The joint program between the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) COMPASS aims to establish 'regional hubs of excellence' at the top-level higher education institutions (HEIs) in Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia. The program seeks to enable these institutions to become lead research partners and 'nodes of excellence' for knowledge production and transfer across the region and beyond.
The goal of the program is to promote sustainable development in the region through research and knowledge transfer. By establishing regional hubs of excellence, the program seeks to build the capacity of HEIs in the region to undertake high-quality research and to develop the skills and expertise necessary to address the complex challenges facing the region.
The program will provide funding and support for research projects that address issues such as climate change, economic development, and social inequality. It will also provide training and mentoring to researchers, as well as opportunities for collaboration and networking with researchers from other institutions in the region and around the world.
The regional hubs of excellence will serve as centers for research and knowledge transfer in their respective areas of expertise. They will be expected to collaborate with other institutions in the region and to contribute to the development of a regional research network. The program will also encourage the dissemination of research findings through publications, conferences, and other forms of knowledge transfer.
Overall, the joint program between UWED and GCRF COMPASS has the potential to significantly enhance the research capacity of HEIs in the Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia, and to contribute to sustainable development in the region. By creating regional hubs of excellence, the program seeks to foster a culture of research and innovation in the region and to support the development of a strong and vibrant research community.