Professional Education and Vocational Training in Central Asia

Project Overview

Project Title Professional Education and Vocational Training in Central Asia
Project Number
Country Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) More than 4 000 000
Project Start – Project End January 1, 2010–February 28, 2022
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding BMZ
Project Budget(EUR) 19,500,000
Implementing Organization / Consortium

- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Agriculture

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Program Director: Michael Zoebisch

Abidullaeva St. 2a

100100 Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tel:+ 998 71 140 04 89 (90)
Fax: + 998 71 140 04 45


Advisor on M&E/ National Coordinator (GIZ): Khalil Kadzhiev

T + 996 312 900 219

M + 996 770 888 061


Beneficiary Agricultural Sector

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The agricultural and food processing industries have an extremely important role to play in the economic development of the Central Asian region, especially in the rural areas and urban peripheries. However, there is a lack of experts and managers who are adequately trained in the use of economically efficient, modern and ecologically sustainable technologies. The Central Asian education systems are yet not able to train such experts and managers to the required standard. The program consists out of 5 components:

  1. Elaboration of study programs. Assistance to partners to modernize study programs in the field of food technologies according to the Bologna criteria and the needs of local industry.
  2. Partnership with private sector. Ensuring of interrelation of education with labor market, thus improving matching of demand with supply.
  3. Laboratory and practical education. Realization of the program concept in the field of production and food products processing. Depending on the needs of the country, the program will be collaborating with other sectors.
  4. Preparation of teachers of professional education. Elaboration and implementation of the modern educational content based on module technologies.
  5. Knowledge management – overcoming of difficulties of interregional communication using interactive internet platforms that ensure permanent and open communication among participants.

The project has four phases, currently the third one is coming to end (February 2019). The duration of the fourth phase is from March 2019 to February 2020.

Project Objectives

The purpose of the Programme is to make professional education in agro & food processing compliant with the needs of the developing labor markets in the region.

Special attention is paid to modern technologies adapted to the economical and ecological requirements of the private sector, and the use of modern teaching methods.

The highest priority is given to measures that enhance the employability of trained professionals.

Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Standards and curriculum development, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements), Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Agriculture and Food Processing, Not applicable
Target Groups Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Employers and employer organisations, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers, Suppliers / developers of learning media, Training providers (public and private)
Related Projects

Modern training and continuing professional development courses for experts and managers in food technology and vocational teacher training have been successfully introduced at all the model university and vocational training institutions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

A regional dialogue promotes knowledge and education partnerships between the institutions. Advisory services are provided primarily in four areas. The programme:

  • develops internationally recognised university courses in food technology,
  • develops a reference training course in food technology at vocational colleges,
  • supports pre-service and in-service vocational teacher training.
Project Results

At the end of 2014, the Bachelor’s course in food technology at Kyrgyz State Technical University in Bishkek was reviewed by a German accreditation committee.

The course has been accredited without reservation according to the Bologna standards since December 2014.

Cooperation between training institutions and the private sector has improved. Cooperation agreements on making internships available for secondary and tertiary students have been signed.

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