Establishment of Centres for Competence and Employability Development

Co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
Project workgroup represented by twelve universities operating in the EU, Russia and Kazakhstan


Project Events

Conference on Career Expectations & Reality at Narxoz University

Narxoz University (Kazakhstan)
February 28, 2018

The conference on Career: Expectations & Reality provided insight into one of the most urgent issues of contemporary higher education – effective career orientation and planning – and turned out one of the most ambitious events of 2017. Members of project work group Dana Shayakhmet and Gaini Mukhanova (Narxoz University) took part in round table discussions and gave interviews on TV and radio. Kyrgyz participants were inspired by the progress made in the CCED, explored the practices implemented by their colleagues, invited them to Kyrgyzstan as conference participants and published a press release in a local newspaper. In a most delightful way, the example of COMPLETE practices finds positive response with colleagues and prompts them to implement innovations and pay appropriate attention to the issues of carrier orientation and competences for better employment opportunities.

Training workshop on Elocutionary Excellence at Narxoz University

Narxoz University (Kazakhstan)
February 26, 2018

Narxoz University held a training workshop on Elocutionary Excellence in collaboration with the Project Managers Union in the framework of COMPLETE. The workshop rang the bell with both students and the representatives of the business community, as well as with real economy practitioners.

Briefings and training workshops at Narxoz University

Narxoz University (Kazakhstan)
February 23, 2018

As COMPLETE briefings and training workshops are under way, Narxoz University team was welcomed by Kazakh Academy of Transport and Communications (KATC) on February, 23. The meeting was attended by teaching and administrative staff.

Special thanks goes to our colleagues who rendered assistance in organising this event: KATC Advisor to the Rector Meirzhan Otarbekov and Head of International Projects and Academic Mobility Dpt Zhanna Beisakhmetova. Apprehending the strategic importance of students’ employment, carrier orientation & planning, and ensuring “political” support on the part of university management are key success factors in any endeavor. This is why we would like to thank KATC administrative team and all participants who showed a keen interest in the workshops and requested for further events to be held in the framework of COMPLETE. Narxoz University is now planning to arrange for both in-house and off-site workshops for KATC students.

Courses in the framework of COMPLETE at Shakarim State University of Semey

Shakarim State University of Semey (Kazakhstan)
February 23, 2018

Shakarim State University of Semey had a productive week. The University introduced courses on Business Ethics, Effective Communications and Critical Thinking in the framework of COMPLETE.

The Rupublic of Kazahstan adopted the Strategic Development Plan up to the year 2025. The Plan identifies ongoing and anticipated world trends, including globalisation, development of information technologies and interdisciplinary areas, as well as castomisation (client-oriented approach). These trends will be on the fast track and shall require quick adapting measures to be implemented on the part of universities.

In the setting of technological developments, the labour market is undergoing dynamic changes, transforming so as to accommodate digitalisation trends. This obviously means that ever higher demands are placed on expert training. Graduates need 21st century skills that shall be later on applied in their professional life. The rapidly changing environment and global technologies create new professions, while other (“retired”) professions recede into the past. Following these trends, the very nature of education is being modified. A contemporary graduate will have to exercise critical thinking and networking skills, be creative and team-oriented, be able to address challenges and participate in the decision-making process. These are the key sought-for features of today’s graduates, and EU Erasmus+ KA2 projects are very much helpful in addressing the corresponding strategic tasks.

Online continuing education course at Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz

Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz (Kazakhstan)
February 15-22, 2018

Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz will host an online 36-hour continuing education course on The Development of Teachers’ Professional Competences in the Modern Setting. The course is scheduled to run for 8 days (Feb 15-22) in the framework of COMPLETE, and shall target the teachers of Kostanaisk Higher School of Economics of Kazpotrebsoyuz. The lectures are scheduled to be held by professor Mulikova, associate professor Kenezhebaeva, associate professor Abdakimova, associate professor Tazhbaev, professor Daniyarova.

Guest workshop at Narxoz University

Narxoz University (Kazakhstan)
February 9, 2018

Narxoz University hosted a guest workshop for MA students on The Tax System in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The speaker – Dilyara Omarova – is a co-developer of the Tax Code and a lead lecturer offering seminars and webinars on taxation matters. Dilyara has been engaged in tax, recordkeeping and fiscal assessment lecturing for over 16 years and has been publishing papers on these and other relevant topics in local and international journals.

Workshop participants discussed the types of taxation schemes, special fiscal treatments and career orientation, followed by the Q&A session.

Briefing meeting at Suleyman Demirel University

Narxoz University (Kazakhstan)
February 2, 2018

On February, 2 Narxoz University held a briefing meeting with one of the leading universities of Almaty – Suleyman Demirel University (SDU). The meeting was arranged as part of COMPLETE. CCED staff shared their practices and experience, and discussed cooperation opportunities with SDU in the framework of COMPLETE to better students’ employability.

Perm exhibition on Education and Career

Perm State University (Russia)
January 18-21, 2018

On January 18-21, Perm Fair hosted an annual exhibition Education and Career designed to set students on the right path for career development. This is the 20th interregional exhibition of educational institutions, technology and job opportunities. Every year Perm State University is actively engaged in exhibition proceedings offering consultations, trivia games, masterclasses, workshops and interactive trainings. In the framework of the exhibition, the CCED also showcased their services and promotional materials.

Seminars and courses at Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz

Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz (Kazakhstan)
January 7, 2018

Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz hosted a seminar on Modern Instruments for Project Management in the framework of COMPLETE. The seminar was presented by a certified coach, business trainer, head of HR development Balsulu Tasbulatova.

The university also hosted a 72-hour course on Teacher’s Coach Competences and the Instruments of Their Development (October 13 – December 8) to help teachers implement coach sessions in training BA, MA and PhD students. All participants were awarded with certificates upon course completion.

Continuing education course at Perm State University

Perm State University (Russia)
December 25, 2017

In December, 20 PSU teachers successfully completed a continuing education course on Lidership, Teambuilding, Self-Regulation and Conflict Management. The course was favourably reviewed. Some of the feedback included praising on:

Differentiation of activities, adequate ratio of practical and independent work, availability of guidance materials

Step-by-step progression, careful treatment of trainees’ challenges, helpfulness, prompt assistance

Trainers’ expertise, ongoing feedback

Comfortable setting, nice atmosphere

PSU is planning to hold more courses for teachers and students later on.

Invest Game in the framework of COMPLETE at Don State Technical University

Don State Technical University (Russia)
December 19, 2017

Students of Elite Education Dpt of DSTU took part in the Invest Game in the framework of COMPLETE. The game was intended to amalgamate students’ and employers’ endeavours in developing business ideas and was hosted by DSTU CCED.

This this the first time that the flagship university got to host an Invest Game. The participants were requested to forget their native tongue for a couple of hours and generate business ideas in English. The game also welcomed project friends – American and British native speakers.

The experiment once again proved that Only English Zone is an interesting and productive way to train English speaking skills. The winning team suggested an investment idea involving the combination of health monitoring devices with designer brands.

Words of gratitude for Industrial University of Tyumen

Industrial University of Tyumen (Russia)
December 4, 2017

Head of Investment Policy and State-Supported Business Furtherance of Tyumen region Leonid Ostroumov thanked Industrial University of Tyumen for cooperation in the development of external networking relations in the framework of expert training.

Continuing education course at Don State Technical University

Don State Technical University (Russia)
December 1, 2017

The CCED operating at Don State Technical University is currently holding a continuing education course on Development of Foreign-Language Communicative Competence. Having mastered the course, the trainees will develop foreign language communication skills based on specific settings associated with staying in a foreign state/city/university, will learn how to present themselves, and acquire the skills of sociocultural and intercultural communication. These competences will come in handy in advancing their competitive capacity in the labour market and preparing for academic mobility programmes. The course is held by highly qualified DSTU experts specialising in the field of foreign languages and intercultural communication.

Career School at Industrial University of Tyumen

Industrial University of Tyumen (Russia)
November 3, 2017

Industrial University of Tyumen is hosting the Career school (October 16 – November 16) involving trainings, masterclasses and expert consulting sessions. School participants undertake practical training in efficient employment and shall be awarded with certificates of completion on November, 16.

Training workshop in the framework of COMPLETE at Narxoz University

Narxoz University (Kazakhstan)
November 2, 2017

Yet another training workshop was introduced in the framework of COMPLETE at Narxoz University. The speaker, former Narxoz University student, has held over 200 job interviews during her internship at Coca-Cola BOTTLERS and was excited to offer applied, interactive, targeted training on CV development.

Offsite briefing at Dulati Taraz State University

Narxoz University (Kazakhstan)
Octrober 13, 2017

Narxoz University work group is engaged in ongoing dissemination activities in the framework of COMPLETE. A series of briefings was held in Almaty and outside Kazakh capital city. Yet another offsite briefing was held on October 13, 2017 in the Centre for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) of Dulati Taraz State University (DTSU). The event welcomed DTSU staff and First Vice-Rector Abdualy Askar Begadilovich, who emphasised the importance of universities’ input in sustaining students’ competitive capacity in the labour market. Special thanks goes to CCPD Director Gulmita Kuttybaeva, who is actively supporting ambitious endeavours and ideas designed to develop students’ professional and personal competences.

The meetings included Q&A sessions, with every input registered in meeting minutes.

Narxoz University would like to thank DTSU administrative staff for collaboration and support in promoting promising areas of cooperation. University work group had an opportunity to share best practices in CCED implementation and received exciting proposals for collaborative development of competence approach.

Students’ meeting with the representatives of TAGMET at Don State Technical University

Don State Technical University (Russia)
October 5, 2017

On October, 5 Don State Technical University hosted students’ meeting with TAGMET representatives in the framework of COMPLETE.

Senior calibrator of pipe rolling production facility Sergei Verkhoglyad, Head of steel-smelting lab Viktor Emelyaniv, Senior secondary steel processing expert Igor Garkushenko and HR specialist Larisa Kaplunova communicated with senior students majoring in Construction Materials Technology, Casting Technology and Materials Processing Crafts, Physical and Applied Material Engineering, Chemistry and Radio Electronics. Those willing to obtain employment at TAGMET had an opportunity to fill in application forms and meet TAGMET representatives face-to-face for an interview. The applicants are also going to take a test onsite the plant.

The event was organised by the Faculty of Machine Building Technology & Equipment and the Centre for Competence and Employability Development of DSTU.

Training workshop in the framework of COMPLETE at Narxoz University

Narxoz University (Kazakhstan)
September 29, 2017

Narxoz University held the first CCED training workshop that comprised two blocks:

The Art of Public Speaking & Elocutionary Excellence

Business Correspondence, Corporate Culture & Dress Code

The speaker – Gaini Mukhanova – is CSc in Economics, Associate Professor, Head of CCED at Narxoz University, Head of Alumni Association, Director of ESF Corporate Fund.

The training workshop was aimed at: developing the skills of public speaking, presentation and self-representation; overcoming stage fright, developing the skills of persuasion; developing the skills of elocutionary excellence and managing audience attention; developing business correspondence skills; considering corporate culture and business communications in efficient employment; examining dress code and interviewing process.

Info seminar of the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) at Industrial University of Tyumen

Industrial University of Tyumen (Russia)
September 21, 2017

On September, 21 Industrial University of Tyumen hosted an info seminar of the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH). The flagship university welcomed DWIH delegation headed by Consulate General of Germany at Yekaterinburg Ludwig Neudorfer. The seminar was also attended by DAAD representative in Moscow Peter Heller, Head of DFG Doctor Wilma Retgage, Head of Freie Universität Berlin Moscow Office Tobias Stüdemann and a representative of North Rhine Westfalia Ekaterina Karpushenkova.

Head of IUT Centre for International Partnership Development Alexander Gordievski presented the university and discussed cooperation opportunities with German partners. Special attention was paid to COMPLETE, which is being implemented under the supervision of German partners.

Grand opening of CCED at Narxoz University

Narxoz University (Kazakhstan)
September 18, 2017

Narxoz University held a grand opening of CCED on September, 18 in the framework of COMPLETE. The CCED cooperates with business partners and develops a list of competence requests on the part of employers. The CCED will use these data to introduce training programmes for the teaching staff in view of market demands. This research can be used in annual syllabus review in order to modernise the university’s educational programmes.

On the other hand, the CCED will also offer training workshops for students and develop the skills they are going to need in their professional life, as well as during career searching. The workshops will be held by certified COMPLETE staff having undergone training in project partner countries (Germany, Greece, Slovenia).

The training programme for the current semester comprises 15 topics. The CCED is also planning to host students’ and teachers’ meetings with guest speakers.

Regular meeting of “Economist” business club at Don State Technical University

Don State Technical University (Russia)
September 11, 2017

On September, 11 the Dpt of Economics and Management of Don State Technical University held a regular meeting of Economist business club devoted to Networking as a Life Style. The founders of Consulting Agency Evgeni Matveev, Oleg Chausov and Alexei Gavrilov met with second-year students to discuss contemporary methods for personnel assessment and development, followed by a training workshop on career orientation. The students appreciated this interesting and productive event.

Organising committee: Dpt of Economics and Management, DSTU Alumni Association, DSTU Centre for Competence and Employability Development.

Monitoring meeting at Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography

Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (Moscow)
September 8, 2017

Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography hosted a monitoring meeting in the framework of COMPLETE.

The meeting was held by the representatives of Russian Erasmus+ Office and registered progress made in the intervening period.

Intermediate project monitoring is a mandatory project procedure designed to assess current results and identify challenges to be eliminated.

Project training at Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz

Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz (Kazakhstan)
August 22-23, 2017

The event was held within the frameworks of Erasmus+ project realisation COMPLETE - Establishment of Centres for Competence and Employability Development on August 22-23, 2017.

Successful graduates' employment with respect to their qualification is a matter of discussion at the state level in the Russian Federation and in the Republic of Kazakhstan, however, the systematic approach on this problem solution has not been developed yet. There is a lack of SPs to encourage employability and foster interaction between Higher Education Institution and employers.

COMPLETE project realisation is aimed to changing the current situation through Centres for Competence and Employability Development (CCED) establishment.

On the first day of trainings the representatives of Russian and Kazakhstan HEIs presented the CCEDs which are already in operation in the corresponding universities. European Commission experts have given their recommendations regarding functions widening of the established CCEDs taking into account European best practices.

Representatives from University of Maribor and Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus Athens have presented detailed description of the CCEDs established at those HEIs and gave their recommendations to Russian and Kazakhstan partners.

Dr., prof. David Hind has delivered his lecture devoted to competences and employability development in HEIs using as good examples the universities in Europe and Asia where he works as visiting professor.

The second day was devoted to the workshop Development of employability skills. The participants have acquired practical skills in study programmes development taking into account competences and employability development.

Afterwards the trainings participants have discussed the project realisation, its dissemination activities and defined the next steps.

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Project training at the University of Maribor

University of Maribor (Slovenia)
March 21-24, 2017

On March 21-24, 2017, University of Maribor (Republic of Slovenia) hosted a training in the framework of the COMPLETE project.

On the first day of the training Prof. Dr. Petra Lippegaus-Grunau, Institute for Vocational Training, Labour Market and Social Policy GmbH (Berlin), made a presentation “Competence orientation in training and teaching - concepts and good practices”. She also introduced experience and main achievements of INBAS Center for career guidance and competence and employability development to project consortium representatives.

Career Center of University of Maribor specialist Mojca Slana presented educational programmes, developed under their Center’s supervision. In these programmes student oriented model of learning is widely applied ensuring diverse upskilling of trainees and formation of high level universal and entrepreneurial competences in them.

Afterwards partners from Russia and Kazakhstan presented their concepts of Centers for Competence and Employability Development, which are planned to open or are already operating at partner-country universities.

In the following days project meeting participants were involved in workshops for academic staff aiming at acquainting and practicing main tools and methods for new study programmes development and modernization of existing ones through integration of employability enhancing competences into study process. As examples of good practices there were presented a model-structure of a study programme realized at the “Mathematics” Chair, University of Maribor (by Prof. Maja Fošner) and Heidelberger Model (by Dietmar Chur).

In the end of the training representatives of all universities took part in a business-game “Planning and presenting of CCED services and activities” where they could get practical skills in promoting Center’s services at the educational market.

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Consortium meeting at Piraeus University of Applied Sciences

Piraeus University of Applied Sciences (Greece)
September 19-22, 2016

On September 19-22, 2016 consortium universities’ representatives met at Piraeus University of Applied Sciences (Greece) in the framework of the international educational Erasmus + project “Establishment of Centers for Competence and Employability Development” (COMPLETE).

Consortium members presented Institutional Reports on employability based on analyses conducted by each university among three target groups (students, graduates, employers) through survey and interviews.

Besides partners provided SWOT analyses for CCED implementation at their institutions.

At Greece meeting National Reports of Russia and Kazakhstan on employability have been approved. In addition participants negotiated a basic CCED model, which could be adjusted by each university individually to fit into the regional environment.

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Training workshop at Fachhochschule des Mittelstands

Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (Germany)
May 17-21, 2016

May 17 - 21, 2016 consortium universities’ representatives attended the workshop organized in Bielefeld (Germany) by Fachhochschule des Mittelstands. During the workshop the Survey results have been discussed.

The Survey was held at the first stage of the project among students, graduates and employers to define range of competences ensuring competitiveness at the labour market.

Draft version of analytical National Reports of Russia and Kazakhstan on employability have been presented along with a CCED model.

Workshop participants have discussed efficient models of similar centers existing at the University of Münster (Germany), University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), University of Maribor (Slovenia), Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus (Greece).

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Kick-off meeting at Voronezh State University

Voronezh State University (Russia)
November 23-26, 2015

On November 23-26, 2016 Consortium representatives of the international educational Erasmus + project “Establishment of Centers for Сompetence and Employability Development”(COMPLETE) from Germany, Greece, Slovenia, Kazakhstan and Russia took part in the Kick-off meeting at Voronezh State University.

The extensive labour market research is foreseen in the framework of the project aiming to work out methods of enhancing graduates’ employability in Russia and Kazakhstan followed by establishment of Centers for Competence and Employability Development at Partner country universities which will become a platform for interaction between employers and job applicants (students and graduates) in different forms: workshops, internships, tutoring, mentoring etc.

The Kick-off meeting is a chance for project participants to present general information about specialization of their universities, discuss concepts and approaches for employability development and creating individual competence models.

The main aim of the event was to discuss a project road map and strategy for project work packages realization ensuring sustainable and quality implementation of innovative approaches in employability development.

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