100 university employees participate in the professional development programme at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education
With the aim to support the implementation of the State program of industrial and innovative development of Kazakhstan for 2015-2019, Graduate School of Education, from June to October this year, have organized training programmes for employees of Kazakh universities. One hundred representatives of 11 Kazakhstani universities, involved in the development of new (implementation) educational programs for specialized master`s programme, have participated in the programme, and defended their projects in front of colleagues, and the Ministry of Education and Science (MoES). Participants were divided into three project groups, and each group developed a project on the following themes: “Research activities at university”, “Academic activities at university", "Universities as entrepreneurial and adaptive organizations".
One of the mechanisms of overcoming technological drawbacks of domestic enterprises is to promote the innovational capacity of the country through science and education. In accordance with the program of industrial and innovative development, focused on the development of the manufacturing industry - metallurgy, chemicals, petrochemicals, machinery, building materials, food industry, universities have to prepare appropriate staff capable to implement it.
The professional development programme has been delivered in three modules. Module 1was delivered at Nazarbayev University, Module 2- at the premises of foreign universities and research centers, Module 3 was devoted to thee defense of projects at Nazarbayev University. During Module 1 the following lectures were delivered by the President of NU Shigeo Katsu “An entrepreneurial university”; by the director of the department of higher and postgraduate education, and international cooperation MoES Serik Omirbayev and the head of the division for content of education MoES Banu Narbekova “Cadre preparation for the state programme of industrial and innovative development (SPIID): priorities, universities, educational programmes”; the vice-provost for academic affairs of NU Loretta O` Donell “Integration of research and academic activities at Nazarbayev University”; by the chief-executive director of NUGSE Aida Sagyntayeva “Nazarbayev University: management structure”; the vice-dean for academic affairs of NUGSE Lynne Parmenter “Academic process at NUGSE”; by the director general of NURIS Kanat Baigarin “Organization of research and innovational work at Nazarbayev University”, by the director of the NU library Aliya Sarsembinova. The participants have also visited the library, research labs, and the technopark of Nazarbayev University.
Since it is important for Kazakhstan to study and implement effective foreign models of integration of science, education and production, and to adapt them to the local conditions, objectives, financial and legal system, one of the modules of the program was held on the basis of foreign universities. Project Group "Research activities at the university" was trained at the University of Ritsumeykan. Biwako Kusatsu Campus, which was visited by the participants of the program, is a research center in the field of technology, science and technology. The project participants had a lecture on research, technology, and engineering in Japan. They discussed problems of Japan related to innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education and scientific research.
The strand “Academic activity at the university" was organized at one of the best educational institutions in the world - the National Institute of Education of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The Institute is the locomotive of the education system in the country and the world, and occupies the 10th place in the world and 2nd in the QS World University rankings in education in Asia in 2015. During the global update of the content of education in our country, it is very important to be able to see the best technologies with their own eyes, and to meet the people who are implementing them. Training and meetings at the National Institute of Education also contributed to building relationships with Singaporean counterparts, which will undoubtedly influence the further development of cooperation in the field of education. Based on the results of the international visit, the participants made recommendations for improving academic activities at universities of Kazakhstan.
The strand "Universities as entrepreneurial and adaptive organizations" made recommendations on promoting university autonomy in terms of academic and financial activities, and the transforming universities in Kazakhstan as entrepreneurial and adaptive organizations after studying the issues financing research projects and the commercialization of scientific research at the Middlesex University.
According to the program, participants also visited a number of other universities, research centers and business - incubators of the USA, UK, Singapore, Japan, considered the best in those countries and the world.
Today, upon the completion of the professional development programme, the graduates continue to work together, share ideas, materials, and exchange best practice of their universities.
Gulzhahan Elikbaeva, department head at Satpayev Kazakh National Technical University, programme participant: Great importance in the education system of Singapore is given to quality training of teachers, and teaching excellence. Teachers annually go to refresher courses, which are organized on modern teaching methods, modern computer technology, Internet resources, and social networks. Therefore, the existing concept of training in Singapore, especially that of teachers, creating conditions for their improvement, in my opinion, deserves the most steadfast of our attention.
Chal Otarbayev, Associate Professor, Gumilyov Eurasian National University, programme participant: Among the important foreign observations a clear and close relationship of interdisciplinary subjects needs to be noted. Educational technologies resemble the process of collecting separate pieces of knowledge -"puzzles" of the whole picture. The overall picture could be called a model of the graduate that becomes obsolete in a certain period (in 3-5 years) of time due to the emergence of new means of production, technology and applications.
This means that the diploma is not updated for a lifetime, and it should allow for further growth by rethinking (critical thinking, problem-based learning, etc.) and post-collection of missing or obsolete "puzzles". Therefore, university staff has to update these "puzzles" systematically. In our education, "puzzle" is also there, but with a very simple compounds (as pre-requisites and post-requisite disciplines), allowing only get a flat picture. We should be detailed pre-requisites and post-requisites in the content of disciplines (introductory lecture sections of disciplines, and in the future can be part of the introductory lecture). This will allow to see the useful relationship more deeply and clearly, and to use sections of other disciplines (big picture, informational, methodological). The lack of links between materials and approaches immediately raises the question of the appropriateness of these sections or changing the content of a discipline or replacement with new one. Tracking the contribution of disciplinary sections to the development of student competencies is easier, and creates greater number of objective measurements than the final examination on selected issues. Monitoring of the growth of competencies is being simplified and regulated, since they can be measured at the beginning and at end of the section, as well as at the end of the discipline, and can duplicated in other disciplines.