09.02.2015 - 10.02.2015 | Astana, Kasakhstan

International project meeting on 'Higher Education Development with e-learning' in Astana

From 9 to 10 February 2015, an international project meeting on 'Higher education development with e-learning' was held at the Kazakh Agrotechnical S. Seifullin-University in Astana. 30 scientists and educational policy-makers from Germany, France, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania and Turkmenistan met in the framework of the European Tempus project 'Introduction of quality management in e-learning at Central Asian universities'.
The aim of the two-day meeting was to discuss the first progress in the establishment of eLearning centers in nine Central Asian partner institutions, as well as to develop a common understanding for the e-manual, which is expected by the end of summer 2015 as a recommendation for the higher education development to be submitted to the ministries of education in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan.

The presented concepts and strategies of development of eLearning centres bear witness to a growing interest in this topic from the rectors in the Central Asian partner countries . 'It is obvious that the understanding for the  strategic importance of e-learning is growing, which can significantly contribute to the positioning of the universities within in the local education system. Therefore the establishment of eLearning centers as a tool of a permanent implementation of e-learning in universities is important,' stresses Prof. Dr. Christoph Brake, scientific project manager at the University of Applied Sciences of SMEs (FHM) in Bielefeld, Germany. 'Our goal is to establish ourselves as an innovative and international university. The introduction of e-learning will enable us to implement this ambitious goal,' adds the host, Prof. Dr. Aitzhan Abdyrov, Vice Rector of the Kazakh Agrotechnical University.

Partnership-based approaches to the development of a common understanding has increased also in the discussions about the design and content of the e-manual. 'This manual will be the first Russian language collection of extensive European experience and best practices in e-learning in the Central Asian region. In particular it will offer added value for educators who wish to make their lessons more innovative and creative", says Olga Zubikova, project coordinator at the PRT. 'At the same time this guide will offer suggestions and motivate to independently explore the various facets of e-learning', Prof. Dr. Christoph Brake adds.

During the next project meeting, which will be held on the picturesque lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan by the end of summer 2015, the completed eLearning manual will be presented.

This TEMPUS project is funded with support from the European Commission. The responsibility for the content of this communication lies with the author; the Commission is not liable for the further use of the information contained herein.

Source: FHM (in German)