This project for the Higher Technical Education System of Kazakhstan was implemented in 2008-09 by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC), in cooperation with the Kazakh National Technical University (KazNTU), Chevron and the GEF Small Grant Program (SGP) of UNDP. It promoted education for sustainable development (ESD) in the pilot university, KazNTU, by introducing a bachelor-level course called “Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development” and by developing recommendations for cross-curricular integration of sustainable development (SD) themes at KazNTU. The initiative established a strong partnership between the various project partners: inter-agency collaboration between the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) and the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) of Kazakhstan, and inter-sectoral cooperation between governmental, non-governmental sectors, and business organizations. The project involved the widest range of stakeholders within Kazakhstan.
The overall objective of the project was to integrate ESD principles, values and methodologies, and to promote new technological approaches at KazNTU the pilot technical higher education (HE) institution. The following ESD learning approaches were used during project implementation:
Learning by doing
Learning from each other
Learning for a better future
Learning for Sustainability
Seminars and training for teachers and students on SD,
Climate change and energy efficiency
Practical activities (on-site competition for students’ pilot projects on energy saving and energy efficiency in the KazNTU)
From the outset, the university teachers were fully involved in the project activities, participating in the development of the new course and its electronic textbook, writing the methodological Guide for teachers and taking part in the introduction of the course at KazNTU. KazNTU teachers and students became more actively engaged in SD, climate change and sustainable energy issues via a series of training activities.