The COVID-19 pandemic restrictions inevitably affected the development of CLASS project. The consortium Annual Meeting planned for April 2020 on Al-Farabi Kazakh National Univertisty (KazNU) premises had to be cancelled. However, the partnership continued to work, and the activity was maintained. The Consortium is assessing the possibility to ask for an extension of the project to the EACEA.
The representatives of the National Erasmus+ Office in Kazakhstan carried out a monitoring visit in November 2019 at the Eurasian National University. The progress of activities was satisfactorily assessed with the local project partners, including representatives of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and the Kostanay State University. At the stage of the visit, the syllabi for the new Master programme in computational linguistics were being finalized and the content materials based on the blended learning approach were being developed.
In January 2020, the purchase of equipment was concluded. CLASS partner universities in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan received computer hardware, worth €142.515,22, aiming at enabling the use of innovative ICT tools (both commercial and open source type) in the field of computational linguistics.