27th NISPAcee Annual Conference

The 25th May, 2019, Prague, Czech Republic. The leadership of the Graduate School of Governance and Economics, Ahmet Yassawi University, represented by the Vice-President for Academic Innovations and Postgraduate Education, Ms. Sholpan Yesimova, upon the invitation of the Astana Civil Service Hub (Partner of the Graduate School) participated in the panel session on “Public Service Reform in Post-Soviet Countries ”organized by the Astana hub in the framework of the 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference (The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe).

The event was attended by the experts of public policy and representatives of civil service agencies from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia and Uzbekistan. The welcoming remarks were delivered by the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Astana Civil Service Hub, Alikhan Baymenov and Lyudmila Gaidisova, the Executive Director of NISPAcee.

Vice-President Yesimova presented a presentation on “Digital Competences for Civil Servants”, putting forward several ideas to improve the digital skills of public servants in Kazakhstan: “Nowadays, world professional trends are setting new directions in training civil servants. Hence, an idea to be noted to establish special IT institution for public bodies based on ‘Estonian e-Gov Academy’ experience. It is unquestionable that in near future such institutions will become a requirement for long term-perspectives ”. Also, Ms. Yesimova stressed the importance of systematic stimulation of state servants in the digital era by introducing the so-called “Digital Badges” in the form of promotional access to academic and professional Internet contents suchlike Coursera, Research Gate , Academia, LinkedIn, DEVEX etc.

During the NISPAcee conference, Alikhan Baimenov presented the book “Public Service Excellence in the 21st Century”. A number of prominent figures and reformers of the civil service have become co-authors of this book, such as Chester Newland (USA), Demetrios Argiriades (USA), Akira Nakamura (Japan), Max-Everest Phillips (Great Britain), etc. The publication describes the modern trajectories of public services, the impact of “Disruptive Technologies” and Big Data on civil service in general, as well as its relationship to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 2030 Agenda. To purchase the book, please, follow the link: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9789811332142

These events underline the importance of the integration of scientists, experts and professionals of public administration, which subsequently contributes to the strengthening of partnership and prosperity of the governments.

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