Research and development in public and private universities remained static in the Caucasus Region (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia) in the last years. They have to finance their research and development work with external funds. Research capacities of universities are generally low since the main focus has been teaching. The majority of doctoral students in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia self-finance their studies.
In European universities more and more work is dedicated to offering Master programmes, trainings and workshops in postgraduate departments in order to teach PhD students, young researchers and lecturers at university how to apply for international project funding for research and development. They learn about project development and funding their own research and development ideas. Also the European Commission has put enormous effort into developing tools to support project developers and applicants in the process of developing and managing projects with an international or European scope (i.e. Survival Kit for Lifelong Learning Projects). These tools have never been transferred to the Caucasus Region, although they offer the possibility of increasing research capacity and international relations in the Caucasus region.
The main aim of PACT is to successfully transfer existing knowledge funded by the EC for project developers to the Caucasus Region and contributing to capacity building and international relations in Caucasus universities.
Why focus on the Caucasus area?
Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia all have developed national priorities in strengthening international relations. International project development and grant writing skills are seen as the basis for developing transnational academic projects in the future. PACT wants to give young researchers in these countries tools to learn how to develop their own project ideas, structure them in order to develop projects.
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