International cooperation programs with France
Expert from the energy company Total from France will teach “Leadership and International career management” at Al-Farabi Kazakhstan National University
Almaty:  Ban Ki-moon Institute for Sustainable Development at KazNU and Total E&P Kazakhstan have collaborated in organizing a series of lectures and practical seminars within the frame of education program “Development of global citizenship for Sustainable development”. Within the framework of this collaboration, Between February 4 and 8, 2019 Total’s Expert Herve Oberreiner will deliver a course “Developing Talents and Leadership» for undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students from different majors in Al-Farabi KazNU
Mr Herve Oberreiner’s lectures will cover topics related to leadership in management and career management focusing on broad experience in Oil & Gas sector. The course includes the following topics: “Introduction to talent management & leadership development”; “Career management: short-, mid-term and long-term perspectives”; “Career management: a shared responsibility” and “Recruitment: a coherent policy.”  The lecturer plans to study practical cases and brainstorm with students and young professionals on it.
Mr Oberreiner is one of the well experienced experts on Human Resources in Oil & Gas. He is invited on regular basis to deliver his lectures in numerous universities worldwide (France, China, Middle East and Asia).
The main goal of Total lectures is to complete the theoretical knowledge of students by practical skills and explain the recruitment process and the management of careers and talents on the examples of one of the largest international energy companies. The greater emphasis is placed on the development of student-led startups, global citizenship and international cooperation in the field of education between Kazakhstan and France.
About Total
Total is a major energy player, which produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity. Our 100,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, more affordable, cleaner and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, our ambition is to become the responsible energy major. In Kazakhstan Total group is present by its Exploration and Production activity in Kashagan project (16.81%), in Dunga (60%), Marketing & Services activity and Renewables Energy with Total EREN. Besides its energy business, Total is committed to Education projects and development of Human capital with largest Kazakhstani Universities. In particular, Total is organizing the annual Total Energy Summer School which offers courses on both theoretical knowledge and practical skills on energy related matters to Kazakhstani students
About Pan Ki-Moon Institute for Sustainable Development:
The Ban Ki-Moon Institute for Sustainable Development ( has been established as an international academic institution at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU), Almaty, Kazakhstan, in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Its establishment draws on the rich long-standing traditions of Al-Farabi KazNU in working on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the framework of developing countries and the developing world, bringing together several of its flagship long-running programs. These include the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), University 4.0, MDP/Global Classroom Program on Sustainability, Green Campus, Green Bridge through Generations, University Social Responsibility Network (USRN), Ruhani Zhangyru (Cultural & Social development program of Kazakhstan), “Al-Farabi – Smart City” and some others. The focuses on promoting partnership for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG-17) through educational, research and international collaboration activities.

International seminar at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University addressed pressing issues on urban development

1 November 2018 – Al-Farabi Kazakh National University – KazNU (Kazakhstan), a member institution of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), recently organized through its Ban Ki-moon Institute for Sustainable Development, an international seminar with the theme Celebrating World Cities Day: Partnership for Sustainable Development and Viable Cities. The purpose of the event hosted by the UNAI Hub on Sustainability, was to draw attention to the problems of urban development, within the framework of the World Cities Day, that this year was focused on urbanization as a source of global development, economic growth and social inclusion.

During the seminar, faculty, staff and students of the host university and other institutions of higher education in the city of Almaty, as well as representatives of the United Nations, discussed about smart and sustainable cities. This included new approaches to the concept of “smart green campuses” and the implications of digitalization, the development of artificial intelligence and new social media on urban management for developing countries. Professor Mukash Burkitbayev, first vice-rector of KazNU highlighted that “the initiatives of the United Nations have enormous potential for the development of our cities”.

“According to the UN HABITAT, the concept of urban development in the 21st century implies a paradigm shift based on the scientific achievements of urbanism and on new standards and principles of planning, construction, and urban development,” said Professor Rafis Abazov. Ramu Damodaran, Deputy Director for Partnership and Public Engagement at the United Nations Department of Public Information and Head of UNAI, noted the importance of the work of KazNU regarding sustainable development issues in Central Asia while also pointing out the relevance of the university in promoting ideas of the peaceful path to build a virtuous society.

The representative of the United Nations Information Office (UNIC) in Kazakhstan, Vlastimil Samek, stressed the importance of the World Cities Day. He talked in particular, about the special role of young people in the world in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and solving the global challenges, which, among other things, concern the problems of rapidly growing cities. “It is very important to actively begin the process of implementing the New Urban Agenda”, remarked acting UNIC Director, Abdurahim Mukhidov. During the event, students from different faculties of the university presented their projects related to the topics that were discussed.


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