Participation in British council workshop on Internationalisation
The two-day workshop for senior management of Kazakhstani universities was conducted on 2-3 March to provide participants with skills essential for university policymakers and higher education managers in modern universities, with a focus on the specific challenges faced by the higher education sector in Kazakhstan, notably the need to internationalise and develop autonomy. The invited key speaker Dr. David Lock, Magna Charta Observatory Secretary-General and Director of International Projects at the UK’s Leadership Foundation for Higher Education gave a presentation on international trends, challenges and success stories. I shared the interim results and main tasks of our Welcome project providing participants with links to the website for more detailed information. As a result of the workshop, all participants from 20 Kazakhstani universities decided to stay in touch forming “alumni” group to share information and best practices.
“Internationalisation in Kazakhstani Universities: learning from the regions” was organized by British Council on 6th March (i) to present the results of the research into internationalization in regional universities to a wider audience; (ii) to discuss challenges and barriers to internationalization and other reforms in higher education in Kazakhstan. The representatives of the Ministry of education and Science, Bologna Process and Academic Mobility Center, Kazakhstani universities participated in the discussion of the presented research on assessing internationalisation in six regional universities in Kazakhstan. Dr. Bin Wang, Vice-Dean, Brunel University London presented the background, methodology, main findings, and recommendations. As a part of sustainability and dissemination packages of our Welcome project, I also shared with colleagues the results of our benchmarking analysis and ideas about creating a portal of Kazakhstani universities willing to be promoted on international space. This idea also was separately discussed with A. Nurmagambetov, Director of Bologna Process and Academic Mobility Center. All participants agreed that it’s time for a collaborative approach to come together as a learning community to address challenges, share ideas and help one another to implement comprehensive internationalization strategies in our institutions.
Study Tour in Lisbon, Portugal
(WP1, Instituto Superior Técnico)
From 28 May to 02 June 2017 five-days study tour on Internationalisation practices and policy framework were conducted by Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal.
The training programme included workshops, discussions, and presentations of universities from Portugal, Spain, Sweden, France, and Estonia. The results of the benchmarking on Internalisation practices & policy frameworks were represented by Técnico Lisboa.
The KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), University of Perpignan - Via Domitia (France), Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC, Spain), University of Rovira and Virgili (Spain), and Tallinna Teknikaulikool (Estonia) shared their practices in International Strategies in line with National Educational Policies and comprehensive implementation of Internationalisation Strategy