The main goal of the project is to support education and research in Uzbekistan in the areas of international politics, regional integration processes, EU studies, EU-Central Asia studies, and EU-Uzbekistan relations. The Tashkent Center for European Studies, which is being set up for this purpose, will coordinate political, economic and legal education and research across the country, and will serve as a scientific and methodological hub.
As its name suggests, the Project claims to be a focal point of competence and knowledge on European studies in Uzbekistan and centers around the answer to the question: why the EU studies is important for the most populated country of Central Asia which is located far away from Europe. Unsurprisingly, one could wonder whether it is useful to develop EU studies in Uzbekistan. In our vision, certainly, it is useful for two main reasons.
A new book was published: Yunusov Kh. The European Union and Central Asia: From a Strategy of Cooperation and Partnership – Towards New Opportunities for Enhanced Partnership
“On behalf of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Uzbekistan we would like to congratulate the University of World Economy and Diplomacy with the significant achievement of being selected as a European Union grantholder to establish the Tashkent Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Studies.The EU Delegationto the Republic of Uzbekistan
It is worth to underline that it is a well-deserved recognition of the university team leaded by Professor Khaydarali Yunusov and its capacity which has been considerably increased within previous successfully implemented Jean Monnet projects!
Wishing the UWED and the Jean Monnet team a good start of this ambitious project and extended of Jean Monnet family by new universities of Uzbekistan!”
“Teaching the EU Law in Uzbekistan…One could wonder whether it is useful to teach EU law in Uzbekistan. Certainly it is useful for two main reasons.Professor Gérard MarcouUniversity Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Sorbonne School of Law
First of all, for those who will be involved in their professional career in exchanges with EU member States, it is necessary to know the rules of the European Single Market and the decision-making processes, and not only rules on relationships with third countries. Only if you understand the decision-making processes you can have an influence on the final decisions that are relevant for you.
Secondly, the EU is the most sophisticated regional integration system. The EU offers a rich experience from custom union to political integration. Studying this experience will be helpful to find out adequate forms of institutional cooperation in Central Asia.”
“The importance of EU-studies cannot be overestimated within as well as outside the European Union. The EU is not only one of the economically most advanced regions of the world and an extremely important trading partner. It is also a historically unique model for the integration of national economies into a single market based on the principles of democracy and the rule of law. The overall result has been peace and wellbeing of the people in the Union for many decades. EU law should therefore be studied everywhere. Teaching EU law, however, requires its own methodology and expertise. And it requires communication and cooperation among teachers from within and outside the EU. It is to be highly welcomed that this booklet provides an important contribution to the spreading of interest in teaching and studying EU law.”Professor Peter BehrensUniversity of Hamburg Director of the Institute for European Integration, Europa-Kolleg Hamburg
“The efforts of Prof. Khaydarali Yunusov to advance teaching and research activities on European integration studies in Uzbekistan are well known in the European Union. I have highest respect for the progress made in this direction by his personal work and that of his university. The University of World Economy and Diplomacy has been a pioneer in Central Asia in this regard. I am convinced that my Uzbek colleagues will exert every effort to further studies on European integration and the meaning of these expertiences for the future of Central Asia. The high quality of the scholarly work of Prof. Yunusov deserved global recognition and every support in being rooted in the academic landscape of Central Asia, one of the emerging regions of our common globe.”Professor Ludger KühnhardtUniversity of Bonn Director of the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI)