SEnECA – Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia Relations

Project Overview

Project Title SEnECA – Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia Relations
Project Number 770256
Country Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Turkmenistan Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 1 000 001 - 2 000 000
Project Start – Project End January 1, 2018–December 31, 2019
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 1.499.857
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Institut fuer Europäische Politik (Germany)
• Central Asia Institute for Strategic Studies (Kazakhstan)
• Centre of the Sociological Research “Zerkalo” (Tajikistan)
• University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan)
• Royal United Services Institute (United Kingdom)
• WiseEuropa – Fundacja Warsawski Instytut Studiów Ekonomicznych i Europejskich (Poland)
• Latvian Institute of International Affairs (Latvia)
• Centre International de Fromation Européenne (France)
• Trans European Poliy Studies Association (Brussels)
• Kyrgyz National University (Kyrgyzstan)
• Ynanch-Vepa (Turkmenistan)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Project Coordinator:

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany


Tatjana Kuhn, Communication and Dissemination for SEnECA

Tel.: +49 (0) 30 860084011 / -18



Julia Krebs, Project Officer

Tel.: +32 2 5113470


Beneficiary University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany on behalf of national governments

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The project seeks to improve research cooperation and to strengthen capacities in research and policy advice in the EU and Central Asia, having recognised the importance of Central Asia for Europe.

An international consortium with twelve partner organisation form the EU and all five Central Asian countries will map and analyse the relations between the two regions in order to make recommendations to stakeholders on future research cooperation, policies and communication.

The main objectives of SEnECA are to strengthen and energize relations between the European Union and Central Asia by establishing a sustainable, transdisciplinary SEnECA Research Network and the SEnECA Stakeholder Network.

Project Objectives
  • To link European to Central Asian researchers, policy-makers and stakeholders.
  • To improve both the research cooperation to develop a common SEnECA Agenda for Future Research Cooperation and the EU’s Central Asia policy by setting up the SEnECA Policy Roadmap.
  • To promote the importance of Central Asia for Europe through the SEnECA Communication Plan for dissemination and awareness-raising among scholars, policy-makers, stakeholders in education, media, civil society and the EU public.
  • To strengthen capacities in research and policy advice through the SEnECA Academic Policy Advice Training.
Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Mobility and international exchange, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Standards and curriculum development, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements), Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
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The project follows a three-step approach: Map, Analyse, Recommend.

  1. Map – SEnECA will map the current state of Central Asia Studies in Europe and European Studies in Central Asia in order to identify all scholars active in the two research fields. SEnECA will also map the EU’s relations with Central Asia in order to provide material for analysis.
  2. Analyse in close exchange with relevant policy-makers and stakeholders, the EU’s policy towards Central Asia as a region and its bilateral relations with all five countries will be analysed in terms of political, security, economic, trade, development, energy, cultural and other cooperation.
  3. Recommend – based on previous analyses, SEnECA will develop, test and recommend future research priorities and new forms of research cooperation to improve collaboration between both regions and strengthen research capacities. Based on the analysis of EU-Central Asia relations, SEnECA will be able to recommend future policy priorities and concrete implementation measures for European policy-making towards Centra Asia.
Project Results
  • SEnECA Communication Plan elaborated.
  • SEnECA website created.
  • Project Quality Assessment plan elaborated.
  • Risk Assessment Plan elaborated.
  • A series of Policy Paper/Briefs published.
  • SEnECA Research Database designed.
  • Central Asia Communication Strategy elaborated.
  • SEnECA Academic Policy Advice Training developed.

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