UNICAC – UNiversity Cooperation Framework for Knowledge Transfer in Central Asia and China

Project Overview

Project Title UNICAC – UNiversity Cooperation Framework for Knowledge Transfer in Central Asia and China
Project Number 598340-EPP-1-2018-1-ES-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Country Tajikistan Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End January 15, 2019–January 14, 2022
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 899.842
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Universita Degli Studi di Torino (Italy)
• Laurea-Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Finland)
• Toshkent Axborot Texnologiyalari Universiteti (Uzbekistan)
• Mirzo Ulug’bek Nomidagi O’zbekistonmilliy Universiteti (Uzbekistan)
• Khorog State University named after Myonsho Nazarshoev (Tajikistan)
• Institute of Economy and Trade of Tajik State University of Co (Tajikistan)
• Xinjiang University (China)
• Northwestern Polytechnical University (China)
• Northwest A&F University (China)
• International Consulting and Mobility Agency Sociedad de Respo (Spain)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Project Coordinator:

Universidad de Sevilla, Spain


Local Coordinator:

Nilufar Sadullaeva, National University of Uzbekistan

e-mail: nilufar_sadullaeva@mail.ru

Beneficiary Universidad de Sevilla, Spain on behalf of national governments

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

Uzbekistan (UZ), China (CN) and Tajikistan (TJ) are in the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB), the fastest growing area in the world by far what increases the needs for further cooperation among HEIs. UNiversity Internationalisation in Central Asia and China – UNICAC- aims to enhance the potential for international cooperation (IC) among HEIs from UZ, TJ and CN through a set of capacity building activities for International Relations Offices in partner countries (PC) HEIs, thus contributing to better international networking and better exploitation of their potential cooperation in Teaching, Learning and Research (T/L/R).

Project Objectives
  • To improve the capacity for international and cross-regional cooperation for transfer knowledge of Higher Education Institutions in partner countries by modernising their International Relations Offices and exploiting potentials for cooperation in Teaching, Learning and Research.
  • To reinforce transfer of knowledge and cooperation through the creation of an international and cross-regional cooperation network.
  • To create a cooperation framework aimed at defining the basis for cooperation among participating HEIs for learning, teaching and researching, which will later be tested during a pilot test (mobility of students and professors at regional and interregional level).
Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Examination, certification and accreditation, 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 Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
Related Projects


  • Training for International Relations Officers.
  • Development of Knowledge Transfer and Internationalisation Plans in participating Central Asian and Chinese HEIs.
  • Delivery of a seminar about International Mobility Management.
  • Design of a Mobility Cooperation Framework.
  • Pilot test: (i) Internationalisation in Teaching, Learning and Research; (ii) International mobilities.
  • Creation of a transnational network for cross-regional and international cooperation.
  • Infrastructure updating (equipment purchase and installation, creation of International Relations Offices webpagesand creation of a library gateway).
Project Results
  • Central Asian and bordering Chinese Universities internationalised.
  • International Relations Offices of participating institutions modernised.
  • An internal network of cross-regional cooperation focused on teaching and researching among universities promoted.
  • Knowledge sharing on teaching, learning and researching matters strengthened.
  • An innovative cross-regional and international mobility framework for students, academics, researchers and University staff designed.

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