Keeping pace with global trends

Aug 21. Kazpravda

By Yulia Mager

Keeping pace with global trendsThe Nazarbayev University has initiated a first Eurasian Forum of higher education leaders to discuss development of the area.

The event was attended by Deputy PM Erbol Orynbayev, minister of education and science Bakytzhan Zhumagulov, President of the Nazarbayev University Shigeo Katsu.

Bakytzhan Zhumagulov said Kazakhstanis are interested in integration processes in the world, taking into account their potential for development and progress. The examples are: the idea of Eurasian integration, offered by President N. Nazarbayev, “Bolashak” program, Kazakhstan’s joining the Bologna process and the initiative to establish a corresponding bureau for CA region in RK, the creation of the Nazarbayev University and many others.

Science and higher education in the country are developing together with the global trends. Alongside with integration process, special attention is paid to academic mobility of students and teachers, trinity of science, education and innovation, implementation of the principle “lifelong education” and internationalization of education.

This year 32 universities are launching a new educational program in three languages. Over 5 500 students of pedagogical, natural sciences and technical majors will be trained on it.

To improve Kazakhstani education, a range of reforms and projects was initiated by President N. Nazarbayev, aimed at modernization and restructuring of local education system. One of them is the Nazarbayev University, which is an example for other Kazakhstani educational institutions.

Another important event is the Eurasian Forum of leaders of higher education, the agenda of which is the management in education system, quality of education, partnership relations between universities.

Over 500 specialists from 30 countries are taking part in the Forum sharing their views and experience. The key speakers of the Forum are leading experts in education area: professor David Bridges from Cambridge University, professor Robert Zemsky from Pennsylvania, vice provost Michael Wharton from London College University, Jamil Salmi, the world expert in tertiary education.

Rectors and vice rectors of Kazakhstani universities are participating in the forum too. The event has become a continuation of the career development program “Best practices of university corporate management in autonomous conditions”.

In the frames of the forum a memorandum, signed by the Nazarbayev University and the universities of Pennsylvania and Cambridge opened a new major – a Higher education school – in the university.

Rector of the Nazarbayev University Shigeo Katsu expressed hope that Eurasian forum of leaders of higher education would become traditional, and best representatives of the world education community would come to Astana every year to promote and improve the area.