Since September 2018, our university launched implementation of a new project – “Transformation of the experience of the European Union agribusiness management into Kazakhstan and the countries of Central Asia” as part of the European Union Erasmus + Jean Monnet program. The project provides for the introduction of compulsory official courses “Transformation of the experience of the agribusiness management of the European Union to Kazakhstan and the countries of Central Asia” for bachelor students of KEEU.
In the new direction students of the 2nd year of study will be trained (2nd semester, 30 people). In just 3 years, 90 students will be trained under the project. In addition to students of KEEU, it is planned to attract students from partner universities of Central Asian countries to open lectures using a virtual platform. Provides for the use of virtual classroom technology (Adobe Connect with the possibility of participation of up to 100 users per class). Training courses (87 academic hours per year) will be conducted in an interdisciplinary format with a study of the topic from an economic, agrarian, political and technological points of view. The application of this methodology is based on modern conditions of successful agribusiness and in order to ensure the quality of the planned curriculum.
KEEU will receive a unique opportunity to integrate European education and to train more qualified personnel for the agricultural sector of Kazakhstan. The result of the project is to continue cooperation with the EU in the field of education. The project will contribute to the revitalization of the faculty, researchers, scientists in matters relating to the agrarian policy of the European Union. It is also planned to improve the indicator of academic value added and the effectiveness of the educational system of the university. For students and project participants, the result of its implementation is as follows:
1) increasing the level of skills and knowledge about management in agribusiness in the EU, giving participants the opportunity for critical thinking, reflection on current events and changes and the ability to lifelong learning;
2) understanding the importance of the EU agrarian policy experience for the Central Asian countries, especially for Kazakhstan;
3) development of practical management experience in EU agribusiness with a view to its dissemination in Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries;
4) studying the experience of digital farming in the EU;
5) study of innovative technologies for the production and processing of agricultural products and the search for applications in the agribusiness of Kazakhstan;
6) obtaining new information from the point of view of European studies;
7) revitalization of the activities of researchers, scientists in matters relating to the agrarian policy of the European Union.
Education on the course “Transformation of the experience of the European Union agribusiness management in Kazakhstan and the countries of Central Asia”, which we open at our university, will give students an idea of the main directions of EU agribusiness development and modern ways of solving problems. Agribusiness has two aspects: a theoretical one, which is a scientific concept — the philosophy of managing on earth, and a practical one. In terms of content and structure, the course curriculum is set out in such a way that both of these aspects are perceived in their organic unity and interdependence. The practical goal of studying the new discipline is to master the theory and practice of business in the field of agrarian economics. How to manage and organize work, effectively use human potential in conditions when the influence of external factors: natural, economic, political is constantly changing? What should a farmer know in order for his business to remain successful?
All these issues were actively discussed at various sites of the university. At the beginning of the year, for example, the XI International Scientific and Practical Conference “Transformation of the experience of the European Union agribusiness management in Kazakhstan and the countries of Central Asia”, “Dulat Readings – 2019” took place here. And on March 28, the project participants organized a round table at KEEU, in whose discussions Kostanay farmers, representatives of the public, and regional government agencies took an active part. The event allowed to determine knowledge in the field of agrarian policy of the EU, Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries. There were also identified problems in the agribusiness of Kazakhstan and formed development prospects. According to the results of the “round table”, a resolution was worked out, all materials are posted on the university website, published in the media.
The program of this event was aimed at enhancing the interest of civil servants not only to the EU agrarian policy, but also to other economic and social areas. Civil servants will be able to apply their knowledge in the preparation of proposals for improving the state policy of Kazakhstan. Farmers had a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the practical experience of EU agribusiness.
This year, the European Commission is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Jean Monnet activities. The 30th anniversary of Jean Monnet in 2019 provides an opportunity to discuss its impact on European studies throughout the world, as well as its broader impact on the global community. KEEU plans to celebrate this event by conducting additional events.