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The national team of Higher Education Reform Experts (HEREs) in Kazakhstan HEREs Mission:

In collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan to support the modernization of higher education in the country taking account of the Bologna process principles.



The HERE team is composed of professionals with extensive experience in the field of higher education at different levels - rectors, vice-rectors, heads of departments, heads of divisions and departments. Extensive experience and knowledge of experts, their openness and willingness to cooperate ensures the demand for their services by the academic community. Most of the experts are members of the Working Groups of the Bologna Process and Academic Mobility Centre, the Independent Agency of Accreditation and Rankings, and other national organizations. Four experts are permanent members of the Working Group on the development of important strategic documents of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. HEREs are represented as speakers and moderators of sessions at various national and international events.

The team is implementing their tasks for several years starting since 2008. Initially, HEREs studied and summarized the international experience in reforming higher education, building and strengthening their capacity. Significant work on capacity building and retraining of managers and teaching staff of higher education institutions (HEIs) has been carried out during this period by HEREs, including two Summer (Almaty and Karagandy) and Winter (Semey) Schools, more than 20 regional training seminars (Astana, Kostanay, Kokshetau, Shymkent, Atyrau, Aktau, Uralsk, Petropavlovsk, Aktobe, Zhezkazgan, Taraz).

Topics of these events have been created taking account of the interests and needs of higher education institutions - Strategic Planning in Universities, Development of Educational Programmes based on Competencies, Academic Mobility, ECTS, Qualifications Frameworks, the Diploma Supplement, E-Learning, Student-Centred Learning and others. More than 3,000 teachers and administrative staff from 50 universities representing 14 regions of Kazakhstan attended them.

HEREs submitted project proposals to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Kazakhstan Qualifications Framework and Guidelines for Registration and Issuance of Kazakhstan Supplement to the European Diploma. HEREs activity also includes analysis and publications on current topics of the higher education development in Kazakhstan. Among them are ‘Reforming higher education in Kazakhstan and the Bologna Process: Information Materials for Practical Actions’, ‘Integration of Higher Education of Kazakhstan into the International Educational Area: Achievements, Problems and Prospects of Development’, ‘Some Conditions for the Integration of Higher Education of Kazakhstan into the Bologna Process: Structure, Content, Science, Human Resources’, ‘Higher Education of Kazakhstan's Integration into the Bologna Process: Management, Content, Human Resources’, ‘Higher Education of Kazakhstan in the Context of the Bologna Process’, ‘The implementation of the Bologna process of Kazakhstan: the Modernization Approaches in the Context of Current Trends’. The texts can be found at the website in ‘Publications’ section.

The team is expanding its media presence, covering transformation in the higher education system in the country in the media and social networks. On request of universities, experts are carrying out face-to-face and remote consultations for their peers from other universities. A separate HEREs page on the NEO website also allows easier access to information and makes advisory services of experts more user-friendly.

Much attention is paid to improving the qualifications of the experts. On behalf of and with the support of the EACEA the European Universities Association jointly with the University of Barcelona organizes regular training events in Europe, as well as targeted Technical Assistance Missions (TAM) in the Partner Countries. In the framework of the TAM in 2016, the team prepared and conducted 5 seminars with the participation of well-known European experts.

Knowledge of European languages, constant creative search, focus on innovations and innovative approach allows the HEREs to be at the forefront in identifying ways to develop the higher education system of the country.

The website has been funded within the framework of the European Union Erasmus+ programme which is funded by the Directorate General for Development and Co-operation – EuropeAid and the Directorate General for Enlargement.This website reflects the views only of the authors, and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.