Publish Date: 21-JUL-2016 11:37 AM

Program of professional development of HEI’s staff within the SPIID-2; knowledge of cooperation, innovational educational projects

Regular course of professional development for Kazakhstani HEI’s staff is carried out at the Graduate School of Education. This time training are  for 100 university executives  at the senior and middle management level involved in the management, academic and research process within the framework of the State program of industrial-innovative development of Kazakhstan for 2015-2019 - SPIID-2. This program, which is a part of the industrial policy of Kazakhstan, is focused on the development of manufacturing industries - metallurgy, chemistry, petro chemistry, machine building, production of building materials, the food industry with a concentration of efforts and resources on a limited number of sectors of regional specialization using the cluster approach, and effective regulation of the industry. The most important condition for the realization of the state program is to prepare higher education institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan the required number of personnel with a high level of training and skills in demand by employers in key industries SPIID-2.

 The participants are trained in groups, focusing on "entrepreneurial university" direction and the "research university". The program consists of three modules, including training at the Nazarbayev University, outbound training in foreign partner-universities and the final stage, which will be determined by action plans to strengthen the entrepreneurial and research capabilities of universities. In addition to theoretical studies, course consists of the study of case studies, group work, discussions, workshops, exchange of experience.

Among the lecturers of the course at Nazarbayev University there are professor David Lock, Secretary General of the Observatory of the Magna Carta of universities, consultant of international LFHE projects (Leadership Foundation for Higher Education) and Michael Smith, International LFHE Advisor, Banu Narbekova,  the head of the content and methodology of the Department of Education of higher and postgraduate education, MES RK, Kadisha Dairova, Vice President of student Affairs and international cooperation of the NU, Aliya Mukhamediyeva, general manager of corporate development department NU, NUGSE employees Aida Sagintayeva acting Dean, Tsediso Makoelle general director for research activities, Kairat Kurakbayev, director of the Research Institute, Mhamed Ali, associate professor.

In order to study international practices one of the groups of trainees visited the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology - KAIST, South Korea. The five-day training program in Korea included training seminars, visits to the main campus, research laboratories,  business incubator of KAIST, «Kia Motors» Company and «CJ E & M», as well as meetings with the teaching staff, researchers and students. The second group visited the University of Twente and the University of Applied Sciences Groningen, the Netherlands and the University of Münster, Germany. The program of stay is also included training seminars, visits to campuses, research laboratories, research units, technoparks, business incubators and meetings with faculty members, researchers and university students. With the similar programs, another group of trainees visited the Rhine-Westphalia Technical University and the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Germany and the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. The other group visited The Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Hong Kong.

According to participants of training programs, they have received a large amount of useful information and new ideas for the development of their universities. In particular, especially important for the Kazakhtani universities issues such as the interaction of the University with enterprises and companies in preparation of the curriculum, involvement of students and post-graduate students for specific scientific research and developments in the learning process, commercialization of scientific research and development, creation and support of technology start-ups, maintenance of interaction of students and university researchers with business structures of the real economy. 

During the final phase, which will be held at Nazarbayev University in November this year, trainees will identify actions to strengthen the business and research capabilities of their universities, will predict possible challenges that the institution may face while implementing changes. Also, the defense of the group projects will be carried out and work with external experts to provide feedback and expert opinion.

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