Kazakh academics master latest software engineering techniques

10 April 2001 University lecturers and graduate students from applied mathematics and software engineering faculties in Kazakhstan recently completed a two-week training course in new software development methods.

The course is the latest in a series of extrabudgetary projects in Central Asia undertaken jointly by UNESCO, the United Nations University (UNU) and the UNUís Institute for Information Software Technology (IIST) in Macau (China). It is one of the UNESCO Almaty officeís activities to increase access to information and promote cross-disciplinary partnerships in Central Asia.

During the transition from a centrally planned to market economy, higher education systems in Central Asia have not always been able to keep their research and training abreast with technological change. This is especially true in the field of computer science.

The 16Ė27 October 2000 course taught formal methods for software engineering, which is a relatively advanced technique used in safety-critical and industrial applications. Some 25 lecturers and graduate students participated in the course, with places being given in priority to qualified women scientists.

The course was the first UNU/IIST training course in Central Asia. Contacts had previously been established with the Faculty Deans and Head of the Kazakh Academy of Computer Science and with he Academy of Science in Tajikistan.

And the icing on the cake for two course participants will be a UNU/IIST fellowship to pursue research or curriculum development in Macau. The two Kazakh fellows will be selected in January for the 2002 intake of the fellowship programme.

Source: almaty@unesco.org