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Kazakhstan-World Bank Joint Economic Research Program


Introduction -In 2006 the Republic of Kazakhstan declared that a key goal of the country was to become one of the world's 50 most competitive economies by 2015. This goal, while challenging, is within the realm of possibility for Kazakhstan given that Kazakhstan is ranked 56 on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) - not far from the top 50. Nevertheless, higher education Kazakhstan currently ranks at number 51 whereas on innovation, another pillar, its ranking is 70th. This breakdown offers insight into areas were Kazakhstan will have to make the most far-reaching reforms in its higher education and national innovation systems to achieve its objective by 2015. As part of the agenda of achieving the status as one of the 50 most competitive economies, the Republic of Kazakhstan is developing a new scientific and education complex entitled the University of Astana. The goal behind the development of this new institution is to establish a university which will be part of elite universities worldwide that lead the way in excellence in education and research that are critical in incubating knowledge economies... >>  More



The World Bank’s program of technical assistance is composed of three elements:

- Workshop on the Strategy for the University of Astana
- Partnership Development Tour (PDT)
Partnership Development Forum (PDF) 




A Workshop on Strategy for the University of Astana, Kazakhstan was held in Astana on December 16-17, 2008 under the umbrella of the Kazakhstan World Bank JERP. The Workshop was held in response to a request by the MOES, Government of Kazakhstan for technical assistance on the establishment of the University of Astana, which is a new institution being established as part of the Kazakhstan’s goal of achieving the status as one of the 50 most competitive economies in the world. This workshop was led by the World Bank to provide the global knowledge necessary for the successful design and implementation of the new university within the broader development of a National Higher Education Strategy. This goal is to help the University of Astana develop a clear, strong governance structure, financing plan, quality assurance framework, and internationalization strategy.


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 hosted institutions to learn about the concept and strategy of the University of Astana. The Executive Secretary of Education and science, Mr. Farkhad Kuanganov, led the delegation from Kazakhstan. The tour took place from February 5 to March 2, 2009.


This is the third element of The World Bank JERP.  The Partnership Development Forum (PDF) will be held on April 23th-24th 2009. The objective of the PDF will be to invite key potential partners and friends of the University to Astana for an opportunity to see the project itself and to brainstorm on different elements of strategy. It will also give the MOES an opportunity to build on relationships established during the PDT and to finalize MOUs for which they hopefully laid the groundwork during the PDT. The current proposed format of the PSF is a two day workshop with a narrow focus on a number of critical issues facing the university. Room will be provided within the format for bi-lateral discussion to finalize partnering relationships. The MOES has agreed to undertake the arrangement for this workshop.

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