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SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY

 

 

DRAFT

 

ERASMUS + Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education (CBHE)

Project 618835-EPP-1-2020-1-KZ-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP

Implementing dual system in Kazakhstan / KAZDUAL

SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY

Project Consortium Coordinator: Laura Khassenova | SKU – South-Kazakhstan University | laura_ok_uko@mail.ru

Prepared by: Talgat Igissinov (KazNPU) | t.igissinov@gmail.com

Contributed by:

Delivery date: M3

Dissemination Level

PU

Public

 

PP

Restricted to other programme participants (including Commission services and projects reviewers)

 

CO

 

Confidential, only for members of the consortium (including EACEA and Commission services and projects reviewers)

X

 

 

Summary

This document presents the Sustainability Strategyof the project, identifying all the details, from the products of the project to the evaluation and criteria for success of the sustainability strategy.

 

 

 

The European Commission's support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

This document needs to be updated on a regular basis

 

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.. 3

Main principles. 7

Consortium... 8

2. Sustainability Strategy.. 9

2.1 KAZDUAL approach to communication.. 9

An Observatory - Innovative Training Hub.. 11

3. Further development. 11

3.1 Activities specifically aimed at sustainability.. 12

4. Expected Impact of the Project. 12

5. Benefits to end users. 13

 

 

 

1. Introduction

This strategy is an integral part of the overall strategy for the implementation of the ERASMUS + Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education (CBHE) project 618835-EPP-1-2020-1-KZ-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP “Implementing dual system in Kazakhstan / KAZDUAL” and is applicable to all communication, dissemination, promotion and sustainability enhancement activities implemented by the KAZDUAL consortium. It is intended to streamline the continuous process of making and implementing decisions for the promotion of awareness raising and capacity-building activities at different levels with the aim of achieving the project’s objectives and ensuring sustainability of the results and impact. The strategy is coherent with the aims and objectives of the project, as well as with the project’s work programme and timetable, the Project Management and the Quality Plan.

The broad goal of the project is to improve the competencies of higher education graduates in Kazakhstan through pilot programs following a dual system according to the needs of employers so that HEIs increase the employability of graduates, and improvement of cooperation with the private sector. The improvement of the competencies of higher education graduates in Kazakhstan is a necessity as acknowledged by Atakemen. Graduates do not have sufficient professional skills when they access the labor market according to numerous surveys and feedback offered by employers. Therefore, the key is how to increase the employability of graduates while keeping their motivation to study. Piloting a dual system based on best practices from EU partners will enable students to acquire more relevant knowledge and skills by combining formal education with training acquired at the workplace through adequately monitored internships. Consequently, the model will provide them with competences that are more in line with the needs of companies, and they will get the opportunity to get a job more easily. In many cases, it is expected that they will get a job offer by the company that provides their internships. This will not only raise the motivation of students to study, but also raise the interest of companies to offer internships and scholarships to students practicing dual professional education. It is expected that the companies would provide scholarships to selected students realizing their internships during their studies. This will help students to cover their expenses during studies (tuition fees, accommodation costs etc.), thus allowing students from lower income families to study as they will be able to earn.

Specific:

  • In order to achieve these aims, the project needs to realize the following concrete objectives:
  • To propose changes to legislation/regulations to adapt dual Higher Education in Kazakhstan.
  • To enable students to acquire more relevant knowledge and skills by combining formal education with training acquired in the workplace.
  • To develop a model for dual Higher Education that supports different needs and interests of employers, higher education institutions (HEIs) and students in different industrial sectors and to provide recommendations to HEIs for implementation of dual Higher Education
  • To bridge programs between vocational colleges and university entry requirements
  • To raise the motivation of students to study and interest of HEIs and companies to support and implement dual Higher Education and to decrease drop-out of students.
  • To Create a network and research center for dual education and vocational training.

The project will start identifying needs and specific requirements of companies in different industrial sectors and businesses for dual professional education and to find companies willing to participate in pilot implementations during the project. Thereafter, after study visits to HEIs and companies in Europe, partners will develop a flexible model for dual education to support different needs and interests of employers, higher education institutions (HEIs) and students in different industrial and business sectors and to provide recommendations to Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan (MES RK), Independent Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (IQAA) and HEIs for implementation of dual Higher Education; The project will test the specific models through pilot programs in 3 colleges and HEIs. By realizing their pilot implementations during the project MES RK will be able to analyze the achieved results; As a result of the pilots, the consortium will be able to propose changes tolegislation/regulations to adapt the dual model of professional higher education in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Examples are logistics, electronics and the ICT sector, which is in high demand currently but has problems employing graduates, as they need more graduates than HEIs can deliver to the labor market, employing students’ jobs, using their internships, may ease this problem. It is expected that logistics, electronics ICTs and software development companies are to be the first to show interest in the implementation of dual systems. This will certainly increase the interest of students to study logistics, electronics, ICTs and software engineering, and provide more ICTs and software, electrical engineering graduates for the labor market in Kazakhstan. Logistics, ICTs and software companies will have less problem of employing ICTs and software/electrical engineers and this will have a positive overall impact on development of the logistics, ICTs and electronic sector.

New approaches to the development of educational programs will ensure the continuity of technical and vocational education and higher education systems, contribute to the formation of a flexible training structure and increase employer satisfaction with the skills of graduates. Updated educational programs will be oriented to the industrial sectors of the region and their needs. The project results will have a positive impact on the development of a national system for medium- and long-term forecasting of personnel needs. Updated educational programs and training courses will improve the quality of training of logistics or software engineering teachers for example. The activities and therefore the expected outputs vary according to the needs of the different target groups. The overall objective, namely the adoption of a dual system in Kazakhstan to improve the competencies of students according to the needs of employers while simultaneously increasing the employability of graduates and strengthening the cooperation with the private sector, already mentions the needs of the employers and students. Due to the lack of practical experience of graduates, the project will identify the needs of the employers, as well as the needs of students and the Higher Education Institutions to develop a flexible dual professional education model. With regard to these needs, the development of study programs will work within the framework of results of the needs assessment carried out in the beginning of the project period. The study visits planned in the preparation phase will increase the competencies in curricula development and dual education structures of the target groups to ensure the ability to develop their own programs in the development phase. Due to the educational reforms in higher education in Kazakhstan which focus on internationalization, competitiveness enhancement and the improvement of the quality of education, HEIs are in need to develop labor-market oriented, competitive study programs, which are flexible enough to ensure that graduates meet the needs of the labor market. Since there is no clear transition for TVET Students to continue their studies in Higher Education, the study tour within the preparation phase will address the transmissibility within the European model. Teaching staff from Universities and Colleges will attend training sessions during the study tour to ensure pedagogical knowledge in practice-based education, which then will be implemented into the study programs. The training of trainers in Europe and Kazakhstan will not only ensure the competencies and knowledge needed to develop flexible study programs but will additionally focus on quality assurance in education, meeting the needs of the HEI to develop their study programs according to a certain national and international standards. The significance of quality assurance in education, especially in the bologna process, can also be seen in Kazakhstan, where it has gained increasing significance within the last 10 years. Therefore, the project will work closely with the MES RK and the independent agency IQAA that have formed in Kazakhstan, to review quality standards and ensure a fruitful knowledge transfer assuring that everyone benefits from each other's expertise. Through the development of guidelines on quality assurance, procedures and an agreed set of standards, meeting the need for flexible dual education in correlation with high-quality study programs will be ensured. Led by the merit to enhance quality and recognize QA for professional education, this consortium has prepared KAZDUAL also with the aim to strengthen and enhance transparency within Colleges and HEIs in Kazakhstan and to contribute to the harmonization of approaches, when dealing with dual system and professional education. In this way, the project will facilitate a clear definition of the key characteristics that should accompany dual education at vocational and higher education level. An initial target is that all partners will share and value a common definition of dual professional education, offering an insight into the current use of quality tools within the educational institutions to enhance employability prospects for graduates. After having implemented the preparatory work, the consortium will define common methodologies and guidelines for development of QA of dual professional education and accreditation at national and regional level. Top managers from HEIs, IQAA and MES RK representatives will be invited to participate in national/regional round tables for the adjustment and review of existing national legal frameworks for dual professional education. The analysis will then be made at national level with a special emphasis on reviewing national legislation on the HEIs assessment in line with national reform priorities and ongoing European developments. This is of great importance for Kazakhstan who is a Bologna signatory and member of Council of Europe whose Minister of Education is also interested in monitoring non-governmental accreditation offered like IQAA for example. The project addresses one of the most relevant issues of higher education in Kazakhstan, that of the employability of students. The analyses of the situation showed that students are not well prepared for the needs of employers, study programs do not provide necessary competences and professional skills and there is not much dialogue between vocational centers and HEIs to provide a flexible and continuous path for education along lifelong learning philosophy. KAZDUAL is the first CBHE attempt in Kazakhstan thanks to the support of the MES RK, full partner in the proposal to pilot a model of professional dual education bridging studies with vocational education. Based on detailed analysis of the current practice of Dual Higher Education in Europe and particularly Germanic countries, and based on a survey and analysis of needs of companies in Kazakhstan (planned for WP1), a flexible dual model of education will be proposed to the MES RK. It will support all requirements of companies in Kazakhstan for Dual Higher Education and will be based on the best practices from countries already practicing such a system. The idea is that KAZDUAL may be used by the MES RK, IQAA and other HEIs and their partners from the industry and business sector as a model to follow, with its corresponding regulations and accreditation procedures, shared-tutoring and monitoring for student internships. The dual model to be developed will address the many different and specific implementation scenarios depending on the programs selected and particularities of colleges and HEIs. This will allow HEIs and their DHE business partners to take into account specifics of different industrial and business sectors and implement the most appropriate specific dual model for each case. The project will propose recommendations for regulation of dual Education (combining vocational and higher education), Labor regulations for internships and other regulations that may support a revised regulatory framework for the implementation of dual professional education. The project will also propose changes of the accreditation standards in order to support the accreditation of programs or practice in KAZDUAL. The three main results of project are:

1. A flexible model of dual Higher and professional Education, developed aiming maximal effectiveness of collaboration between HE students, HEIs, colleges and companies in Kazakhstan

2. A legislative framework and accreditation procedures for dual professional education needed for establishment of dual system Model in Kazakhstan

3. Pilot implementations in selected fields, needed to test the proposed KAZDUAL model for vocational and Higher Education Model.

 

The consortium will develop a flexible Dual Education model following recommendations from EU partner models. For the establishment of a legislative framework and accreditation procedures, the experience of ACQUIN and CEENQA are fundamental. Members of these organizations will be also participating in the piloting phase following accreditation procedures together with IQAA, another

 

consortium member of this project. The MES RK will be actively involved in the development of the most optimized Dual Higher Education Model as it will serve as an example for the government to follow across the country. Depending on the region and sector, the model of cooperation with industry and companies may vary but the project will set common standards for the different collaboration scenarios between Kazakh students, HEIs, vocational centers and companies. To achieve this, the consortium will consult representatives of all identified stakeholders in order to identify their needs, expectations and requirements of Dual Higher Education in Kazakhstan. The consortium will propose a normative and legislative framework according to the best foreign practices and gained experiences. In that process involvement of MES RK, together with other Kazakh partners, Universities, associated partners like Atameken will be crucial for establishing amendments to the Law on Dual and professional Education, Law on Higher Education and amendments in Accreditation Standards and procedures. Collaboration and synergy of pilot testing will provide a comprehensive analysis of the proposed concept of Dual Education in Kazakhstan.

 

At the start of the project, a Quality Plan (QP) will formalize the approach that will be followed by the partners of KAZDUAL to ensure the highest quality of project activities, outputs and outcomes and project management. The deliverable itself will define the role and responsibilities of each partner. Key performance indicators will be elaborated and approved at the beginning of the project.

 

A Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) led by IAAQ and assisted by SKSU and TTK - with extensive experience in CBHE projects – will produce the QP and lead the internal activities related to project performance. The QAC will define the necessary procedures for (A) Internal quality monitoring and risk management, and (B) External monitoring.

The objectives of the QP will be to define the methodology to achieve results based on monitoring, self-evaluation and planning for improvement. The QAP will also help to:

  • Ensure that high standards of updated/modernized curricula are maintained and outcomes improved for students;
  • Meet standards and expectations through the internal resources of partner HEIs;
  • Meet National Qualifications Frameworks when applicable;
  • Ensure assessment of training materials and internships procedures and monitoring of tasks
  • Ensure that accreditation of the developed curricula at national/institutional levels, regulations and guidelines are met as well;
  • Train target academic staff and academic faculty on quality improvement processes
  • Provide quality assurance approaches to other non-academic partners;
  • Apply total quality control including external review and evaluation

 

The structure of the quality monitoring of the deliverable is as follows:

1. Well defined quality expectations and general guidelines regarding the project deliverables from the onset, i.e. the documents, workshops, meetings and other activities are to be strictly monitored.

2. Responsibilities of each project partners are checked by a set of internal monitoring strategy with individual performance indicators, among which:

- Monitoring the learning process of teachers and students. The results of the curricula developed will be monitored by academic authorities at vice-rectorate and faculty level of the HEIs.

A set of metrics will be established some of which are metrics for: operation of the institution, number of teachers retrained, students involved, number of companies participating in pilots, achievement of competences and professional skills in function of learning outcomes, employability of graduates, etc.

3. External monitoring. This will be conducted together with a subcontracted evaluator. Apart from the review of MES RK, IQAA and external stakeholders, the coordinator SKU will employ an external evaluator once the project is approved to provide an independent opinion on the quality, attainment of objectives, efficiency and sustainability of the project. A Terms of Reference will cover the scope, timespan and aim of the evaluation. This external reviewer will deliver two reports to the consortium and based on recommendations of such a report, partners would have to take necessary actions.

 

This is all overseen by a total quality management via project structures and meetings and daily project management.

 

3.1. Main principles

 

Activities directed to sustainability are designed with the aim of making the project's activities and results known to the broader educational and industry, business community at the local, regional and European level. Active participation of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan is obligatory and should make strong link between the government and other project`s stakeholders.

 

Several broad principles will guide the implementation of the strategy:

 

All activities will be based on team efforts and should involve all relevant members of the consortium. Coordination among the KAZDUAL consortium partners is essential for achieving effectiveness of communication plan can cause sustainability in the post-project periodincluding dissemination with reporting to the Project Management Committee (PMC) of the project - the decision-making body of the Consortium.

 

The members of the KAZDUAL consortium will identify individual persons who would bear responsibility for implementing sustainability activities. The members of the KAZDUAL consortium will strive to coordinate with the KAZDUAL management team any sustainability, communication and dissemination-enhancing activities that are not mentioned in this strategy but that they plan to undertake within their institutions.

 

Each publication or product within the project will be prepared with a clear audience and purpose in mind, and it should have a preliminary message and dissemination road map. Each publication will respect the Dissemination and visual identity rules for ERASMUS + CBHE projects available here at https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/about-eacea/visual-identity_en and generally, CBHE rules will be strictly observed.

 

The KAZDUAL consortium members will strive to achieve the right balance between formal and informal mechanisms of communication with their broader institutional and policy environment. While the project work programme mostly focuses on the formal mechanisms of communication and dissemination, informal channels are equally important and would require involvement and commitment from the persons taking part in project implementation.

 

One of the difficulties of projects of this nature is that, while the project team understands both what the project is trying to achieve and how the wider community within institutions could benefit from the its successful implementation, the target audience – i.e. this very same community – need not necessarily understand the precise objectives of the project or appreciate its potential beneficial impact. Therefore, at the institutional level – and often through informal channels – the project teams of each particular consortium member might need to search for ways to articulate in clear, concise and accessible ways what the project is about and why it is important.

 

3.2. Consortium

 

EU Partners

 

  1. Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg – OVGU (Germany)
  2. Tallinn University of Applied Sciences -TTK (Estonia)
  3. Pädagogische Hochschule Tirol – PHT (Austria)
  4. Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute – ACQUIN
  5. Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education –CEENQA

 

KZ Partners

 

  1. M. Auezov South-Kazakhstan University - SKU (project Grantholder),
  2. Independent Agency for Quality Assurance in Education - IQAA
  3. Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan – MES RK
  4. Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University - KazNPU
  5. E. Buketova Karaganda University - KarU
  6. Shakarim University -SSUS
  7. Karaganda Higher Polytechnic College – KHPC
  8. Semei Electrotechnical College – Electrotechnical College

 

Partner

Institution

Acronym

P1

M. Auezov South-Kazakhstan University

SKU

P2

Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg

OVGU

P3

Tallinn University of Applied Sciences

TTK

P4

Pädagogische Hochschule Tirol

PTH

P5

Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute

ACQUIN

P6

Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education

CEENQA

P7

Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University

KazNPU

P8

E. Buketov Karaganda University

KarU

P9

Shakarim University

SSUS

P10

Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan

MES RK

P11

Independent Agency for Quality Assurance in Education

IQAA

P12

Karaganda Higher Polytechnic College

KHPC

P13

Semei Electrotechnical College

Electrotechnical College

 

 

2. Sustainability Strategy

The Strategy include:

  • Communication and target groups
  • Further development

 

  1. KAZDUAL approach to communication

The project Sustainability depend on using correct communication activities matched to a target group.

Most of the KAZDUAL activities are targeted at all interest groups within the participating institutions (Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan, IQAA, senior management, administration, academics, and students). Part of the work programme (as specified in the milestones) targets also major stakeholders such as employers, business and industry, labour market institutions, civil society, student organizations, HEIs, Colleges outside the consortium. Many events can be expected to have wide target groups involving not just internal and external stakeholders, but also the broader public, the media, persons involved in similar projects and researchers. Therefore, such events will be streamed live on the Internet and social media such as LinkedIn, Instagram and Kazdual portal.

 

However, there are five target groups of the dissemination of KAZDUAL project which are key stakeholders in promoting cooperation enterprise-university, implementing dual system and providing employability to students:

 

1. Universities, research centers, associations of professionals, associations of companies, training providers. Dissemination will be directed to academic staff, institutional management, heads of institutions, heads of departments, heads of internship, quality assurance units or educational development unit involved in the design and development of study programs and training activities along with trainers/teachers of students, graduates and professionals, co-responsible (with the learner) for the quality of their work, through the development of the competences matching job market needs and up-to-date knowledge. The awareness for this group should be provided by using all tools include conferences, symposiums, workshops, project`s portal, social media, etc.

 

2. Students: Their main aim is to develop the best competences possible to perform at the profession with a high quality and to continuously improve competencies to improve the quality of their work and adapting to new professional requirements. Students’ associations (at national and international level) will be also considered for their potential dissemination activity to larger communities through project`s portal and social media.

 

3. Public Services: Authorities, governmental institutions in the professional education and Dual system related fields. Awareness about the project and findings about emerging skill needs and therefore building the basis for interaction in strategy definition for facing challenges related to education schemes, curricula, future regulatory education frameworks, etc. The awareness can be provided by conferences, symposiums, workshops.

 

4. Industry, companies, start-ups and consultants governmental and non-governmental organizations will use trainings and incubation beside the project`s portal and social media.

 

5. General public: as consumers, parents or simply as citizens. There is a main interest to make them aware of the increasing collaboration between professional oriented companies and educational and training organizations towards the improvement the professionals’ skills and competences and ultimately towards the improvement of the knowledge and skills that will be useful to the employee.That awareness will be provided by video and flash-presentation (website, Youtube channel), flyers, posters,

the project`s portal and social media.

 

KAZDUAL consortium partners will mobilize their networks of partners at the local, regional and national level in view of raising general awareness of the project, attracting supporters and promoting project outputs.

 

KAZDUAL consortium partners have to establish channels of media relations. They will use these channels in the best possible way in view of achieving visibility of the project at the local, regional and national level.

 

KAZDUAL consortium partners will present the project and promote its results during other relevant events organized within their own institutions or by partner institutions.

 

Project teams within KAZDUAL consortium partners will use all possibilities presented by the publishing activity within their own institutions to promote the project and its results. Relevant internal publications, such as website news, website project link and content, information bulletins (electronic or printed),

 

brochures, student newspapers, etc. can be a suitable medium for promoting the project within the institution (including among students) and among local networks of partners and stakeholders.

 

KAZDUAL consortium partners will use all available opportunities to make the project visible to stakeholders at the local regional and national level, including through targeted emailing of project outputs.

 

KAZDUAL consortium partners will avail of all suitable opportunities to publicize the KAZDUAL project on the national and international level, by publishing papers, publishing press releases online and in print, presenting at conferences and seminars and availing of any opportunities for promoting the project by collaborating with other CBHE projects through Inter Project Coaching that may occur.

 

For the project portal: www.kazdual.kz

 

For the project Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/KAZDUAL

 

For the project Instagram:

http://instagram.com/KAZDUAL

 

has been set up by and is being maintained by AbaiKazNPU and Social Media presence will complement the website of the project. It will be used by all partner institutions to share information related to the general topic of the project, as well as to present achieved results or activities within particular institutions. The content will be less formal, more interactive and broader in terms of issues than the website\Portal of the project. This approach would allow the consortium to maximize and facilitate day-today interaction among project team members, supporters, researchers, followers and other persons involved with or interested in the project, while also maintaining – through the KAZDUAL platform – a streamlined, concise, focused and user-friendly presence on the web that would benefit the overall visibility of the project.

 

Live streaming and a YouTube channel will be used where possible to make the main events accessible to a wide group of stakeholders.

 

Electronic mailing lists will help maintain and facilitate contacts within and beyond the KAZDUAL consortium. E-mail will be one of the primary means of engaging stakeholders, particularly the highly critical and relevant groups. An electronic mailing list for the KAZDUAL project has already been established, and it serves the purposes of internal project communication. This consortium-level list will be complemented by institution-level emailing lists of contacts relevant to the project, which projectteams within each institution will develop, maintain, expand and use for the purposes of effective dissemination and implementation of the work programme.

 

3.2. An Observatory - Innovative Training Hub

 

A point can make the project sustainable is one of the goals in KAZDUAL which is establishment an Observatory of good practices in dual education which will support a network of practitioners with the aim of strengthening links between the entities and organizations that sustain the dual system of professional education. It will also contribute to increasing cooperation with university-enterprise through QA processes, role of students and employers and offer services to IQAA and MESRK. A handbook and publication with results of piloting programs will be elaborated by the Observatory.

 

An Observatory - Innovative Training Hub as a joint platform to share, test and apply disruptive training solutions, collecting inputs, contents and supports from academia, industry, and other key stakeholders

 

in the Dual system-related sectors. The Platform is a cohesive network to rethink the links between learning and employers’ performance; also a honing and polishing spot connected with external clusters of employers and scientific associations.

 

KAZDUAL Knowledge Clusters based as local physical institutions for data exchange, identification of local competency boosters and mobilization of local stakeholders – as well as liaising complementary.

 

KAZDUAL Permanent Observatory of new innovative training systems. The Observatory carries research directed mainly at providing companies and employers with indications concerning future trends and their impact on training offer and demand.

 

KAZDUAL Certification Scheme for the recognition of knowledge and skills of professionals working in various fields of the Dual system sector and certification of training activities.

 

Developed KAZDUAL Training Activities as a list of joint programs or by the single partners with description of target groups, learning outcomes, methods, where and how available. A teachers’ guide, facilitators guide, teaching tools, methods and materials as well as a list of selected activities with target groups, learning outcomes, methods and implementation plan are combined to an unique portfolio – Dual system Model handbook.

 

The head of the Observatory is appointed a person from the project working group who develops an Observatory Business Plan for the period of work (within the project and after project lifetime).

 

3. Further development

 

  1. Activities specifically aimed at sustainability

 

The work program includes a number of activities specifically aimed at sustainability:

• Dissemination the project through the all channels including KAZDUAL institution website\KAZDUAL Platform;

• Establishing the Observatory;

• Legislation the Model developed over the project for educational standards;

• Establishment mechanisms for self-financing;

 

4. Expected Impact of the Project

While the main beneficiaries of the project outputs/products/results are teachers and students with enterprises but also tries to bridge the gap between vocational and higher education levels - there will be different levels of positive impact.

The results of the KAZDUAL project Tangible results will be at different levels according to the stakeholders:

At local level: Thanks to cooperation with around 45 local companies (15 per region), 360 students will gain perspectives for employment after graduation. HEIs will be able to generate intensive contact with local companies with perspectives of professional courses, advising businesses and practical research. Local companies will be able to participate in formation of students before graduation and cooperate with nearby students with increased employment perspectives after graduation.

At National level: Students receive funding during the period of study. HEIs, they will have less students dropped. Companies will receive graduates with better qualifications and skills and specifically trained young trainees reducing the recruitment costs. Moreover, close cooperation between HEIs and companies could increase the innovative potential of both of them. Being involved in real industry problem solving universities will be forced to change their research attitude and align them with business demands. In other words, universities can substantially expand the number of their budgeting sources. While, the companies involved in close cooperation with HEIs may have further expansion of business activities including export capabilities due to increasing their innovative potential.

At regional level: Students from peripheral countries in Central Asia or Russia may find their interests to study within the Dual Higher Education Model in Kazakhstan. HEIs and colleges can increase in number of students and contribute to the reputation of HEI in the region. Companies: Companies in the region may employ highly trained people with no language barriers.

  1. European level: Students following German or Austrian model system, introducing Bologna standards in professional education and internship practices can also get a better perspective of finding a job because of gaining practically oriented qualifications and possibilities of enrolling in some of the harmonized programs of dual education in Europe. For HEIs the introduction of a compatible model with EU standards will also facilitate the strategic internationalization of HEIs and partnership with EU HEIs for dual education. Companies in Europe may employ highly qualified manpower, educated by a model that is consistent to EU labor market needs from Kazakhstan.

 

The Purpose of the KAZDUAL Observatory will be to continue to promote the results of the KAZDUAL project throughout Kazakhstan and beyond through maintaining of the project website platform, an email discussion list, shared organisation of KAZDUAL training events between Kazakhstan institutions, blogs, listservs + a Calendar of Events all supported by the involvement of the Associate partners in the project.

 

After project lifetime the main method by which the Target groups will continue to be reached is through the KAZDUAL Model (Dual System Model) and its Embedding into educational programs at each institution and its continuous development, enrichment and updating by institutions.

 

5. Benefits to end users

 

Ultimately, the general public will benefit especially as consumers from better trained employees with better knowledge and skills.

 

Companies\Organizations will have quicker access to research results, can use expertise of university staff when working for a short period in industry\organizations\institutions, can use internships of students for new developments (increase of manpower), staff will get access to apply new methodologies and technologies.

 

Training organizations will have real case orientation that will allow better design of courses and access to tools and good practices.

 

Both companies\organizations\institutions and training organizations will benefit from a shift of cooperation between them from national to European level by allowing the use of additional expertise, facilitating mobility/employability of students and better (according to needs) trained employees available for companies\organizations\institutions.

 

Students will have access to better (real case-oriented, entrepreneurship minded) training, and European wide placements (language and communication skills) will increase employability.

 

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