LOGO TRUNAKThe TRUNAK project seeks to enhance university autonomy in Kazakhstan. It seeks to develop both the management and governance of Kazakh universities, as well as the capacities of national authorities to modernise their higher education systems by supporting the definition, implementation and monitoring of reform policies.

The overarching aim of the project is to foster the transition of the Kazakh higher education system towards decentralised, autonomous governance.

As part of the project, EUA is supporting the Kazakh partners in conducting a state-of-play and needs analysis on the basis of EUA’s University Autonomy Scorecard methodology, paving the way for the development of an adequate model of university autonomy in Kazakhstan. EUA will also advise the partners on developing guiding material on university autonomy, forming a consulting group around the results and disseminating them to other Kazakh universities.

The bottom-up approach retained by the TRUNAK project fosters the dialogue between universities and ministries, and thus enables the consortium to contribute more effectively to extending the autonomy of Kazakh higher education institutions.

In this project, EUA makes use of its long-standing expertise in addressing the issues of autonomy, accountability and funding through promoting conferences and workshops, and engaging its members in an evidence-based debate on improving university governance and leadership competencies and updating funding structures.

EUA’s Autonomy Scorecard compares a wealth of indicators reflecting the degree of autonomy of universities in 29 systems in EU. EUA has been invited to use these tools to provide advice to several countries seeking to develop governance reforms for the sector. It has the expertise to deliver in-depth analysis of the state of university autonomy in different countries, identifying pressing challenges and providing recommendations for a governance reform. EUA developed bespoke structures and processes to design and implement roadmaps outlining necessary steps for reform of the regulatory frameworks. EUA fosters inclusive approaches to governance reforms and helps build capacities to modernise university governance and management.

Project timeframe: October 2017 to October 2020

Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education

Structural measures project 586205-EPP-1-2017-1-KZ-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP

The TRUNAK project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union Erasmus plus flag

In Kazakhstan:

  • Karaganda State Medical University (coordinator)
  • Astana Medical University
  • West Kazakhstan State Medical University named after M. Ospanov
  • M.Kozybaev North Kazakhstan State University
  • Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsouz
  • Atyrau State University named after Kh. Dosmukhamedov
  • Ministry of Education and Science of the R. of K.
  • Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the R.K.

In the EU:

  • European University Association
  • Lund University, Sweden
  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Lublin University of Technology, Poland
  • Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Aga Khan University in UK, United Kingdom
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

The TRUNAK kick-off meeting was held from 13 to 17 November 2017.


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