Asia ACTIVE Project aims to apply the ACTIVE tools to extend the promotion of the European Higher Education Area in Central Asia, using virtual and distance teaching methodology. Therefore, the especific objectives are

  • To develop a SWOT and Needs analysis on virtual mobility, focused on the Central Asia Region.
  • To share with the participant institutions the tools and procedures of virtual mobility already developed in previous Mobility projects.
  • To establish a sustanaible Centre of Virtual Mobility in the Central Asian region.

With these objectives, the ACTIVE Asia Project suggested the need to carry out a study in order to identify the availability and structure of postgraduate courses that are being offered on a distance-education basis, in Europe and Central Asia, so that the information provided could be used to specify the possibilities and difficulties of encouraging student virtual mobility. As a first step to detect the current supply of postgraduate courses in the European Union and Central Asia, the coordinating team of the ACTIVE Asia network drew up a protocol to gather the most important data on the academic and administrative structure of distance masters in both regions, information which has been presented in two main reports (see webpage). This information may help to especify the real possibilities for virtual mobility, first of all among the universities in each region and, secondly, to analyse this mobility between the European Union and Central Asia.

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It has been published the Guide for Virtual Mobility in Higher Education: Academic wayfarers. Asian-European initiatives in virtual mobility. This Guide approach two main aspect: Virtual mobility and the keys to promote the internationalisation of higher education institutions. And a design for the development and organisation of Virtual Mobility. And there are include the Virtual Mobility Scheme, the Bilateral Agreement; the Learning Agreement Protocol and the Transcript of Records Protocol, as the main protocols.

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New master programme in Central Asia
In the framework of the European Project Tempus “Towards sustainable water resources Management in Central Asia (Registration number: 158982-ES-JPCR)” Kyrgyz National University began to develop the curriculum for master's programme "Water Resources Management" This project having as partners the following consortium members:

  • Karshi Engineering-Economics Institute, Karshi (UZ)
  • Kazakh National Agrarian University, Almaty (KZ)
  • Kazakh National Technical University named after K.I. Satbayev, Almaty City (KZ)
  • Kyrgyz State Technical University named after Isaak Razzakov, Bishkek (KG)
  • Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana (KZ)
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Processing industry of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek (KG)
  • Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek (KG)
  • Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana (KZ)
  • Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education Uzbekistan, Tashkent (UZ)
  • Ministry of Land Melioration and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan, Dushanbe (TJ)
  • Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Bratislava (SK)
  • Tajik Technical University named after Akademican M.S. Osimi, Dushanbe (TJ)
  • Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration, Tashkent (UZ)
  • Technological University of Tajikistan, Dushanbe (TJ)
  • Universita degli Studi di Genova, Genova (IT)
  • University of Alicante, Alicante (ES)
  • Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS - SGGW), Warsaw (PL)

Wider Objective: To Prepare a new generation of multidisciplinary water resources experts for sustainable water resources management in Central Asia

Specific Project Objectives:

  • To implement an international Master Program in water resources management for Central Asian universities in line with bologna criteria.
  • To establish a sustainable scheme for the promotion of a sustainable water resources management and efficient water use through the creation of national centers in water resources management in Central Asia

Did you know … ?

  • Currently only 1% of the European student population is participating in international academic mobility and the only way in which the ambitions of the Bologna process and the Lifelong Learning Programme can be realised is through a supplement scheme to the physical mobility models. This supplement is Virtual Erasmus.
  • Several projects on virtual mobility have shown its benefit as a supplement to physical mobility. In the European project EPICS these initiatives on virtual mobility have been gathered together to build mainstream, institutional scheme of virtual mobility, Virtual Erasmus. See EPICS Programme
  • Virtual mobility is a current issue in most international meetings, as the one organised by EADTU in Zermatt (Switzerland) 27th-29th, September. The main aim of this conference is to reflect on ‘the development of institutional strategies and business models for lifelong open and flexible learning, including (international) cooperation between institutions. Another event will be the 24th ICDE World Conference on Open and Distance Learning, which will be held in Bali (Indonesia), 2nd-5th, October, 2011, with the theme: Expanding Horizons – New Approaches to Open and Distance Learning (ODL).

This document has been produced with the financial support of the European Community. Project ACTIVE Asia is responsible of the content of this site and must not be considered as a position of the European Union.

Sept 2010


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