Department of Informatics and Informatization of education
Department of Informatics and Informatization: History and Modernity
The current Department of Informatics and Informatization of Education was founded in 1984 and was called the Department of Computational Mathematics and Differential Equations. The department was headed by the former rector of KazPI named after Abai, Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences of the KazSSR, Professor K.A. Kasymov. He formed a team, which included such outstanding scientists as Sh.T. Irkegulov (1915-1991), B.S. Zhanbyrbaev (1928-2007), M.Zh. Akhmetov, B.K. Nakesbekov, Ya.A. Goltser, E.U. Medeuov and etc. From 1985 to 2020, the head of the department was Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor Ye.Y. Bidaibekov, founder of the national scientific school in the field of Informatics and Informatization of education. Since October 2020, the department is headed by the candidate of pedagogical sciences N.T. Oshanova.
In 1987 the department was named as Informatics and Computer Engineering, in 1993 as the Department of Informatics and Applied Mathematics. The department activities were aimed at training of professionals in «Informatics» and conducting research work on Applied Mathematics and teaching methods of Informatics.
In 2010, the department became a part of the Institute of Magistracy and PhD Doctorate of Abai KazNPU. Early in 2011, it was decided to carry out training in Mathematics specialty. Since September 2011 the department began training in Mechanics specialty, in this regard, it was renamed as the Department of Informatics and Mechanics and Mathematics Specialties. Since September 2012, training in Mathematics and Mechanics specialties began to be carried out at another department. In 2014, the department became a part of the Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics. Due to the restructuring of the institute in 2016, the Department of Informatics and Informatization of Education merged with the Department of Informatics and Applied Mathematics.
At the beginning of 2018 an International scientific laboratory of informatization of education problems and educational technologies was opened.
In October 2018 a pedagogical STEM park was opened. It is aimed at introducing innovative technologies for the development of Robotics and Mechatronics in the system of higher and postgraduate education in Kazakhstan.
In 2018 in cooperation with Bilim Media Group, the BilimLab educational resource center was opened, which offers the opportunity to work on BilimLand platform in both on-line and off-line formats.
Today, the department provides continuous training of specialists in the field of educational and scientific Informatics in the following specialties:
- Bachelor`s degree:
6В01507 - Informatics;
6В01508 - Informatics in English;
6В01509 - Informatics and Robotics;
6В06101 - Informatics;
6В06102 - Information systems;
6В06103 - Mathematical and computer modelling;
6В06104 - Informatics and web-design.
- Master`s degree:
7М01507 - Informatics;
7М01508 - Informatics in English;
7М06101 - Informatics;
7М06102 - Information systems;
7М01405 - Technology and Robotics.
- Doctor`s degree:
8D01507 - Informatics;
8D06101 - Informatics;
8D06102 - Information systems;
8D01405 - Technology and Robotics.
At the moment, the teaching stuff of the department includes: 1 - Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the RK, 1 - Corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of the RK, 9 - Professors, 15 - Associate Professors, 5 - Candidates of Pedagogical Sciences, senior teachers, 7 - PhD, senior teachers, 11 - Masters, senior teachers, 9 - Masters, teachers.
Achievements and awards
In 2019 the Department of Informatics and Informatization of Education, according to the results of the university ranking, took 1st place and became the owner of the title «The Best Department».nt».
According to the results of the Independent Agency for Accreditation and Rating IAAR in 2020, among the universities of the republican level, 6B01507 - Informatics specialty took 2nd place, 7M01507 - Informatics specialty took 2nd place, 8D01507 - Informatics specialty took 1st place.
Today, doctors and candidates of sciences who have received the State grant «The best university teacher» have been carrying out their professional activities: Ye.Y. Bidaibekov (2007, 2012), N.S.Zaurbekov (2008), A.E. Sagimbaeva (2010), G.Z. Khalikova (2012), Sh.T. Shekerbekova (2013), K.A. Isskakova (2013), G.A. Abdulkarimova (2014), B.S. Akhmetov (2017), N.T. Oshanova (2017), B.G. Bostanov (2018), D.N. Issabaeva (2019).
Over the past few years, under the guidance of Professor Ye.Y. Bidaibekov a research dedicated to studying al-Farabi`s mathematical heritage and introducing it in modern mathematical education is being conducted. In addition, research work is carried out in the field of mathematical modeling and computer experiment, as the most important section of Informatics, as well as in the field of inverse problems of mathematical physics and digitalization of education.
A scientific and methodological seminar «Informatization of education and learning problems» operates at the department. A Dissertational Council on defense of thesis for award of a scientific degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) on 8D01507 - Informatics and 8D06101 - Informatics profiles has been created.
The department is actively developing international relations with foreign universities. Today, a cooperation with well-known universities of Russia: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow City Pedagogical University, Moscow State Pedagogical University, Krasnoyarsk State pedagogical University named after V.P Astafiyev; South Korea: Keimyung University; The Ukraine: National University of Life and Environmental Sciences; Turkey: Erzincan Binali Yildirim University.
In 2019, on the basis of an agreement on cooperation in education with KSPU named after V.P.Astafiev (Russia, Krasnoyarsk), a two-diploma Master`s degree programme was developed 44.04.01 Pedagogical education, direction (profile) of the educational programme "Technology of digitalization of educational activities" (using a network form).