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About our research projects:

Since 2011, our research teams have been engaged in three main areas: secondary education, higher education and internationalization of higher education.  

Research Project: Development of Secondary Education Curriculum of Kazakhstan in the Context of Modern Reforms (2014 – 2016)

Development of Secondary Education Curriculum of Kazakhstan in the Context of Modern Reforms is a current research project implemented in strategic collaboration and close cooperation between local researchers of the Graduate School of Education and international colleagues of the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education. (Read more

Research Project: Advancing Models of Best Practice of Academic Governance and Management in Higher Education Institutions of Kazakhstan (2014-2016)

The project is implemented in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PennGSE). This longitudinal investigation aims to examine international models of best practices in developing university autonomy in order to adapt such best practice in the context of higher education institutions (HEIs) of Kazakhstan. The goal of this project is to assess how HEIs in the Republic of Kazakhstan are ready for institutional autonomy and identify best practice models of decentralization in higher education. (Read more)

Research Project: Advancing Models of Best Practice in Internationalization of Higher Education in Kazakhstan (2014 – 2016)

The research project Advancing Models of Best Practice in Internationalization of Higher Education in Kazakhstan will examine the ways of internationalizing HEIs of the Republic of Kazakhstan in light of the national, regional and global agenda. The research is focused on three key directions of the higher education reform: involvement of HEIs in the process of internationalisation, teaching methods, and internationalization of research. The project objective is to assess the current state of affairs in higher education in the context of internationalization of HEIs in the Republic of Kazakhstan. (Read more)

Research Project: Development of Strategic Directions for Education Reforms in Kazakhstan for 2015–2020

The goal of this research project is to conduct an overall diagnosis of education system of the Republic of Kazakhstan in order to identify its strengths and weaknesses and to define directions for further modernization at all levels. This project aims to provide analytical support and development of specific recommendations for effective implementation of the State Program of Education Development in the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2011-2020, taking into account the best international practices.


Apart from doing research, the Research Institute plays an important role in establishing Nazarbayev University as a research university. Therefore, one of our responsibilities is to develop subject matter content for the Eurasian Higher Education Leaders Forum held annually at the university. (Read more)

Project: Kazakhstan Educational Research Association

Kazakhstan Educational Research Association (KERA) was established in 2014 following the NUGSE initiative. The idea of establishing a national organisation that would operate on a membership basis and render support to educational researchers as well as promote quality research in Kazakhstan belongs to Professor David Bridges of the University of Cambridge who has been actively engaged in longitudinal research projects in the field of education in Kazakhstan. The staff and senior management of the university enthusiastically supported the proposal. Chief Executive Director of the Graduate School of Education, Dr. Aida Sagintayeva and senior researcher, Dr. Murat Orunkhanov have played a major role in founding the KERA network. 

The mission of KERA is to promote educational research and improve quality of educational thought and practice. The objectives include:
promoting of research across fundamental questions of education in Kazakhstan;
providing support to members and especially early career researchers in designing and conducting educational research studies;
contributing to education policy development and implementation directed towards the improvement of educational research and pedagogies;
establishing a network of educational researchers in order to disseminate and share research findings.

The KERA framework will allow for various seminars, guest lectures and professional development courses in the field of education for its members. KERA membership is open to everyone with an interest in and commitment to educational research. One of the key criteria for joining the Association presupposes an on-going research agenda in the areas relevant to the thematic scope, mission and objectives of KERA. For more information about KERA, its membership and opportunities for cooperation please visit the Association’s website.

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