Long-standing cooperation resulted in a two million euro education export deal to Kazakhstan - JAMK
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12 Feb 2018

Long-standing cooperation resulted in a two million euro education export deal to Kazakhstan

The healthcare expertise of Finnish universities of applied sciences will be more prominent in Kazakhstan in the future. JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Häme University of Applied Sciences and Lahti University of Applied Sciences have made a deal with the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of Kazakhstan on an extensive development project, funded by the World Bank and worth approximately two million euros. This is the largest education export deal ever made by JAMK.

The Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of Kazakhstan has chosen a consortium led by JAMK University of Applied Sciences to reform the Kazakhstani healthcare system by reforming their nurse training. The reform applies to the whole education system on all levels. In addition, the competence and leadership of the personnel of vocational institutes and universities will be strengthened. The project, starting in January, is part of a larger undertaking to improve the availability, efficiency and quality of Kazakhstani healthcare services. 
 
JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Häme University of Applied Sciences and Lahti University of Applied Sciences have worked together in Kazakhstan since 2012 and trained over 700 people in the healthcare sector alone. In addition to educational establishments and the Ministry, they have cooperated with cities, hospitals, UNICEF and the World Bank.
 
“Before this, the universities have already been developing the nurse training in Kazakhstan to help the country’s degree programmes meet international requirements and EU directives. The Bachelor-level nurse training of Finnish universities of applied sciences has been used as a model,” says Senior Advisor Hannele Tiittanen from Lahti University of Applied Sciences, who has worked in Kazakhstan for a long time.
 
Because of previous success, the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of Kazakhstan wants to continue cooperating with the Finnish consortium.
 
“To carry out the larger undertaking, the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of Kazakhstan chose strategic partners from the best universities in the world to support the reform in designated areas. I am very proud that our consortium was included,” says Senior Advisor Johanna Heikkilä from JAMK, who has led the projects in Kazakhstan for six years.
 
This shows that Finnish healthcare education is globally respected and that support from the highest authorities in Kazakhstan has been achieved.
 
“The competence of Finnish universities of applied sciences in developing nurse training is respected globally. It is practical, it respects the context in each country and it is carried out systematically and sustainably,” says Hanna Maijala, Dean of the School of Wellbeing at Häme University of Applied Sciences.
 
The project, carried out within the coming two and a half years, will be one of the largest single education export projects by institutes of higher education. It creates 12 man-years of employment for specialists in universities of applied sciences. The work is carried out both in Finland and in Kazakhstan.
 
“Hopefully in the future, the cooperation in Kazakhstan will also include businesses in the wellness and healthcare sector. For example, the FinlandCare growth programme has many member businesses, with which universities of applied sciences offering education and consultation services could cooperate on exporting Finnish expertise,” says Head of Education Export Timo Juntunen from JAMK, who is in charge of the project.
 
Since 2012, the consortium has carried out over 50 education projects in Kazakhstan both in teacher training and in healthcare. Finland has also received students from Kazakhstan through the country’s Bolashak scholarship system. In addition, a million euro ProInCa project, funded by the EU, was started in Kazakhstan in October 2017. The project aims to strengthen the innovative capacity of institutes of higher education in order to develop evidence-based nursing.
 
For more information, please contact:
Johanna Heikkilä, Senior Advisor, +358 40 848 8623, firstname.lastname@jamk.fi and Pertti Malkki, Director, +358 40 668 2751, firstname.lastname@jamk.fi, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, School of Health and Social Studies