«The Quality of Engineering Education in Central Asia»



QUEECA 2012 logical framework matrix

Project duration: 15.10.12-14.10.15


Management reform: Introduction of quality assurance

(regional and national priorities for Structural dimensions for all the countries of Central Asia).

Project coordinator: University of Florence (Italy)

Financing: 1 105 793,64 (EUR)

The general objective of the project:

Create and start the implementation of a system for ensuring quality of engineering education in Central Asia with the final accreditation of engineering programs: this system will be based on European (EUR-ACE standards and associated quality requirements and procedures and will have an advantage experience in European higher education (through ENAEE) and efforts in Kazakhstan (KazSEE). 

Main objectives of the project:

1. Creation of communities on engineering education (in Kazakhstan – strengthening KazSEE) and Regional Federation of EES in Central Asia partnership with SEFI and IFEES.

2. Establishment of national technical accreditation centres able to conduct a technical accreditation in the respective country (Regional coordination)

3. Adaptation to Central Asia European EUR-ACE standards and procedures

4. Conduct several trial accreditations for testing of the first projects CAEAS.

5. Formulation of technical Standards accreditation Central Asia (CAEAS) in Russian and English languages.

6. Holding of the first testing of the (real) accreditation of engineering programs throughout Central Asia.

Secondary goals of the project:

1. Conducting reduced intensive English program of teaching University staff involved in the project

2. Creation of a database system for all accreditation and related procedures


ENAEE – European network for accreditation of engineering education

SEFI – European society for training engineers

IFEES – International Federation of communities on engineering education

KazSEE – Kazakh community on engineering education

Consortium members

European Union: Italy (UNIFI, UNIROM, USGIT), UK (MDX), Germany (ASIIN, USD), Belgium (ENAEE, SEFI)

Countries of Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan (KSTU/KG, KSUCTA), Tajikistan (MMIT, TTU), Uzbekistan (TSTU, TUIT).


• Ministry of education and science of the Republic of Kazakhstan

• Serikbayev East-Kazakhstan state technical University

•Al-Pharabi Kazakh national University

• Kazakh community on engineering education (KazSEE)

• Karaganda State Technical University

•Auyezov  South-Kazakhstan state technical university, Shymkent

Membership of the working group of KSTU

Project coordinator from the University: Cand.Ped.Sci., associate Professor, Director of SRI Smirnova G.M.

Executors of the project:

Egorov V.V. – Ph.D, Professor, Vice-Rector on Educational Affairs

Zhunusova G.E. – Head of the Center of quality management and accreditation

Jantassova D.D. – Cand.Ped.Sci., associate Professor, head of Department of foreign languages

Gotting V.V. – Cand.Ped.Sci., assistant Professor of professional education

Shebalina O.A. – master, Junior researcher of the Institute of problems of professional technical education

Working group of KSTU 2012-2013 took participation in the following events on the project: 




Participants from KSTU


Seminar on QUEECA project

Ramada Tashkent Hotel and Tashkent state technical university (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)

Director of SRI Smirnova G.M. – Coordinator of the project from KSTU.


Monitoring of the project QUEECA in Kazakhstan

Serikbayev EKSTU (Kazakhstan)

Director of SRI Smirnova G.M. – Coordinator of the project from KSTU.


Forum on project QUEECA

Al-Pharabi KazNTU (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Director of SRI Smirnova G.M. – Coordinator of the project from KSTU.


Launching meeting on QUEECA project

Villa Vigoni (Italy)

1. Director of SRI Smirnova G.M. – Coordinator of the project from KSTU.

2. Head of Foreign Languages Department –Jantassova D.D.. – participant of the project


Erasmus+ is the European Union’s new programme for 2014 to 2020 to support projects, partnerships, events and mobility in the areas of education, training, youth and sport.

More information about the Programme is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/index_en.htm.

Erasmus+ programme aims to modernise and develope the Education, Training, Youth work, and Sport, to boost skills and employability. The programme will significantly increase investments to the human development.

Erasmus+ brings together a number of 2007-2013 EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, and Youth (the Lifelong Learning Programme, The Youth in Action Programme, The Erasmus Mundus Programme, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink, Programmes of cooperation with industrialized countries in the field of higher education). As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the Education, Training, Youth, and Sport sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.

Erasmus+ структура анг

The international dimension of the programme (i.e. cooperation with Partner Countries) focuses on higher education, with some cooperation opportunities in the field of youth. In higher education, two actions (Joint Master Degrees and Jean Monnet) are financed from the EU internal budget, while two actions (“credit” mobility and capacity building) are funded from the external instruments (ENI, IPA, DCI and PI).

You can find full information on the Programme in Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

“Bolashak” International Scholarship of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Acceptance of documents on Bolashak for 2015

Acceptance of documents on Split PhD for 2015

“Bolashak” means “Future”.
Established in 1993 by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Awarded for Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees’ studies (since 2005) and for conducting research (since 2008).
Fully covers all study related costs (tuition fees, accommodation expenses, book allowances, medical insurance, travel expenses, entry visas and other registration costs, application fees, etc).
Fully funded by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The Bolashak Scholarship is awarded to future leaders on an individual basis each year to train in economics, engineering, medicine and other key fields. This year students will study under 87 priority majors and conduct research under 110 majors.
Placement to the best overseas universities.
Geographical coverage: the USA, the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Canada, Russia, China, Australia, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, etc. 200 universities in 23 countries for academic programs and 105 research centers and laboratories in 24 countries for internships.
High selection criteria – awarded to the best students only.
Upon completion of their programs, scholarship recipients return to Kazakhstan to work for a period of 5 years (3 years after research internship).
More than 2170 experts trained under the Bolashak Program are already working in various sectors of Kazakhstan’s economy.
Up to 3000 scholarships awarded annually (since 2005).
Administered by the Center for International Programs (since 2005) and overseen by the Ministry of Education and Science.
International partners in academic programs’ administration: DAAD, CNOUS and others.

Historical Retrospective

The Bolashak Presidential Scholarship Scheme for study abroad was launched in 1993; and for more than 15 years it provides a unique opportunity for the most talented students from Kazakhstan to get higher education at the best universities all over the world.
During the first years of independence, amid acute social problems and economic crisis, Kazakhstan was the first among the CIS countries to educate its best students at the top universities abroad, enabling them to acquire necessary skills and knowledge to build a democratic and prosperous society.
The Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev dated November 9, 1993 says “Kazakhstan’s transition towards market economy and expansion of international contacts requires personnel with the advanced western education, and it is now necessary to send the most talented youth to study at the top-ranking universities abroad”.

Bolashak Mission

The Bolashak Program is designed to train future leaders in economics, public policy, science, engineering, medicine and other key fields.
Upon completion of their programs, Bolashak alumni have to return to Kazakhstan to work in different Kazakhstani companies, government structures, and international organizations for a period of five years.
Since 1993 over 6500 Kazakhstani students became the Bolashak Scholarship recipients. 2170 students have already successfully completed their Bachelor and Master’s degrees at universities such as Harvard, Cambridge, Columbia, Sorbonne, etc. Currently they are working in various sectors of Kazakhstan’s economy. The Bolashak scholars are proud to make a difference and contribute to democratic transformation of their country.

Bolashak Program Expansion

With rapid growth of economy and certain industry sectors, with active realization of the Industrial Innovative Strategy and other development programs in Kazakhstan, the Bolashak Program faces new challenges and requirements to adapt to the present-day reality. Since 2005 the Bolashak Program has been expanded with the President’s decision to increase the number of grants for Bachelor, Master or PhD study abroad up to 3000 students.

Selection Criteria

The strict selection criteria of the Bolashak students and highly competitive nature of the selection process ensure that only the best students, who represent Kazakhstan’s most promising young leaders, are named the Bolashak Scholars.
Selection procedures are established by the governmental regulations. The Bolashak Scholarship is awarded not only for studies under Master and PhD level, but also for studies under Bachelor level (Engineering majors).
The scholarship is awarded after three selection stages. The first stage includes a language test held by independent examination committee (usually ITP, IELTS or other language tests and an interview with foreign experts) and a psychological test. Since 2008 applicants for the Bolashak Scholarship must take the Kazakh language test. The second stage is conducted by a panel of experts which interviews the applicants. The experts recommend a list of applicants admitted to the next stage. The Republican Commission has the final decision about who scholarships are awarded to after thorough examination of applications and results of the first two stages.

Deadlines and Dates

Every year the Ministry of Education and Science sets a deadline for applications. Usually the deadlines are as follows: mid August for applicants participating in the competition on common grounds and mid July for self-enrolled applicants who have been admitted to overseas universities.
The selection procedures take place in July-December with the start of actual study programs in January or September of the next academic year.
The interviews with the panel of independent experts are held in early September and final recommendations on the list of successful applicants are made by November-December.
The panel of independent experts conducts interviews with the applicants who have been admitted to the best universities in July or early August, so that they can start their studies in September of current year.

Diversity and Equal Opportunities

There are over 100 nationalities living in Kazakhstan. The exceptionally talented young people of different nationalities and from different regions of Kazakhstan become recipients of the Bolashak Scholarship. Among scholarship recipients there are representatives of 29 nationalities, including Kazakhs, Russians, Tatars, Koreans, Germans, Uigurs, Ukrainians, Uzbeks, Dungans, Greeks, Ingushs, and Turks. Male and female applicants are equally represented in the Bolashak Program (51% of men and 49% of women).

Administration and Partnership

The program is fully funded by the Government of Kazakhstan and overseen by the Ministry of Education and Science.
Since 2005 the Program is administered by the Center for International Programs accountable to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The Center works in close cooperation with universities and international partners, such as British Council, ACCELS, DAAD and CNOUS.

Bilim –Central Asia

Offers the following services:


• Consultation on all issues upon Education Abroad

• Open lectures on all admission issues to foreign universities

Resources of the library of Bilim Centre: (literature issued home – paid )

*presented by books and manuals of different publishing offices (Peterson’s, Barron’s, Longman, College Board, etc.)

*catalogues of educational institutions of the USA and different countries of the world;

*materials on preparation for TOEFL, IELTS, GRE,GMAT,SAT, LSAT examinations;

*reference materials on all issues of Education Abroad;

*various aids for individual learning of English language;

*belles-lettres in English with audiocassettes;

• English club – it’s a unique opportunity of communication in friendly atmosphere with native speakers

• Internet (40 minutes a day)

On a paying basis:

•Individual selection of the university abroad

•English language courses in Great Britain and the USA

•Experimental testing on TOEFL, IELTS

•Registration for TOEFL test

•Testing on English language for participants of “Erasmus Mundus” programme

•Execution of the documents for receipt of a visa: the USA, Great Britain, Shengen

•Organization of the trainings for Head staff of the universities of Kazakhstan, also for nominees of the award “Best teacher of the year”

• Programme for MS’C course students on «МВА», «Administration», «Economics» specialties

Education system in the USA

Higher education

There is no clear definition of the notion “higher educational institution” in the USA. Basically every educational institution realizing further training after finishing secondary school of so-called “post-secondary schools” can be called as “a college”, “a school”, “an institute” or even “a university” with the equal degree of possibility. Higher education in the USA – one of the most expensive thing in the USA.

Procedure of admission and selection of international applicants to higher schools of the USA depends on their prestige value.

Necessary documents for international students to enter higher schools in the USA:

-application form


– Reference letters

-transcript, copy of the diploma, copy of the diploma of graduation (translated in English and notarized)

-Results of the tests (TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT and etc.) in accordance with the programme submitted by student

Accreditation. There is no Ministry of Education in the USA. Only one department deals with education. There is no license for educational activity in a habitual understanding of this word for us. Instead of it universities get accreditation. Besides there are many accreditation organizations and it is possible to get permission from one organization, from some ones, and it’s possible not to get it and work calmly. That is why it’s important to understand and to analyze this factor attentively while choosing a university. Accreditation influences on ratings, prestige and of course on quality in the university.

Colleges: local, technical and elementary education

This educational institutions offer education programmes compared with the first two years of studying at university. There you can get degree by results of 4 – year study. Also, peculiarity of the local colleges are that they offer general education courses, technical education and professional learning that give specialty for students. As their objective is to give opportunity of education for every desiring person, local colleges usually accept a majority of students who meet main requirements and offer extensive selection of subjects in comparatively low-cost of study.

Four-year colleges and universities

Although terms “college” and “university” are not identical, they are often substitutable in the United States. Usually colleges offer education programme that allow to get Bachelor’s Degree. Colleges can exist independently, offering exceptionally programmes of higher elementary education or to be a part of the university.

There are about more than 2000 traditional four-year colleges and universities, each of them has its own specific nature. College identifies its objectives, specialization and admission rules of the students independently. For example, humanitarian colleges place an emphasis on humanitarian, social sciences and languages.

Many funds and non-governmental organizations make peculiar report about “nostrification” of higher educational institutions “for example, “Carnegie Classification” where ranked all American universities”. Traditionally universities entering informal (initially football) club included to the number of best ones – Harvard, Preston, Yale, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell and Pennsylvania and etc.

Students must get determined number of valid units and pass required examinations to get Bachelor’s degree.

In distinction of the Bachelor’s degree Master’s degree oriented on designated activity in the USA (Music, Business Administration, Techniques, Pedagogy and etc. ). Persons who have Bachelor’s degree must pass study during 1-2 years, to write and defend “thesis”, knowledge of a foreign languages is demanded in the separate universities. Thesis can be observed as analytical report or statement of applicant for Master’s degree on his scientific work by chosen theme.

The highest stage of training of high qualified specialists are learning on Doctoral programmes, oriented on exactly designated learning and independent scientific research. Persons who have Master’s degree as a rule are accepted to doctoral candidacy, though in separate universities it’s enough to have Bachelor’s degree.

Assessment of the knowledge

Knowledge control is implemented during testing of the students, at least in two forms:

Systems of marks are usually literal, by first letters of the English Alphabet. At average marks at schools of the country are classified and characterized by the following way:

A – 15 % of students – constantly high level of preparation, deep knowledge and originality (excellent).

B- 25 % of students – level, higher than average (good).

C – 35 % of students – average level of performing the tasks (average).

D – 15 % of students – minimal level of knowledge (lower than average).

F – 10% of students – unsatisfactory results or complete unknowing of the academic material.

Level of academic progress marked as C as a rule is necessary to continue studying in pre-graduation period; grade B is compulsory for continuing study by graduate.


There is no one state education system in the USA, every state has a right to distinguish its structure independently.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – standardized test for knowing English language (in its South American variant), passage of it is necessary for non English-speaking foreigners to enter universities of the USA and Canada. Results of the test is used in a number of other English-speaking and non English-speaking countries when enter university with English-speaking education.

There are some kinds of the test: paper (PBT – paper-based test) and internet (IBT – internet-based test). At the present moment last variant is considered as preferable at many universities as it includes tasks not only in reading, listening and written language, but also speaking and combined tasks.

SAT Reasoning Test (also «Scholastic Aptitude Test» and «Scholastic Assessment Test», word-for-word “School Reasoning Test”) – standardized test for admission to higher educational institutions in the USA.

Examination consists of three parts: analysis of the text, Mathematics and writing. Each of them gives balls from 200 to 800. All results are fold to 10. General result is formed by combining results of those three parts. Each large part is divided into three parts. There are 10 subdivisions including experimental and “equate” which can be in any part of three ones. Experimental subdivision is generally used for statistics and doesn’t influence on the final result. Test lasts 3 hours and 45 minutes, but taking into account time spent on pass out of the material and other administrative procedures it takes about four and half hours. Questions are divided into simple, average and complicated. As a rule, simple questions are placed closer to the beginning and complicated – at the end of the section.

GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) – test, which is necessary to pass to enter postgraduate studies, MS’C course or other pre-postgraduate course to universities of the USA and a number of other countries (including – Canada and Australia).

There are two types of the examinations. General test and subject tests: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Psychology. General test restricts with academic programme on Mathematics, when Subject tests are compared with 3-4 course of the University by material coverage. It demands to pass only General test when entering on a majority of programs.

General test besides Mathematics includes checking of the knowledge of English language. Great attention is put on the word-stock of the student.

Maximal ball is 1600, 800 – for Mathematics and 800- for English. Pass grade is usually 50 %. If you gather in the amount of 800 so you can foresee on nomination. GRE test is estimated for students for whom English is native, but for all foreigners wishing to enter American post-graduate studies it’s necessary to pass this test.

Erasmus Mundus

Erasmus Mundus – is a program for the exchange and cooperation in the field of higher education aimed at improving the quality of European higher education and to promotion of dialogue and understanding between peoples and cultures through cooperation with third countries. In addition, the program promotes the development of human resources and international capability of cooperation between higher education institutions in third countries through increased exchange programs between the European Union and these countries.

Few programs of the European Union, if any, have such all-European scale.
In the program Erasmus Mundus about 90% of European universities are involved. Since the opening of the program in 1987, it was attended by about 1.9 million students. More than 3,100 higher education institutions from 31 countries are participants of the program, and more universities intend to join.
In the period from 2009 to 2013 EU plans to strengthen support for the most talented students and professors from countries outside the EU by providing grants for participation in joint programs in Europe. The scope of the program will be extended to doctoral level, in addition, we plan to increase financial assistance provided by European students.

Planned budget for the program Erasmus Mundus will be 950 million euros for the period from 2009 to 2013 according to preliminary projections.

About the project

Erasmus Mundus program provides support for:

  • Higher education institutions that intend to implement joint programs at the postgraduate level (Action 1) or to create inter-institutional partnership between the participating universities in Europe and third countries (Action 2);
  • individual students, researchers and university teachers who wish to study / research / training course in one of the above programs or collaborative partnerships (Step 1 and Step 2);
  • any organization engaged in the field of higher education that wishes to carry out projects aimed at improving the attractiveness, profile and image of European higher education worldwide (Action 3).

Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 is realized through the following activities:

  • Action 1: Joint Programs Erasmus Mundus at Master level (Action 1 A) and Doctorate (Action 1 B), including scholarships / grants for participation in these programs;
  • Action 2: Erasmus Mundus partnerships between universities of the European Union and third countries, including scholarships and grants for exchange programs at all academic levels;
  • Action 3: Promotion of European higher education through projects to improve Europe’s attractiveness as a place of education and education center of the highest quality in the world.