Today an important Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP) and the “Bologna Process and Academic Mobility Center”, under the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The aim of this agreement is to develop a closer relationship between the Center and CAEP in order to expand cooperation between the European Union and Central Asia within the sector of higher education and to promote the full implementation of the agreed principles of the Bologna Process in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan signed the Bologna Declaration in 2010, becoming the 47th member country of the Bologna Process and the first Central Asian state to be recognised as a full member of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Being part of the Bologna Process involves improving access to European education, facilitating the recognition of qualifications across the EHEA, improving the academic mobility of students and faculty, introducing the ECTS credit transfer system in universities, developing quality assurance systems and procedures, and promoting lifelong learning.
The “Bologna Process and Academic Mobility Center” ensures the active participation of the Republic of Kazakhstan in EHEA and other higher education spaces; its mission is to promote proper and full implementation of agreed principles of the Bologna Process in the Republic of Kazakhstan at national and institutional levels in order to ensure competitiveness of the national higher education system.
As part of the MOU the Center and CAEP will share experience and knowledge of education reform and the Bologna Process, exchange information resources and actively participate in seminars, conferences, scientific studies and projects, as well as provide mutually beneficial assistance for the implementation of Bologna process principles, with the final aim of promoting education reform and modernising the higher education system in Kazakhstan.