Publish Date: 13-JUN-2015 12:18 PM

Aslan Sarinzhipov: “The basic challenge for the system of education in the current fast-changing world is to develop ability and motivation for self-study and professional development”.

The IV Eurasian Higher Education Leaders Forum - EHELF-2015, held June 12-13, addressed the issues of the development of qualified human resources to meet the demands of accelerating labour market. With this aim, Nazarbayev University opened the discussion platform, bringing together higher education leaders and business leaders. Among the renowned education leaders were Jamil Salmi, Shamsh Kassim Lakha, Seeram Ramakrishna, and other distinguished representatives of Kazakhstani and international higher education institutions from 12 different countries. The employers’ market was represented by Alper Akdeniz, the Managing director PricewaterhouseCoopers in Eurasia, Jeroen Schiebaan, the Head of human resources Kazakhstan at Shell concern, Timothy Miller, the General director of Tengizchevroil, and Kanysh Tuleushin, the Member of the Managing Board and the Managing Director of “Baiterek” National Holding.  
Aslan Sarinzhipov, the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, opened EHELF-2015, focusing that the system of education is involved in each step of the reforms, incorporated in the Nation Plan for further nation - building. “This demands actions from us to improve all the spheres of education. It is difficult to overestimate this huge responsibility because the key for the forthcoming changes is the human capital. The leading countries practice and global development shows that education should generally become a backbone factor for the development of the nation, the increase of competitiveness, the economic growth and for the social consensus” said the Minister.
The forum participants agreed that modern technologies are developing rapidly, in some spheres even with dynamic pace, and that none of the higher education institutions can provide the skills once-for-all-time. It is visionless to prepare the specialists “honed” to use specifically the existing technologies of today’s businesses within the cooperation between higher education institutions and businesses. Thus, recognizing the role of businesses in the process of education, one should not forget that systematic fundamental knowledge obtained in higher education institutions are critically important to self-acquiring of skills and abilities to grip new business ideas and technologies. 
At the overview session Hugh Lauder, the Professor of Education and Political Economy of University of Bath, UK, was a keynote speaker, whereas Maral Marasilov, the Director of the Centre for Assessment and Development of Human Resources of Railway Service, “JSC “National Company “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy”, Erezhep Mambetkaziyev, the President of Kazakh-American Free University, Kazakhstan, and Timothy Miller, the General director of Tengizchevroil Kazakhstan were the panelists. 
As a part of the forum there were panel sessions on “Global Skills”, “Perceptions of Employability, Skills and individual Aspiration in a Diversifying Economy”, “University – Employer – Community Relationships”, “Role of TVET in Education”, Student Transitions and Career Guidance. 

Also at one of the forum sessions, a group of experts and scholars from the leading international organisations, national and western higher education institutions presented the findings from the research of Kazakhstani education sector on the Project “Development of Strategic Directions for Education Reforms in Kazakhstan for 2015-2020”.  Over the course of the Project, they studied the effectiveness of the current and recent years’ education reforms, including secondary, technical-vocational and higher education sectors. 

“The economy of Kazakhstan under new conditions set more requirements to the quality of specialists at all levels, thus, the understanding that development of qualified human resources is the mutual responsibility for both the sphere of education and businesses is critically vital. Through discussion we tried to find the right approaches to solving this issue” concluded Aida Sagintayeva, one of the forum administrators and the director of Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University. 

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