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JERP Partnership Development Forum

About the Forum

The Partnership Development Forum (PDF) will be held on April 23rd-24th 2009. The objective of the PDF is 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 Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science (MOES) an opportunity to build on relationships established during the Partnership Development Tour (PDT) and to finalize MOUs for which they hopefully laid the groundwork during the PDT.



Day 2

09:00Participants introduce themselves
09:15Computer Animated Film of the University of Astana
09:30Presentation of the University of Astana Profiles and Plans

Transport to the university site

Tour of the site and presentation of Site Master Plan

11:15Return to the Hotel

Welcome by the Minister and the Executive Secretary:

  • Our vision for the University
  • What we have done so far
  • How we plan to achieve our vision
  • Where we need your advice
12:30Group Photograph

Session 1. Our partnership model

Moderator: Richard Hopper, World Bank


Given our vision, what is the best way that partner institutions can help us at the various stages of development? What lessons are there for us from the way that other new universities have started up? Should we have one overall partnership or several for each of our planned disciplines?

15:30Tea and coffee

Session 2. Academic structures and curricula

Moderator: Jamil Salmi, World Bank


We would like advice on our basic academic offerings, as we have the opportunity to be innovative. Should we have a common Foundation Year after any English language provision? Do we have terms or semesters, the American or the British degree systems? How do we ensure we benefit from Bologna and the potential from European Credit Transfer? Should our awards and degrees be those of the University of Astana from Day One? If so, what external accreditation should we have? Can we use our partners to allow us to have inbuilt student mobility and internationalisation of the curriculum from the start? How can we acquire a reputation for quality provision?

20:00Gala Dinner at Rixos Hotel

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DAY 2 

Session 3. Governance and management

Moderator: John Fielden, Chems Consulting/World Bank


Do you advise us to adopt the model of a Board) with overall responsibility for the strategic direction and management of the University? If we do ,what should its composition and size be? Should it have a majority of external members? How can we best tap international talent as advisers? If we created an International Advisory Board, how would it relate to the Board and to any partner university we used for overall advice? Do you have any advice on the best senior management structure (eg: Rector and Vice Rectors) or on the best model of administrative support? What decisions must the Board take immediately?

10:30Tea and coffee

Session 4. Developing our research capacity

Moderator: C. Ruhi Kaykayoğlu, Global Education


Since the University is aiming to achieve world class standards, we must ensure that a culture of research excellence is part of our DNA. How can we do this in the initial years when most of our staff are committed to developing new curricula and programs? Will it be enough to expect “teaching informed by research” in the early years or should we deliberately recruit a parallel stream of research staff? How can we use our partner institutions to develop our research capacity and achieve the research excellence we aspire to? Do you recommend a policy of focussing our research in selected disciplines? If so, how can the other disciplines retain their quality reputation?


Session 5. Planning what happens next

Moderators: C. Ruhi Kaykayoğlu, Global Education and Farkhad Kuanganov, Ministry of Education and Science 

Small groups meet to discuss the following questions:

  • What are the immediate next steps?
  • When is a realistic timetable for the first students to start?
  • Where can partners help in the process (given the answers to the questions in Session 1)?
  • How should the Ministry manage the whole program now?
  • What skills do we need in this interim planning period before we have selected the University President and senior staff?
  • How do the academic development, staff recruitment and construction plans interact? Are there any risks if the construction proceeds according to the Master Plan? 
15:30Tea and Coffee

Session 6. Agreement on the Next Steps

Moderator: Farkhad Kuanganov, Ministry of Education and Science 

Feedback from Group discussions:

This final session pulls together all the conclusions from the two days of debate and agrees:

  • A list of recommendations to the Minister from the seminar.
  • A list of potential partners willing to help in specified aspects of the development of the University.
  • A timescale for the development of the University over the next five years.
  • An action plan with dates and targets.
18:00Formal closure of the seminar by the Minister
20:00Dinner at Rixos Hotel

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List of Participants (in Alphabetical order)

Aliya Bigarinova, Consultant, World Bank

Anne Lonsdale, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Cambridge University

Christine Hoffman, Director UCL Language Centre, University College London

Chuck Thorpe, Dean, Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar

Bibigul Utepkaliyeva, Key Expert, Department of Higher and Postgraduate Education, Ministry of Education and Science, The Republic of Kazakhstan

Farkhad Kunaganov, Executive Secretary, Ministry of Education and Science, The Republic of Kazakhstan

Gulzade Muktarova, Deputy Director, Ministry of Education and Science, The Republic of Kazakhstan

Jamil Salmi, Lead Education Specialist, World Bank

Jean-Claude Latombe, Professor, Department of Computer Science, Stanford University

Jeffrey H. Wachtel, Senior Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees Office of the President, Stanford University

John Fielden, Director, Chems Consulting / Consultant, World Bank

Mark H. Weichold, Dean and CEO, Texas A&M University, Qatar

Michael Worton, Vice-Provost, University College London

Nigel Percival, Director, University College London

Raj Rajagopalan, Director, National University of Singapore

Richard Hopper, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

Siddhartli S. Saxena, Fellow commoner at Jesus College, Cambridge University

Y. Bora Kaykayoglu, Lemures Design/Global Education Help Desk

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