On November 28, 2019, a management meeting was held by representatives of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI and the East Kazakhstan State Technical University named after D. Serikbayev to discuss new areas of joint educational programs.
EKSTU rector Zhasulan Shaimardanov confirmed that both sides consider a necessity to create new joint educational programs in the field of electronics and IT technologies. Rector of MEPhI Mikhail Strikhanov noted: “The strength of East Kazakhstan University is its practical orientation and close connection to the employer. It brings us together. With regard to MEPhI, the strong point is a good theoretical base, which makes it possible to prepare students with capable of adapting to new labour market conditions. Both universities work under task orders of the industry. In this sense, it is very mutually reinforcing. Our plans for the future include diversification of educational programs”.
Cooperation between NRNU MEPhI and EKSTU has been under way since 2017. This year, in the framework of the supplementary agreement signed on April 8 to the Memorandum of Cooperation, four programs for joint training of bachelors and masters were launched. Programs are implemented according to the model of included education: Kazakhstan students are taught at the undergraduate and graduate programs of NRNU MEPhI with parallel development of educational modules (courses) at EKSTU.
In the educational systems of Kazakhstan and Russia there are controversies in the volume of hours allocated to certain subjects. In this case, additional efforts are required to optimize and develop a unified approach to comply with the laws of both countries. Nevertheless, despite the difficulties, the bachelor’s program of double diploma “Physics and Chemistry of Materials and Processes” has already been launched in the current academic year for training workforce for the nuclear industry. The program trains 49 people. The graduates of the program will get two diplomas — EKSTU and NRNU MEPhI.
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