Building a Higher Education Area in Central Asia:
challenges and prospects

Ann Katherine Isaacs

About Author


 Ann Katherine Isaacs ( was born in Astoria, Oregon (USA). She studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and the State University of Milan. Research and teaching fellow at the Superior Normal School of Pisa from 1971 to 1975, from 1975 she has been professor of Renaissance History at the University of Pisa. Active in various key projects for the modernisation of higher education, she participated in the ECTS Pilot Project from 1989; she coordinated the European History Networks from 1999 to 2012, including designing and coordinating the Sixth-Framework Network of Excellence,, in which 180 researchers from 31 countries addressed issues of citizenship, identity and inclusion/exclusion ( She has been deeply involved in the Tuning Process around the world (Europe, Latin America, Canada, USA, Russia, and Central Asia); she is ECTS/DS counsellor and Bologna expert; she received the Erasmus Gold Award for Innovation and Creativity in 2008, and a Doctorate honoris causa from the University of Latvia, Riga, for her contributions to the EHEA and the ERA. Currently she is Rector’s Delegate for European Programmes at the University of Pisa. She has designed and coordinates the large-scale Tempus project to build a Central Asian Higher Education Area (, as well as a new project on Public Health in Uzbekistan. She is Erasmus+ Ambassador for Italy.


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