Professional learning programs

Strategic goal 1:

Contribution of NUGSE to
a strategy project

Higher Education Reform Leadership

To ensure that the lessons of Nazarbayev University's experience are transferred and understood by other universities, schools, and research center

The program is aimed at equipping the leaders of Kazakhstani Higher Education, including university rectors, vice-rectors, deans, and heads of departments, with the knowledge, skills, and best practices required to effectively lead and manage higher education institutions in an increasingly complex and dynamic environment. The program addresses the diverse challenges and opportunities faced by higher education leaders, fostering a global perspective, and encouraging a practical application of acquired knowledge and skills. Ultimately, the purpose of this course is to empower top managers in higher education to excel in their leadership roles, drive innovation and excellence within their institutions, and contribute to the ongoing advancement of higher education on a global scale.
From 2020 to 2023, in collaboration with HAMK University (Finland), the World Bank project “Modernization of Teacher Education” is being implemented.
The main goal of the project is the development and implementation of 30 educational programs for teacher education. Currently, these programs are being tested in 17 universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
By 2024, it is planned to scale up these educational programs in 49 higher educational institutions of the Republic. This plan provides for the training of 2,050 students. Of these, 1,800 teachers will be trained in teaching methods and skills according to the modernized model of teacher education. Additionally, 250 heads of higher education institutions and schools will undergo training in order to develop the leadership competencies necessary for the successful implementation of new
programs and improve the quality of teacher education in the Republic.

«University Bridge»

The transfer of experience and knowledge in the field of research is not limited only to the activities of professors and teachers of Nazarbayev University. As part of regularly held meetings called “University Bridge” experience and knowledge are exchanged between students, undergraduates and doctoral students of Nazarbayev University and other higher educational institutions of the country. To date, 10 meetings have been held, with the participation of 733 future scientists, facilitating the establishment of connections between novice researchers and the planning of joint projects.
The main purpose of these meetings is to promote collaboration between junior and experienced researchers at Kazakhstan universities. Key topics discussed during the events include research methods, academic writing, literature review, multilingual education, research ethics, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and sharing experiences in teaching and research. University Bridge is an effective mechanism for disseminating knowledge and establishing collaboration in the academic field.