The EU-central Asia education initiative

Jones, Peter (2010) The EU-central Asia education initiative. Brussels, BE, EUCAM, 16pp.


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The European Education Initiative was launched as part of the EU-Central Asia Strategy in 2007. By 2009, the initiative had
prioritised higher and vocational education and emphasised links with the Bologna Process. Attempts were made to establish the EUCentral
Asia Education Platform – a re-branding of Tempus and Erasmus Mundus programmes within a set of specific activities
– and outline the ways in which internal EU education policy development processes could be externalised to the Central Asia region.
However, the slow and uncertain pace of development of the Education Initiative, with the exception of the CAREN programme,
calls for an analysis of the logic, content and practice of what has been attempted. It is also necessary to examine the political and
institutional context that explains the lack of traction gained with education policy actors in the EU and Central Asia, and the
prospects for a more compelling vision and a concrete programme of implementation that could meet the real and urgent needs of
Central Asian countries. Drawing on the evidence provided by participants in the development of the Education Initiative, this paper
concludes by outlining an agenda for addressing its weaknesses.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
ISBNs: 9789290799665
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Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Lifelong and Work-Related Learning
ePrint ID: 150129
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
8 February 2010Published
Date Deposited: 07 May 2010 11:32
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:23
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