International Cooperation

An integral element of science policy is the development of the international cooperation, scientific contacts and exchange through programs such as TEMPUS EU, Erasmus Mundus EU, Edmund Muskie, Fulbright, and others. The country has a tradition of carrying out annual conferences in various scientific fields, where findings and achievements are presented, and new peaceful and creative initiatives of the leader of the state and other questions of the present are discussed. The expansion of international cooperation plays an important role in the scientific development of Turkmenistan.

International cooperation is focused on three principle aspects:

  1. wide/ useful contacts;
  2. exchange of experience between Turkmen scientists and teachers, and their foreign colleagues and
  3. facilitation for an international cooperation in the area of science and technology.

Since 1st July 2010 Turkmenistan took part in the EC funded project CAREN (Central Asia Research and Education Network), which has provided a Turkmen Education Research Network with high-speed access to the Internet with a speed of 34 mb/s.

Project CAREN promotes the further strengthening of education research connections of the Central Asia region with Europe, and has started to give a positive effect in development of educational and scientific spheres of the Central-Asian region as a whole, which allows to co-operate actively and enables the scientists of these countries to access the scientific and educational resources of the European Education Research Network (GEANT) together with their European colleagues.

Today scientists and teachers from 69 scientific and educational institutions of Turkmenistan have got an opportunity to fully use the Education Research Network and realizing national programs in the field of science, education and medicine.

Currently the EU funded project IncoNet CA/SC is carried out which unites 28 organisations in the consortium. SCC “Altyn Umyt” implements the project in Turkmenistan aiming at the expansion of scientific contacts and cooperation between scientists of the country and  a consortium. Germany, Estonia, Greece and others act as major countries for cooperation.

Presently, Turkmenistan has signed over 30 agreements on scientific and technological cooperation with countries from different regions of the world. Most of them are CIS states, scientific contacts and cooperation are the base for bilateral agreements. Thanks to the initiatives of the President of the country to expand the international cooperation in the area of science and technologies, the number of such agreements grows annually.

A considerable package of agreements of cooperation in the area of science and technology has been signed with Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Uzbekistan, Armenia and other countries.

The main impulse in the development of scientific and technological cooperation with the European Union was given during the meeting of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov and the Chairman of the European Union José Manuel Barroso on 15 January 2024 when the President of the country noted that the important direction of cooperation is the expansion of scientific contacts and professional training in the area of science and technology.

The cooperation in the area of R&S continues to develop.

Source: undisclosed expert known to the editor
Last update: March 2012



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