Kazakhstan is a global top ten performer in education modernisation and has recently exceeded ‘Russia’s per-capita GDP. The independent organisation Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, NIS” is a cornerstone of ongoing efforts and has developed a unique approach in adopting global best practice and state-of-the-art approaches to learning with the local context, history, culture and mentality. No wonder, Turkmen teachers highly appreciate courses on leadership, school management and lessons planning. The brochure gives an overview of activities, achievement, and feedback.
Senior expert Beiba Ramina developed a Quality Assurance Concept for higher education in Turkmenistan, exploiting the transition experience of an EU accession and former Soviet Union country. She highlights three options on how a Turkmen Quality Assurance Concept might be designed and discusses their pros and cons. The proposal was formally submitted to the Ministry for further discussion and decision-making.
Senior expert Karl-Ludwig Radlinger made a functional analysis of the flagship of ‘Turkmenistan’s higher education system, the English-speaking Humanitarian University. Highlighting the enormous potential of higher education in the country, he also mentions the lack of autonomy as a significant constraint in aiming for academic excellence.
The Turkmen law clearly states that any state institution is obliged to have a website. Based on similar assignments in neighbouring countries, Key expert Linards Deidulisdeveloped a sophisticated proposal on how to structure the site and integrate into daily communication and decision-making. Whenever there is a green light, the project is ready to further contribute to the website of the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan.
Senior expert Amanda Davies had a look on the way, English is taught in Turkmen school, as a contribution of the EU to the implementation of the national concept on learning foreign languages. She provided a detailed analysis of strengths and weaknesses, highlighting the need for a sophisticated and coherent approach in aligning the teaching of English with global standards. She proposed to develop a pilot course to familiarise the community with the latest achievements and practice in learning English as a foreign language.
Based on Amanda Davies analysis, Pearson developed 200 hours certified further training course for 40 best English teachers from all over the country. XX provided the training and certified 12 teachers as Master Trainers. This way, the project contributed created a nucleus of well-qualified teacher, a contribution to the national concept of learning foreign languages. The project will further support the Ministry in developing roadmaps for updating teacher’s qualification and disseminating best practice in a sustainable and institutionalised way.