Kazakhstan’s researchers took part in the project of DAAD and the British Council on internationalisation of higher education as national experts
In 2014, the DAAD and the British Council conducted an analysis of national study abroad scholarship programmes in Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Kazakhstan. Collaborating closely with national experts of these countries, the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD and the British Council prepared a final report on ''The rationale for sponsoring students to undertake international study: an assessment of national student mobility scholarship programmes''.
The national expert of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Dr. Aida Sagintayeva. Aida Sagintayeva is a principal investigator of the international research project “Advancing Models of Best Practice in Academic Governance and Management in Higher Education Institutions in Kazakhstan” initiated by the NUGSE.
This project is implemented by the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education research team in collaboration with International Experts in internationalization of higher education and comparative education, such as Jane Knight (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada), Hans de Wit (the School of Economics and Management of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands), Gita Steiner-Khamsi (Teachers College, Columbia University, USA), and Laura Perna (Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, USA).
In their report, the DAAD and the British Council offer a complex evaluation of various national study abroad scholarship programmes, including main similarities and differences in setting goals and objectives, as well as in the implementation of the programmes. The report demonstrates how these different national study abroad scholarship programmes pursue shared orientation towards the development of postgraduate study programmes.
The research also highlights the countries’ preference to fund postgraduate degrees in science and technology. In terms of selection process, it was noted that the majority has an open and standardised selection procedure and resort to the help of expert councils. However, it is recommended to take measures to increase the pool of participants and account for national contexts in order to prevent the rise in social inequality in a society. There are very few scholarships that are oriented towards supporting socially vulnerable groups.
Authors recommend involving the scholarship programmes’ graduates to help improve these programmes, and conduct a deeper evaluation of programme results.
The report also references the paper ''Promoting Human Capital Development A Typology of International Scholarship Programs in Higher Education'' as one of the most telling research papers on national scholarship programmes – a joint research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education on the development of a typology of such programmes.
On the whole, the participation of NUGSE employees in international research projects indicates recognition of Kazakhstani researchers and scholars. NUGSE pays great attention to this direction and is open to new research projects.