Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan takes part in a meeting of commission to select candidates for university rectors’ positions
Today, the first meeting of the Republican competition commission on identifying candidates for state university rectors positions was held under the chairmanship of the Vice Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Imangali Tasmagambetov.
According to the new requirements, the appointment of rectors is carried out via open competition. The supervisory board of the university submits for commissions consideration at least three candidates. The commission reviews university development programs of candidates and holds interviews, following which the candidate for rectors post is determined.
In October this year, the supervisory board of the universities held meetings where considered the development programs submitted by candidates. As a result, the supervisory boards selected candidates by secret ballot for Republican commissions consideration. Rectors of the universities did not participate in voting.
The commission received 21 applications, including from the Atyrau State University named after Kh.Dosmukhamedov (5), Zhetysu State University named after I.Zhansugurov (5), Kostanay State Pedagogical Institute (6), and Pavlodar State Pedagogical Institute (5).
The protocol decisions of the supervisory councils along with all documents were submitted to the Republican commission, including of Atyrau State University named after Kh.Dosmukhamedov (2/5), Zhetysu State University named after I.Zhansugurov (2/5), Kostanay State Pedagogical Institute (3/6), Pavlodar State Pedagogical Institute (1/5).
It is important to keep the pedagogical orientation of the university. If chasing for new-fangled majors, such as legal or economic, you will lose the main purpose of the university. Given that teacher is the foundation of any profession, I.Tasmagambetov noted while discussing the development programs.
This innovation is dictated by the need to expand the managerial independence and quality of the Kazakhstan universities, as well as to strengthen their accountability to the public.
Previously, rectors of state higher educational institutions were appointed by the sole decision of the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Therefore, a significant part of the rector corps held this position over two 3-years terms.
Following the interviews and discussion of development programs, having considered the submitted candidates, the Republican commission recommends for appointing Abzal Taltenov a rector of Atyrau State University named after Kh.Dosmukhamedov, and Erkin Abil for a position of rector of Kostanay State Pedagogical Institute.
The candidates for Zhetysu State University named after I.Zhansugurov and Pavlodar State Pedagogical Institute have not been selected. In this regard, the Ministry of Education and Science was instructed to declare competition void and to re-carry out the procedure.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan