Development of Strategic Directions for Education Reforms in Kazakhstan for 2015-2020

Project Overview

Project Title Development of Strategic Directions for Education Reforms in Kazakhstan for 2015-2020
Project Number N/A
Country Kazakhstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) Not Assigned
Project Start – Project End January 1, 2013–December 31, 2015
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
• University of Cambridge Faculty of Education (UK)
• University of Manchester Metropolitan (UK)
• University of Birmingham (UK)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
  • Aida Sagintayeva, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education (Project Leader), asagintayeva@nu.edu.kz
  • Ali Ait Si Mhamed, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, mhamed@nu.edu.kz
  • Darkhan Bilyalov, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, +7(7172)709446; dbilyalov@nu.edu.kz
  • Joni Finney, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, 215-573-4960; jonif@gse.upenn.edu
  • Alima Ibrasheva, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, +7 (7172) 70 63 96; ibrasheva@nu.edu.kz
  • Rita Kasa, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, kasa@nu.edu.kz
  • Amantay Nurmagambetov, Centre for Bologna Process and Academic Mobility, anurmag@mail.ru
  • Alan Ruby, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, 215-573-9417; alanruby@gse.upenn.edu
  • Aslan Sarinzhipov, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, asarinzhipov@nu.edu.kz .
  • Hans Vossensteyn, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente, +31534893809; j.j.vossensteyn@utwente.nl
Beneficiary Nazarbayev University

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

Over the last years the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan has started to apply new approaches to higher education funding. The attempt to try and implement new funding mechanisms is based on the fact that Kazakhstan departed from the principle of “funding to all” to the principle of “funding to everybody”. The coverage of the student’s tuition fees rather than funding an academic institution has become part of the common practice. The financial mechanism of higher educational institutions is based on the multichannel system of financing. In these conditions not only the sufficiency of financial resources but also the optimum combination of various sources of financing, their influence, both on the development of a higher educational institution and the quality of specialists training is important. To increase the level of its competitiveness a higher educational institution has to adhere to an efficient strategy of development, optimum financial policy and actual management in the implementation of own activity.

Objective

To conduct an overall diagnosis of the education system of the Republic of Kazakhstan in order to identify its strengths and weaknesses and to define directions for further modernization across all the sectors.

Project Objectives
  • To provide analytical support for effective implementation of the State Program of Education Development in the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2011-2020 (SPED), taking into account the best international practices.
  • To analyse the problems that the Kazakhstan system of education needs to address in the next stage of its development.
  • To develop specific recommendations for effective implementation of the State Program of Education Development in the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2011-2020.
Education Sector HE
Components of the Education Process Education Policy Advice & Development
Occupational Field Economy, Trade, Business and Administration
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.
Related Projects

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Activities
  • Examining the objectives and strategies of the SPED including reform objectives, indicators, policy-making qualifications, standards and assessment.
  • Providing an overview of governance, management, planning, funding and quality of VET.
  • Setting out the priorities for higher education and research in Kazakhstan in order to improve its performance and quality to globally competitive levels.
Project Results
  • Problems in VET and higher education systems identified.
  • Objectives and strategies of the SPED analysed.
  • Priorities for higher education and research in Kazakhstan defined.
  • A set of policy recommendations for improving VET and higher education systems in Kazakhstan developed.

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