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8 Creative Spark Fashion faculty members trained at Winter School 2020

Up grade fashion and design tutors were held in Almaty. Residents of the Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Program project got the opportunity to take a five-day up grade as part of the Winter School 2020 within the walls of Almaty Management University.

On January 13-17, in Almaty Management University, the Winter School 2020 was held: “Educational organizations 1.0 to 3.0: other meanings, spaces, communications.”

Recall that the partnership of the University of Northampton, AlmaU and the Almaty Technological University is aimed at developing the three main players in the ecosystem: fashion industry (designers), fashion universities (students and tutors), and regional management (decision making).

School teachers and university professors from all over Kazakhstan also gathered at the event.

For five days, the participants of the School studied new methods of education, were able to get answers to all questions of interest, as well as get to know their colleagues better and exchange experiences.

The program was launched by the First Vice-Rector of AlmaU Almagul Kanagatova. In her welcoming speech, she emphasized the importance of developing education and communication skills.

The headliner of the second day was Alexander Murashev – journalist, writer, presenter of the author’s program “Another School” on the radio “Mayak”, author of the project “Normal People” and the book “Another School”. Within one year he conducted a study of schools in different countries of the world, this study was continued in the “New School”, Moscow. Ex-deputy editor-in-chief of the Snob project.

“Education is when a fact is confronted with emotion.”

It was with this phrase that the “Good Teacher Today” eminent journalist and writer began his speech. In his presentation, he talked about four rules:

  1. We need not teachers, but talking people
  2. Not knowledge, but skills
  3. The school must provide a choice
  4. No knowledge goes beyond real life

He tried to explain the importance of the right relationship between the school, teachers and students. “A teacher cannot be just a teacher – he must be a coach.”

The participants, divided into two groups, continued the hearing of the author’s courses by Ayymgul Tleuzhanova: “The author’s syllabus of the teacher: unpacking and packaging of content” and Khalida Azhigulova “Education of the future”.

Based on the results of the feedback, it turned out that the participants of the Winter School 2020 mastered new approaches to solving education management problems, learned to be focused on tasks and problem solving. Many have come to the conclusion that entrepreneurship courses should be introduced at regional universities, taking into account the variety and specificity of existing specialties. While the rest of the participating teachers are already ready to offer innovations in the existing syllabus, apply the elements of the game in practical exercises, and also use psychological advice to work with the curatorial group.

You can also find out more about the Winter School 2020 on the Almaty Management University website.

Creative Spark is a five-year initiative to support international universities and create international partnerships with the aim of developing entrepreneurial skills and a creative economy in seven countries, including Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), the South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia) and Ukraine with the support of United Kingdom. In order to support higher education reforms and help solve the problem of employment in these seven countries, the United Kingdom’s experience will be used to develop entrepreneurship education.