Asgarova Nigar Nizami gizi – Head of the Department of International Relations of Azerbaijan Cooperation University, Doctor of philosophy in History

Asgarova Nigar Nizami gizi was born on June 27, 1984 in Baku. In 1990-2000, she graduated from secondary school No. 269, Khatai district, Baku city. In 2000-2004, she graduated from the Faculty of Regional Studies of the Azerbaijan University of Languages with a bachelor’s degree, and in 2004-2006, she graduated with honors from the master’s degree of the same faculty. In 2011, she was admitted to full-time doctoral studies at the “General history” department of the A. A. Bakikhanov Institute of History of ANAS, and in 2020, she was awarded the scientific title of Doctor of Philosophy in history by the decision of the Higher Attestation Commission under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
She started her career in January 2006 as a laboratory assistant at the Department of International Relations of Azerbaijan University of Languages . In 2007, she worked as a teacher at the Department of Regional Studies of Azerbaijan University of Languages , and since 2015 as a senior teacher. Since 2019, she has been working as the head of the “Languages” department of the Azerbaijan Cooperation University. She participated in SUSI supported by USA and ERASMUS program funded by Europe, including a number of international level programs and projects. She regularly spoke and participated in conferences organized by the European Union Eastern Partnership and the Turkish Taruh Institution. He knows English, Russian, Turkish and Spanish.She is married and has three children.

Azerbaijan Cooperation University recognizes the importance of internationalization and our strategy starts with an improvement of our academic strengths, building quality partnerships, and attracting local and international students.  We are not traditionally focused on student and faculty exchange, but as well as include collaborative research, joint academic programs, and sustainable promotion in our strategic plan. We are looking for more intensive cooperation, often based on co-financed collaborative research projects, faculty and student mobility, and joint programs. ACU has bilateral agreements with Riga Technical University (Latvia), Varna University of Management (Bulgaria), Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (Moldova), Gomel State University (Belarussia), Georgian Technical University (Georgia), Telavi State University (Georgia), Hacettepe University (Turkey), Eastern Akdeniz University (Turkey), Toros University (Turkey), Istanbul Aydin University (Turkey). We also actively joined Erasmus+ KA2 program (inter-institutional agreements were signed with Burgenland University of Applied Sciences (Austria), Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences (Germany), University of Coruna (Spain), ISMA University of Applied Sciences (Latvia), RISEBA University of Applied Sciences (Latvia), Babes Bolyai University (Romania), Transylvania University of Brasov (Romania)), and Mevlana Exchange Programs (Istanbul Adnan Menderes University, Hasan Kalyoncu University,  Igdir University, Afyon Kocatepe University, Karabuk University,  Akdeniz University) in a short time. 

International cooperation and mobility help to improve the quality of education in the region. The creation of common understanding between regional countries and promotion of excellence in different spheres of education via International Credit Mobility (ICM) establishes a healthy competitive environment in the region, while the long-term outcome is supported to solve unemployment, poverty, and inequality problems.  ACU benefits of International ICM to increase its capacity, attractiveness, and international dimension. International ties with our partners will be strengthened and it will give us an opportunity to increase our visibility at local and global levels. Exchange of academic and administrative staff will support to improve competencies, increase motivation and satisfaction, develop an experience on pedagogical methods, enrich the content of courses, to create links between higher education institutions. ICM is a very important part of our international activities. To acquire language skills, to strengthen the knowledge for job opportunities, to enrich cultural and professional level and to become more experienced it is absolutely necessary to take part in these programs. Partnership with European countries helps to bring their experience to our country to develop new directions in education. The exchange of students and staff brings its benefits not only in education but as well as in cultural relations, in the economic sphere, and in political thoughts. As a result of intensive communication, established framework, and University community involvement several initiatives and projects were implemented.  International programs and bilateral agreements were other strategic objectives achieved. Azerbaijan Cooperation University became one of the active partners of the “Establishment and Development of Quality Assurance Centers in Azerbaijan Universities (EQAC)” project of the Erasmus+ KA1 program.

In recent years ACU advanced in establishing some centers which give an impetus to the development and sustainability in quality assurance in education. Center for Quality Assurance, Career Center, and Center for Electronic Management.

International Relations Office organizes presentation and info days at the faculty and department level as soon as calls announce. All interested students and staff members get detailed information about the programs and application process. To set a transparent selection atmosphere home university assesses candidates according to academic merit, motivation, language level, activity plan and etc. A selection team from faculty and department staff is established under the direction of the vice-rector for International Relations.

Students must follow certain rules, especially regarding their academic content. The Learning Agreement signed before departure is used as a reference. 75 % of the content at Host University should be similar to the academic program of Home University. Gained credits (at least 30 ECTS) are recognized in ACU by Education Department based on the validated Learning Agreement. Staff should present their work plan and report for recognition to the Academic department and International Relations Office after fulfilling their mobility.