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  TEMPUS in Turkmenistan

Participation of Turkmenistan in Tempus

The Tempus programme opened to Turkmenistan in 1997, and by March 2013, 34 Tempus projects had been financed. These included 7 SCMs, 16 JEPs, 5 JP, 3 SM. Since 2002, 16 IMGs have been awarded to Turkmenistan.

The subject areas covered by the Tempus projects have been: applied economics, tourism and leisure, the environmental sciences and GIS, water resources, European languages, library management, university management systems, regional environmental policy, public finance and tax policy, translation and interpreting, agricultural, the food sciences, information technology, computer science, software engineering, institution building, strategic development plans, oil and gas, solar energy, development of international relations offices.

The main actors in Tempus projects have been 10 higher education institutions, the Ministry of Education, Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the State Committee for Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Nature Protection and the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Agriculture.

Impact of Tempus in Turkmenistan

Tempus has been effective in promoting international academic cooperation between Turkmen and EU universities. It has also supported cooperation with neighbouring countries. The programme has been instrumental in motivating staff and introducing new ways of teaching/learning. Academic staff participating in international mobility programmes has upgraded both their teaching and foreign language skills. The programme can be considered an important instrument for motivating university staff and opening new horizons for them.

Tempus has contributed to the modernisation of curricula through the development of new courses and teaching materials. It has also had a significant impact on the upgrading of information technologies and office and library facilities.

Tempus has provided students with the possibility of obtaining master’s degrees from EU and other partner countries’ universities.

Tempus has had a significant impact on the modernisation of universities and on capacity building. Bologna principles have not been implemented, however, as this would require adaptation of the existing educational system.

The mobility programme and opportunities for Turkmen teachers and students have provided a wider appreciation of the benefits offered by higher education in Europe and modern teaching tools and aids.


Participation in Tempus since: 1997

Number of IMGs: 16

Number of CPs: 3

Number of JEPs: 16

Number of SCMs: 7

Number of JP: 5

Number of SM: 3


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