This project, Eurasian Insights: Strengthening Central Asian Studies in Europe (EISCAS) is an Erasmus+ Strategic partnership for higher education, which is co-funded by the European Union

If you are a scholar, student or expert working on Central Asia, you will find that EISCAS will be able to offer you useful study and research materials, as well as some interesting events that fit your profile. Join the CASEN network to stay connected.

Central Asia (incl. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) lies in the heart of the Eurasian continent and connects Europe, Russia, China, South Asia and the Middle East. Central Asian Studies (CAS) is a key study field to understand the geopolitical, economic, security, energy, trade and social dynamics of all these regions. CA has been of strategic importance for EU eastern foreign policy long before the EU adapted the “EU and CA – Strategy for a New Partnership” agenda in 2007. According to a recent EU Council’s conclusion on 10 years of implementation of this strategy (June 2017): the EU still needs a large pool of highly-skilled professionals with broad knowledge and understanding of the political, legal, economic, cultural and social issues of the region. EISCAS will contribute to this goal by improving the formative education of such professionals in the future.

In stark contrast to the importance of the region to policy-makers, CAS are a very fragmented field in Europe; with specialists focusing mostly on narrow topics within their respective discipline of CAS. Teachers of CAS mostly work in small and low-funded departments, using their own approaches and personal experience (often acquired through self-study) in their teaching on CA. As a result, future generations of area specialists acquire their expertise within this fragmented field and do so from various different educational backgrounds (Russian studies, Turkish studies, etc.). The EISCAS project will interconnect this fragmented group of experts and students through the CASEN network and will offer state-of-the-art teaching materials to teachers of CAS, so they can expand their course offer, as well as provide their students with a top-of-the-line, innovative, new handbook with complementary online study materials.

General project information:

Project profile

Project number:2018-1-PL01-KA203-050674

Project duration: 1 September 2018 until 30 June 2021 (34 months).

Maximum grant is estimated at: 381,779.00 EUR.

List of beneficiaries: (consortium)

  • Adam Mickiewicz University – Poland (Coordinating institution)
  • Charles University in Prague – Czech Republic
  • Dublin City University – Republic of Ireland
  • University of Eastern Finland – Finland
  • French Institute for Central Asian Studies (IFEAC) – Kyrgyzstan/France
  • George Washington University – USA
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) – Great Britain
  • Universiteit Gent – Belgium
  • University of Coimbra – Portugal
  • University of Glasgow – Great Britain
  • University of Paris-Sud – France
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Dear Central Asian Expert.

EISCAS is an international education project that aims to improve the quality of teaching Central Asian Studies (CAS) by making new didactic materials and formulating recommendations for teachers, students and institutions.

Below you will find a survey especially designed for experts in this field.

The aim of the survey is to map professional trajectories of CAS experts/scholars/teachers in Europe and beyond in order to create curriculum design recommendations.

All project results will be freely available by the end of the project on our website (

Link to the survey

We greatly appreciate your feedback and support.

We did our best to keep the survey short, and we thank you in advance for your time in providing detailed answers.

PLEASE SHARE this survey with other specialists of Central Asia Studies you are in contact with.

The EISCAS project stands for: EURASIAN INSIGHTS: Strengthening Central Asian Studies in Europe.

Project number:2018-1-PL01-KA203-050674

Project duration: 1 September 2018 until 30 June 2021 (34 months).

The project is co-funded by the Erasmus plus program of the European Union.

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Thank you in advance for your feedback and sharing,

The EISCAS team