Transition to University Autonomy in Kazakhstan (TRUNAK)

 

TRUNAK 
Transition to University 
Autonomy in Kazakhstan

Transition to University Autonomy in Kazakhstan (TRUNAK)

M. Kozybayev NKSU became a participant of the Erasmus + project "TRUNAK Transition to University Autonomy in Kazakhstan", funded by the European Commission. According to the results of the III Erasmus + "Higher Education Potential" competition, funding for more than 9 million euros was received only seven projects with the participation of Kazakhstan partners from 19 universities.

The Coordinator and grantee of the "TRUNAK Transition to University Autonomy in Kazakhstan / TRUNAK" project is a Kazakhstan University – Karaganda State Medical University. The project is planned to be completed in 2017-2020.

The goal of this project is to create a model for the transition of Kazakhstani universities from the traditional form of management to autonomous management. The main results of the project will be the analysis of the existing autonomy of universities in Kazakhstan and the best practices of European universities, the development of a basic model of university autonomy and recommendations for the application of this model in Kazakhstan, the dissemination of experience and research results for the further development of autonomy.

Official website of the project trunak.eu

TRUNAK project booklet: in Kazakhin English, in Russian.

The project involved:

  1. Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  2. Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  3. European Association of Universities (EUA);
  4. M. Kozybayev North Kazakhstan State University;
  5. H. Dosmukhamedov Atyrau State University;
  6. Kazpotrebsoyuz Karaganda Economic University;
  7. Karaganda State Medical University;
  8. Medical University of Astana;
  9. M. Ospanov West Kazakhstan State Medical University;
  10. University of Lund, Sweden;
  11. Ljubljana University, Slovenia;
  12. Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilization, Great Britain;
  13. Technical University of Lublin, Poland;
  14. Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Finland;
  15. Catholic University Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, Italy

Associated Partners:

  1. Kazakhstani organization of medical youth;
  2. Association Htacamp (Italy).

Working group of the M. Kozybayev NKSU

  • S.M. Omirbayev, Rector of the M. Kozybayev NKSU
  • M.V. Pogrebitskaya, Director of Strategy, quality and internationalization department, project manager
  • T.K. Sagitdinova, Senior lecturer of "Germanic-Romance Philology" department, project coordinator
  • R.K. Shotkin, Head of International cooperation and internationalization division
  • N.Y. Pobezhuk, Deputy Director of Department for academic activities
  • D.T. Yessembekova, Head of Strategy and accreditation division

REALIZATION OF THE PROJECT

November 13-17, 2017. The kick-off meeting in Karaganda

From November 13-17, 2017 the first meeting of project participants took place at the Karaganda State Medical University. In the course of the meeting, a presentation was presented about the M. Kozybayev NKSU. The rector of the university S. Omirbayev acquainted representatives of foreign universities and international organizations with the current state of university autonomy in Kazakhstan and the prospects for its expansion.

Interviews of other participants in the meeting about the autonomy of universities:


January 31, 2018 Bilateral meeting with representatives of the European University Association (EUA)

On January 31, 2018 in Brussels (Belgium) was held a meeting with the project partner "Transition to University Autonomy in Kazakhstan / TRUNAK" European Association of Universities. The meeting was attended by project manager Guldana Akhmetova, Director for Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development Thomas Estermann, Deputy Director for Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development Enora Pruvot and representatives of the financial department. On meeting were discussed agenda of the forthcoming seminar scheduled for 19-20 March, 2018 in Brussels as well as organizational issues of the seminar.


March 5, 2018. Monitoring of the project "Transition to University Autonomy in Kazakhstan" (TRUNAK) in Karaganda

On March 5, 2018, the project "Transition to University Autonomy in Kazakhstan" (TRUNAK) of the Erasmus + program was monitored at KSMU, the results of the project were presented to Shaizada Tasbulatova, the Director of the National Office of Erasmus + in Kazakhstan and the Deputy Director Zhanara Kazbekova.

During the meeting, the existing problems, operational and financial difficulties were discussed, and ways of their solution were determined.

Representatives of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan and five Kazakh universities represented by Raushan Dosmagambetova - Rector of KSMU, Serik Omirbayev – Rector of M. Kozybayev NKSU, Erbol Bekmukhambetov - Rector of Marat Ospanov WKSMU, etc. During the meeting, the project partners discussed the progress of the project. The members of the project working group prepared presentations on working packages to familiarize the audience with the progress of the work. The reports indicated the goals and objectives of the project, the relevance of the project goals, effectiveness, prevalence and potential for sustainable development.


March 19-20, 2018. A training seminar on the basis of the European University Association (EUA)

On 19-20 March, a training seminar on the research and evaluation of university autonomy was held on the basis of the European University Association (EUA) in the framework of the Erasmus+ project "TRUNAK Transition to University Autonomy in Kazakhstan"

The staff of the European University Association provided information on the definition of university autonomy, its advantages and structural conditions based on European benchmarking.

In accordance with the autonomy assessment system developed by the European Association of Universities, TRUNAK consortium partners were trained in the methodology for collecting and analyzing information on the current state of autonomy. This approach is based on the analysis of indicators for four areas of autonomy: organizational, financial, personnel and academic.

Participants of the seminar were representatives of universities of Kazakhstan (Karaganda State Medical University, M. Kozybayev North Kazakhstan State University, East Kazakhstan State Medical University, Atyrau State University named after Kh. Dosmukhamedov, Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz, M. Ospanov West Kazakhstan State Medical University) and European universities (Savonia University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Catholic University Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore (Italy), Lublin University of Technology (Poland), the Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilization (UK), Lund University (Sweden), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).

Director of Strategy, Quality and Internationalization Department and project manager – M.V. Pogrebitskaya, Senior lecturer of "Germanic-Romance Philology" department and project coordinator – T.K. Sagitdinova, Head of International Cooperation and Internationalization division and project researcher – R.K. Shotkin attended the seminar as representatives from M. Kozybayev NKSU.

As part of the further implementation of the TRUNAK project, in April and May 2018, Kazakhstan universities will participate in the research of autonomy processes according to EAU methodology. The results of the research will be analyzed by the European University Association and presented to the academic community. The result of the work of the TRUNAK consortium members will be the development of an agreed model of university autonomy of Kazakhstan universities, based on the experience of European countries in the development of university autonomy and the results of research.