Partnership Development Tour
The Partnership Development Tour (PDT) is an opportunity for a high level delegation from the Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science (MOES) to meet with academics and administrators from higher education institutions in the United States, Singapore, Qatar, and the UK to better understand the challenges in launching a new public university in the capital city of Astana. The high-level delegation will see first-hand a range of governance structures, financing mechanisms, quality assurance systems, internationalization strategies and curriculum development at established, top-ranked universities on the one hand, while gaining exposure to the recent experiences of young, emerging universities on the other. The objective is to apply the lessons learned to the establishment and expansion of the new university of Astana. The tour will also host institutions to learn about the concept and strategy of the University of Astana. The Executive Secretary of Education and science, Mr. Farkhad Kuanganov, will lead the delegation from Kazakhstan. The tour will take place from February 5 to March 2, 2009.
World Bank Team (Facilitators)
Richard R. Hopper, Senior Education Specialist, Europe and Central Asia Region
With the World Bank since 1999, Dr. Hopper has conducted analytical work on tertiary education reform and was a key contributor to the 2002 report entitled Constructing Knowledge Societies: New Challenges for Tertiary Education. He has overseen stakeholder consultations across South Asia and has also led several large-scale training programs on tertiary education governance, finance and quality. As Task Manager he prepared the Indonesia Managing Higher Education for Relevance and Efficiency (IMHERE) project in 2004, is the program manager for the Global Initiative on Quality Assurance Capacity (GIQAC), as well as task team leader for projects in Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Albania. He received his doctorate from Harvard University and was a Fulbright Scholar at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, an Aspen Institute Fellow in Washington, DC and a Mombusho Fellow in Japan. Prior to joining the World Bank he directed international twinning arrangements with top universities in the US (Massachusetts Institute of Technology-MIT, Georgetown University, Wesleyan University), and oversaw the launching of the private International Space University with support from MIT, the European Space Agency, and the city of Strasbourg, France.
Jamil Salmi, Lead Specialist and Coordinator The World Bank's Tertiary Education Professionals
Dr. Jamil Salmi, a Moroccan education economist, is the coordinator of the World Bank's network of tertiary education professionals. Dr. Salmi is the principal author of the Bank's new Tertiary Education Strategy entitled "Constructing Knowledge Societies: New Challenges for Tertiary Education". He was also responsible for the preparation of the World Bank's first Policy Paper on Higher Education "Higher Education: Lessons of Experience". In the past fifteen years, Dr. Salmi has provided policy and technical advice on tertiary education reform to the governments of about 40 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Dr. Salmi has also guided the strategic planning efforts of several public and private universities in China, Colombia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico and Peru. Prior to joining the World Bank in December 1986, Dr. Salmi was a professor of education economics at the National Institute of Education Planning in Rabat, Morocco. Dr. Salmi is a graduate of the French Grande Ecole ESSEC. He also holds a Master's degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh (USA) and a Ph. D. in Development Studies from the University of Sussex (UK). He is the author of five books and numerous articles on higher education and development issues.
Roberta Bassett, Higher Education Specialist
Roberta Malee Bassett is a higher education specialist working with the Tertiary Education team. She began her work with the World Bank in 2005 and has contributed significantly to projects on university rankings and world-class universities, as well as on country reports for Malaysia, Ukraine, Russia, and Thailand. Her current work focuses on two activities: equity in tertiary education, and benchmarking of tertiary education systems. Before joining the Bank, Dr. Bassett was a Lecturer in Higher Education Management and Policy at the Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy (CHEMPaS) at the University of Southampton (UK) and has held various posts in university administration on the United States. She holds a Ph.D. from Boston College's Higher Education program, an MA in Social Sciences in Educational Practice: Higher Education Administration from Stanford University, and a bachelors degree in Political Science from Columbia University. She is the author of The WTO and the university: Globalization, GATS, and American higher education (Routledge 2006) and the co-editor of International organizations and higher education policy: Thinking globally, acting locally? (Taylor and Francis, forthcoming 2009).
Reehana Raza, Team Economist
Dr. Reehana Raza is an economist with over eight years of experience in the economics of education, specifically in the areas of higher education, workforce development and skills and governance. Her functional specializations are evidence based economic policy, research and economic analysis, and impact evaluations. Dr. Raza is currently a professor of economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan in the Economics Department where her areas of teaching and research relate to the economics of education as well as development economics. Concurrently she also consults for a number of organizations including the World Bank. Her recent assignment include working on The World Bank flagship Closing the Skills Gap: The Role of Education in Supporting Growth and Competitiveness in the Europe and Central Asia Region. Previously she has worked with the Human Development Network on higher education governance issues across countries and in South Asia specifically. Dr. Raza previously has worked on a four year UK DFID funded project on open and distance learning in the tertiary sector in South Asia. The objectives of the assignment were to document outcomes (efficiency, effectiveness, and access) and understand ODL's potential to contribute to skill development. Dr. Raza is a former Commonwealth Scholar and has a MPhil and doctorate in economics from the University of Cambridge, UK.
John Fielden, Consultant
John Fielden has practised as a management consultant in higher education policy and management since 1969. He current runs Commonwealth Higher Education Management Services (CHEMS) Consulting as an independent consultancy and has carried out over 250 higher education projects in over 40 countries. He is specialist in HE policy studies for agencies and governments, governance issues, management development, business plans for innovations in higher education and program evaluations. His international clients have included the World Bank, UNESCO, British Council and many education ministries and universities throughout the world. His work for the World Bank has focused on higher education reform and the relationship between universities and the State. His recent work for the World Bank has included work on China managing relationships between universities and the State; for Bangladesh he helped as project coordinator of a major strategic planning exercise which produced a higher education strategy for the next 20 years; on a current project in Sri Lanka, he is helping the government develop a national five year strategy for the higher education sector particularly focusing on governance structure for higher education; for Russia he wrote a Technical Note describing the main changes globally in the relationship between governments and universities as regards reporting and control. He has also recently produced a publication entitled Global Trends in University Governance for the World Bank as Education Working Paper series. In the last five years he has acted as coordinator or participant in a series of World Bank Higher Education Reform Regional Workshops in Dhaka, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Bangalore.
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Mr. Farkhad Kuanganov, Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan (Head of Delegation)
Mr. Farkhad Kuanganov is the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan (equal to First Vice-Minister). His previous position was of a Vice-Minister of Education and Science and prior to that Mr. Kuanganov worked as the Head of Social and Cultural Development Department under the Prime-Minister’s Office and an Advisor to Prime-Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Mr. Kuanganov graduated from Kazakh Polytechnic University, Automatics and Management System Faculty and has Master’s degree from Postgraduate Center for Political Research, Tokyo, Japan (Master of Sciences in Governance).
Mr. Serik Irsaliyev, Director International Cooperation Department, Department of Secondary Education, Republic of Kazakhstan
Mr. Irsaliev has a PhD in Agriculture and 26 years of experience in the education sector. After graduation he worked as an Assistant Dean at the Kazakh National Agrarian University. Since 1993 he has worked for the Ministry of Education and Science as director of different departments (International Cooperation Department, Department of Secondary Education, Budgeting Department) His last appointment has been as Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Development Strategy. Mr. Irsaliyev actively participated in developing the legal framework for The Bolashak Program (President’s international stipend), developing the complex testing system for students in universities and unifying national testing in 2003-2006. He also participated in the development of the state education program.
Ms. Gulzada Muktarova, Deputy Director Department of Higher and Postgraduate Education, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan
Ms. Muktarova has an extensive experience in higher education (1989-2007) starting as assistant professor to Rector of Kazakh Architectural and Construction Academy. Since 2008 she works as a Deputy Director of the Higher and Postgraduate Education Department, Ministry of Education and Science. Ms. Muktarova graduated from Karaganda Polytechnic University where she studied Economy and Construction and has a Master’s Degree from Moscow Institution of Civil Engineering in the area of Economy and Construction.
Mr. Orunhan Abaskanov, Consultant to the Ministry of Education and Science, Kazakhstan
Ms. Bibigul Utepkaliyeva, Expert, Department of Higher and Postgraduate Education, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan
Ms. Utepkalieva is the Head of the Unit for International Cooperation under the Department of Higher Education. Her career in higher education began in 1998. Since 2004 she has worked for the Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan.
Mr. Ruhi Kaykayoglu, President of Global Education and a Consultant to Ministry of Education and Science on the New University of Astana
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