TOSCA II – Transfer of skills, knowledge and ideas to Central Asia II

Project duration 15.07.2012- 14.07.2016

TOSCA II project  has  enabled, organised, monitored, assessed and recognised   mobility of 110 Central Asian nationals to EU universities. Scholarships were granted across all study levels and target groups, keeping  the individual mobility thresholds as well as balanced geographical distribution as per program requirements. TOSCA II projectgranted   scholarships for students, researchers and academic staff  in areas crucial for economic and social development, according to policy papers concerning Central Asia region (in social science, international law,  political science, environmental sciences, engineering, agricultural and  food science, technology, teacher training, tourism, business and marketing). Project grantees benefited  educationally, scientifically, linguistically and  culturally from the experience of pursuing academic studies and living  in EU country, what  made many of  them, on their return home,  “ambassadors”/ “promoters” of EU values and  “bridges” for future cooperation. Administrative staff from CA partner universities  was trained at targeted intensive courses, tailored to the needs of administration of CA universities.  On return they replicated trainings  they attended and shared practical solutions with their home universities’ authorities and their colleagues in order to improve internal management and  governance and to  strengthen the capacity for international cooperation. Academic staff, PhD and postdoc beneficiaries  reported benefits  from advances in professionalism (of themselves  and their institutions), increased international cooperation, publications and other scientific achievements,  promotion at work or getting a better job, obtaining  challenging professional tasks  and/or  new/wider  responsibilities and functions, including playing  the role of  “transmitters and multipliers” of the educational/scientific  benefits they have gained in Europe.  Bachelor and Master  students’  mobility was  recognised academically and perceived as beneficial by students and their supervisors.  Students got the unique chance to  become acquainted with international educational and scientific society, to know other universities’ systems and different academic cultures, to benefit from high quality and up-to-date research, modern approaches to the teaching-learning processes, to experience  quality assurance culture, to get access to literature resources and  well equipped  laboratories which were  not available at  their home countries. All TOSCA II  beneficiaries  got opportunity to increase their capacities to continue or advance their education, research work and professional activities at home countries, thus contributing to the development of their home institutions. TG3 beneficiaries granted by TOSCA II  were empowered through their studies and living in the EU and felt themselves  encouraged  to make changes in their  lives and face challenges of their vulnerable environments.