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Darkhan Bilyalov, a GSE faculty member, has participated in the development of the Asian Higher Education Outlook 2019 (AHEO) report

Darkhan Bilyalov, a GSE faculty member, has participated in the development of the Asian Higher Education Outlook 2019 (AHEO) report. The Report is the key publication of the recently created Asian Universities Alliance, a joint initiative of fifteen universities across Asia to join their efforts to improve their institutions through mutually beneficial collaboration and exchange of both ideas and talent. A highlight of global integration processes in higher education, the AUA is pushing its agenda of achieving and sustaining excellence in teaching, research, and service. The Alliance, founded in 2017 by fifteen universities, including Nazarbayev University, provides scholars, students, and administrators with various opportunities such as exchange programs, conferences, and collaborative research.

One of the four pillars of the Asian Universities Alliance work is the collaboration of scholars to develop the annual Asian Higher Education Outlook. The AHEO Report is a rare publication that covers a wide geographic area spanning from the King Saud University to the University of Tokyo and provides a comprehensive outlook of innovations in Asian higher education. The publication is, as the authors claim, “distinctly Asian,” as it takes into account the specific Asian socio-cultural conditions and values. The editors of AHEO 2019 report are Tsinghua University’s Zhang Zhou, Hamish Coates, and Jinghuan Shi.

GSE faculty member, Darkhan Bilyalov, has contributed two case studies to the report and co-authored the “Tracing the Development of Next-generation Doctorates” chapter. Dr. Bilyalov highlights such Nazarbayev University innovations in doctorate education as the co-supervision of doctoral dissertations by university strategic partners, the recently established doctorate in Eurasian Studies, the joint doctorate of the School of Engineering and the School of Science and Technology and other notable developments. The AHEO 2019 report findings were recently discussed at the AUA Presidents Forum and at the Leadership Forum for Quality of Higher Education held in Almaty on May 22-24.