Higher Education in Kazakhstan 2017

Higher education policy is the key to lifelong learning and this is particularly important as the ageing population is increasing in many countries. It is a major driver of economic competitiveness in an increasingly knowledge-driven global economy and it also brings social cohesion and well-being. Countries are increasingly aware that higher education institutions need to foster the skills required to sustain a globally competitive research base and improve knowledge dissemination to the benefit of society. Kazakhstan’s higher education system has made progress over the past ten years.  However, there is scope for improvement in delivering labour-market relevant skills to Kazakhstanis, and in supporting economic growth through research and innovation. In examining the higher education system in Kazakhstan, this report builds on a 2007 joint OECD/World Bank review: Reviews of National Policies for Education: Higher Education in Kazakhstan 2007. Each chapter presents an overview of progress made in the past decade across the main areas explored in the 2007 report. These include quality and relevance, access and equity, internationalisation, research and innovation, financing and governance. The report also examines policy responses to evolving dynamics in higher education and the wider socio-economic changes.

Published on March 15, 2017Also available in: Russian

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Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Higher education in Kazakhstan
Quality and relevance of higher education in Kazakhstan
Access and equity in higher education in Kazakhstan
Internationalisation and higher education in Kazakhstan
Integration of education, research and innovation in Kazakhstan
Financing higher education in Kazakhstan
The governance of higher education in Kazakhstan
Concluding remarks
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