Researcher Connect Workshop
Professional Development and Engagement Centre based at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education (NUPDEC), in partnership with the British Council, held a three-day workshop for faculty members and researchers that come from academic institutions and research organisations based in Astana and the Akmola Region. The activity of the NUPDEC is supported through the British Council Higher Education for Economic Development Programme, funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office grant. The three-day workshop, held from January 31 to February 2, 2018, aimed to help local faculty and researchers to improve their academic collaboration, communication, persuasive writing skills to support them in engaging with both local and international audiences. The workshop was presented by Elmira Ibrayeva, Vice President of Kazakhstan Academy of Information and Business and Associate Professor of Kazakh American University.
Researcher Connect is a series of short interactive learning modules for researchers at any stage of their career and from any academic discipline. It is a professional development course that focuses on the development of excellent communication skills in international, multi-cultural contexts.
In an increasingly competitive and global market, researchers and the institutions they represent need to communicate their research to an international audience. Key communications skills are required to enable researchers to publish in international journals, present at international conferences, apply for funding from national and international bodies, and build international collaborations to further their research.
The workshop was attended by 26 researchers that represent Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Seifullin Kazakh Agro-Technical University, Kazakh University for Humanities and Law ‘KazGUU’ and Economic Initiatives Fund of Kazakhstan. The Centre received 160 applications to attend this free workshop with 26 applicants shortlisted and selected for the participation.
The participants had an opportunity to enhance their skills in developing research grant proposals that would help them to improve performance in publishing and presenting. On a more general scale, the workshop was aimed at helping participants’ home institutions to improve the quality of research as well as international reputation and ranking.