TUCAHEA: Towards a Central Asian Higher Education Area: Tuning Structures and Building Quality Culture

Project Overview

Project Title TUCAHEA: Towards a Central Asian Higher Education Area: Tuning Structures and Building Quality Culture
Project Number 530786-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-NL
Country Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Turkmenistan Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) Not Assigned
Project Start – Project End October 1, 2012–October 14, 2015
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 1291757
Implementing Organization / Consortium

1. University of Groningen,
2. University of Pisa,
3. Ghent University,
4. University of Deusto,
5. Linköping University,
6. University of Ljubljana,
7. Universita'degli Studi di Milano,
8. Uppsala University,
9. The Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan,
10. Academician Y.A.Buketov Karaganda State University,
11. International Information Technologies University,
12. Kazakh Economic University named after Turar Ryskulov,
13. Kazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering/International Educational Corporation,
14. Korkyt Ata Kyzylorda State University,
15. M.Auezov South Kazakhstan State University,
16. Ministry of Education and Scienece of the Kyrgyz Republic,
17. Association of Educational Establishments “Education Network”,
18. Bishkek Academy of Finance and Economics,
19. I.Arabaev Kyrgyz State University,
20. International University of Kyrgyzstan,
21. Issyk Kul State University named after K.Tynystanov,
22. Jalal-Abad State University,
23. Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University,
24. Kyrgyz National Agrarian University named after K.I. Skryabin,
25. Kyrgyz National University,
26. Naryn State University,
27. Talas State University,
28. Ministry of Education of the Republic of Tajikistan,
29. Avicenna Tajik State Medical University,
30. Kulob State University named after Abuabdullohi Rudaki,
31. Tajik Agrarian University named after Shirinsho Shotemur,
32. Tajik State University of Commerce,
33. Tajik Technical University named after Academician M.S. Osimi,
34. The Branch of Lomonosov Moscow State University in Dushanbe,
35. The Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan,
36. Turkmen State Institute of Culture,
37. Turkmen State Institute of Economics and Management,
38. Turkmenistan National Institute of Education,
39. The Ministry of Higher and Secondary –Specialized Education of RU,
40. Andijan State University, Karakalpak State University,
41. Namangan State University,
42. Samarkand State Institution of Foreign Languages,
43. Tashkent State Piratical University,
44. Tashkent Institute of Textile and Light Industry,
45. University of Termez,
46. Namangan Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Coordinator Ann Katherine Isaacs: isaacs@stm.unipi.it


Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

As a result of the Bologna Process, the educational systems in all Eropean countries are in the process of reforming. This is the direct effect of the political decision to converge the different national systems in Europe. For Higher Education institutions, these reforms mean the actual starting point for another discussion: the comparability of curricula in terms of structures, programmes and actual teaching. This is what Tuning offers. In this reform process the required academic and professional profiles and needs of society play an important role.

Project Objectives
  • to extend the use of competence-based quality tools for planning and delivery of degree programmes,
  • enhance regional higher education systems,
  • create a platform for sharing knowledge and elaborating quality tools across the region and in each country. It encourages legislation to create regional cohesion in alignment with the EHEA,
  • to establish pilot Tuning Subject Area Groups able to formulate Guidelines and Reference Points for key disciplinary and thematic sectors,
  • to train ministerial, academic and independent experts in the use of competence-based tools,
  • to foster student mobility within and outside the region and tests and perfects the quality and recognition tools necessary for mobility,
  • to establish information / dissemination centers in both capitals and other areas of the partner countries.
Education Sector HE
Components of the Education Process Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Mobility and international exchange
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Standardisation, Certification, Accreditation Bodies
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The principal outcomes will be to extend knowledge of the worldwide Tuning process, involving the Central Asian area directly in Tuning’s broad international context;

to enhance knowledge of existing quality and recognition tools as a basis for further elaboration;

to carry out consultations on both generic and subject specific competences, to produce a number of Tuning Subject Area reports;

to produce competence/learning-outcomes-based descriptions of degree programmes using the Degree Profile template developed by Tuning and the ENIC-NARIC Network;

and more generally to creating a basis for a Central Asian Higher Education Area, developing premises for a Central Asian Qualifications Framework and Credit System.

Project Results

To contribute to building a Central Asian Higher Education Area [CAHEA], aligned with the European Higher Education Area [EHEA], able to take into account and valorise the specific needs and potentials of the Region and of the partner countries, thus responding to the needs of the higher education community and society at large.

Building on the Tuning methodology developed worldwide by academics in collaboration with students, graduates, administrators, employers and ministries.

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