Transition to University Autonomy in Kazakhstan

Project Overview

Project Title Transition to University Autonomy in Kazakhstan
Project Number 586205-EPP-1-2017-1-KZ-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP
Country Kazakhstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End October 15, 2017–October 14, 2020
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 775.654
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Astana Medical University (Kazakhstan)
• West Kazakhstan MARAT OSPANOV State Medical University (Kazakhstan)
• Manash Kozybayev North Kazakhstan State University (Kazakhstan)
• Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz (Kazakhstan)
• Atyrau University (Kazakhstan)
• The Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan
• Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan
• Lund University (Sweden)
• European University Association (Belgium)
• Lubin University of Technology (Poland)
• University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
• Savonia University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
• The Aga Khan University (international) in the United Kingdom
• Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)
• Independent Association of Medical Students of Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan)
• HTA Camp (Italy)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Project coordinator:

Karaganda State Medical University (Kazakhstan)


Project manager:

Guldana Akhmetova, Karaganda (Kazakhstan)


Beneficiary Karaganda State Medical University (Kazakhstan)

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

In the framework of the decentralisation policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan policymakers and university leaders are looking for a strategy for greater institutional autonomy. The Consortium wants to undertake this project in order to provide insights about models of University Autonomy (UA) of EU universities, offering a bottom-up approach, which is new compared to previous experiences.

The project will promote an inclusive approach to UA by foster dialogue between the HE sector and the public authorities, to ensure ownership of the reforms. It will foster the transfer of good practice from EU countries to Kazakh institutions, to promote efficient and effective governance reforms. These aspects are made possible only through a large-scale, structural project under E+ CBHE actions.

Project Objectives
  • To contribute to a constructive discussion together with the Ministries, about model of governance.
  • To implement on a pilot basis the model of autonomy.
  • To establish a Consulting Group for assistance to universities implementing the governance reform.
  • To disseminate the results and achievements of the project.
Education Sector HE
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Standards and curriculum development, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements)
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
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Activities proposed for the achievement of the objectives are following:

  1. Elaboration of needs analysis – the method is by a survey among universities using the EUA University Autonomy Scorecard.
  2. Development of the model of autonomy – this is the core activity of the project. The aim is to create a common space for the exchange of ideas and visions about UA.
  3. Discussions between the Partners and the Ministries – the EU perspective in the field will help to find feasible alternatives and to reach consensus about the basis for a model of UA for Kazakhstan.
  4. Implementation – pilot Universities will start the process and introduce the changes.Guidance material. The material will provide practical elements to support HEIs in Kazakhstan in their efforts to implement the governance reform.
  5. Formation of the Autonomy Implementation Consulting Group – the aim is to provide consulting to other Kazakh universities during their implementation phase.
  6. Exploitation and dissemination of project results – organization of A National Conference in Astana to disseminate the Autonomy Model and the Pilot Implementation experiences.
Project Results
  • The system of governance of the universities of Kazakhstan, influencing the Ministries and the governance of the HEIs of the Country transformed.

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