Participant Profile

Legal information on the participating organisation
Organisation Legal Name The Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia
Year of foundation 2005 Legal Status private non-profit
Legal Address of the organisation
Street Name and Number 89 Shopokova St. 4th floor
Postal Code 720021
Town/City Bishkek
Country Name Kyrgyzstan
Fields of research
Social Sciences
Organisation details
Number of employees
(from them with PhD)
Web-site http://www.efcentralasia.org
Participation in
Framework Programmes
or other cooperation projects
Person representing the organisation
Title and Function Executive director Gender (F/M) F
Family Name Tulegenov
First Name Medet
Telephone No (996-312) 66-42-18, 66-42-49, 66-43-46 Fax No (996-312) 66-34-48
E-mail office@soros.kg

Participant Activity Profile

Transparency in Education, Kyrgyz Republic

The transparency in education program aims to raise the quality and transparency of higher education.  Several possible methods to achieve this goal have been identified.  The first stage has been to conduct research into the current situation. Subsequent stages will be defined by EFCA together with Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and other stakeholders in order to address issues raised by the situation analysis.

First Stage of the Program 01/01/06-07/04/06

This stage generated information to analyze the current situation and proposed a methodology to assess HEI education quality.  This involved questioning students, faculty members, alumni and employers about how they viewed the quality of education and what factors affected the quality of education. To ensure complete transparency and objectivity, EFCA developed methodology with a group of experts that included representatives from the Ministry of Education of the KR, international organisations and local analysts.  The process was guided by an EFCA international consultant.

Eight pilot HEI took part in the pilot programme, namely: the Kyrgyz National state University, Kyrgyz Technical University, Bishkek Finance-Economic Academy, American University of Central Asia, Manas Kyrgyz-Turkish University, Kyrgyz State Law Academy, Osh State University and Naryn State University. These HEI were selected by EFCA based on their level of interest and compliance with EFCA criteria.  The study only covered economics, business, law and IT faculties as these are the most popular programs in Kyrgyzstan.  A memorandum of understanding was signed with the eight HEI and the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth Policy.

Second Stage of the Program 08/01/06 – 03/01/07

EFCA will publish and disseminate the results of the research and facilitate discussion of the results with stakeholders to identify areas for development, based on the recommendations of the report.  EFCA will identify organizations and individuals who can support this process.  Areas for possible support include:

Provision of careers advice centres in Universities to improve the link between employers, universities and students
The development of boards of trustees, based on international models, to improve the transparency and accountability of HEI
The development of internal and external assessment methodology to improve the work of HEI