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RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES / May

November 8th, 2 pm, Block C3, Room 3034

HIGHER EDUCATION GOVERNANCE REFORMS IN KAZAKHSTAN: IMPLEMENTATION AND EFFECTS ON RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT

 

Danagul Yembergenova, a Visiting Scholar at GSE, is a PhD
student at University of Geneva, Switzerland. She obtained
her Bachelor’s degree from Al-Farabi Kazakh National
University at the Faculty of Oriental Studies and her Master's
degree from the Cardiff School of Education, UK. She has
been a recipient of several grants and fellowships, including
Erasmus Mundus scholarship, ICCR fellowship of Indian
Government, Fellowship of Akhmet Yassawi University and
Research Grant of Ernst and Lucie Schmidheiny Foundation.
Danagul's research interests are Higher education policy
design, organisational change in universities and their
innovation and research capacity.

This study explores the relationship between higher education governance reforms in Kazakhstan and the development of university research capacity. We identified three pressing issues that were investigated as three research questions: (i) what are the main higher education governance reforms over the last two decades?; (ii) how HEIs in Kazakhstan respond to and implement governance reforms within their university governance structure?; (iii) what are the influences of higher education governance reform on the development of research activities at universities? Policy analysis to address research question one and semi-structured interviews at three case universities to address research questions two and three, were selected as instruments embedded in our broader explanatory case, and collectively helped us to understand different conditions of national higher education governance and university responses that can be responsible for good or poor university research results.