To share knowledge and experiences on different ways to align higher education policy objectives and funding strategies, the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the World Bank are co-hosting a workshop on March 14, 2017, entitled Investing Strategically in Higher Education: Aligning Public Funding with Policy Objectives.
The workshop will gather senior policy makers from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. With the involvement from several international tertiary education experts, including Mr. Jamil Salmi, Mr. Frank Ziegele, and Mr. Isak Froumin, the attendees will discuss common challenges and opportunities facing their higher education systems, examples from other countries of how the strategic use of financing can support specific policy objectives, and how other countries have implemented higher education financing reforms.
The workshop will emphasize not only the theory behind strategic financing but also the process and challenges associated with implementing reforms.
Based on input from the participants, the workshop highlighted how input- and output-oriented funding formula, performance contracts, competitive funds, excellence schemes, and other financing mechanisms can be mixed and matched to support common higher education policy objectives, including assuring and enhancing quality, improving links between higher education and the labour market, fostering research and technology transfer, optimizing HEI finances (e.g., income diversification, cost containment, etc.), increasing equitable participation of disadvantaged populations, fostering internationalisation and collaboration, and consolidating and/or diversifying the sector
This invitation-only event will occur at the Rixos Almaty Hotel.