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Strengths and Weaknesses of Public and Private Universities in a Transition Economy: A View from Azerbaijan. Hamlet Isaxanli Founder and President Khazar University Baku, Azerbaijan UNESCO Conference Reform of Education System of Azerbaijan for Sustainable Future Paris, France

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Strengths and Weaknesses of Public and Private Universities in a Transition Economy: A View from Azerbaijan

Hamlet Isaxanli

Founder and President

Khazar University

Baku, Azerbaijan

UNESCO Conference

Reform of Education System of Azerbaijan for Sustainable Future

Paris, France

July 6, 2005

1 education in azerbaijan before the soviet rule
1. Education in Azerbaijan before the Soviet rule
  • Before the final division of Azerbaijan between the Russian and Iranian empires in 1828
  • Educational development in Northern Azerbaijan from 1828 to 1918 (The period of Russian empire)
  • Azerbaijan's two-years of independence (1918-1920) (The period of the First Republic)
2 higher education in soviet azerbaijan the period of the second republic
2. Higher Education in Soviet Azerbaijan (The Period of the Second republic)
  • Two main types of higher-learning institutions
    • Universities offering 5-year programs
    • Specialized higher learning institutions
  • 3-year graduate program (aspirantura)
  • The language of instruction in higher learning institutions
3 higher education in azerbaijan after gaining independence the period of the third republic
3. Higher Education in Azerbaijan after gaining independence (The period of the Third Republic)
  • Public universities
  • Private universities
  • Factors that have had a negative impact on the education system
  • Attitudes of foreign countries on the Azerbaijani Higher Education
  • The current features of Azerbaijan's education system
  • Starting a new private research and education institution
4 european higher education area
4. European Higher Education Area
  • The Joint Convention of the European Council and UNESCO on Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications and Documents (Lisbon, April 11, 1997)
  • Bologna Joint Declaration of European Ministers of Education and European Higher Education Area (EHEA) - June 19, 1999
  • Higher education institutions and students are not objects but the main players in the Bologna Process
  • European Research Area and joint masters and doctoral programs
  • Autonomy with responsibility
5 european higher education area and azerbaijan
5. European Higher Education Area and Azerbaijan
  • What is the situation in Azerbaijan with regard to the Bologna Process? 
  • The first private university in Azerbaijan, Khazar University
    • A student-centered teaching model and
    • Credit accumulation system
  • Law on Education 1992 - two-cycle higher education system
    • A quick national-scale campaign
    • A third cycle of higher education - PhD?
  • Student mobility programs
  • The Institute of Education Policy and Strategy
6 current problems of azerbaijani higher education
6. Current Problems of Azerbaijani Higher Education
  • Not enacting the new bill on education keeps the issue regarding Candidate of Science / Doctor of Science and other related vital matters in a frozen condition
  • Governance in the field of education
    • Endemic corruption and bribery
    • Victims of the general situation
    • No autonomy
    • Academic freedom
  • The question here is what private rights does private university enjoy?
  • Student admission
  • Financing directly students
  • Rectors Conferences
  • Education Commission under President of Azerbaijan
7 quality enhancement in azerbaijani higher education
7. Quality Enhancement in Azerbaijani Higher Education
  • Quality is a process
  • Who measures quality in higher education institutions and why?
  • Internal evaluation
  • No need for direct participation of the state in accreditation
  • Independent authorized accreditation agencies.
8 university industry links
8.University – Industry Links
  • Industry can foster closer ties to the educational system
  • Khazar is prioritizing the nourishing of relations with industries
  • The Center for Economic and Business Research and Education
  • The project “Corporate Governance in Azerbaijan.”
  • A program of enhanced learning for BP Drilling & Completions Engineers
  • The link between BP, Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and Khazar University in Baku
8 university industry links1

BP Baku

P.E MSc. Modules

Sustained Programme

Heriot -Watt Univ.

Khazar Univ.

Approved Support Centre

8.University – Industry Links
  • Triangular relationship
  • The first true Industry Sponsored Scholarship Program in Azerbaijan
  • Advisory Board of School of Engineering and Applied sciences