The first national conference on 'Modern information technology and IT education' was held in the Kazakh city of Almaty, according to the message from Zerde National ICT Holding which organised the conference.
The conference was held with the support of the Kazakh Ministry of Transport and Communications, the company said.
Matters under discussion included the issues of IT education at universities, the needs and methods of training of IT specialists and the development of professional standards in the field of information technology.
President of the Kazakh Association of IT Companies, Nurlan Isin said at the event that these companies should actively participate in the development of professional standards because those who are to be trained on these standards in the future will come to work at these companies.
The Director of the National Telecommunication Association of Kazakhstan, Yevgeniy Malishevskiy noted that the training of specialists should focus on the needs of the market.
The experiences of South Korea, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine in IT training were also reviewed during the event. Experts from Belarus shared their experience in the implementation of corporate educational programmes for qualified IT specialists with conference delegates.
The possibility of including IT companies' certification courses in educational programmes at universities and colleges was also discussed, according to the report.
The conference was attended by representatives of Kazakhstan's business community and the world's leading IT companies.
Of note they spoke about the Belarus High Technologies Park (BHTP) and competent approach applied in the preparation of IT staff, as well as about building a unified educational space using the Cisco Networking Academy. Also discussed were the new approaches to training and professional development of ICT teachers, on the basis of INTEL's international educational programmes.
For example, the Cisco Networking Academy annually trains over 1000 people in Kazakhstan.
During the conference, the deputy chairman of Zerde National ICT Holding, Bikesh Kurmangaliyeva, noted that today there is a significant gap between the training of IT professionals and the needs of the Kazakh economy. This problem must be addressed, she said.