WIUT and TALENT Erasmus+ project: Establishing Master Programmes in Human Resource Management and Talent Development in Central Asia

WIUT has become a partner university for TALENT project to establish new postgraduate course in Human Resources Management and Talent Development in collaboration with  Erasmus plus programme. The main goal of the project is to create an accredited two-year TALENT master programmes in human resources management in seven universities in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The duration of the project is three years.
Vrije University in Brussel (Belgium) is the general project coordinator.  WIUT colleagues attended kick-off meeting in Belgium to agree upon the curriculum guidelines and the work plan for the coming events.  The first workshop of the project is taking place in Tashkent at WIUT from 14th to 16th of May 2019. During the workshop project partners will meet to discuss details of the curriculum and build stronger network for TALENT project implementation.
Project partners
EU partners
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
  • Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
  • Athens University of Economics and Business
  • Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge
Associate project partners:
  • ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation)
  • BUSINESSEUROPE (European Employers’ Federation)
  • ILO (International Labour Organisation)
  • Nazarbayev University
  • Innovative University of Eurasia
  • American University of Central Asia
  • Kyrgyz Economic University
  • Bukhara State University
  • WIUT
Brussels, 12-14 February 2019

In November 2018 there were preparatory visits to each CA university. After the visits, the methodology and proposed general structure for the development of the 2-year TALENT master programme was consolidated.

In conformity with the project description and for the sake of developing a common and transparent structure of the master programme it is proposed that the four specific courses (Strategic, Organisational, Regulatory and Practice) will be developed.

Such a transparent structure will produce, as intended in the grant proposal, rather comparable master programmes in the seven CA universities facilitating future exchanges of teachers and students between the universities.

  1. Strategic aspects (Athens co-ordinates)

Corporate strategy and strategic HR management (i.e. positioning of organisations; societal importance of HRM), corporate culture; ethics, corporate accountability; corporate social responsibility; diversity policies; leadership/management styles as they relate to corporate strategy; innovation and learning policy (product and working processes).

  1. Organisational issues (Magdeburg co-ordinates)

Actions in organisations; learning processes of organisations: career/professional development; internal labour market; relation to the external labour market; positions, perceptions, interests, power relationships; organisational change; leadership styles; coaching/mentoring procedures; team building; retention policy; competence management.

  1. Regulatory framework (Sofia co-ordinates)

International comparisons in regulatory approaches; standardisation through national and international employees’ and employers’ organisations: labour law/code; health and safety; regulations and practices; collective/individual negotiation

  1. HR practices (Brussels co-ordinates)

Job/competency analysis; recruitment/selection (may include HR branding – although this is also linked to strategy); retention practice (practice initiates the policy); performance management; compensation/benefits management; training and development; coaching/mentoring procedures; stress/wellbeing (time/space flexibility for employees); redundancy support.

Tashkent meeting is planned for May 14th- 16th to discuss the curriculum of each university, learning outcomes, courses in details and knowledge sharing platform.