Aims and Objectives

(1) Enhancing the relevance of Tajik Humanities for modern labour markets in a globalized world and for Tajik society by exemplary modernizing methodology of regional studies, namely by developing, implementing and accrediting a Master program on European Studies at TNU and by implementing modules of European Studies into the existing master programs at the participating universities.

(2) Enhancing the employability of graduates of humanities. With regard to the Tajik situation, the option of becoming a foreign language teacher will be complemented by further job opportunities in governmental offices and bilaterally (Tajikistan-EU) or internationally acting companies and organizations including the large number of foreign-state-run, international and non-governmental development organizations acting in Tajikistan and the region.

(3) Modernizing the methodology and practice of teaching European languages and cultures at Tajik universities by adopting international academic standards. In particular, the program and the modules to be developed and implemented will reflect the cultural and spatial turn in the field of regional studies during the last decades from a Central Asian and Tajik point of view.

(4) Enhancing the capacities of Tajik teaching staff by intensive trainings in TJ and short-term study trips to Europe. The overall goal is to support Tajik partners in adopting international academic standards and in enabling themselves to teach more modern regional studies.

(5) Founding, equipping and running a European Studies Resource Center at NTU in Dushanbe and European Studies Resource Points at the other participating universities complementing the existing libraries and the Euroepan Information Centers being founded and equipped by the Delegation of the European Union to Tajikistan. The center and the office will serve as facilities for distance learning open to all study programs including European Studies MA as well as information points for academic, public and institutional use. Thus, they will promote people to people contacts, intercultural awareness and understanding.

(6) Promoting ECTS and Bologna process by applying the full scope of Bologna declaration including a ECTS-based curriculum, outcome-orientated module descriptions, diploma supplements, encouraging international mobility, involving students’s body and establishing a QA system.

(7) Communicating the results of the project and creating a sustainable network of experts of European Studies involving all partners and other stakeholders in the region.

(We ask for your understanding that, since a press-compatible text has not been adopted, we published a slightly longer, more complex text here. TACES is, finally, an academic and university project…)

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