by joining the consortium.

Project Objectives
  • To enhance the relevance of Tajik Humanities.
  • To enhance the employability of graduates of humanities.
  • To modernize the methodology and practice of teaching European languages and cultures.
  • To enhance the capacities of Tajik teaching staff.
  • To found, equip and run a European Center at NTU in Dushanbe and European Studies Resource Points at the other participating universities.
  • To promote ECTS and Bologna process.
  • To communicate the results of the project and to create a sustainable network of experts of European Studies.
Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Standards and curriculum development, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements), Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Art, Philology, Philosophy, Ethnology, History, Sociology, Psychology, Educational Science
Target Groups Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
Related Projects


  1. Modernizing methodology of regional studies, namely by developing, implementing and accrediting a Master program on European Studies at TNU and by implementing modules of European Studies into the existing master programs at the participating universities.
  2. With regard to the Tajik situation, the option of becoming a foreign language teacher will be complemented by further job opportunities in governmental offices and bilaterally (Tajikistan-EU) or internationally acting companies and organizations including the large number of foreign-state-run, international and non-governmental development organizations acting in Tajikistan and the region.
  3. The European Languages and Cultures program and the modules will be developed and implemented will reflect the cultural and spatial turn in the field of regional studies during the last decades from a Central Asian and Tajik point of view.
  4. Applying the full scope of Bologna declaration including a ECTS-based curriculum, outcome-orientated module descriptions, diploma supplements, encouraging international mobility, involving students’s body and establishing a QA system.
Project Results
  • A European Studies Resource Center in Dushanbe and three smaller Resource Points in Khujand, Danghara and Khorog founded, equipped and running.
  • Bologna process promoted and applied.
  • Europeand Studies modules at any Tajik university implemented.
  • M.A. program “European Studies” developed and implemented.

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