Publish Date: 20-JUN-2014 02:48 PM

A new project, “Training and Development Program for Senior Managers of the Universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan” has started at the Graduate School of Education.


A new project “Training and Development Program for Senior Managers of the Universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan” is a joint effort of the Graduate School of Education and the British Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. The project started at Nazarbayev University on June 9th.

The Program aims to develop leadership skills of the leaders of national, public, state, and private universities to increase effectiveness while structural reforming of the education system of the country. The Course will focus on issues of strategic planning and corporate governance, university management, including systemwide, external, institutional and personal leadership aspects. The Project managers believe that such knowledge and skills allow responding to the reforms more flexibly and implementing the required changes at universities more successfully.

According to the Project managers, participation in this program will allow university leaders developing a strong management foundation at universities, providing quality accountability system, and strengthening the relationship with the Ministry of Education and Science and with other stakeholders."I believe that Kazakhstan university leaders have very strong leadership and administration skills, therefore at our Training and Development Program special attention is given to the development of strategic vision and the ability to make strategic management decisions,” says Aida Sagintayeva, CEO of the Graduate School of Education.

June 9, 2014. Shigeo Katsu, President of Nazarbayev University, Aida Sagintayeva, CEO of the Graduate School of Education, and Robert Zemsky, Professor of the University of Pennsylvania are welcoming the Program participants.

David Lock, Director of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education: “It was a great pleasure to develop the Program together with the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education.” 

Professor Robert Zemsky, the Course lecturer, member of the Supervisory Boards at three American universities: “The ability to interact and plan jointly is one of the most important skills required for university managers.”  

The Training and Development Course covers three modules consisting of case studies, discussions, and a team project development. One of the modules will be held at the National University of Singapore (Singapore) and the University of California, Berkeley (USA). At that module, for further development of their own universities action plans, the Project participants will benefit from the best international practices in the context of problems of Kazakhstan universities, from discussions with the leaders of successful universities and from exchanging working methods.

"The Role of the University Leaders in Implementation of the Institutional Reforms:" lecture by Aslan Sarinzhipov, the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan




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The Program participants will be grouped in teams to share their experiences, best practices and tips, and to generate new ideas. Each university team will start working on its strategic plan. Daily review of the work has been carried out during each module. The Program results evaluation will be held six months after the end of the Course to compare the results of each university current strategic plan implementation with the action plan developed as a part of the Training and Development Program. 

Yerzhan Syrgaliev, Senior Researcher of the Intelligent Systems and Energy Efficiency Laboratory of the Energy Research Center, introduces the Nazarbayev University TechnoPark 

The Training and Development Program is a three-year project, and 300 university managers at different levels will be trained at this in-service professional development program.

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