Project Overview

Project Title USAID Project MOVING FORWARD
Project Number N/A
Country Kyrgyzstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) More than 4 000 000
Project Start – Project End September 1, 2010–October 31, 2015
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding USAID
Project Budget(EUR) 4.448.539
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) – Project Coordinator

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Elena Kim, American University of Central Asia (Project Coordinator), +996 (312) 915000;

Beneficiary National government of Kyrgyzstan

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

Higher education institutions (HEIs) in Kyrgyzstan have significantly changed since 1991. However they face serious difficulties including problem with recruiting high-level faculty, conducting research and preparing specialists. Employers of private sector still play a weak role in higher education especially in developing study programs. The policies of ensuring an equal access to higher education in Kyrgyzstan, increase of young people and development of democracy have also an additional pressure on HEIs.


  • To support American University of Central Asia as a regional intellectual centre through providing university’s sustainable development and future leaders’ preparation.
Project Objectives
  • To foster faculty development.
  • To recruit a more diverse student body.
  • To provide scholarships for students across Central Asia.
  • To upgrade technology systems for academic and admissions processes and for distance learning.
  • To develop the university as a resource for the wider community.
Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Quality assurance, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements), Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Economy, Trade, Business and Administration, 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)
Related Projects


  • Establishing partnership of American university of Central Asia with foreign universities.
  • Providing university students with study abroad opportunities.
  • Organising university faculty mobility in foreign universities.
  • Developing curriculum for study programs in Environmental Studies and Sustainability.
  • Developing new Master programs.
  • Improving Continuing Education Center.
  • Assisting Kyrgyz universities in providing graduates’ transition from university to labour market.
Project Results
  • Partnership with Bard College in the U.S. to offer accredited bachelor degrees in liberal arts and study abroad opportunities established.
  • 215 scholarships to Kyrgyzstani students awarded.
  • 11 faculties in short term teaching positions or year-long research experiences abroad supported.
  • Human resource, student services, financial aid and information, and admissions systems improved.
  • Curriculum for new courses related to Central Asia and the Environment and Sustainability developed.
  • The Central Asian Studies Institute’s capacity to develop and implement new master’s degree programs increased.
  • The Tien Shan Policy Center support research, debate, and policy reform on issues such as energy security, business investment, and democratic procedures established.
  • The Continuing Education Center’s ability to address educational needs through the Teaching Excellence program and the Children’s Academy of Talent Development improved.
  • The capacity of Kyrgyz public and private universities to assist students and recent graduates in their transition from education to employment improved.

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