Technische Universitaet Dresden

The Technische Universitaet Dresden dates back to the Technische Bildungsanstalt Dresden, founded in 1828 and, thus, ranks among the oldest technical-academic educational establishments in Germany. The TU Dresden has about 35.000 students and almost 4.200 permanent employees (except for the Faculty of Medicine), 419 professors among them, and, thus, is the largest university in Saxony, today. Having been committed to sciences and the engineering before the reunification of Germany, TU Dresden now is a multi-discipline university, also offering humanities and social sciences as well as medicine. There are only few universities in Germany which are able to match this broad scientific spectrum. TU Dresden complements this broad offer of course programmes by participating in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
In 2005, TUD created a European Project Center (EPC) to support scientists across the university in the project management of EU-funded projects. The EPC has a long standing experience in the Tempus programme as well as in offering support on introducing ECTS mechanisms.

Co-beneficiaries (in alphabetical order)

Erasmushogeschool Brussel

Erasmushogeschool Brussel (EhB) is a university college offering both academic and professional oriented education.  EhB is partner in the University Association Brussels with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Implementing the Bologna process and keeping the Lisbon Agenda in mind, EhB introduced student-centered education, focusing on outputs, strategic skills and competences.  EhB has long standing experience in Central Asia (Tempus, INTAS) and coordinates the Erasmus Mundus EC Window Lot 9. The head of the international office of EhB is appointed as Bologna expert. The faculty of Teacher Training has experience with 3rd countries and developed an English programme for incoming students and teaching staff from Central Asia.  The teaching method is based on innovative didactics and methodology, inclusive education and respect for diversity.

Khorog State University

The Khorog State University is a public university that was founded shortly after the independence of Tajikistan in 1992. It is located in the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Tajikistan (GBAO). The University started with two Faculties: Humanities and Natural Sciences. After several years the Humanities Faculty divided into the History-Philological Faculty and the Economic Faculty, each consisting of several departments. Today, this list of faculties and chairs is much longer. Currently the University has more than 200 full time university teachers and more than 3000 enrolled students are studying subjects that will qualify them for working as non-university teachers, namely mathematics, physics, biology, geography, Tajik language and literature, Persian, Arabic, English, German, Russian languages and literature, teachers for elementary schools, History for GBAO and others regions of Tajikistan. As other universities in the country Khorog University plans to introduce the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and take steps towards the Bologna process. The modernization of its teacher training system constitutes an important goal of the university.

Khujand State University

The Khujand State University is the second biggest university in Tajikistan and one of the oldest educational institutions in the country. Currently the University has 15 faculties and 76 chairs (departments). The faculties are the following: Mathematics, Physics and Engineering, Art and Graphics, Cybernetics, Foreign Languages, Management and Computer Technology Institute, Russian Philology, Uzbek Philology, Pedagogic, Tajik Philology, Oriental Languages, Natural Sciences, History, Finance and Market Economy and Art. 13.775 students are enrolled at the University, out of which 8.690 study full time and 5085 part time. The University employs 878 persons as teaching staff including 46 doctors of science, 256-PhD teachers and senior lecturers. The University has not yet participated in EU projects, but is very interested in forms of cooperation and building relations with international partners that can help it advance and modernize its educational programme. Some of the Universities priority areas are gaining experience with interactive teaching and education techniques and introducing innovative methods of education. Similar to other universities in Tajikistan Khujand State University intends to shift towards the the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and take steps towards the Bologna process in the future.

Kulob State University

The Kulob State University is the only higher education institution in the Khatlon region in the South East of Tajikistan. It was founded in 1945, first as the Kulob State Institute and in 1992 transformed into the Kulob State University. The University has been serving as the core teacher training institution of the region. There are 9 faculties and 31 chairs at the university. The university has a student body of 6440 persons and 179 professors and university teachers, including 22 assistant lecturers. Kulob University plans to introduce the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and is interested in a process of modernizing the curricula, advancing the professional capacity of its teaching staff. The University is a member of the Association of Eurasian Universities is cooperating with some international universities from Russia, the United States and other countries. The university has not been involved in EU projects before.

Kurghonteppa State University

Kurghonteppa State University was founded in 1978 as a branch of the Dushanbe Pedagogical Institute. In 1990 it was transformed into a university. Currently it has 3680 and 220 teaching staff, among them there are 37 doctors of science and professors and 86 Ph.D. and associate professors. There are 13 faculties at the university, among them the Faculty of Pedagogical Science. The University also has a Methodological Center and a Pedagogical College. Kurghonteppa State University also has 23 chairs, including Pedagogic and preschool psychology, methodology of teaching, pedagogies and psychology. Further developing its work in these areas is an important concern for the Universities Similar to other universities in Tajikistan Kurghonteppa State University intends to shift towards the the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and take steps towards the Bologna process in the future.  Since 2007 the University is a Member of the Eurasian University Association The University has close research collaboration contacts with universities of other CIS countries, USA, Germany, France, Iran, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.   

Tajik State Pedagogical University

The Tajik State Pedadogical Sadreddin Ayni University (TSPU) is the first and oldest higher education institution in Tajikistan. It was founded in 1931 as the Agrarian Institute and later restructured as Dushanbe State Pedagogical Institute. Since 1940 it has been serving as the core and lead teacher training university in the country.  Today the TSPU has 12 faculties and 57 chairs. With a student body of 12000 students and teaching staff of 647 including 210 assistant lecturers it is the biggest university in the country. TPSU plans to introduce the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and mechanisms aimed at implementing the Bologna process. It also intends to start a process of modernizing the curricula, advancing the professional capacity of professors at universities, improving the practical training of teacher trainees and enhancing the access of professors and students to international professional literature.  The university is a member of the Association of Eurasian Universities and is cooperating with universities from Germany, Russia, France, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Turkey and UK.  It has not been involved in EU projects before.

University of Education Freiburg

The Freiburg University of Education consists of three faculties (Educational Studies, Cultural Studies, Social and Natural Sciences) and has more than 4500 students to whom it offers academic programmes in pre-service teacher training (primary, secondary, and vocational school teachers, about 70 % of its students), Bachelor programmes (BA Education and Learning, BA Early Childhood Education, BA Health Education), Master programmes (MA Early Foreign Language Learning, MA Education of Street Children and Young Adults, MA Multi-Lingualism, MA Early Foreign Language Learning; in preparation for 2009/10: MA German as a second Language/Foreign Language, MA Education and Learning), doctoral programmes and postdoctoral qualifications. Students can specialize in Bilingual Teaching and Learning in the European Context for the award of an MA in Bilingual European Studies.

University of Tartu

The University of Tartu, Estonia´s only classical university, embraces various academic fields. TU has 11 faculties, 6 colleges, 6 Centres of Excellence and 4 research and development institutions. The colleges are established to develop regional higher education and they have the same responsibilities and tasks as the faculties. Narva College of the University of Tartu, which was founded in 1999 and is located in the north-east of Estonia (Ida-Virumaa), is the only institution of higher education in Estonia which focuses mainly on the preparation of teachers for Estonian schools with Russian as language of instruction. The main competences of the College are multicultural education, teacher training and Russian as a foreign language. Narva College has an experience of the transfer from diploma studies curriculum to BA and MA curricula. The structure of the curricula, the credit point system, the relation between in-class and independent work, the mobility of students and teaching staff and the possibility to make changes in the curricula, are since 2002 in compliance with the Bologna Declaration and communiqué "European Higher Education Area" of the European ministers for education.

Associated Partners

GTZ - Gesellschaft für technische Zusammenarbeit, Dushanbe

Ministry of Education of the Republic of Tajikistan

Individual Experts

Kai Franke

Terry Giles

Damir Safin