At a press conference, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science said that in the next four years Kazakhstan is going to implement a large-scale plan which is to increase a number of international students by 3.5 times or in other words to attract 50,000  international students. Decision makers said that in order to achieve this goal, first of all, it is necessary to strengthen a partnership of domestic and foreign universities. Today this work is conducted as part of international education fairs.

ALEKSANDER SVIDERSKY, PROVOST FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, PAVLODAR STATE PEDAGOGICAL UNIVERSITY:

- Mostly, international students from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, the Russian Federation and Mongolia study at the Pavlodar State Pedagogical University. It is expected that the next semester the university will welcome Chinese and Indian students. The students from the Central Asian countries choose the university because of the two reasons. Firstly, there is high-quality education. Secondly, a local mentality is close to the one of applicants.

According to leadership of the Center of International Programs, thanks to the annual international education fairs, more students from abroad show their interest in studying in Kazakhstan. The partnership between the universities is also growing. To date, the number of agreements have been signed, particularly, the agreements on implementing double degree programs, student exchange programs and the partnership with the universities of Central Asia. 

ZULFIYA TOREBEKOVA, VICE PRESIDENT, CENTER OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS:

- We want to create high demand for Kazakhstan’s education in the Central Asian region. In order to attract more international students we are going to improve the quality of higher education in Kazakhstan, attract more teachers from abroad, create double degree programs, joint programs as well as develop English medium programs. Kazakhstan is working on to actively participate in the Central Asian region. We also want to create an educational hub of higher education in Kazakhstan.

The creation of a Central Asian educational hub in Kazakhstan assumes not only the attraction of international students, but also the exchange of faculty. It is expected that the universities as well as new international campuses will become platforms for development of partnerships between the world's leading universities and the Central Asian states. According to experts, this will contribute to increasing the quality of higher education and training of highly qualified specialists in the entire region. 

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