The European Commission has signed the contract of a new project on the modernization of education in 15 universities from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and in 4 European universities from Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal and Luxembourg.

The universities from Tajikistan represented in the project consortium are: the Tajik Technical University named after Academician M. Osimi, the Technological University of Tajikistan, Khorog State University named after M. Nazarshoev, as well as the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Tajikistan.

The initiator of the project and project coordinator is the University of Ruse – a Bulgarian higher education institution with a 20 year long experience in the management of similar large scale projects.

The main project aim is to modernise the higher education system in Central Asia through the use of new technologies.

The University of Ruse will share both its Programme for Adapting the Educational System to the Digital Generation through Active Implementation of ICT-based Innovative Education Technologies and its draft of the National Programme for Digital Transformation of Education within the consortium.

The Handbook of Innovative Educational Technologies of the University of Ruse will be adapted to fit the purposes of the project and will be translated into Russian and English. An interactive multimedia version of this handbook, which will be available to all interested parties, will be published on the Internet.

A Centre for Innovative Educational Technologies will be created in each of the Central Asian partner universities. These centres will follow the model of the Centre for Innovative Educational Technologies of the University of Ruse – http://ciot.uni-ruse.bg/. Another project output will be the creation of study halls of the future which will be equipped in a similar fashion as the study halls of the University of Ruse that are tailored to meet the needs of digital learners.

By signing the project contract the European Commission once again showed that the digital transformation of education is one of the key priorities of the European Commission – a fact that Mariya Gabriel, the Commissioner for Digitalization, has repeatedly stressed in her speeches and interviews.

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