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Cluster Meeting on the impact of Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) projects in Central Asia

A Regional Cluster Meeting on the impact of Erasmus+ projects in the field of Capacity Building of Higher Education in Central Asia was held in the online format on November 19-20, 2020. The event was initiated by the Education, Culture and Audiovisual Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission and organized by EACEA, the DG for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture and the National Erasmus+ Offices in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

The plenary speeches was opened by the Head of the Sector Erasmus+ International Higher Education Capacity Building, Anila Troshani on the impact of CBHE in Central Asia. Adrian Veale, Desk Gfficer for Central Asia, Directorate-General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture made his presentation on the European Union-funded regional cooperation in the education.

During five workshop meetings, the participants discussed the results of Erasmus+ CBHE projects, challenges of project management and project implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic period, issues of expanding cooperation at regional and interregional levels, and recommendations for new Erasmus Program for 2021-2027.

Monitoring of Erasmus+ project New and Innovative Courses for Precision Agriculture (NICoPA)

From 9 to 13 November, 2020, the National Erasmus+ Office in Turkmenistan organized monitoring institutional visits to the Erasmus + NICoPA (New and Innovative Courses for Precision Agriculture) project team .

The goal of the NICoPA project is modernization of educational programs and modules in the field of Precision Agriculture using new GIS technologies (geographic information systems), a large database on agriculture, remote sensing. The educational programs have been updated by partners in accordance with the needs of higher education, principles of the Bologna Process, new achievements in agronomy and the labor market needs.

The knowledge gained from theoretical and practical courses will be benefit to solve urgent problems of agriculture, for example, creation of "smart" agricultural systems, integrated monitoring of territories based on artificial satellite data and determination of land fertility analysis using remote sensor technologies.

The project consortium consists of 16 partners and 4 associate partners. The project participants from the Turkmen partner universities: the Turkmen Agricultural University (Local coordinator), the Turkmen Agricultural Institute (Dashoguz) and the Turkmen Institute of Architecture and Civil Engineering. The project implementation is scheduled for the 2018-2021 period.

The NEO assessed the progress of the project according to the following parameters:

- Project implementation

- Impact and sustainability
- Partnership and cooperation
- Relevance of project goals

The current results of the project are generally positive.

The NEO staff took part in the conference of "EU Project - Support to the Education Sector in Turkmenistan"

On June 25, 2020, Coordinator of the National Erasmus+ Office A. Chorekliyeva, within the framework of Erasmus+ Program, addressed with the presentation "Opportunities offered by the Erasmus+ Program” to the participants of the seminar "EU Project - Support to the Education Sector in Turkmenistan".

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