Eurasian Economic Landscape through Space and Time

The program is aimed at European and Central Asian undergraduate and graduate students of Economics, Business, World Economy, Political and Social Science and Energy Economics, who are interested in Eurasian Economic Landscape, logistics management system and trends in development of logistics and transport infrastructure in Central Asia.

ECTS points:

4 ECTS points

Participation fee:

For all applicants: 800€.

Application deadline:

1 June, 2024

Students have to apply for participation by sending CV and motivation and reference letters to ir@etu.edu.kz until 1 June, 2024.

Certificates:

ETU provides certificates with ECTS and academic hours relevant selection criteria: The organization committee select students according to their motivation and reference letters. The relevance of home university study program/research work will be taken into consideration.

Eurasian region was historically a cross-road of civilizations linking East and West, North and South. During different historical epochs it was an arena of cooperation, cooptation and rivalry of great powers of the past. Today, economic and trade challenges caused need for transformation of the trade and investment flows as well as transport and logistics routes linking Eurasian states together and non-regional countries.
Growth of international competition and non-regional players’ influence play special role. Eurasian states need to reach common goals: energy and food security; technological and financial independence; growth of export; cross-border investment projects, etc.

The key topics of the course:


1. The Soviet model of the organization of economic space in Eurasia: accumulating industrial potential.
2. Kazakhstan as the Heart of Eurasia: Brief History, Recent Modernization and Foreign policy of
Kazakhstan;
3. Crossroads of the Worlds: Connecting East and West from Great Silk Belt to OBOR and meridian
routes from North to South
4. Evolution of the investment presence of capital from the third countries in the post-Soviet economies
(Caspian basin, infrastructure, concessions, public-private partnerships).
5. The «Eurasian Idea» as a banner of a new integration paradigm: the forerunner of the Eurasian Union.
6. Role of international transportation corridors and energy routes in the formation of Eurasian economic
space.
7. “Elephants” and “whales” on which the Eurasian economic integration rests: factor analysis.
8. Gravitational forces: competition between Russia, China and non-regional players.
The Summer school is aimed to provide students different views on historic development of Eurasian project as well as its contemporary ability to act together, to develop sustainability and to adapt to coming challenges and crises.
The course is tailored to give competences for:
1. Eurasian integration trends.
2. Eurasian economic space model, its features and potential.
3. The components of «Eurasian Idea» and its historic, conceptual, and economic basis.
4. Logistics Management System and Transport Corridors in Eurasia.
Students will need to undertake individual and group assignments. Before the start of the program students receive individual assignments on international cooperation with Eurasia (i.e. to analyze directions of cooperation between Eurasia and home country in different areas (education, trade, industry, etc.) On the first day of the program students will be divided into teams. Each team will face a task of completing their group assignment on integration in Eurasia (i.e. to discuss the potential of building confederation in Eurasia following the example of the European Union and suggest governmental approaches to Eurasian economic integration, and develop particular recommendations in format of policy brief) before the end of the program. On the last day of the program all the teams will present their assignments to the Jury and the other teams.

 

Preliminary Program

1 August
Prep Work: Group business cases and personal tasks are sent to students.
Students need to send preliminary solution of each individual case back to
organizers till August 11.

11 August

Arrivals

12 August


9.45 – 11.00 Welcoming & Orientation
Introduction to the Summer University program
11.00 – 14.00 Global Management
15.00 – 18.00 Soviet model of the organization of economic space
18.00 – 19.00 “Eurasian Union Cases” Meeting: Individual Case Solutions Presentations
Case Group Assignment Workshop

13 August


10.00 – 13.00 Global Management
15.00 – 17.00 History and Modernization of Kazakhstan

14 August


10.00 – 13.00 Kazakhstan's Soviet Legacy
14.00 – 17.00 History and future of Great Silk Belt

15 August

Trip to Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Time for students’
enjoyment

16 August

10.00 – 13.00 Public Perception of OBOR-Initiative
14.00 – 17.00 Eurasian Union as European Union: systemic analysis of potential to build
cooperation

17 August


10.00 – 13.00 City tour by bus
14.00 – 18.00 Visit to Atakent (business cooperation center)

19 August


11.30 – 13.00 Evolution of the investment presence of capital from the third countries in the
post-Soviet economies
14.00 – 17.00 The «Eurasian Idea» as a banner of a new integration paradigm: the forerunner
of the Eurasian Union.

20 August


10.00 – 13.00 Role of international transportation corridors and energy routes in the
formation of Eurasian economic space.
14.00 – 15.30 “Elephants” and “whales” on which the Eurasian economic integration rests:
factor analysis.

21 August


10.00 – 18.00 Following to Great Silk Belt and the city of nomads: excursion to an ethno-aul

22 August


10.00 – 13.00 Gravitational forces: competition between Russia, China, and non-regional
players.
14.00 – 17.00 Group work

23 August


Time for students’ enjoyment/ House-Museum of D. A. Kunaev

24 August


11.00 – 13.00 Presentation of Cases’ solutions by each team.

25 August

Departures