Webinar entitled “Experience of European Universities in the Implementation of Erasmus + Structural Projects: Global Challenges and Modern Trends”

On May 14, 2020, a webinar was held at M. Auezov SKSU entitled “Experience of European Universities in the Implementation of Erasmus + Structural Projects: Global Challenges and Modern Trends”, organized by project EEIHSR–  Economics, Ecology and Infrastructure at High-Speed Railways in collaboration with the EduEnvi- Enhancing Competences of Sustainable Waste Management in Russian and Kazakh HEIs  project. The main aim of webinar was translation of best practices of European partner universities in the framework of Erasmus projects +, moderated by Aigul Iskakova, vice-rector for strategic development and internationalization of M. Auezov South Kazakhstan State University. . Presentations were made by  Ella Kallio, EduEnvi project  Coordinator from Tampere university of Applied sciences, Finland; Sergey Polbytsyn, EduEnvi project manager from  Ural Federal University named after the First President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin, UrFU, Russia; Elena Queck, research assistant of the Department for  Railway Signalling and Transport Safety Technology, TU Dresden (Germany), Project manager EEIHSR –  Economics, Ecology and Infrastructure at High-Speed Railways. Shaizada Tasbulatova, Director of National Erasmus+ Office in Kazakhstan National Office also took part in the webinar. An interactive discussion with the audience followed the presentations of the speakers.

International webinar organized by the EduEnvi project on the basis of M. Auezov SKSU, in the framework of the International scientific-practical conference “Auezov readings – 18: the spiritual heritage of the great Abay”

On April 23, 2020, within the framework of the International Scientific- Practical Conference “Auezov Readings – 18: Spiritual Heritage of the Great Abai”, devoted to the 175h anniversary of Abai Kunanbayev, the international webinar on section 10 “The contribution of the Erasmus + Program to Improving the competitiveness of universities and their integration into the world scientific space” was held. The webinar was attended by 40 people from universities in different countries, such as Finland, Spain, Denmark, Russia, Kazakhstan. The moderator of the webinar organized by the participants of the project «585761-EPP-1-2017-1-FI-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP Enhancing Competences of Sustainable Waste Management in Russian and Kazakh HEIs / EduEnvi on the basis of M. Auezov SKSU, was Botagoz Mutaliyeva, candidate of chemical sciences, Associate Professor of the “Biotechnology” department. The purpose of the webinar was not only to disseminate the results of the project, but also to exchange experience in the field of education and science, to reveal the pressing problems of the modern world.

Ella Kallio presented a report prepared jointly with colleagues from the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland, and KazNU named after Al-Farabi, Kazakhstan, where she shared the results of piloting the project courses, with the developing online pedagogy in the field of sustainable waste management in Kazakh and Russsian HEIs.

The results of the course development within the framework of the project were made by Almira Saparbekova, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the “Biotechnology” department, and Aigul Kurmanbaeva, Associate Professor of Sh. Ualikhanov KokSU, who shared the results of a sociological survey conducted with respondents regarding the sorting of municipal solid waste in the Kokshetau city, as well as the need to improve environmental literacy of the population.

Scientists from the University of Applied Sciences in Odense, Denmark, Elizabeth Agerbek and Ellen Houmoller made a presentation on the importance of professional training of the future teachers for innovative activities in the field of education, making young adult students aware of their potential and encourage and motivate them to develop their competencies is a challenge for both teachers and the learners themselves.

Silvia Bolado and Pedro Garcia from the University of Valladolid, Spain, shared with the results of their scientific research in the field of biotechnology, namely, with study of the effect of pretreatments and enzymatic hydrolysis on cell wall of microalgae grown in piggery wastewater treatment plants to optimize downstream processing.

Colleagues from Russia, from the “ITMO national research University, St. Petersburg, Russia, such as Sergeeva I., Kovalenko B., Orlova O., Dinkelaker N. made a number of reports, such as the disclosure and solution of a number of problems of distance and online learning, which cause a need in connection with the relevance of the modern world, researches of entrepreneurship in the digital economy,  study of the protective function of aquatic vegetation communities of the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic Sea with regard to the conservation of the quality of abiotic components of local coastal ecosystems, as well as investigation of heaby metals content in wild berries and mushrooms at various distances from industrial facilities.

Themes of reports of Professor Sergei Polbitsyn from Ural Federal University named after the First President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin, UrFU, Russia, as well as Dmitry Rudenko from Tyumen State University, Russia, were associated with the problems and opportunities of science and education, with institutional aspects in the study of municipal waste management in educational programs. Perizat Parmankulova from M. Auezov SKSU drew the attention of the audience to the creation of an inclusive environment for distance learning for people with disabilities, and that the courses of the EduEnvi project can be applied to such people.

An interesting report was made by teachers from Shymkent Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology, Shymkent, Kazakhstan, Assylzhan Zhunuskhojayev, who spoke about the Microsoft Teams platform is an effective for organizing distance and online learning in educational institutions, and Mira Beisenova, who highlighted the topic related to the development of students critical thinking by use of STEAM training elements at project works creation.

Thus, many issues were discussed at the webinar, especially in light of the application of innovative technologies in the field of education, science, etc.


Webinar on EduEnvi Piloting Results

Time: Tue 31st March at 12:00-13.30 UTC +3h, Moscow time
Zoom link: https://tuni.zoom.us/j/7717026478

During the autumn 2019, pilots of 20 online courses on sustainable waste management developed in EduEnvi have been carried out. In the webinar results from the online course pilots will be presented and concrete case examples will be shared.

The webinar is open for all interested stakeholders. The language of the webinar is English. The webinar will be recorded.

Here the webinar programme and the webinar online link

The webinar is open for all, but registration is expected: Registration to the webinar

More information: Zhanar Shortanbayeva, Deputy Head of Thermophysics and Technical Physics Department, Senior Lecturer of Al-Farabi Kazakh National Univeristy; Zhanar.Shortanbaeva(at)kaznu.kz

How to cooperate with industry on a problem within Sustainable Waste Management

One focus in EduEnvi has been on Learning Innovation and Entrepreneurship through University Industry cooperation. During the project a serie of workshops have been organized within the theme and a handbook of How to cooperate with industry on a problem within Sustainable Waste Management is published. The work is led by UCL University College from Denmark.

The purpose of the workshops organized within the theme has been to introduce the participating teachers to industry/university collaboration in order to instruct them in including casework in their teaching.

According to UCL teachers Elisabeth Agerbaek and Ellen Houmoeller, the Enhancing Competences of Sustainable Waste Management, cannot be done separated from its contexts. In other words, the premise is that the learning of the competences are done best as “learning by doing”. Thus, the breeding ground of the workshops is for the teachers to learn how to place the students in this kind of context and provide with the necessary tools.

Involving industry challenges in everyday teaching involves a series of additional challenges for a teacher. In order to prepare each teacher to deal with these challenges, the workshops revolved around the context of an industry/university collaboration used at UCL, Denmark.

The workshops were constructed based on significant phases that are necessary when initiating the collaborations as well as phases during the project and after the end of project.

The first step of the workshop is to instruct the teachers in how to create contact with a local industry. The next step is to provide the teachers with tools in order to create a project description. Furthermore, the following steps of the workshop is to instruct the teachers in facilitating the project as well as executing the project themselves with focus on facilitation and collaboration. The final step in completing the workshop is to provide the teachers with the tools to evaluate the process and the outcome.

An excursion during the teacher-training workshop held in Kokshetau, Kazakhstan for participants from Sh.Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and M. Auezov South-Kazakhstan State University.

Webinar between universities

Webinar titled “Formation of IT competence of students in the field of natural sciences”, carried out within the framework of the Republican forum “Digital education: features and development process” was held on November 13, 2019, organized between  Arkalyk state pedagogical Institute named after I. Altynsarin, M. Auezov South Kazakhstan State University, al-Farabi Kazakh national University, Abay Kazakh national pedagogical University, South Kazakhstan State Pedagogical University, Taraz State Pedagogical University, Dosmukhamedov Atyrau State University.

M. Auezov SKSU as a country coordinator of the Project 585761-EPP-1-2017-1-FI-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Enhancing Competence in Sustainable Waste Management in Universities of Russia and Kazakhstan / EduEnvi” took an active part in a webinar with the involvement for participation of project partner universities, at which the project coordinator from M. Auezov SKSU, Candidate of Chemical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of “Biotechnology” Botagoz Mutaliyeva represented results of the project with a report titled “Development of online courses in Sustainable Waste Management in Universities of Russia and Kazakhstan in the framework of the EduEnvi project ”. Information about readiness of the courses for the start of piloting, which will take place in the end of November and that finished by analysis in early January 2020 have been presented. In addition, a video about the project was shown. The participants in the webinar took an active part in the discussion, so questions were asked about the introduction of courses in the educational process. Developed courses is now under piloting process, and it is planned to be introdused into existing Master degree programs after the complete readiness for use in the next educational year.

Erasmus day in M. Auezov SKSU

On October 14, 2019 at the M. Auezov South-Kazakhstan State university, Center of Bologna process and Academic Mobility with active participation of EduEnvi project was organized a round table on the topic “Good experience and opportunity of Erasmus+program” . M. Auezov SKSU is an active participant of various programs of Erasmus+:International credit mobility of students and teaching staff, realization of projects. Representatives of EduEnvi project Mutaliyeva Botagoz and Madybekova Galiya discussed with student about EduEnvi project aim, objectives, and courses. 


ErasmusDays was conducted on October 11, 2019, in Sh.Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University

Representatives of government agencies, entrepreneurs, teachers of educational institutions, undergraduates and students were invited to this event. The EduEnvi project working group prepared exhibition material. Associate Professor A. Kurmanbaeva made a presentation devoted to implementation of the EduEnvi project and development of cooperation with industry in the field of waste management. The message from the project coordinator Ella Kallio (TAMK, Finland) was heard with great attention.


Text by, Aygul Kurmanbaeva, Shokan Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University

Participating seminar in Helsinki to catalyze new green businesses

On September 5-6, 2019, Olga Sergienko,   by the invitation of the project’s associated partners, General Director of JSC “Kosmos”, Evgenia Koroleva and Director of the non-commercial organization “Association of Ecological Partnership” Boris Krylov, took part in the international scientific seminar in the framework of the project  “Cata3Pult- Finnish -Russian public-private partnership catalyzing new green business”.

The seminar was devoted to a circular economy and digitalization of waste management in conditions of urban development. During the seminar the participants visited a number of environmental services in the Helsinki Region and  the cities of Helsinki and Vantaa as well as their energy companies implementing the “waste to energy” approach.  Interesting information was received that will be used in preparation of the online courses in EduEnvi project. The synergy of our two projects will continue to manifest itself, helping to increase their sustainability and dissemination of the results.

Boris Krylov, Evgenia Koroleva and Olga Sergienko at the Helsinki HSY waste sorting station.

Evgenia Koroleva and Olga Sergienko during the visit in Vantaa energia.


Stakeholders´ Need´s analysis as a part of the Curriculum design process

The Report of the completed need’s analysis is based on the discussions of internal and external stakeholders at the six local workshops organized by partner universities in the framework of the EduEnvi project. The workshops were held in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Tyumen (Russia) and Alma-Aty, Kokshetau and Shymkent (Kazakhstan) in February-April, 2018.

The purpose of the need’s analysis was to check the list of the courses to be developed within the EduEnvi project according to the assessment of the current gaps in sustainable waste management (SWM) and in the field of SWM education in Russia and Kazakhstan.

The report can be found from here.

Managerial Meeting on Quality assurance

The managers from partner universities assembled in Yekaterinburg on 4-5 June 2019 for the reports, prepared by Sergei Polbitsyn of Ural Federal university and Dina Williams of Manchester university on quality assurance results and further development.

All participants of the meeting approved that the progress of the project conforms the requirements of the grant agreement.

However, some issues to be improved were sounded. The first and the most important was the issue on reporting on activities. The information on few grant activities is lacking and it is needed to be presented on the grant website.

The external evaluator Dina Williams emphasized in her report that the partners are doing well with the delivering the expected outcomes, but partners lack attention to the information flows. She noted that it would be useful to adopt internal standards on what information must be posted on outcomes and activities.

The meeting was concluded with better understanding for further improvement of quality assessment of the grant.

Text by, Sergei Polbitsyn, UrFU

Project group hearing the external Quality evaluator Dr Dina Williams from Manchester University.

Reflecting the meeting.