Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Development of Strategic Directions for Education Reforms in Kazakhstan for 2015-2020

Status: completed, 2013-2015

Project Leader: Dr. Aida Sagintayeva

Research Teams and Timelines of the Project

Pre-School and Secondary Education Team

Nazipa Ayubayeva, NUGSE
Dr. David Bridges, University of Cambridge Faculty of Education
Dr. Mary Drummond, University of Cambridge Faculty of Education
Dr. Colleen McLaughlin, University of Cambridge Faculty of Education
Marina Kishkentayeva, NUGSE
Anel Kulakhmetova, NUGSE
Dr. Martin Needham, University of Manchester Metropolitan
Peeter Mehisto, International Consultant
Meruyert Sadvakassova, NUGSE

Inclusive Education

Dr. Julie Allan, University of Birmingham, UK
Tolkyn Omarova, NUGSE

Higher Education

Aidana Abdykulova, NUGSE masters student
Dr. Ali Ait Si Mhamed, NUGSE
Darkhan Bilyalov, NUGSE
Mary Canning, Higher Education Authority, Ireland
Dr. Joni Finney, Penn GSE
Dr. Darcie Harvey, Higher Education Policy Institute, US
Dr. Alima Ibrasheva, NUGSE
Dr. Dennis Jones, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), US
Dr. Rita Kasa, NUGSE
Dr. Daurenbek Kuleimenov, NUGSE
Dr. Aims McGuinness, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), US
Dr. Amantay Nurmagambetov, Centre for Bologna Process and Academic Mobility, Kazakhstan
Alan Ruby, Penn GSE
Dr. Aslan Sarinzhipov, NUGSE
Dr. Hans Vossensteyn, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente

Vocational Education

Vladimir Gaskov, International Consultant
Nurzhan Ganimurat, NUGSE

Project Summary

The project “Developing strategic directions of educational reforms in the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2015-2020” is implemented by the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education and internationally recognized scholars in order to provide policy recommendations to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the further development of national education policy.
The goal of this policy study is to conduct an overall diagnosis of the education system of the Republic of Kazakhstan in order to identify its strengths and weaknesses and to define directions for further modernization across all the sectors. 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.
Leading international experts in the field of educational policies at every level – preschool and secondary, technical and vocational, higher education – were invited to participate in this project.
For example, to work on the preschool and secondary education such experts as David Bridges, Peeter Mehisto, Colleen McLaughlin, Mary Jane Drummond and Chloe Gayer-Anderson were invited. Vladimir Gasskov was engaged at the level of technical and vocational education. Higher education includes such experts as Dennis Jones, Aims McGuinness, Joni Finney, Mary Canning, and Darcie Harvey. In addition, the project’s Steering Committee was created, which aims to identify a common vision for its development, editing of the main directions of the project groups and coordination of their activities at various levels of education.

Key reports and publications

Project Stages 2013-2014

Please download here the Executive Summary of the Project

Please download here the Diagnostic Report 2014. “Development of the strategic directions for education reform in Kazakhstan for 2015-2020”

Please download the Report «Preparing Teachers: an international review of the evidence on initial teacher education» here.

Project Stage 2015-2016

Please download here Project Report 2016 on University Sustainability in Relation to Higher Education Funding Model in Kazakhstan in the Context of Transition Period.