National Qualifications Framework in Kazakhstan 2015


Centralised Support to the Network of Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE)

Technical Assistance Missions (TAM)

Name of Expert

Bryan Maguire

Date of Visit

8-9 June, 2015


National Qualifications Framework: from Methodology of Architecture to Implementation Practice

Objectives of the visit

To support the development and implementation of the NQF within the Kazakhstan higher education sector. To prepare national stakeholders for the verification of compatibility of the Kazakhstan NQF against the QF of the European Higher Education Area

Format of the activity 


Brief description of activities conducted

Two days of intensive discussions were framed within plenary keynote presentations and smaller workshop/master-class sessions.

Participants targeted 

Ministry officials, university rectors, vice-rectors and other higher education stakeholders (over 250 delegates in total).

Main ‘take-aways’ from the perspective of the expert

There is a lively interest in the development of a qualifications framework in Kazakhstan. The university sector, with the support of the ministry, seems committed to reform of their qualifications based on learning outcomes and on quality assurance principles of the European Higher Education Area. There is a certain tension about the extent to which qualification standards should be led from industry sectors as opposed to the disciplinary communities with higher education. The Tempus IV projects displayed in the exhibition accompanying the seminary demonstrated a wide range of innovations which were monitored closely and supported by the national Tempus agency.