On May18-19, 2018, the “III Annual Conference on Academic Integrity and Internationalization”, organized by Nazarbayev University and the KAZGUU Higher School of Economics named after M. Narikbaev (and with the support of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy), took place in Astana.
The purpose of the conference was to create a platform to share best practices, raise issues, and promote and discuss recent developments in theoretical and empirical research on academic integrity.
Scientists from Kazakhstan, Greece, Australia, the Russian Federation, the United States and many other countries; young researchers, practitioners, undergraduates and graduates of Kazakhstani, and international universities participated in the conference.
International student mobility, the proliferation of cross-border and transnational education programs, and competition among national and regional scientific research activities have led to the expansion and liberalization of the global higher education space. This global higher education space is also being transformed by emerging technologies. Internationalization, and technological transformations both enable and endanger practices of academic integrity. Many important challenges arise from this dynamic context: sustaining shared values and practices of academic integrity across borders; ensuring continuity of high quality standards in transnational education; and using technologies to promote academic integrity (whilst avoiding abuse of technologies by students to breach rules of integrity) are some of them. These and many other important theoretical and practical problems in the field of academic integrity and internationalization were the focus of conference participants. In her opening speech, Loretta O’Donnell, Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs of Nazarbayev University, noted that today “Nazarbayev University is in the process of re-imagining internationalization in higher education, including the potential future role of international students. Implementation of continuous education means that questions of adherence to academic integrity become more actual than ever. In this connection, the universities committed to the principles of academic integrity are faced with the task of providing teachers and students with the tools to encourage conscientiousness in all their scientific endeavors and works. At the same time, students should act as allies in the common struggle for academic integrity”.
Alexander Morrison, Professor of History, teacher/tutor, and a member of Oxford University New College; Maya Chankeliani, Associate Professor of the Department of Comparative and International Education of Oxford University and a researcher at the St. Edmund Center; Shigeo Katsu, President of Nazarbayev University; Andrew Wachtel, Rector of Naxoz University; Talgat Narikbaev, Rector of the University KAZGUU named after M. Narikbaev and others were among the main speakers of the conference.
Foreign experts and opinion leaders exchanged their international experiences in promoting academic standards; shared their views on major trends in higher education in Kazakhstan; discussed the impact of technology on the development of academic integrity; emphasized the importance of ethics in research, and the importance of ensuring academic standards in transnational programs; as well as outlined the objectives of values of academic integrity in the context of internationalization.