Transition to University Autonomy in Kazakhstan (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

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. Ospanova 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 "Roman-German 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


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:

On 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.