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Regional specific aspects WS 2 : Central Asia Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. Overview of EM-ECW lots. 6 Partners from Kazakhstan. Turkestan. Kazakh partners. 2.717.300 km 2 15 million people 6 inhabitants/km2 av. 17 inhabitants/km2 max. Independent in 1991

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kazakh partners


Kazakh partners

2.717.300 km215 million people 6 inhabitants/km2 av.17 inhabitants/km2 max.

Independent in 1991

53% Kazakhs30% Russian 6% Ukrain+German

47% Muslim44% Russian Orthodox

64% Kazakh language95% Russian language

14 oblasts 5 econ. Regions

10% annual econ. growth

9 partners from europe an union in lot 8
Eindhoven University of Technology(coordinator)

Free University Berlin (lot 7)

Humboldt University Berlin (lot 6)

Lund University (lot 3*, 7)

Deusto University (lot 6*, 7)

Algarve University (lot 6, 7)

University of Ljubljana

University of Bucharest

METU Ankara (lot 6,7)










9 Partners from European Union in Lot 8
topics for discussion
Implication of EU Delegations in the monitoring and promotion of the programme

Country needs

Integration of University in society

Expected output and impact of the mobility and its multipliers effect


Topics for discussion
implication of eu delegations in the monitoring and promotion of the programme
Implication of EU Delegations in the monitoring and promotion of the programme
  • Very limited time frame
    • to establish good contacts
    • to promote widely the program
    • to reach all target groups (e.g. vulnerable groups)
  • Promotion via website, announcements by partners in KZ and EU.
  • Handling applicants and coordination
    • About 400 registrations
    • About 110 application files received
    • Common website to exchange files (privacy protected)
    • Meeting Selection Committee 21 nov 2007 in Brussels
    • Safeguarding procedures and planning as agreed in Consortium Board.
    • Processing and monitoring is labour intensive task.
country needs president nazarbayev says at eurasia economic summit 2000 held in almaty
Country Needs: President Nazarbayev says at Eurasia Economic Summit 2000 held in Almaty:
  • "First and foremost, we must transform our population which is already educated and motivated into a work force for the future: 21st century training for the 21st century jobs
  • The battle for the future will be determined not by armies but by education, not by tanks but by technology, not by cannons but by computers. It is vital that we insure that Central Asia is on the right side of history in all respects politically, economically and technologically".
needs in kazakhstan many reports available
World Bank

Several reports

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and development

Higher education in Kazakhstan

UN Development Program

Human development report

National Research Council (USA)

Sci & Techn. In Kazakhstan: status & future prospects


… Reports from KZ authorities (in English?)

Needs in KazakhstanMany reports available
country needs historical context
After independence (1991)

no focus on and funding for education

focus on nation building and economic development


Big outflow of talented academics to businesses (higher salaries!)

Small inflow of new talent into educational sector

End of nineties start with policies to link higher education to western practices and step by step more funds for education

Bologna system implemented since 2004/2005

Big amount of Universities, many still based on “old” Sovjet principles, many of minor quality

Focus international collaboration on CIS Universities

Considerable amount of Kazakhs study abroad (Boloshak program)

Country needs – historical context
country needs general characteristics
Money not necessarily a problem in Kazakhstan

high economic growth for many years at a row

Big need for expertise

more than experts – both in content and how to actually implement and maintain it

Education sector not segmented in levels:

one level secondary schools

predominantly followed by university education

massive in- and outflow

almost no vocational education = big need!

one of the priority fields of EC-DCI programme in KZ

Country needs – general characteristics
country needs focus areas
President’s economic diversification programme on basis of cluster analysis Porter to diversify from Oil & Gas

Most promising clusters for Kazakhstan:

Food processing


Oil and Gas equipment


Tourism ($ billions FDI coming 10/15 years!)


Also promising: Investment banking, Furniture, Construction materials, Transport/logistics

Country needs – focus areas
integration of university in society 1
Integration of University in society-1
  • Adaptation of universities to demands of democratic society with market economy:
    • More intertwining of research and education at universities
    • More different sources for funding
    • More involvelement of industries and public bodies in university research
    • Curricula stimulating independent and creative attitude of students
    • International cooperation
integration of universities in society
Universities dominant in higher education

Education often quite theoretical – less applied

Research not well developed, often theoretical or not up-to-date and not publishable in the West (not only language problem!)

Some relations between Universities and companies, mainly related to internships and hiring graduates

Community service projects diminishing

Leading Universities often politically connected

Integration of Universities in society
expected output and impact of the mobility and its multipliers effect
Expected output and impact of the mobility and its multipliers effect
  • Capacity building at levels of:
    • individual
    • university/institute/organisaton
    • country
  • Creating international awareness
  • Academics well-qualified to international standards
  • Intensification of ties between KZ and EU
  • Seeds for future cooperation
multiplier effects opportunities
Initial mobility can lead to:

Student exchange programmes

Intensive Summer course programmes

Joint research programmes (Kazakhstan interesting studyfield!), publications and conferences/workshops

Faculty exchange

Joint/dual degree programmes

Internship programmes

Joint executive training programmes

Multiplier effects - opportunities
multiplier effects restraints
Not many Kazakh Universities offer programmes in English (predominantly in Russian)

Number of English language programmes at EU partner Universities also limited

Level and structure of education is different

For mobility of faculty: work permit restraints (both ways?)

In Kazakhstan limited management capacity to effectively manage collaborations (especially joint research and dual/joint educational programmes)

But: great willingness and openness to collaborate and adopt western practices

Multiplier effects - restraints
  • Opportunities for establishing contacts at all levels
  • May depend on personal inititative
  • Yearly continuation of program with new batch of applicants needed
  • Funds from EU and/or other parties will be needed
  • Possible formal agreement between EU university and KZ-university (cooperation in research and/or education)
  • Sustainability requires long term strategies.