Kazakh-British Technical University

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Center at KBTU

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SDG Center at KBTU

Sustainable development is the primary responsibility of every person in the world, but such actors as international organizations, governments, NGOs, local actors, educational institutions have an opportunity to unite people, proliferate knowledge about sustainable development and facilitate sustainable development on local, regional, and international levels.

Global aim of the center is an assistance in achieving the implementation of the sustainable development program of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the level of KBTU and partners within the framework of the UN SDGs to promote and support joint projects in Central Asia and internationally.
 

Objectives: Developing a platform and environment for the project implementation together with KBTU partners to reach the SDGs and within the grant platforms via national and international funds to support the projects both academically and financially.


Sustainable Development Goals (hereinafter – SDGs) are the collection of 17 interconnected goals designed to spread awareness and realize sustainable development through the step-by-step realization of all 17 goals. SDGs as a concept is a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all people and the world by 2030”. You can find more information on SDGs on the official website of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs - https://sdgs.un.org/goals.

Expected outcomes of the SDG-Center :

 

•   Involvement of KBTU in the implementation of the

UN SDG program

• Regular participation of KBTU project groups in the international programs under UN SDGs support

• Attracting investments to improve infrastructure for developing SDG platform

• Embedding new Educational Programs and Trainings in SDGs and their support

• Increasing the level of quality and number of publications in SGDs areas

• Attracting new specialists to provide high quality of joint international projects

• Expansion of KBTU's presence in Central Asia and internationally

For questions and contacts:

Dr.Assel Akzhalova - Head of the SDG-Center, head of project groups, Professor of IT Faculty of Kazakh-British Technical University, email: a.akzhalova@kbtu.kz

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Our
Achievements 

SDG 1
No Poverty 
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Endowment fund of KBTU (2018 – currently active)

The KBTU Endowment Corporate Foundation (KBTU-ECF) is a

non-profit organization of the Kazakh-British Technical University Joint-Stock Company. It was established by a decision of the KBTU Board of Directors under the Protocol No. 1 dated February 28, 2018.

Purpose of the Corporate Fund:

 

• Finding, organizing charitable donations and sponsorships for the enhancement of educational, scientific, sports and cultural activities at the KBTU. Support charity work and entrepreneurships in the University

• Sponsoring KBTU’s public, scientific and educational initiatives and infrastructure development projects

• Building professional relationships with public and private organizations and institutions both inside and outside the Republic of Kazakhstan and seek charitable assistance/sponsorships for educational, scientific, sports & cultural activities and entrepreneurship at KBTU

• The development of programs and carrying out activities aimed at providing charitable and sponsorship assistance in the field of education, science, culture, sports, entrepreneurship

• Assistance to organizations, including state and international, in the development and implementation of the activities and programs in the field of education, science, culture, sports, art, entrepreneurship in the framework of charitable and sponsorship assistance

 

SDG 2
Zero Hunger

Social projects to facilitate education among children from orphanage 

 

Faculties and Institutes of KBTU involved: Business School, Department for Student Affairs, KBTU Alumni, international students.

 

On the 1st of December 2019, international students of KBTU visited the Almaty Orphanage No. 1. As a result, during the summer of 2020, group of international students spent three months teaching children from the orphanage English and Chinese languages.

Projects at KBTU:

•Smart agriculture

•Smart incubators for poultry

•Greenhouses using IoT

Faculties and Institutes of KBTU involved: Faculty of Information Technologies

Partners for joint project groups: Fraunhofer Institute (Germany), TalTech University (Estonia), Shandong Microsensor Institute (China), Michigan Technological University

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SDG 3
Good Health and
Well-Being
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KBTU projects:

  • Processing of images of the eye retina to detect diseases

  • Educational Programs that have SDG 3 components: Bioinformatics and Bioengineering, Health Information Systems

 

Faculties and Institutes of KBTU involved: Faculty of Information Technologies

 

Potential Grant funds: Dundee university (UK), Industrial partner Takeda (Japan)

SDG 4
Quality Education
  • Online learning platform and Study Space platform at KBTU

KBTU develops new platforms for students to make study process easier and information accessible. (https://kbtu.studyspace.kz/login#sign-in, https://wsp.kbtu.kz/, https://pge.kbtu.kz/)

  • Continuing education programs (TVET)

Faculties and Institutes of KBTU involved: IT faculty, Department of Vocational Education

Potential Grant funds: UNDP Perspective funds and platforms: UNICEF, UNESCO

  • KBTU Startup Incubator

Results of startup incubation within the elective discipline “Startups & Technological Entrepreneurship” and the business incubator “KBTU Startup Incubator”:

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For 2017-2021, more than 100 teams came with ideas to the KBTU Startup Incubator. Several MCIs were selected. More than 50 startup teams have reached the stage of the minimum viable product (MVP). As a result, there are 27 projects left, the founders of which continue to engage in startups after the end of the incubation program and the subject "Startups and Technological Entrepreneurship", including 3 startups created MVO, that is, they were legally registered as an individual entrepreneur or LLP. During all this time, KBTU startup students attended more than 1000 events of the innovation ecosystem, won more than 10 competitions and more than $ 20,000 in cash prizes. For each new stream of incubation, several dozen applications are submitted from students of ALL faculties. Detailed information can be found on the website startup.kbtu.kz.

Examples of the KBTU  Startup Incubator projects:

KokoZhe - Tamagotchi pots for growing flowers and greenery

Sunorak - jacket with solar panels for smartphone charging and heating

WexUp.xyz – finds  internships for students

 
 
 
SDG 5
Gender Equality 
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“Supporting the Economic Empowerment of Afghan Women through Education and Training in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan” (2020-2025)

 

The program, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UNDP, allows Afghan women to study at universities in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The initiative aims to provide educational opportunities for women from Afghanistan. Overall, within the framework of the program, 50 women will receive education at the universities of Central Asia by 2025.The first group of Afghan women arrived in Almaty in October 2019. In 2020, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan welcomed the new group of winners of the educational scholarship. After completing the language courses, the project participants will receive education at various universities in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan under the bachelor's, master's and TVET (Technical and Vocational education and training) programs in agriculture, finance/statistics and mining. 29 women from Afghanistan will be trained at KBTU. In 2020, 19 Afghan students started their studies at the KBTU Business School.

Women Empowerment 

 

In 2020, a group of KBTU alumni founded leadership network (Women Empowerment@KBTU) with the goal to connect students, alumni, administrators and faculty of KBTU. Our ambition is to provide an arena for networking and a platform from which to address issues of particular concern to women in the KBTU community and beyond.

SDG 6
Clean Water and Sanitation
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SDG 7
Affordable and Clean Energy
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  • KBTU projects: hydrogen energy, application of decarbonization methods in the oil industry, solar and wind energy

 

Faculties involved: Center for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials

Grant Partners: Total, Bureau of Green Technologies, Fraunhofer Institute (Germany), Schlumberger, Technical University of Munich (Germany).

1) High-performance wind turbine designed and engineered in KBTU. Kazakhstan received a patent and a positive decision to grant a patent to 38 countries in Europe and America. Currently operating on the shores of Lake Kapshagay. 

2) KBTU makes solar power panels

  • The roof of KBTU is also equipped with solar panels

SDG 8
Decent Economic Work and Economic Growth

Kazakh-British Technical University follows the Labour Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan and do not discriminate employees based on sex, age, physical disabilities, race, nationality, language, material, social or official position, place of residence, attitude to religion, political convictions, tribe or social stratum or membership of public associations.

According to the standard employment contract of KBTU, an employee has a right for:
6.1.10. protection of their rights and legitimate interests in all ways that do not contradict the law, protection of their professional honor and dignity;
6.1.11. an appeal for consideration of an individual labor dispute in the manner prescribed by the current legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

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SDG 9
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
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The Smart City laboratory was opened under the program of Innovative solutions for large urbanized systems based on KBTU in the city of Almaty. It was launched in 2020. The activities of Almaty Smart City Lab are aimed at training IT personnel and solving urban problems using digital solutions. The partners in the creation of the laboratory were the international Swiss organization IGLUS, as well as the Digitalization Department of Almaty.

Multistage wind turbine KBTU

In the Kazakh-British Technical University under the guidance of a doctor of physical and mathematical sciences, professor Nussupov K.Kh. new developments in the field of wind energy are created and patented (USA, European Union, Kazakhstan).​

Bifacial solar batteries KBTU

The purpose of the development is the creation of a domestic production of bifacial silicon solar batteries with high efficiency 16% on each side, with the formation of p-n-junctions, passivating layers, diffusion barriers, ohmic contacts and antireflection coatings to the front and back sides of solar cells by using the technologies of ion implantation, magnetron sputtering, electron-beam and ion-beam treatment.​

SDG 10
Reduced Inequalities

To facilitate the studies of students, Kazakh-British Technical University has discounts, grants, scholarships for KBTU students which are allocated based on student’s academic performance and the need.

“KBTU Alumni Scholarship” gives advantage to:

- orphans and children left without parental care;

- disabled children.

- students from large families

Refer to The Regulations on the Scholarship Programme of the Association of Graduates “KBTU Alumni” for more information.

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SDG 11
Sustainable Cities and Communities
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Projects as part of the Smart City (2020 – currently active):

 

Information Systems for monitoring air pollution in Almaty and other cities of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Information Systems for monitoring water pollution in Almaty and other cities of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Development of water purification systems in municipal services

 

You can find an additional information about the Almaty Smart City Lab in the IGLUS (Innovative Governance Large Urban Systems, Switzerland) Quarterly.

 

Faculties and Institutes of KBTU involved: Faculty of Information Technologies

Partners for joint project groups: Mayor of Almaty city (Kazakhstan), IOS Halyk laboratory (Halyk bank of Kazakhstan), TechGarden, Ministry of Digitalization and Information Development of Kazakhstan, Middlesex University (UK), Dandee University (UK).

SDG 12
Responsible Consumption and Production

KBTU POLICY IN THE FIELD OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION:

Implementation of the policy of KBTU JSC in the field of environmental protection is based on the following principles:

  • implementation of educational, scientific and production processes at an environmentally friendly level;

  • application of the best available technologies in solving issues of the University functioning as an integral organization;

  • creation of a comfortable and safe environment for humans without damage to the environment;

  • implementation of interdisciplinary and international projects aimed at studying relationships in the “nature - society - person” system;

  • availability and openness to the public of information about the University's activities in the field of ecology and sustainable development;

  • maximum use of the scientific potential of the University in the implementation of environmentally and socially oriented tasks.

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SDG 13
Climate Action

Kazakh-British Technical University actively hosts regional, national and international conferences on the topic of energy transition and new innovations in the field of energy. Among recent conferences are:

The International Forum On Innovating And Modernizing Energy And Water In Central Asia

This international forum provided a much needed platform for strengthening regional cooperation. Participants had the opportunity to share their views on broader areas related to energy and water as the foundation of social development, including:

• renewable energy sources,

• decarbonization of energy-intensive industries,

• circular carbon economy, innovation and trade.

On 19th of November KBTU organizes the International Conference “Transformation in educational technologies. Energy, IT and Business: Challenges and Opportunities"

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KBTU's Scientific and Educational Center for Alternative Energy and Nanotechnology integrates science and education, forming a research and production complex for the development of technologies for various objects of alternative energy (solar, wind, biological, etc.)

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SDG 14
Life Below Water
SDG 15
Life on Land
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SDG 16
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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KBTU project: A smart system for making a collegial court decision based on AI

 

Faculties and Institutes of KBTU involved: FIT Funded by Ministry of Justice of Kazakhstan

SDG 17
Partnership for the Goals

We Almaty (2017-2020)

 

WeAlmaty was a three-year initiative that was designed to help Almaty city realize its 2020 development vision around culture, business, and active citizenship by supporting the mutual work of local authority leaders and civil society. The "WeAlmaty" project was implemented by a coalition of partners consisting of the British Council Kazakhstan, Kazakh-British Technical University, Almaty Akimat, and the Almaty Development Centre with financial support from the European Union in Kazakhstan.

One of the main goals of the WeAlmaty project was to create a dialogue platform for building communications between civil society, the private sector and local governments. As part of the implementation of this platform, the team of the "WeAlmaty" project and our partners held 9 forums. Representatives of government agencies, entrepreneurs, civil society - persons with disabilities, schoolchildren and students, and many others took part in these forums. The forums allowed all stakeholders to gather on a single platform, with the aim of deepening and sharing knowledge, ideas, vision for the development of our city.

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ABOUT KBTU

KBTU, as a leading technical university in Kazakhstan, is aware of the emergency of the need for actions for sustainable development and already making steps towards it, including encouraging students, professors, staff to participate in activities designed to tackle health, poverty, accessibility of education, and energy transition. 

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