Students studying in the United Kingdom as part of Bolashak scholarship celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence. They organized a concert and set a festive dastarkhan at the main square of Warwick University campus.

The foreign students enjoyed Kazakh folk music and kuis. Students from different parts of the world were fascinated by the unique Kazakh folk music and dances. Kazakh students handed over Kazakh souvenirs and leaflets with information about Kazakhstan. They also encouraged everyone to visit the international exposition Expo 2017 and the Universiade. The visitors were welcomed to taste Kazakh national dishes. Modern technologies helped to make a tour to the history and show the unique nature of Kazakhstan. The visitors could also watch the BBC’s video devoted to Kazakhstan’s Independence Day on a big screen.  

 

DAMIT WIMALA SURYA, STUDENT FROM ITALY:

The national dance and the national songs are really really good as well. Cuisine is really beautiful, and the free food was as always good but yeah it was very tasty as well. It was interesting to speak to the people here you understand as well cause they get the further knowledge about Kazakhstan.

 

Another purpose of the event that was supported by the Kazakh Embassy in the UK was to present the Presidential program ‘Bolashak’ as one of the achievements of Independence. Over 60 Kazakh students study at the University of Warwick at present.

 

NURKHAN TLEUMURATOV, HOLDER OF BOLASHAK SCHOLARSHIP:

I study Innovations and Entrepreneurship. I think that entrepreneurship is the most important part of the country’s development nowadays.

 

In general, over the past 23 years, more than 10,000 Kazakhstan citizens received education at the world’s leading universities.  ‘Bolashak’ scholarship, program prepared specialists for various sectors of the economy such as engineers, school and university teachers, doctors, civil servants, artists and workers of national and private companies. Most of them have chosen the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom.

 

BIBIGUL ASSYLOVA, KAZAKH VICE MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND EDUCATION:

We are proud of the fact that among our graduates are one Minister, five Vice Ministers, seven Mayors, three Deputy Governors and Deputy Mayors, 142 heads of state and private organizations, 32 First Directors and Board members of the national companies and banks.

 

This year, the application procedure has changed significantly. Now the Universities will be selected very carefully. In addition, the program provides training for judges, lawyers, bank workers and managers of the International Financial Center Astana.

 

GULSHARA ABDYKALIKOVA, KAZAKH STATE SECRETARY:

In the nation’s plan ’100 concrete steps, the President Nazarbayev has set a task to increase the quality of the human capital based on the OECD standards. The Presidential program ‘Bolashak’ is the national project that lets us to ensure the accelerated and successful integration in the global educational system. 

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