On 9 November 2012 CIDOB hosted a delegation of high representatives of Universities and Ministries of Education from the Central Asia countries within the framework of the TEMPUS-ISMU (Institute for Strategic Management of Universities) programme coordinated by the UNESCO Chair of Higher Education Management at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
On 9 November 2012 CIDOB hosted a delegation of high representatives of Universities and Ministries of Education from the Central Asia countries within the framework of the TEMPUS-ISMU (Institute for Strategic Management of Universities) programme coordinated by the UNESCO Chair of Higher Education Management at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. The programme is funded by the European Commission. The overarching goal of the event was to introduce CIDOB, as an independent centre that pursues excellence in policy research and which has a recent but comprehensive record of study and monitoring of Central Asian developments.
The President of CIDOB, Carles A. Gasòliba, gave a welcome address to the guests and generally introduced the Centre, shortly sketching its history and presenting its mission and vision. Carmen Claudín, research director of CIDOB, further introduced the CIDOB’s strategic plan 2010-2013 and specified the concrete geographical regions and issues on which CIDOB focuses its research and project activities. Carmen Claudín emphasized that CIDOB work is based on a constant close cooperation with the academia representatives as well as civil and political actors. She stressed that this approach is especially vital for successful results since the problems and question of today’s world agenda cannot be solve by any actor alone. Carmen Claudín underlined that CIDOB research and activities follow the orientation of the institutional strategic plan, but maintaining a necessary flexibility. Flexibility helps to stay alert and not to neglect unpredicted or abrupt political and social world processes like the Arab spring or Eurocrisis, she stressed. The CIDOB expert on Central Asia, Nicolás de Pedro, outlined what CIDOB has already done with regard to the Central Asian region. The recent years have been rich in field trips to the region, involving co-organisation of seminars, observation of elections and external projects’ evaluation. Besides the expert depicted CIDOB vision of the perspectives for the Central Asian region, emphasizing that the most salient challenges are of internal nature.
After the short introduction from the CIDOB representatives the floor was open for the questions and remarks. The guests expressed their openness for the suggested cooperation; some of them identified particular topics within which their home universities could potentially cooperate with CIDOB. Besides, some of the delegates raised important questions of Spain’s official approach for mobility.
In sum, the meeting opened the door for further cooperative projects. The following Central Asian institutions took part in the meeting: Kazakh Academy of Transport and Communications, D. Serikbayev East Kazakhstan State Technical University, Kyrgyz National University, Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajik State University of Commerce, Institute of Finance and Economics of Tajikistan, Bukhara State University, Samarkand State University.