511347-TEMPUS-1-2010-1-DE-TEMPUS-JPCR Development of the undergraduate curriculum “Energy Management” on the basis of blended (combining classroom and online) training (Blended-Learning) in the universities of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.

 Participants:

Kazakhstan 

  • Kostanay Engineering and Economic University named after M. Dulatov
  • Kazakh Agrotechnical University named after. Seifullina, Astana
  • Akimat (regional department) Kostanay

Turkmenistan

  • Turkmen Polytechnic Institute, Ashgabat;
  • State Energy Institute, Mary.

Participants from EU countries

  • ASIIN Consulting GmbH (Germany),
  • Kreis Lippe(Germany),
  • FH JOANNEUM (Austria),
  • Kaunas University of Technology  (Lithuania)

 “Development and implementation of the curriculum “Energy Management” on the basis of distance learning in the universities of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan”

The implementation of this project will expand the opportunities for creating the necessary conditions for obtaining quality education in the field of energy, with the effective use of distance learning technologies, which will contribute to the rapid adaptation of vocational education to the changing needs of society and the labor market. The applied distance learning technologies in their content contribute to the creation of strong links between general education, on-the-job training and the needs of the labor market and help everyone to maximize their personal potential in society, based on the knowledge gained. They also allow to expand the possibilities of the university in a more active participation in the global educational space. The introduction of a new specialization will make it possible to educate a new generation of managerial personnel for the Kostanay region, who are able to combine the principles of organizing high-tech energy production with maximum economic benefit and taking into account environmental protection. To some extent, this project is consistent with the Kyoto Protocol, the main directions of which are: the introduction of renewable energy sources; introduction of energy-saving technologies and measures leading to a reduction in fuel and energy consumption.

Global goals of the project:

  • Scientific long-term support of the regions in solving the issues of long-term sustainable energy supply;
  • Contribute to the development and dissemination of environmental-economic thinking and behavior in the energy supply sector.

Project Specific Objectives:

  • Development and implementation of the undergraduate specialty “Energy Management” (EM) in the curricula of partner universities in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan;
  • Development and popularization of distance learning through the introduction of electronic technologies.

To implement the goals of the project:

  • Disciplines for the specialization “Energy Management” were defined;
  • The curriculum of the specialty “Power Engineering”, specialization “Energy Management” was developed, approved by the decision of the Academic Council of the Kostanay Engineering and Pedagogical University dated October 31, 2011;
  • Framework conditions for training defined;
  • Methodological and didactic concept;
  • Marketing strategy.

 Past meetings

From October 26 to October 28, 2010 the official opening of the project took place at the Higher School of Entrepreneurship in Bielefeld.

On January 26, 2011 Kaunas University of Technology received European experts from the field of energy saving and e-learning representing partner universities of Lithuania, Germany and Austria. The purpose of the seminar was to exchange views on the introduction of advanced European experience in the concept of a new educational program “Energy Management”.

From February 25 to 26, 2011, the State Energy Institute of Turkmenistan in the city of Mary hosted European, Kazakh and Turkmen project participants in an international conference, which was also attended by representatives of the energy sector and the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan. In early May 2011, Professor of the Higher School of Entrepreneurship (HSE) in Bielefeld, Germany, Dr. Stefan Biletske, at the invitation of the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan, took part in an international conference in Ashgabat dedicated to the introduction of modern electronic means in the learning process. As an expert in the field of e-learning, Prof. Biletske presented the concept of virtual classrooms to the guests and organizers of the conference, which can be successfully introduced into the educational process already within the framework of this project.

On May 20, 2011, students and teachers from partner universities in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Germany and Lithuania attended and actively participated in the virtual premiere of the first international online lecture organized by the Bielefeld Graduate School of Entrepreneurship.

From 2 to 4 August 2011 at the Kostanay Engineering and Economic University (Kineu) named after. M. Dulatova (Kazakhstan) held a practical seminar on the topic “Development of a competence-oriented model of the curriculum.” The seminar was conducted by the employees of the German agency for quality control of educational programs ASIIN Consult GmbH, Professor Manfred Hampe and Dr. Lina Ressler. During the two-day workshop, the Turkmen and Kazakh participants were introduced to the principles of drawing up a curriculum and related documentation in accordance with the provisions of the Bologna Declaration, as well as practical exercises aimed at self-formulation of learning goals according to a competency-based learning model.

January 15, 2012 in three European universities-partners of the project – the Higher School of Entrepreneurship (Bielefeld), the Joanneum University of Applied Sciences (Graz) and the Kaunas University of Technology – started a two-week advanced training course for Turkmen and Kazakh teachers.

From August 20 to August 21, 2012, guests of the Kazakh Agrotechnical University (KATU) named after. S. Seifullin in Astana were the international participants of the project from Germany, Lithuania, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, who visited KATU to hold a working meeting.

From January 27 to February 2, 2013, Turkmen colleagues visited the Higher School of Economics in Bielefeld and the Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in Graz to discuss the concept and content of the new specialization “Energy Management in Construction”, as well as to present their own first practical achievements in the field of introducing electronic technologies into the process learning.

From 22 to 23 April 2013, the last working meeting on the project was held in Ashgabat with the participation of international partners from Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Germany and Turkmenistan. The guests were hosted by the Turkmen State Institute of Architecture and Construction (TGASI), the successor of the Turkmen Polytechnic Institute. The motive of the working sessions was the sustainability of the results of the project. Each partner institution presented an overview of their actions already taken during the implementation of the project to ensure its sustainability, and also indicated the potential for the development of the project in the future. Turkmen and Kazakh colleagues recognized the new national development strategies of both countries as important indicators of sustainability. EXPO 2017 in Astana under the motto “Energy of the Future” and widespread initiatives to improve energy efficiency in Kazakhstan, the national strategy to stimulate the development of renewable energy sources in Turkmenistan, the final transition of the higher education system of Kazakhstan to the Bologna standards of January 2013, the decree of the Kazakh government on the development norms and standards for the use of e-learning methodology in higher and school education – all together evidence that the project keeps pace with development trends in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan and will be able to pick up and implement innovations in the future thanks to the accumulated experience and openness to new partnerships and achievements.