Transition to University Autonomy in Kazakhstan (TRUNAK)

The Centre for Middle Eastern Studies is participating with universities in Europe and Kazakhstan in an EU project “Transition to University Autonomy in Kazakhstan (TRUNAK)” within the framework of the Erasmus+ KA2 (Capacity Building in Higher Education). The project period is scheduled to run from 1st November 2017 to 30th October 2020.

The project coordinator is Hugo Bragioni at Karaganda State Medical University (KSMU), Kazakhstan.

The main aim of the project is to develop a model of decentralization of higher education institutions in Kazakhstan and to support structural changes in Kazakhstan higher education by transfer of experiences from EU countries in that area.


EUA REPORT Transition to University Autonomy in Kazakhstan State of play of university governance and recommendations for the reform process 2018 (PDF)

The TRUNAK project includes 17 partners:

1. Karaganda State Medical University (Kazakhstan)

2. Astana Medical University (Kazakhstan)

3. West Kazakhstan State Medical University (Kazakhstan)

4. North Kazakhstan State University (Kazakhstan)

5. Karaganda Economic University (Kazakhstan)

6. Atyrau State University (Kazakhstan)

7. Ministry of Education and Science (Kazakhstan)

8. Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development (Kazakhstan)

9. Lund University (Sweden)

10. European University Association (Belgium)

11. University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

12. Lublin University of Technology (Poland)

13. Savonia University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

14. Aga Khan University in UK – ISMC (United Kingdom)

15. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)

16. Kazakhstan Medical Student Association (Kazakhstan)

17. HTAcamp (Kazakhstan)


From 13th to 17th November 2017 the Karaganda State Medical University hosted the project kick-off meeting during which the Project Management Team were selected and a number of issues related to the project were discussed.

CMES is responsible for the Work Package 4 involving dissemination and information sharing between participants and stakeholders. CMES will also arrange seminar in Lund during spring 2019.

TRUNAK is an example of a structural project. Such projects aim at improving systems of education and promoting reforms at the national level. Apart from improving the quality of higher education, Erasmus+ projects enable project partners to initiate and maintain long-term cooperation.