Advancing Models of Best Practice of Academic Governance and Management in Higher Education Institutions of Kazakhstan

Project Overview

Project Title Advancing Models of Best Practice of Academic Governance and Management in Higher Education Institutions of Kazakhstan
Project Number N/A
Country Kazakhstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) Not Assigned
Project Start – Project End January 1, 2014–December 31, 2016
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding Other
Project Budget(EUR) N/A
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education (Kazakhstan) – Lead partner
• University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (USA)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
  • Matthew Hartley, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Principal Investigator), 215-898-8414; hartley@gse.upenn.edu
  • Aida Sagintayeva, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education (Co-Principal Investigator), asagintayeva@nu.edu.kz
  • Pater Eckel, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, 215-573-4342, eckelpd@upenn.edu
  • Renata Apergenova, Academy of Public Administration, +7 7172 75 33 39; apergenova@apa.kz
  • Darkhan Bilyalov, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, +7(7172)709446; dbilyalov@nu.edu.kz
  • Kairat Kurakbayev, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, +7 (7172) 70 65 76; kkurakbayev@nu.edu.kz
  • Fatima Zhakypova, Academy of Public Administration, fatima.zhakypova@apa.kz
Beneficiary Nazarbayev University

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The study aimed at investigating models of best practices for developing university autonomy in the world and examining opportunities for adopting them to Kazakhstan’s higher educational institutions. The study focused on examining the role of collegial governing bodies of higher education institutions, including boards of trustees and boards of overseers in the context of Kazakhstani universities’ transition to institutional autonomy.

Project Objectives
  • To investigate models of best practices for developing university autonomy in the world.
  • To examine opportunities for adopting best world practices to Kazakhstan’s higher educational institutions.
  • To examine the role of collegial governing bodies of higher education institutions, including boards of trustees and boards of overseers in the context of Kazakhstani universities’ transition to institutional autonomy.
Education Sector HE
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Quality assurance
Occupational Field Economy, Trade, Business and Administration, Sociology, Psychology, Educational Science
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Employers and employer organisations, Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers, Standardisation, Certification, Accreditation Bodies, Training providers (public and private)
Related Projects

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Activities
  • Analysis of the multiple case studies of implementation of shared governance in a variety of higher education institutions across the country.
  • Development of a toolkit for the use by the new governing boards to include such instruments as board self-evaluation, president evaluation toolkits, and board functions and responsibilities toolkit.
  • Survey analysis of individual board members and institutional leaders’ attitudes toward shared governance in their institutions, as well as key trends and issues related to the implementation of shared governance in Kazakhstani higher education institutions.
  • Analysis of a national profile of rectors that explored their career trajectories and backgrounds, the nature of their work and their professional development.
  • Development of teaching cases to demonstrate how institutional governance is changing across institutions.
  • Development of recommendations for the enhancement of shared governance in Kazakhstan.
Project Results
  • 58 in-depth interviews with 208 respondents conducted.
  • Multiple case studies of implementation of shared governance in a variety of higher education institutions across the country analysed.
  • A toolkit for the use by the new governing boards to include such instruments as board self-evaluation, president evaluation toolkits, and board functions and responsibilities toolkit developed.
  • A national profile of rectors developed.
  • Recommendations to enhance shared governance in Kazakhstan developed.

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