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Advancing circular economy in partner countries by development and implementation of Master programme "Waste management"

Project code 618715-EPP-1-2020-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JPUn-Waste

Project start date Jan. 15, 2021

Project end date Jan. 14, 2024


  Project number   618715-EPP-1-2020-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JPUn-Waste

Project title

Advancing circular economy in partner countries by development and implementation of Master programme "Waste management"/ UnWaste


Terms of project implementation

15.01.2021– 14.01.2024


Description of the project

Waste management is one of the urgent problems for the Republic of Kazakhstan, because the amount of waste is now increasing significantly. There are systemic problems in the creation of the waste management infrastructure, the lack of qualified specialists. Another serious problem for the agrarian regions of Kazakhstan is the management of agricultural waste, since this area is not taken into account by the existing legislation. In this regard, it becomes necessary to create a new approach to waste disposal.

The project aims to develop a master's program in waste management at each university in the partner country, which will be implemented and accredited by all universities in the consortium.

The developed program will contribute to the development of a circular economy in neighboring EU countries, ensure mutual understanding of EU and non-EU partners in waste management, help raise awareness of waste and environmental programs, and ensure better waste management in countries - partners in the future, supporting the labor market with the required specialists.

Purpose of the project

- development of master's educational programs in the field of waste management;

- raising awareness of the circular economy through the development of new curricula for higher education institutions

Project objectives

- development of high-quality educational programs on waste management that meet international requirements, and their implementation in the educational process;

- exchange of experience and transfer of knowledge between partner countries, training and internships on the basis of EU universities and partner universities;

- raising awareness of the public and authorities about the problems in the field of waste disposal through round tables, consultations and relevant social networks;

- ensuring sustainability through effective and targeted dissemination of project results at regional, national and inter-project levels

Target group

- students interested in enrolling in master's programs that develop certain skills in the most relevant areas of modern management;

- industry partners who lack specialists in the field of waste management, which is most important for the multi-waste industry in Kazakhstan and Russia;

- university leadership interested in the development of new master's programs that meet the demanded needs of the labor market;

- authorities and the public who are interested in the development of regional programs for waste management, as well as developing policies for the management of agricultural waste

The following tangible results will be achieved:

On preparation stage

-Inventorial analysis

-Methodology report;

-Content develop. report;

-Criteria /evaluation catalogue;

-Cross-Case Analysis;

-Capacity building reports;

-Equipment Upgrade report;

-Approval conference protocol

On Development stage

-Three accredited programmes;

-Deployed content and method;

-Master Program implemented;

-Guidelines for intern. acceptance;

-Internship reports

On  Monitoring & Quality Control stage

-Internal evaluation reports;

-Surveys: supply and demand sides;

-External evaluation report;

-Financial Monitoring reports

On Dissemination stage

-Dissemination Plan ;

-Corporate Design & Website;

-UnWaste Agreement/network

-Dissemination Events, Material

Project participants


Hochschule Wismar. University of Applied Sciences Technology, Business and Design, Germany Wismar


Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, Tallinn


University of Economics and Culture, Latvia


University of Management "TISBI", Russia, Kazan

PP05  (RU- SPbPU)

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia, St. Petersburg


Rostov State University of Economics (RINH), Russia, Rostov-on-Don


A. Baitursynov Kostanay Regional University, Kazakhstan, Kostanay

PP08 (KZ-KokSU)

Sh.Ualikhanov Kokshetau University, Kazakhstan, Kokshetau


S. Seifulinn Kazakh Agro Technical University, Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan.


Project working group


Legal Representative:


Marat Syrlybayev,


Rector of Sh.Ualikhanov Kokshetau University,


UnWaste working group from University:


Aigul Kurmanbayeva, PhD, Ass. Professor,

Local Project Coordinator of the project,





Anuarbek Kakabayev, PhD, Ass.Professor,

Rector's Advisor,

Project Administrator

from University,





Anargul Belgibayeva, PhD in Economics,


Working group Member






Zulfiya Bayazitova, PhD,


Working group Member





Botagoz Sharipova,

master in Biology, Working group Member




On February 11, 2021, a Kick - off meeting of the project 618715-EPP-1-2020-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP ““Advancing circular economy in partner countries by development and implementation of Master programme "Waste management"- UnWaste". For the uninterrupted and effective implementation of the project, a steering committee was formed, the roles and responsibilities of partners were divided. Anna Svirina presented the general idea of the UnWaste project, incl. goals, results, methods. Each university made a presentation.



On March 4, 2021, a meeting was held on the project 618715-EPP-1-2020-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Advancing circular economy in partner countries by development and implementation of Master programme "Waste management”- UnWaste" on the topic "Online Content and Technical Meeting ".

The following issues were considered:

- work schedule for 1 year of project implementation;

- a template for studying and identifying gaps in curricula at partner universities in Kazakhstan and Russia;

- development of a catalog of criteria and assessment;

- using the method of cross-case analysis in the development of an educational program;

- conducting trainings and other issues related to project implementation.

This project has been funded with the support of the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein