Wedsneday, 5 April

Venue: Narxoz University

8:45     Speaker and chair briefing session (invite only)

9:00     Registration and Networking Coffee

9:45     Opening Session

  • Welcome:
    • Krzysztof Rybinski, Rector, Narxoz University

    • José Gutiérrez, Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture of the European Commission (EACEA)
    • Shaizada Tasbulatova, Director, National Erasmus+ Office, Kazakhstan

  • Introduction to seminar programme –  Elizabeth Colucci, SPHERE Team
  • Interactive ice-breaker (short survey on enhancing student participation and discussion)

10:45   Plenary 1: Students in university governance

  • The European landscape: Trends, advances, challenges – Fernando Galan, European Students’ Union (ESU) 
    • Presentation will include concrete examples regarding how student involvement in governance benefits HEIs and HE systems
  • Students in governance - Sean O'Reilly, Irish Survey of Student Engagement Project
  • Q&A
  • Panel: Trends in HERE countries – Nicolai Loghin (Moldova), Mary Hayrapetyan (Armenia), Olga Andreeva (Russia) (40 min)
  • Chair: Nicolas Patrici, SPHERE Team

12:00   Coffee and official photo

12:15   Break-outs: Enabling students in university governance

             Three groups, each discussing:

  • Legal frameworks for students in governance
  • Representative bodies (structure, functionality)
  • What should be changed (at the university level/at the national level) and why (structurely, legislatively, socio-culturally…)
  • What are the obstacles
  • What are the good practices/examples

                   Chairs: Elizabeth Colucci, Nicolas Patrici, Fernando Galan

13:30   Lunch

14:30   Reports from break-outs (nominated HERE rapporteurs)

14:45   Plenary 2: Students in Quality Assurance

  • Chair and short presentation of questions raised in HERE seminar on QA in Lviv, Ukraine – Elizabeth Colucci, SPHERE Team

  • Presentation of the ESG 2015, the student role and practices/case studies from European countries
    • Jyri Lahdesmaa, Board Member, National Union of University Students in Finland  
  • Presentation of student involvement in QA in Kazakhstan
    • Timur Y. Kanapyanov, Manager of International Projects and Public Relations,  Independent Agency for Accreditation and Rating (IAAR)

  • Reactions from HERE countries - Chafic Mokbel (Lebanon), Zarrina Kadyrova (Tajikistan) 
    • Current regulatory climate for students in QA
    • Examples of systemic student inclusion in internal and external QA
    • Existing reservations and challenges in HERE countries

16:00   Coffee

16:15   Break out groups: Students in QA

             Three groups, divided by sub-topic (HERE are pre-assigned to groups)
  • Group 1: Student participation in review panels (selection, training, …)
    • Chair: Sean O'Reilly
  • Group 2: Systematising and utilizing student feedback
    • Chair: Jyri Lahdesmaa
  • Group 3: Generating a culture of student involvement in QA
    • Chair: Eve Lewis

17:30   Close

17:30 - 18:15 Campus tour

18:30 Pick up service from the Narxoz University to the restaurant

19:30   Official dinner


Thursday, 6 April

9:15     Reports from break-out groups

9:30     Plenary 3: Students in national reform processes

  • Students in national reform: Optimising stakeholder dialogue 
    • Eve Lewis, Director of SPARQS (Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland)

  • Presentation of STUDIK (Students Self-Governance & Democratic Involvement in Kazakhstan) 
    • Meruert Narenova, STUDIK project
  • Case study – Israeli national student association: Good practices, success factors, challenges –Union
    • Mayaan Hagage, Isreali Students’ Union

            Followed by discussion

11:15   Coffee

11:45   Break-out groups 3: Students in national reform processes

  Three break out groups, by HERE region.

13:00   Lunch

14:00   Reports from break-outs

14:15   Presentation of Virtual Community (new features) – SPHERE Team

14:30   Plenary 4: Closing session  - The role of student HERE

  Summary presentation – SPHERE Team

  Moderated discussed on how HERE students can be enabled, utilized and given a more active role.

              Discussion of main take-aways

              Closing words: EACEA

15:45   Close and final networking coffee