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Association for Ethnic and Regional Studies - Republic of Moldova (P5)


Association for Ethnic and Regional Studies (ASER) was legally registered in 2003, as a non-profit organisation, founded by the group of professors and researchers specialising in European integration process of Moldova. ASER`s mission: Contribution in keeping and development in the Republic of Moldova of values one of the multi-cultural open societies, which is based on the principles of democracy, stability and good neighbourhood cooperation between regions of the country and beyond. ASER`s objectives:  Peace building and peace strengthening as well as promoting friendly cooperation among people and nations in the Republic of Moldova and in Europe, and eliminating all obstacles which are hindering the achievement of these obstacles; Respect of human rights and the rights of ethnic, national, religious and other minorities; The development of the process of education of people in a spirit of understanding and tolerance to diversity; Strengthening the role of people in direct decision-making process that relate to matters that affect their life and work, promoting local democracy, regionalism and liberal cross-border cooperation and people as fundamental pillars of democracy in a certain society and strengthening of peace, stability and friendly relations in Central and South-East Europe. ASER is involved in the international wide-scale projects, organising international expert’s meetings in order to provide mutual knowledge and experiences exchange. Moreover, it promoting research, organising vocational education and training programmes in the field of EU integration issues with focus on the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach. ASER today is an association of about 150 individual and collective members from all European Eastern Neighbourhood Countries and Russia that are incorporated in its Network. In Moldova, ASER Network is uniting civil society organisations and specialised university centres that are working in the field of EU studies on regional and local level, namely: Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (Chisinau capital), Alecu Russo State University of Balti (North region), Cahul State University “B. P. Hasdeu) (South region) and Comrat State University (Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia). ASER is paying great attention to the re-integration issues of Moldova and therefore established and has close collaboration with the Taras Shevchenko University of Tiraspol (Transdnistria). Involvement: teaching,  events, dissemination activities.
Silvo DEVETAK have expertise relevant to the implementation of the project: International Law, Democracy and Human rights, EU Neighbourhood Policy Law and Good Governance, Ethnic and Religious Minorities and European Integration. Mr. Silvo Devetak is a president of the Institute for Ethnic and Regional Studies – ISCOMET (Maribor, Slovenia) and has the position of a full Professor of International Law at the University of Maribor. He is a member of the ASER since 2003. He was awarded with the honourable title “Ambassador of Science of the Republic Slovenia”. His bibliography includes about 400 books, scientific articles, surveys, commentaries, studies, reports and other writings on international law, international relations, regionalism and human rights. In recent years he had delivered more than 100 lectures to the scientific meetings and universities all over the world on issues. Role in the project: events deliverable activities.
Nada Trunk Širca holds a PhD in management in education. She is a member of numerous committees, e.g. the Professional Council of the RS for General Education, the Council for higher Education, the European Educational Research Association and she is also working as an evaluator for the 7th FP. Her research fields are: higher education, management and policy in education, quality assurance and evaluation studies, life-long-learning concept and recognition of prior learning, education and labour market, knowledge management. In recent years, her main focus in the area of HE is on the topics of LLL and employability, active EU citizenship and internationalisation and modernisation of HE systems in EHEA and outside EHEA (mainly South countries of European Neighbourhood Policy). She has also many experiences coordinating projects, funded through LLL: she is already managing two JM learning at school projects and she was a holder of the JM module EU-LAJF. In 2016 she is managing the project ERASMUS +, KA3, in the field of Social inclusion through education, training and youth, focused on inclusion of roma/migrants in schools. Role in the project: research, events deliverable activities.
Gregor MAUCEC is Associate professor, researcher at Institute for Ethnic and Regional Studies (Slovenia). Focus of his expert work is international and comparative human rights law (including non-discrimination law, minority rights and indigenous law), in particular international and European human rights monitoring systems, international and EU criminal law, promoting human rights protection in the context of European Neighbourhood Policy and EU migration policies and law and border management. He is as expert involved in all international activities of ISCOMET regarding Eastern Europe issues. He published a book on international penal courts activities with emphasis on so called “mixed-international-national” courts for persecuting war crimes, and several article on EU neighbourhood policy with emphasis on EU external borders management. Role in the project: research, events deliverable activities.