Twenty-seven participants attended the NQF meeting held on 15 December 2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kasipkor Holding, JSC Information Analytical Center, the Association of Colleges of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National Academy of Education, universities and other institutions exchanged views and shared opinions on the implementation of a NQF in Kazakhstan with experts from Latvia and Poland.
The meeting was opened by the Head of the Political Section of the EU Delegation in Kazakhstan, Mr Zoltan Szalai. Mr Szalai welcomed the participation of Kazakhstan in EU HE and VET programmes and stressed the importance of NQFs in graduate employability and further cooperation between the EU and Central Asia.
Mr Darkhan Akhmed-Zaki from the Ministry of Education and Science presented the current status of the National Qualifications Framework in the country and looked at some of the challenges they have faced. Kazakhstan has designed and developed an initial NQF and is in the process of implementing it across the sector. The NQF is fully compatible with the European Qualifications Framework on all 8 levels, creating the basic conditions for the integration of the Kazakhstan education sector and the labour market with those of the EU. Current challenges include developing links with sectoral qualifications frameworks and setting up a process of self-certification.
Professor Ewa Chmielecka from the Educational Research Institute in Poland and Ms Baiba Ramiņa, Director of the Academic Information Centre in Latvia, both presented case studies highlighting the lessons that have been learnt from the introduction of NQF in their respective countries, including the development of sectoral qualifications frameworks and occupational standards in Latvia.
The afternoon saw roundtable discussions and working groups on issues relating to the practical implementation of NQFs and the development of recognition tools. In the session focusing on self-certification Prof. Chmielecka was able to share her valuable experience as a member of the EQF Advisory Group which evaluates self-certification reports in Poland.
The Rector of North Kazakhstan State University, Professor Omirbayev, noted: “The discussions were very deep and detailed. We were keen to learn about experience from Latvia and Poland as well as from other countries in Central Asia. What I liked especially was the enthusiasm and sincerity of the invited experts when they shared their experience”.
The meeting was organized by CAEP and the Center for Bologna Process, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.