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.

Webinar on the Project «585761-EPP-1-2017-1-FI-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP Enhancing Competences of Sustainable Waste Management in Russian and Kazakh HEIs / EduEnvi within framework of the II International Forum of Innovative Teachers “MODERN EDUCATION: CHALLENGES, TRENDS AND STRATEGIES”

On April 26, 2019, the II International Forum of Innovative Teachers “Modern Education: Challenges, Trends and Strategies” was completed their work at M.Auezov South Kazakhstan State University.

The Forum covered all the links of the educational institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan: school-college-HEI, as the Forum proved to be recognized as a permanent discussion platform for discussing topical issues of education development and mutual transfer   of the best teaching experience in the education area.

The Chairman of the Committee for Control in the Field of Education and Science of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan T.I. Eshankulov and the foreign deputy director of the Nazarbayev Intellectual School (South Africa) Jennifer MacKenzie made  welcoming   addresses.

Within the Forum framework as part of the Erasmus + Program a webinar was held with the participation of teachers from Finland – University of Applied Sciences  of Tampere, Tampere city, Denmark ; University of Applied Knowledge, Odense city; Spain – Valladolid University, Valladolid; Russia – St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics; B.N. Yeltsin (the First President of Russia) Ural Federal University and Kazakhstan – Sh.Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University; Al-Farabi Kazakh National university, E.A. Buketov Karaganda State University, and Belgium – Modern Education and also Research Institute in Brussels, People’s Republic of China – Confucius Institute in Xinjiang.

The 3rd workshop on intensive teacher training and curriculum planning, University of Valladolid, Spain

The 3rd workshop on intensive teacher training and curriculum planning was held at the University of Valladolid, Spain, from 14 to 18 May 2019, according to WP 4.1.2, in which all the partner universities participated. During the workshop, modules 4, 5, 6 and 7 were reviewed, master classes on assessment for training and assessment methods, as well as the application of new pedagogical methodologies in the courses being developed were held.

Teacher Training and Curriculum Content Planning for e-learning 2nd Workshop, M. Auezov SKSU

In the period from 28th of January till 1st of February the International workshop within the framework of the international program Erasmus + on theme “Intensive Teacher Training and Curriculum Content Planning for e-learning” took place in the M. Auezov South-Kazakhstan State University, with participation of the leading International scientists from Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland, Lillebaelt Academy of Applied Sciences, Denmark, Valladolid University, Spain, Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Tyumen State University, Russia, al-Farabi Kazakh National university, Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State university by project «Enhancing Competence in Sustainable Waste Management in Universities of Russia and Kazakhstan /EduEnvi».

The seminar was also attended by representatives of other universities of Kazakhstan who are not members of the project consortium, as well as schools, representatives of enterprises, students, Master and Ph.D students who took an active part in teaching master classes. The aim of the seminar was intensive teacher training and curriculum planning, according to WP 4.1.1, in which modules 1, 2, 3, 8 were discussed in detail, and recommendations were made on courses, mainly on how to apply a student-centered approach in courses developed.

EduEnvi presented in ECO-FORUM – 2019

Have being already traditional the annual ECO-FORUM – 2019 «The Ecology of the Big City” was conducted on March 20-22 in St. Petersburg.  Dr. Olga Sergienko, representing the EduEnvi project partner, ITMO University, was invited to make a presentation devoted to the project. The presentation were given at the panel session “Sustainable urban development” and called an interest among the participants.

See the project presentation here from Eco Forum. In Russian by Olga Sergienko, ITMO.

Olga Sergienko and associated partners

Olga Sergienko and Evgenia Koroleva

Workshop and webinar in the M. Auezov SKSU

27.02.2009 14.00 workshop with further webinar connection at 15.00 between partner universities on the project   585761-EPP 1-2017-1-FI-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP «Enhancing competition in Sustainable Waste Management in Universities of Russia and Kazakhstan» took place in M. Auezov South-Kazakhstan State university with participation of the Ural Federal University named after the First President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin, UrFU, Russia, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Sh.Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University, South-Kazakhstan State Pedagogical university, as well as representatives of enterprises. During discussion were noted that in Kazakhstan, as in the world, the problem of safe disposal of production and consumption waste has always been one of the most important environmental problems. Currently, an important task is set-waste disposal – the use of waste as secondary material or energy resources.  Kazakhstan has accumulated more than 45 billion tons of production and consumption waste, of which only 5 percent is recycled. With such huge amounts of garbage, waste processing plants do not have enough raw materials for processing, since there is no culture of separate waste collection in the country. According to the statistics Committee, about 500 specialized companies in the field of waste management are registered in Kazakhstan. The largest industry is the “Altyn – TET” complex, which operates in Astana and is engaged in sorting and processing of jointly collected municipal solid waste. Other companies, which works in Kazakhstan are called “KazakhstanWasteRecycling” (paper and cardboard), SAF (glass), Kazkauchuk (tires and rubber waste), WestDala (oily waste, integrated waste management), “Promtehresurs KZ” and “Recycling” (electronic waste).

Therefore, the use of scientific and technological progress for the introduction of environmentally friendly technologies is of paramount importance for the sustainable development of the economy.

In Kazakhstan, manufacturers of environmentally friendly products are planning to issue special certificates within the framework of the Concept for the transition to a “green” economy.

One of the innovations of the document is the concept of “green” purchases, which will stimulate those processing enterprises that produce products, for example, in the construction of roads and bridges. Now a lot of different thermal insulation materials, there are a lot of materials that are used in finishing works.

Many initiatives are needed to implement an effective waste management system:

– training of qualified specialists in waste management system;

– conduct a thorough audit and environmental monitoring of all large landfills and identify measures for their remediation;

– updating of standards of work, processing and storage of solid domestic wastes;

– waste processing should be carried out by enterprises-producers of waste;

– reduction of taxes of enterprises engaged in waste processing.