Government considers issues of improving quality of higher education

At the government session chaired by Prime Minister Askar Mamin, issues of improving the quality of higher education were considered.

Minister of Education and Science Askhat Aimagambetov and the President of the Republican Association of Higher Educational Institutions Rakhman Alshanov presented their reports.

The Prime Minister noted that a lot of systematic work is being carried out to develop the sphere of higher education. At the legislative level, universities are given academic and managerial independence. At the same time, it is necessary to further improve the quality of training of specialists, to introduce mechanisms of responsibility of universities for the quality of student training.

Fifteen universities providing low-quality education were closed. The qualification requirements for learning outcomes have been revised with a cross-section of students' knowledge.

“The level of knowledge of graduates must meet the requirements of the market and employers. The fourth industrial revolution and widespread digitalization require completely new approaches and skills. It is important to introduce the principle of lifelong learning,” Mamin said.

The Head of Government instructed the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population, as well as NCE Atameken to intensify the work on updating and developing new professional standards, on which the quality of training of specialists depends.

The Prime Minister emphasized the need to develop an independent certification system for graduates, update the National Classifier of Occupations, legislative regulation of distance learning formats, incl. in higher education.

The Ministry of Education and Science was instructed to provide in the Concept for the Development of Education until 2025, specific measures and indicators to ensure the quality of higher education, together with the Ministries of Finance, National Economy, interested government agencies - until Nov. 22, 2021. finalize and submit to the Government the Roadmap to improve the competitiveness of universities for 2021-2025.

Askar Mamin instructed to work out funding issues for the formation of 20 strong regional universities and on the opening of two universities in Petropavlovsk and Shymkent like Nazarbayev University, to continue work on the development of double-degree programs and academic mobility of teachers and students.

The Head of Government instructed to work out the creation of a unified digital platform for science and higher education with specific measures to increase the volume of scientific research at universities and actively involve young people in science.

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