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Central Asia university partnerships program (UniCEN)


UniCEN supports internationalization through:

- action planning;
- benchmarking assessment;
- networking and matchmaking;
- training workshops and webinars;
- guidebooks and toolkits;
- partnership grants.

Аbout unicen partnership grants
UniCEN is a platform to increase sustainable collaborations between US and Central Asian higher educationi nstitutions. UniCEN builds expertise in the areas of strategic planning, administration, faculty policies and practices, student mobility, curriculum development, and alumni relations to advance the development of mutually beneficial partnerships.

Our partners
Through UniCEN, American Councils for International Education has created a growing network of 50 Central Asian universities seeking to improve their knowledge of US higher education practices, increase internationalization, implement action plans for partnerships with US higher education institutions, and collaborate on cross-border projects. Join our network to help seed partnership activity in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.


Partnership grants
Administrators and faculty at US higher education institutions are eligible to apply for grants of up to $20,000 to catalyze new partnerships or advance existing collaborations. with Central Asian universities. Grants will provide direct travel, honoraria, materials, and conference fees for projects in the US and Central Asia to improve administrative policies and practices, faculty research, student exchanges, and teaching and curriculum development. Requests for proposals will be announced in September 2019. American Councils for International Education is able to assist US and Central Asian institutions with connections and matchmaking to project concepts developed by our Central Asian university partners in July-August 2019.


Current grantees


For more information, contact:
Jessica Leonard
Kymbat Turysbekova
P: +7 (727) 291-92-26