The seminar of the Erasmus + program for the universities of Central Asia – Erasmus + Contact Seminar with Central Asia was held on October 8-9, 2018 in Istanbul (Turkey). The key goal of the Seminar was to establish contacts between universities of the program countries (Europe) and universities of the partner countries (Central Asia) to collaborate and jointly participate in the “Capacity Building in Higher Education” and “International Credit Mobility” components of the Erasmus + program.
The Workshop gathered a large number of participants – 274 representatives of universities, national agencies and offices of Erasmus + from Europe, Central Asia, as well as from Afghanistan and Russia.
The Kazakhstan delegation was represented by 39 universities. M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University was represented by Ms. R. Mukhamedzhanova, the senior teacher of the Department of Management and Tourism.
On the first day of the Seminar, representatives of the European Commission spoke about the results of the implementation of the Erasmus + Program in 2014-2017, presented innovations introduced since 2019, and highlighted the main aspects of improving the evaluation of project proposals and improving its quality.
On the 2nd day of the event, networking sessions and seminars were organized with the aim of contribution to an establishment of contacts between universities. During the sessions each university had an opportunity to present its materials and find potential partners. Also it gave participants valuable experience in developing and realization successful projects and ICM programs.
Organization of such joint seminars significantly increases the efficiency of the Erasmus + Program, increases the involvement of the participating countries, improves knowledge and serves as a platform for an exchange of experience between partner countries and program countries, the Seminar organizers emphasized.