Establishing Master Programmes in HRM and Talent Development in Central Asia


General Information

While CA countries have a growing education system, they suffer from a malfunctioning labour market, with large parts of graduates unable to find qualified work and unable to develop their talent within their job. This problem is increasingly recognised by CA government institutions and employers. Universities have a double interest in developing HRM master programmes:

(a) graduates can be locally or nationally employed as HRM specialists, and

(b) these graduates study and improve the labour market within the university’s region.

An HRM master programme only makes sense, however, if it is adapted and backed up with local experience and research. The latter point requires cooperation with i.c. EU universities and cooperation between the CA universities.


Objectives of the project

(1) To retrain teachers from 6 CA universities in 8 HRM related courses. The CA teachers will be made deeper acquainted with EU HRM research and practice. The CA teachers will be encouraged to develop comparative courses, and to question what HRM in the EU or western context takes for granted. Mainly, the teachers will develop syllabi and introductory texts to their courses. In the margin of the project, they will be stimulated to set up research in HRM.

(2) To establish 6 accredited master programmes in “HRM and Talent Development” (TALENT). The details of the curriculum will be developed in the Preparation workpackage. The programme will be oriented towards giving students a background in HRM that enables them to scientifically analyse an organisation and to set up methods for improving both the situation of employees and the economic efficiency of the organisation.

(3) To make an informal network of EU and CA teachers. Within the project, CA teachers working on the same or similar courses will come together in workgroups and HRM workshops with the EU teachers. Academic discussion and comparative HRM is to be stimulated. In Y3 of the project, the network will aim for the systematisation of CA  HRM research.


Project Partners

European Partners:

  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium - Project Coordinator
  • Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Athens, Greece
  • Institute for the Study of Society and Knowledge (ISSK), Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Otto-Von-Guericke Universität (OVGU), Magdeburg, Germany


Central Asian Partners:

  • Innovative University of Eurasia (InEU), Pavlodar, Kazakhstan
  • Nazarbayev University (NU), Astana, Kazakhstan
  • American University of Central Asia (AUCA), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Kyrgyz Economic University (KEU), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Bukhara State University (BSU), Bukhara, Uzbekistan
  • Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT), Tashkent, Uzbekistan

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