Impact of State and Institutional Policies on Research Culture in Kazakhstani Higher Education Institutions (74891)

Session Information: Educational Research, Development & Publishing
Session Chair: Joan Alejo

Thursday, 23 November 2023 17:05
Session: Session 5
Room: Room 608
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This study examines the faculty-based response to the internationalization of research (IoR) policies in Kazakhstan, a developing country that aims to integrate its local academia into the global scientific community. In recent years, World University Rankings (WUR) have gained increased prominence globally, and as a result, governments and universities have introduced policies that put pressure on academics and graduate students to publish in high-impact factor international, peer-reviewed journals.
The authors adopt a faculty-based perspective to explore the response of academia in Kazakhstan to these policies. A literature review was conducted to guide the data collection and interpretation. Qualitative data were collected through document analysis and semi-structured interviews with faculty members in Kazakhstani universities.
The findings of this study suggest that IoR policies in Kazakhstan lead to a variety of responses from academia. These responses range from genuine engagement with the policies and a genuine desire to publish in high-impact factor journals to gaming and token conformity, where individuals only superficially comply with the policies.
This research sheds light on the impact of IoR policies on academia in a developing country and provides valuable insights into the complex ways in which local academia is receiving these policies. It highlights the need for further investigation into the effects of these policies on faculty and universities in other developing countries. By understanding the responses of academia to IoR policies, policymakers can better address the challenges associated with integrating local academia into the global scientific community.

Askat Tleuov, Kimep University, Kazakhstan
Kairat Moldashev, Suleyman Demirel University, Kazakhstan

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Askat Tleuov is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Kimep University in Kazakhstan

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00