On June 7-8, 2018, the VII Eurasian Higher Education Leaders’ Forum (EHELF) dedicated to innovating higher education in the age of disruption took place at Nazarbayev University.
EHELF is an annual forum that seeks to bring leaders in the field of education together to debate, and participate in lively discussion on issues faced by higher education leaders around the world.
Among the participants of EHELF were Gulshara Abdykalikova, State Secretary of the Republic of Kazakhstan; and scientists and top managers from 11 countries. They discussed social and technological changes affecting higher education and its development in rapidly changing conditions. In addition, there were representatives from DUKE University, NU strategic partner, as well as from a number of other foreign universities, including: Tsinghua University (China), Renmin University (China), Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Hong Kong University (Hong Kong ), University Politehnica of Bucharest (Romania), American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan), Ural Federal University (Russia), Zayed University (UAE), University of New York in Buffalo (USA), Higher School of Economics University of New South Wales (Australia), etc.
Mrs Gulshara Abdykalikova, and Mr Shigeo Katsu (President of Nazarbayev University) welcomed the EHELF participants in their opening speeches.
Participants of the EHELF discussed issues related to: the modernization of higher education within breakthrough technologies; influence of breakthrough technologies on Nazarbayev University schools; the role of higher education institutions in developing skills and achieving long-term goals; the influence of advanced technologies on exact sciences; the influence of advanced technologies on social sciences; the impact of advanced technology on Central Asia; and best practices implemented by universities.
Within the framework of the EHELF, there were sessions on Nazarbayev University experience translation, where representatives of various departments and NU schools shared their experiences with the faculty, administrative personnel of universities, and representatives of Kazakhstan’s rating agencies on the main aspects of the development of academic programs, selection of academic staff, and other issues.
During the EHELF Forum, there was also an exhibition of the Innovation Cluster of the Astana Business Campus (” Innovate. Create. Disrupt.”) which demonstrated the experience of Nazarbayev University in the development of an innovative eco-system, implemented on the basis of Nazarbayev University’s Technopark.