Investing in Entrepreneurial Universities in Caucasus and Central Asia

Project Overview

Project Title Investing in Entrepreneurial Universities in Caucasus and Central Asia
Project Number 561724-EPP-1-2015-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Country Kyrgyzstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End October 15, 2015–March 14, 2019
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 844.242
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg - Coordinator
• Masaryk University
• Vrije Universiteit Brussel
• Kazimieras Simonavicius University
• University of Minho
• Glasgow Caledonian University
• Ilia State University
• Caucasus University
• Bank of Georgia University
• Kyrgyz Economic University named after M.Ryskulbekov
• International Ataturk Ala-Too University
• Issykkul State University
• Education Network Association “EdNet”

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, +49 391 67-01

Beneficiary National governments

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

In conditions of very low youth labor force participation and unappealing perspectives in employment upon graduation, universities lack capacity to equip their students with entrepreneurial skills. Lack of internships and other professional training opportunities during studies, among others, lead to discouragement, lack of motivation and inactivity among the youth. Large group of GE and KG youth is losing their potential to put their creative ideas into product and create self-employment. Therefore, there is a need for more formal and non-formal education activities aimed at strengthening entrepreneurial capacity of students and graduates. These activities are often unavailable or inaccessible in due to the lack of competencies and relevant experience within HEIs. Systemic approach in incorporating entrepreneurship modules within study programs at GE and KG HEIs will have positive impact on the above mentioned issues, however, qualified and trained professors ready to introduce innovative methods of teaching into their curricula are also necessary. Another aspect is lack of guidance and mentoring which can be seen as a problem as it contributes to decreased involvement of youth in economic activities. Guidance and trainings are essential for already graduated students as well in order to help them fully make use of their potential and knowledge received during their studies. Within this context, the aim of optimization of HEIs are reform of HE system, adaptation it to the new economic environment and increasing the efficient use of material and human resources of universities. HEIs should review their own training process of graduates so that they can provide well formed and competent graduates who will be contribute actively to the development of their national economies. This project thus is concrete response to these attempts of reform. It aims to develop a creative and supportive environment in partner HEIS through the establishment of CreaLABs.


  • To foster entrepreneurship culture and capacity in higher education in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan.
  • To strengthen universities’ role as the main actors for social and economic development of society.
Project Objectives
  • To disseminate the European best practices in the field of production innovation and the preparation of documents necessary for enhancing entrepreneurial activities at universities due to the interaction between universities and enterprises in GE and KG.
  • To create, equip and connect of the creative centers (CreaLABs) for each KG of GE and the University to support students and researchers the idea of even potentially end up on the market and commercial products based on entrepreneurship and open innovation.
  • To support entrepreneurship and bring together companies and universities by training and competence of personnel working on CreaLABs.
  • To develop Engineering Design in an intensive training program on entrepreneurship training for teachers and students seeking to integrate new and effective methods of teaching entrepreneurship in respective courses on the basis of case studies and methods to solve problems.
  • To implementation the pilot activities organised by the CreaLABs.
  • To establishm a network of teachers and practitioners to promote entrepreneurship and cooperation of the corporate University in the beneficiary countries.
Education Sector HE
Components of the Education Process Career planning, Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Standards and curriculum development
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., Employers and employer organisations, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers, Standardisation, Certification, Accreditation Bodies, Suppliers / developers of learning media, Trade unions, Training providers (public and private)
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The project Investing in Entrepreneurial Universities in Caucasus and Central Asia includes the following activities:

  • Development and organization of trainings for students and companies.
  • Creation of a regional market of ideas.
  • Development of University start-UPS and innovation companies.
  • Development of structured partnerships and networks with business partners and other stakeholders of enterprises.
  • Introduction of active teaching and learning and building business experience in the relevant higher education institutions in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan that will contribute to the transfer of specialists, academic and so-called “soft and transferable skills”.
Project Results
  • 8 CreaLABs and their networks in 2 countries created.
  • At least 40 trained staff prepared.
  • 24 programs to encourage entrepreneurial skills and creative thinking in students redesigned.

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