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The Higher School of Economics and The Political Economy Research Center of the M. Narikbayev KazGUU University is delighted to announce this call for submissions to the competitive award which seeks to recognize outstanding work of talented students who will join a Research Mentorship Program that aims to develop the young research community. It aims to encourage bright and gifted future researchers to continue the tradition of academic excellence and critical thought in academia.
The successful candidate (First Prize Winner) will be awarded a scholarship to study for Master’s degree (MS in Economics or MS in Finance) offered by HSE. The scholarship covers tuition fee and housing expenses for those living outside of Nur-Sultan city. In addition, during your study at the HSE and as a First Prize Winner you will be offered a paid job at the University (as teaching/research assistant). After successful graduation in the Master’s programme, you will be offered a placement at the University with competitive salary and will have to work at the University at least one year. During this time under the Research Mentorship Program you will have an academic mentor who will help you with application for the Doctoral level study if you decide to pursue a career in academia.
Second, Third and Forth Prize Winners will be awarded a certificate for participation in the contest. In addition, your contribution to the competition will be taken into account by the Academic Committee of the HSE when you submit your graduation dissertation.
Eligibility: The prize is open to third- and forth-year students of the Higher School of Economics. You need to write in English an essay of your choice on the topic broadly related to socio-economic/economics, political economy and finance issues within the field of expertise of the HSE professors (please, familiarize yourself with their research interests on the HSE website – https://hse.kazguu.kz/en/doktorantura/). The length of an essay (12 Times Roman, 1.5-line spaced) is between 1000-2000 words and deal with, for example, the following topics:
• financial market instability and measures to regulate financial markets
• the scope of monetary policy in the face of asset price bubbles and intensified currency competition
• problems of fiscal, trade and industrial policy
• labour relations
• alternatives to austerity and privatization
• political economy of digitalization and platform capitalism
• issues and approaches in feminist economics/the care economy
• consequences of global warming and problems of a social and ecological transformation
• Eurasian Union
• economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic
The Organizing Committee of the HSE will select the best five essays. The Finalists will then have to present their work in a 5-10 minutes presentation format where the First Prize Winner will be selected.
Deadlines: please submit your essay by 15 May 2021 to Dr. Kuat Akizhanov via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Strengthen your personal and professional competitiveness by academic excellence and gaining transferable skills! This is your chance to improve your employability through astonishing CV!
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following the webinar “How to address the problem of predatory publications?”
Phenomenon of predatory publications is increasingly a major problem in academia. It decreases quality of science and research, misleads researchers, destroys reputation of Universities and harms public policies supporting research and innovation. Problem of predatory publishing is becoming acute in Kazakhstan and other CIS countries. According to a recent article “Predatory publishing in Scopus: evidence on cross-country differences”, published in Scientometrics journal in February 2021, Kazakhstan was the most affected country by predatory publications in journals indexed in Scopus in years 2015-2017. Every sixth article published by authors affiliated with Kazakhstani Universities appeared in journals which were later identified as predatory and discontinued from Scopus database (Vít Macháček & Martin Srholec, 2021).
Higher School of Economics of M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University hosted an online ‘Let’s Talk Research’ seminar with topic “How to address the problem of predatory publications?” on 1 March 2021. Dr. Martin Srholec (Deputy Director of Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences), Dr Bulat Kenessov (Director of Center of Physicochemical Methods of Research and Analysis and Professor of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University) and Dr. Ikboljon Qoraboyev (Associate Professor of International Relations of Higher School of Economics of M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University) explained different aspects of the problem of predatory publishing and discussed best ways and strategies to address this problem. Speeches were followed by an interesting session of Q&A. More than 100 participants from different Kazakhstani and foreign Universities took part in the webinar.
Dr. Martin Srholec underlined that phenomenon of predatory publications is a global problem for academia today and there is a need for a collaborative action against predatory publishing which must bring together higher education policy makers, Universities and scholars. He proposed four broad recommendations to fight predatory publishing: 1) Governance and evaluation of research must be conducted at various levels, it shouldn’t be limited to bibliometric indicators alone. Evaluators must also scrutinize content of publications; 2) Journals must promote open peer review policies. Publishers must render open and transparent their peer review processes; 3) We must promote authors awareness of editorial practices of journals in which they publish. Websites like thinkchecksubmit.org can be useful for authors to check journals’ standing with respect to publishing integrity; 4) Scopus (and other citation databases) must improve their content selection criteria and they must strengthen their efforts to curb predatory content.
Dr. Bulat Kenessov discussed efforts to fight predatory publications in Kazakhstan. He underlined that Kazakhstan has implemented a set of measures to reduce number of predatory publications by authors from Kazakhstan. As a result of these measures, share of publications of Kazakhstani authors in journals which were discontinued in Scopus fell down from 38.4% (1st place) in 2016 to 10.9% (5th place) in 2020. However, he noted that this situation is still unsatisfactory and Kazakhstan must target to bring down share of predatory publications to 1% in order to reach level of advanced countries. He also explained how to detect predatory journals and formulated several recommendations to improve further situation in Kazakhstan which include measures like strengthening qualitative indicators for publications required for academic degrees and positions, to remove Scopus publication requirement for social sciences and humanities and to introduce rigorous peer review of PhD theses by external experts in order to advance to PhD defense instead of Scopus publications in the field of social sciences and humanities.
Dr. Ikboljon Qoraboyev explained that phenomenon of predatory publications is taking oversized form in post-Soviet countries. He highlighted four major levels which explain why authors publish low-quality articles in predatory and suspicious journals. These factors are related to policy level, institutional level, individual level and market level. As a result of these factors, researchers and decision-makers are too much focused on the product aspect of publishing and they are ignoring process aspects of publishing. Academic publishing is not only about the end result which is publication, it is also about following essential rules of the process of publishing which includes important stages like peer-review, getting feedback from senior colleagues, respecting rules of ethics and academic integrity when preparing article drafts, theoretical conversations among scholars in scientific fields, producing valuable publications for academic community and society as a whole. Pressure to publish a high number of publications in short time is leading researchers to ignore these important steps of the process of preparing academic articles. There is a need to strengthen process-focused approach to publishing in order to reduce problem of predatory publications. For this, public agencies and Universities must provide more training and support to researchers.
Dr. Bulat Kenessov articulated a set of specific recommendations for Kazakhstan’s scientific and research context that shaped the framework for this resolution:
1) all regulations should state that articles in journals that are no longer indexed by the Scopus database shall not considered for evaluation purposes;
2) allow dissertation, expert, national research and other councils not to consider articles in journals of a questionable quality;
3) recommend contacting Scopus and Web of Science in case of doubts about the quality of indexed journals, in which the number of publications by authors from Kazakhstan has sharply increased;
4) toughen regulations regarding the requirements on journals from the Scopus database (for example, the requirement SJR> 0.3 allows to effectively cut off most of the questionable journals), or exclude the Scopus database in certain areas (for example, in the natural sciences Science Citation Index Expanded by WoS is more relevant);
5) publicly funded research grants regulations should allow payment for the open access publications (Article Processing Charges) only directly to the publisher (and not to intermediaries);
6) Universities and research institutes shall not pay bonuses for and take into account in academic rankings the articles published in questionable journals. They must also strengthen control over the compliance with the principles of academic ethics;
7) universities not providing sufficient quality control over their academic research should not be allowed to participate in the government funding for doctoral studies;
8) incorporate quality of academic publications into the KPIs of heads of public universities and research institutes;
9) in humanities and social sciences, article publication requirement can be replaced by requirement to provide independent and rigorous examination of PhD dissertation by two external reviewers in order to proceed with PhD defense;
10) conduct research to identify questionable journals, publish their lists and not consider publications in them;
11) conduct trainings for researchers on selection of academic journals, academic writing and research methodology, as well as research ethics;
12) motivate scholars to publish in better quality journals (especially Q1 WoS or Arts and Humanities Citation Index);
13) reconsider and readjust scientometric indicators in the relevant policy documents.
Despite the pandemic, we managed toprovide a platform for teachers’ professional and personal development and enable them tosharetheir experiences and knowledge in education.
This year, more than 50 teachers from different parts of our country have joined us. These are the teachers from Almaty, Karaganda, Turkestan, Shymkent, Atyrau, Aktau, Pavlodar, Aktobe, Petropavlovsk, Kokshetau, Nur-Sultan, Semey, and even Osh (Kyrgyzstan).
We are very pleased to welcome the teachers of the following educational institutions: International University of Tourism and Hospitality, Atyrau University named after Kh.Dosmukhamedov, Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Kyrgyz State Academy of Physical Culture and Sports, Yessenov University, Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology in Atyrau, Karaganda Technical University, Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstani branch of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Kazakh Academy of Sports and Tourism, University “Turan-Astana”, Eurasian Institute of Humanities College, lyceum “Bilim-Innovation”, Maulenov School – Lyceum # 37, Ecological school-gymnasium №13 “ECOS”, Academy “Bolashaq”, KSU Gymnasium №40 of the city of Taraz, school – gymnasium #51, school-gymnasium #20, secondary school # 6, school – lyceum #59, KSU “SHG 68”, # 2 Koschinsky high school.
The winter school has three separate sections in three languages.
In sections in the Kazakh and Russian languages they:
➡️- study all the peculiarities of organizing online training,
➡️- discover educational platforms and tools they can use when creating online content,
➡️- expand their knowledge of academic integrity, academic writing and are able to teach their students to prevent plagiarism.
The section for English teachers provides a unique opportunity to deepen their professional competencies and prepare for internationally recognized Cambridge TKT – Teaching Knowledge Test in a short period of time.
Participants who attended all sessions of the seminar and completed additional practical tasks, along with handouts and presentations will be issued certificates in the amount of 72 academic hours.
We wish the participants of the Winter School good luck and success!
Students of Bachelor in Business and Management (Finance) are taking steps to career success through preparation for the CFA Program
[Nur-Sultan, 14 January, 2020]
M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University has become the latest university to be welcomed into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program.
Bachelor in Business and Management (Finance) has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. This program positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.
Entry into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that KAZGUU University curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. Through participation in this program, KAZGUU University is eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.
Bachelor in Business and Management (Finance) is based on the international standards with the focus on the local content. The goal of the program is to train highly qualified and competitive specialists for a business environment that meets international market requirements. The program can be completed in 4 years. Our program prepares students for career in investment banking, financial planning, corporate finance, financial market institution, and more.
Dr Saule Kemelbayeva, Dean of Higher of School of Economics, says:
“We are extremely proud and happy that our Bachelor in Business and Management (Finance) is recognized under the CFA Institute® University Affiliation Program. Since we are the first and the only university in Kazakhstan recognized as an affiliated university under the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program (UAP) for an undergraduate programme. Financial markets and intermediaries are a very fast developing and promising industry in Kazakhstan; therefore, we believe that the future graduates of this programme will be highly demanded by labour markets and will pursue successful careers.”
About CFA Institute
CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and administers the industry gold standard CFA charter. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 176,000 members in 166 countries and territories, including 164,000 CFA charterholders. For more information, visit www.cfainstitute.org.
About the CFA Program
The CFA Program sets a standard for developing the skills, standards, competence, and integrity of financial analysts, portfolio managers, investment advisers, and other investment professionals worldwide. It is widely considered the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing program. Administered in English, the CFA curriculum and examinations are identical worldwide. Fewer than one in five candidates who begin the program successfully complete it and go on to earn the coveted CFA charter, the “gold standard” for investment professionals.
One of the main priorities of the School of Liberal Arts of M.Narikbayev KAZGUU University is the improvement of educational programmes in accordance with the demands and views of employers which are shared during annual meetings of the Advisory Council of the School of Liberal Arts.
On November 28, 2020, the second annual meeting was held in which the representatives of employers and partners of the School of Liberal Arts participated. The Advisory Council examined and discussed potential areas for development of the following Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes:
– ‘Translation Studies’;
– ‘Tourism and Hospitality’;
– ‘Kazakh-English languages and Linguistics’.
1. Translation Studies:
Learning pathways in Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, currents trends in interpretation and translation and strengthening the position of learning second foreign languages to improve the profile of graduates studying the Translation Studies programme were discussed.
Yelena Tselenko, Programme Coordinator, provided an overview of the changes made to the Translation Studies programme in accordance with the recommendations of the Council members received at the previous meeting held on February 18, 2020. Members of the Council and invited experts in the field of linguistics and translation further discussed the updated training pathways for the programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels and the possibility of obtaining international certificates in second foreign languages, in particular in French.
The following recommendations were proposed during the meeting:
– At the undergraduate level, to divide the programme into two areas: interpretation and translation;
– To indicate the area of training in audio-visual translation at the Master’s degree level;
– To include disciplines for the development of editing skills;
– To provide the possibility of obtaining an international certificate in French DELF/DALF on completion of the course of the second foreign language.
2. Tourism and Hospitality:
The central issue of the meeting was the improvement of the content of educational programmes‘Tourism’ and ‘Hospitality’.
During the meeting, partners noted the uniqueness of the programme, the components of which meet all the requirements of the main sectors of the tourism industry. In addition to the fact that the training is conducted entirely in English, much attention is paid to the study of a second foreign language. There is also a certificationprogramme for an internship.
The following recommendations were proposed during the meeting:
– To increase the number of hours and credits for student internships in enterprises;
– To introduce components on tourism destinations of Kazakhstan in educational programmes;
– To enhance graduates’ digital competence skills, in particular through the courses as Digital Marketing and IT in Hospitality.
3. Kazakh-English languages and Linguistics:
The programme ‘Kazakh – English languages and Linguistics’ aims to train language professionals in Kazakh and English languages with the skills of modern teaching methodology, translation in a language pair of Kazakh and English languages and media writing skills.
The partners discussed the training pathways in the Bachelor’s degree programme ‘Kazakh-English languages and Linguistics’, as well as the possibility of student internship within the programme. During the Advisory Council meeting, the participants emphasized the relevance of the programme in the labour market and offered the following recommendations:
– To include the discipline ‘Comparative Grammar’ in the programme;
– To include new disciplines which would reflect the uniqueness of the minors ‘Media Linguistics’ and ‘Language and Translation’.
The partners also expressed their readiness to accept KAZGUU University students for pedagogical and industrial practices.
In general, the meeting was practical and productive; the participants agreed that these programmes are in demand and have a practical significance in the development of linguistic, social and humanitarian areas in Kazakhstan and abroad.
KAZGUU School of Liberal Arts expresses its gratitude to all the partners for their cooperation and active participation in the Advisory Council which is focused on the development of educational programmes of the School of Liberal Arts:
1. Ulan Yerkinbayev, AkhmetBaitursynuly Education Academy;
2. ManshukMukhametkalikyzy, National Testing Centre;
4. AzatShaueyev, Fund ofState Language Development;
5. RauanKenzhekhanuly, National Bureau of Translations;
6. MeruertBurkitbayeva, Yegemen Kazakhstan;
7. KulshanAliyeva, the Chair of the Association of Professional Translators, Interpreters and Translation companies of Kazakhstan, co-founder of the company ‘Gala Global Group’ and ‘Kazakhstan Translation Academy’, simultaneous interpreter,emilia_world @galaglobalgroup;
8. Anna Loenko, Chairman of the Association of Professional Translators and Translation Companies of Kazakhstan, co-founder of ‘Gala Global Group’ and ‘Kazakhstan Translation Academy’, simultaneous interpreter,loyenko_conference_interpreter @association.translation;
9. Alexey Kozulyaev, Director General, LLC ‘RUFilms’, founder and head of the School of Audiovisual Translation, Moscow;
10. DinaraOrazbayeva, Director of the public association ‘French Alliance’,@afastana and AlmiraTastambekova, French language teacher, @almira_tastambek;
11. MiratNurgazin,Department of Translation,Republican State Enterprise in the capacity of economic conduct ‘Diplomatic Service’ of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, simultaneous interpreter;
12. Stephen Reuter, General Manager, Hotel ‘Hilton Astana’;
13. KairatSadvakassov, Vice-Chairman of ‘Kazakh Tourism’ National Company’ JSC;
14. Anton Mitin, Managing Director ‘Almaty City Tour’ LLP;
15. DaniyarIdiyatov,Managing Director «Turoteka.kz» LLP;
16. YerkinTikenov, Director ‘IncideTravel’ LLP;
17. IldarKatenov, Secretary General of the public association ‘Scouts of the Great Steppe’;
18. Indira Bersugurova, Operating Manager and Deputy General Manager ‘Radisson-Astana’Hoteland ‘Park Inn by Radisson’ Hotel;
19. RystyKarabayeva, President of the Association of legal entities ‘Eurasian Tourism Association’;
20. AsselKarbayeva, Director of the Department of Tourism Development,City Development Centre for Investment‘Astana Invest’ LLP;
21. MelsAbenov, Director of the State-owned municipal Enterprise ‘Centre for Children and Youth Tourism and Regional Studies’ at the Akimat of Nur-Sultan;
22. Director of the HR Department of ‘VIP Клиника’ LLP, ‘Wyndham Garden Astana’ Hotel;
23. MedetAbdreshov, Director of the Department Food &Beverage, ‘Sheraton’ Hotel;
24. David Chavchanidze, Director of the Department ofRooms, Hotel ‘Sheraton’;
25. Tatyana Vernitskaya, Director of the travel agency ‘Gvidon Tours’.
Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF) announces a local scholarship Sur-Place to support talented young people in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
Who can participate?
To be a scholar of Foundation you have to be a citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan, who is studying full-time at one of the universities in Kazakhstan and who passed selection procedure. The award of scholarships in the last year of study is possible in exceptional cases. At the time of applying for a scholarship the applicant must not be older than 30 years.
The advantage in the competitive selection is given to students participating in the socio-political life of the country and having an active life position. Knowledge of a foreign language is welcome, but not required.
The scholarship will be awarded for 6 months (with the possibility of extension).
Competitive selection process
Future scholars of the KAF will pass a two-stage competitive selection process: submission of a package of documents and an interview.
How to participate?
Please submit a complete package of documents (presented below) in electronic form to the E-Mail address: email@example.com
Interview travel expenses
The travel expenses for the interview, which will be held in Nur-Sultan, are covered by the Foundation. The arrival and departure on the occasion of the interview are at the applicant’s own risk.
List of required documents
The complete list includes the following documents (in English or German):
- 1)a completed application form with actual photo (the application form can be downloaded from the website www.kas.de);
- 2) CV;
- 3) motivation letter (max. 2 pages);
- 4) Transcript of Records (translation is not required); 5) certificate from the place of study (translation is not required);
- 6) Bachelor’s diploma with an application (for Master’s Students).
Applicants invited for interviews will need to provide original documents.
Additional information is available by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as by phone +7 7172 925 630
We look forward to your participation in our selection process and wish you success!