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Jean Monnet Module: EUCA - RIPC 

Jean Monnet Module "EU — Central Asia Relations: New Horizons for Regional Integration, Partnership and Cooperation (EUCA-RIPC)", is a project that aims to promote academic research and teaching on regional integration in Central Asia with the European interaction as a frame of reference.  EUCA project consists of three components, each of which will target a different audience group, ranging from senior high school students to advanced undergraduate or master’s degree university students, as well as academic scholars, business leaders, and policymakers.


The academic course "The EU as a Role Model for Economic and Political Regional Integration," which will be offered during the Spring semesters, is intended to provide university students, the future leaders of Central Asia, with a solid understanding of the EU as a successful model for regional integration and to explain why previous integration efforts in Central Asia and the larger former Soviet space have failed. The course also aligns with the curriculum development for the new "European Studies" specialization offered to students majoring in International Relations at KIMEP University. The course will be taught by four faculty members from KIMEP University's College of Social Sciences, and each section will conclude with a public session with a guest speaker familiar with the subject and its real-world applications.

"Central Asian Regional Integration in the Vertex of the EU, Russia and China", is a two-day international workshop to be held in Fall 2024, aiming to explore Central Asia’s current situation as it has to deal with the contradictions of integration with the Russian economy while complying with EU sanctions against Russia and at the same time, balancing an increasing dependence on Chinese investment with the concerns of its population. The workshop will present integration (and connectivity) within Central Asia as an alternative model, using the EU experience of regional integration and social stability as a frame of reference. There will be two in-person workshops for students and scholars present in Almaty, and two public panels that will host scholars and policymakers from all sides, broadcast live to a large audience of university students, academics, policymakers, journalists, and business leaders from China to Europe. The workshop will contribute to the existing knowledge, research and methodology in the studies of Central Asia regional integration and social stability, and importantly, it will be open to the business communities, especially the MNCs who operate in Central Asia.

Lastly, the Model EU Summer School will be held annually during the last week of May and will be open to all university students as well as senior high school students in Almaty. Through guest lectures, short assignments, tutorials, and supervised peer-learning, a larger pool of young audiences will be able to familiarize themselves with key concepts and the institutional structure of the European Union, culminating in a simulated European Council session during which the students will gain hands-on experience with consensus policymaking.

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EUCA-RIPC Jean Monnet Module is Funded by the European Union.

Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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