Regional Cluster Meeting on the impact of E+ Capacity Building Higher Education (CBHE) projects in Central Asia
November 19-20, 2020
As project coordinator of a Capacity Building in Higher Education project that started in 2019 (DIARKAZ), prof. Mirko Savić was invited to a Regional Cluster Meeting on the impact of E+ Capacity Building Higher Education (CBHE) projects in Central Asia. Over 100 coordinators and project partner participants from Central Asia (cf. Agenda attached have joined the meeting.
The cluster meeting was organized by the National Erasmus+ Office (NEO) Uzbekistan in collaboration with the Executive Agency (EACEA), the European Commission and the National Erasmus+ Offices of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.Representatives of DIARKAZ project were invited to attend the second day of the Cluster meeting (morning of 20/11/2020). Following a presentation on the EU funded regional cooperation in education; the participants discussed the challenges in project management during the COVID-19 pandemic confinement period in a plenary session. It was a good opportunity to get an overview and take stock of the different coping strategies and management practices under the new circumstances.
On November 12, 2020, Professor Helge Hochrinner from FH Joanneum University hosted a webinar on the topic “Application and Admission Procedure”. He presented all the stages of the process of admission of applicants to the dual educational program in normal conditions and during the pandemic.
FH Joanneum is the second largest university of applied sciences in Austria. It has about 4,600 students and about 651 employees. As an application-oriented university, they offer students a practice-oriented education on a full-time or part-time basis, and cooperative programs with an interdisciplinary focus. FHJ combines academic education with practical training. The long-term experience of our Austrian colleagues is very interesting to Kazakhstani partners and will be used in organizing the admission of applicants to the educational program “Industrial automation and robotics”.
Online-Seminar “Best Practices of Dual Higher Education”
On November 10, 2020, the Cooperative state University of Baden-Württemberg (Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg / DHBW) held an online-seminar for partners of the DIARKAZ project and shared their experience in the development and implementation of dual educational programs.
Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW ) is the first higher education institution in Germany which combines on-the-job training and academic studies and, therefore, achieves a close integration of theory and practice, both being components of cooperative education. With around 34,000 enrolled students, over 9,000 partner companies and more than 145,000 graduates, DHBW counts as one of the largest higher education institutions in the German Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg.The onine-seminar was also attended by the team of the DUALSCI project, which aims to integrate academic education and business in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Such cooperation with universities implementing similar projects and expert support of professionals in the field of dual education creates a valuable synergy effect.
A promotion report of the project Dual Education for Industrial Automatization and Robotics in Kazakhstan (DIARKAZ) on the XI International IT and Education Development Conference 2020 (ITRO 2020), 30th October 2020, University of Novi Sad, Technical faculty “Mihajlo Pupin” Zrenjanin, Serbia
The XI International IT and Education Development Conference 2020 (ITRO 2020) was held at the Technical Faculty “Mihajlo Pupin” on October 30th, 2020. Given the current situation regarding the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the Conference was held online in compliance with all epidemiological measures.
This was an opportunity for members of the project team, professors PhD Eleonora Desnica and PhD Milan Nikolic, to present and promote the project Dual Education for Industrial Automatization and Robotics in Kazakhstan (DIARKAZ) to the participants of the conference, through the online platform.
They presented the project, project partners, main project goals and main project activities.
Online adviser exhibition for graduates of the Pavlodar region
From October 21, 2020 to October 23, 2020, the PUBLIC FOUNDATION “HEALTHY NATION” of Pavlodar (Republic of Kazakhstan) held an online adviser exhibition for graduates of the Pavlodar region. On this platform, meetings were held in real time with students of 11 grades at which the speakers were representatives of colleges and universities of Pavlodar with career guidance work. The Innovative Eurasian University was also among the participants.The graduates had a unique chance to get acquainted with the new specialty Automation and Robotics within the framework of the DIARKAZ project, the perspectives and opportunities of dual education in this educational program. In addition, INEU speakers spoke about the ERASMUS+ program itself.For three days the exhibition was visited by a large number of graduates from all areas of the Pavlodar region.
On Friday, October 23rd, a meeting of the Steering Committee №3 was held. The following points were discussed on the agenda: report and survey on companies regarding dual education; webinars organized by partner universities from Austria and Germany; purchase of equipment, also future project activities were discussed
Due to the current epidemiological situation, all planned trips have been postponed for uncertain term.
As part of Erasmus Days 2020, a video of the DIARKAZ project was filmed in order to attract applicants to the new dual educational program «Industrial Automation and Robotics». The video is intended to focus the attention of the target audience on the relevance of studying industrial automation and robotics in Kazakhstan and to inform the public about this new program.
Presentation of the international project "Dual education for industrial automation and robotics in Kazakhstan / DIARKAZ", held at the WKATU named after Zhangir Khan.
On October 14 at the Industrial and Technological Institute of Zhangir Khan WKATU for first-year students in the specialty «Mechatronics» was presented the international project Erasmus+ «Dual Education for Industrial Automation and Robotics in Kazakhstan / DIARKAZ» in the framework of Erasmus day. Teachers of higher schools told about the goals and objectives of the project, as well as explained to freshmen the subtleties of their chosen specialty, noting that in today’s world of mechatronics and robotics are the most relevant areas not only as an activity, but also in scientific terms.During the meeting, students were also informed about the necessary competencies to be possessed by automation and robotics graduates and the prospects for the future. It was emphasized that for a graduate who plans to develop his career, especially in automation and robotics, it is important to think about practical skills in his field. For this purpose, the university organizes partnership programs for dual education with the University.This will allow students to gain relevant experience and insight into real-world working conditions. It should be noted that the educational program «Mechatronics» was opened at the University last year and immediately began to attract applicants. By the way, the students of 2019 recruitment will be the first graduates of specialists in this field in 2023 and they are already waiting for them at the enterprises of the region, where the automated production system is implemented, such as LLP «Glass Service» and LLP «Ural Transformer Plant». For reference: for admission to the educational program «Mechatronics» you need knowledge in mathematics, physics, computer science. In addition, skills are required to work with the main programming languages. For college graduates, the university provides an accelerated course of study.
As part of Erasmus + week, at the Faculty of Economics in Subotica, University of Novi Sad, on 5th October, 2020 was held a presentation of projects.
The following projects were presented: Professional Development of Vocation Education Teachers with European Practices (ProVET), Implementation of Dual Education in Higher Education of Serbia (DualEdu), Strengthening capacities for the implementation of dual education in BH higher education (DualSCI), Agricultural policy of European Union and its influence on the competitiveness of agri-food products of Serbia (AgriCom), Advanced data analytics in business (ADA), Dual education for industrial automation and robotics in Kazakhstan (DIARKAZ).
On this occasion, the results of previous work and a plan for future project activities were presented to students, professors, assistants and representatives of the economy.
On September 28 and 29, DIARKAZ project participants listened to a webinar on the topic “Training on Dual Higher Education” organized by colleagues from FH Joanneum and DHBW within the LaTFURE project. The webinar consisted of 4 modules, namely:
Conceptual and Theoretical Framework of Dual Education;
Implementation of Dual Education;
Teaching and learning in Dual Education;
Quality Assurance and Assessment in Dual Education.
Webinar "Dual education for industrial automatization and robotics in Kazakhstan”
On Monday, September 7, H. Hochrinner, professor at the Austrian project partner university of the FH Joanneum, held a two-hour webinar on the dual learning in Austria and their implementation of this study system and collaborative work with enterprises. Professor H. Hohrinner explained in detail the key points of the organization of dual learning from the experience of his university. The professor also talked about the difficulties at work and how they overcome them. They clearly spoke about the dual education system, how the training itself takes place, what standards are set by partner enterprises. The experience of Austrian colleagues is being adapted by Kazakh universities to meet our realities.
Online meeting of the DIARKAZ Steering Committee members
An online meeting of the members of the project Steering Committee was held on June 24. Issues of project implementation, conducted and future activities were discussed. The partners also approved the Quality Control Manual and the Dissemination and Sustainability Plan of the project.
The partner universities of Kazakhstan provided a report on meetings with employers and plans for further work in the development of a dual educational program for IAR and the dissemination and exploitation of project results.
COVID-19 made its adjustments to the project, but the consortium of the project is optimistic and proactive. A webinar on dual training from Austrian colleagues from FH Joanneum is scheduled for September. Stay tuned for further news.
Webinar "Process of the dual study program “Production technology and organization”
On Friday, May 15, Professor H. Hochrinner, professor at the Austrian project partner university of the FH Joanneum, held a three-hour webinar on the methodology for developing a dual educational program and the dual learning process. Professor H. Hohrinner explained in detail the key points of the organization of dual learning from the experience of his university. To date, researchers at KEEU, INEU and WKATU have developed educational programs for industrial automatization and robotics, so the issues of the dual training process and the search for a scheme for cooperation with enterprises are relevant for Kazakhstani universities. The experience of Austrian colleagues as one of the leaders of dual education along with German universities is very useful for Kazakhstani partners, but not the whole methodology is applicable in the realities of Kazakhstan. Therefore, the project teams of three Kazakhstani universities have a lot of work to do in search of their own path to the development of dual education in the Republic.
On May 15, KEEU held an online-meeting with university employers in the field of industrial automatization and robotics.
The meeting was attended by the project partner of SaryarkaAvtoProm LLP represented by the Head of the Corporate University L. Olkinyan, the Head of the Personnel Training and Development Center M. Aubakirova, the Chief mechanic M. Shcherbakov, the Engineer S. Makayev, associates project partners President of the Kazakhstan Association of Automation and Robotics V. Turekhanov and Director of the training division of the Group of companies Festo AG & Co S. Kuskov.In addition to the partner organizations of the project, representatives of other enterprises of Kazakhstan took part in the meeting: Director of Kostanayenergo LLP M. Mukuzhanov, HR manager K. Ilgundinova and Head of Sales Department I. Birzhanova “Transtelecom” JSC in the city of Kostanay – “Kostanaytranstelecom”, Chief engineer of “Kelet” JSC V. Mishchenko, Technical director A. Shankin and Sales manager R. Ussenov TKR holding company, Head of educational programs and mentoring of MOST business incubator D. Babich, Director of development of BI practice at iQSolutions, Founder of Data Science Academy M. Dolayev, General director of KazTechInnovations company T. Balbayev, Automation engineer of “Kostanay Minerals” JSC E. Kryssenko, Commercial Director of “Advanced Business Technologies” LLP Ye. Meirambayev.During the meeting were discussed following questions: the skills and competencies necessary for graduates of the Industrial Automatization and Robotics educational program, the content of the educational program, the possibility and conditions for employers to participate in the dual educational program, the methodology of organizing dual training (the “university-enterprise” study scheme).A lot of work to develop mechanisms for interaction between enterprises and universities is to be done in Kazakhstan. The past meeting with employers is contribution to the development and strengthening of such cooperation.
On May 13, 2020, at 11:00, an online meeting of researchers of the DIARKAZ project with employers was held at Innovative University of Eurasia.
On May 13, 2020, at 11:00, an online meeting of researchers of the DIARKAZ project with employers was held at Innovative University of Eurasia. Employers of such enterprises of the region as JSC Transtelecom (head of the telephone station automation center Kolesnik Yu.A., project manager Alkeneva G.K.), IE Dymkoff (director Malysheva Elena Evgenievna) were invited to the meeting. The main goal of the online meeting is to familiarize employers with the innovative educational program “Industrial Automatization and Robotics”, mutual cooperation in the training of specialists, employment and, most importantly, the organization of dual training. It should be noted that this educational program “Industrial Automatization and Robotics” is the first and the only one in Pavlodar region. The head of “Information Technology” department Assainova A.Zh. spoke about the goals and objectives of the DIARKAZ project, and described in detail the content of the program. We received positive feedback and recommendations from employers on the organization of dual training with enterprises in the region. Following the results of the online meeting, the prospects for further cooperation were outlined.On the same day, from 15.00 to 17.00, a meeting of the working group with specialists of the LLP UPNK-PV, a domestic plant for the production of calcined petroleum coke, was held.The possibilities of implementing dual training at the enterprise, the content of disciplines were discussed, recommendations on the organization of training and on the acquisition of educational equipment were proposed.The meeting was attended by the chief engineer, chief technologist, chief mechanic, head of the instrumentation department.
On April 23, 2020, at the V International Scientific and Practical Conference “Science and Education in the 21st Century: Dynamics of Development in the Eurasian Space”, which took place online at the Innovative University of Eurasia, issues related to the implementation of the project “Dual Education for Industrial Automation and Robotics in Kazakhstan / DIARKAZ " were discussed.
32 participants took part in the work of the Digital Technologies in Science, Education and Society section, including university teachers, school teachers, undergraduates and students from Pavlodar, Nur-Sultan and Almaty.
The moderator of the section, Dr. PhD Dariya Abykenova talked about digitalization and digital technologies used in InEU, and dwelled in more detail on possible cooperation with Siemens and, as an option, in the field of joint advanced training of the teaching staff in the automation and robotics sphere in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Candidate of pedagogical sciences Tamara Saliy and Dr. PhD Almagul Assainova presented the project of innovative educational program “Automation and Robotics”, the set of which is planned for this year.
Despite the online format of the conference, it was possible to discuss the main issues in the field of dual education for industrial automation and robotics in Kazakhstan / DIARKAZ, to exchange experience and suggestions.
On April 1, an online meeting of the members of the DIARKAZ Local Committee was held
On April 1, an online meeting of the members of the DIARKAZ Local Committee was held, at which the main issues on further work during long quarantine were discussed.
The Covid-19 pandemic made adjustments to the project work plan, but the project team met online and resolved important issues, in particular, the development of the first version of the curriculum, its discussion with employers and the accreditation procedure.
Meeting with Siemens Digital Production Team Leader at INEU
A meeting of the participants of the project “DUAL EDUCATION FOR INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS IN KAZAKHSTAN ” (Erasmus + (DIARKAZ)) – Almagul Asainova, Daria Abykenova, Tatyana Saliy, Munira Bokaeva with the head of the digital production group of Siemens company Danis Nabiullin was held at the Innovative University of Eurasia.
During the meeting, a new educational program was discussed in more detail, the competencies that graduates in automation and robotics should possess, what prospects, in turn, open up for students and what formats of interaction with the company are possible in the future, are adjusted. Today, universities have a powerful theoretical base. Nevertheless, for a graduate who plans to develop his career, especially in automation and robotics, it is important to think about practical skills in his field. Partnership programs with educational institutions will allow students to gain relevant experience and understanding of real working conditions.
Seminar "Interaction with education on the way to Industry 4.0" in Pavlodar
On February 14, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Tokaev signed a memorandum of cooperation between Kazakhstan and Siemens AG. The Sitraining training center held the first seminar in Pavlodar “Interaction with Education on the Road to Industry 4.0” with the participation of Siemens for universities, colleges and schools.
The participants of the INEU project Almagul Asainova and Dariya Abykenova told the representatives of the corporation about the project “Dual training in automation and robotics” under the international program Erasmus + (DIARKAZ).
International Education Fair, 4th - 5th March 2020, Novi Sad, Serbia
On the International Education Fair, member of the project team, associate professor PhD Eleonora Desnica, presented and promoted the project Dual Education for Industrial Automatization and Robotics in Kazakhstan (DIARKAZ).
She presented the project, project partners, basic project goals and basic project activities to the interested individuals at the event.
On February 4-5, 2020, on the basis of KEEU, the kick off meeting of the Erasmus + project “Dual education for industrial automation and robotics in Kazakhstan / DIARKAZ” was held. On February 6, 2020 Tasbulatova S., Director of the National Office Erasmus + in Kazakhstan, conducted preventive monitoring of the project.
The dual system is a special form of training skilled workers on the basis of close interaction between enterprises and educational institutions. The basis of training in the dual education system is the combination of theoretical training on the basis of professional educational organizations and the acquisition of practical skills directly at the enterprise.
The entire project consortium took part in the work: representatives of the University of Novi Sad (Serbia, project grant holder), FH Joanneum Gesellschaft M.B.H. (Austria), Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (Germany), Kostanay Engineering and Economics named after M. Dulatov (country project coordinator), Innovative University of Eurasia, West Kazakhstan Agrarian and Technical University named after Zhangir Khan, SaryarkaAvtoProm LLP, Festo AG & CO Group of Companies and National Office Erasmus + in Kazakhstan.
The goal of this project is to fill the existing gap in this area, through cooperation with companies and other interested parties, to develop a sustainable dual-training program with international orientation in Kazakhstan (the program will be based on cooperation with institutions from countries where the programs are implemented) and become a leader in industrial automation and robotics in the Central Asian region.
The project will provide the basis for the modernization of the human and infrastructural potential necessary to achieve these goals through the training of teachers, the purchase of educational equipment and software, cooperation between universities, as well as cooperation with non-academic and associate partners and the transfer of knowledge and experience. Sustainability of project results will ensure continued impact at national and regional levels.
Based on the results of past events, the stages and terms of the project, the area of responsibility of each partner, and the expected results are clearly defined. The consortium has actively started implementing the DIARKAZ project.
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