Participation of the Rector of the Noncommercial Joint-Stock Company "Kazakh National Agrarian University" in IREG Forum 2017: Excellence as the University Driving Force organized by: IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence and Qatar University
From 12th of March to 14th of March, 2017, Rector and Vice-Rector for International Relations and Investments of the Noncommercial Joint-Stock Company "Kazakh National Agrarian University" visited IREG Forum 2017: Excellence as the University Driving Force organized by: IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence and Qatar University. The forum was held in Qatar, in the city of Doha.
IREG Forum 2017, hosted by the Qatar University, will look at multitude of issues related to "academic excellence" from policy and practical perspective.
The Program Committee of the Forum has identified the following key carrying themes [reflected also in the theme of a particular session] as particularly relevant:
- Excellence as "set of standards and guidance" for functioning and development of university;
- Excellence as "a framework" for teaching and organization of studies in the context of the needs of a country or a region;
- Excellence in the context of cultural and economic transformation;
- understanding the principles of "excellence in various academic disciplines and institutional settings.
It is a matter of fact that academic rankings are one of the key expressions of "excellence" in higher education. However, assessing the "excellence in teaching" has been, and still is, a long-standing argument facing rankings, particularly the international ones. It is why the IREG Forum 2017 intents to draw a particular attention to accumulated experiences as well as challenges in this area.
Similarly to previous IREG conferences, during the "IREG Qatar Forum" there will be an opportunity to learn about new initiatives in academic rankings and related to it developments in universities and other organizations. The Forum will provide a platform for interaction with ranking organizations and experts, and to discuss different aspects of broadly understood "academic excellence". The opening ceremony of the forum was held in the Grand Building of the Qatar University Library, the opening ceremony, as planned, took 1 hour 30 minutes, After which the meeting of the plenary session began. It was held for 2 hours and 15 minutes and was devoted to development of academic organizations. The main speakers of the forum were Jan Sadlak President of IREG observatory and Hassan Rashid Al-Derham President of Qatar University.
During the forum, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences Tlektes Yespolov, using the opportunity, was able to meet with various leaders in the field of education and during constructive conversation made concrete proposals to develop cooperation with a number of top universities in the world and about the future successful cooperation with the Kazakh National Agrarian University. During the meeting Vice-Rector for International Relations and Investments Daniya Asanova noted that it is necessary to establish cooperation with the World leading universities, Scientific Centers and laboratories for the implementation of joint research projects in the most diverse areas of science. No less important for KazNAU is the cooperation in the exchange of teachers and students, in particular with undergraduates as the most prepared and specifically aimed at learning.
Rector of Kazakh National Agrarian University was one of the first give an interview about IREG Forum 2017, shared his impressions about Qatar University, also Tlektes Yespolov give information about the Kazakh National Agrarian University to the correspondent of local television. In conclusion, it should be noted that participation in this forum is very fruitful, because such meetings with heads of universities and rating agencies serve for the benefit of the development of international relations and higher education.