Kazakhstan-France: Expanded cooperation

Kazakh and French officials are strengthening cooperation in the areas of culture, arts and education. The two parties have signed an agreement as part of the “Abai-Verne” program, including 100 grants for Master degree studies and Doctor’s degree studies for Kazakh students in the leading universities of Europe. To get a Master’s degree diploma, the students need to study for ten months, and the Doctors’ program takes three years.

PHILIPPE MARTINET, FRENCH AMBASSADOR TO KAZAKHSTAN:

- A lot of young people of Kazakhstan can apply for the program, till the 31st of May. I would like to stress that I hope that the best applicants from all over Kazakhstan will participate in this program.

The program will give the young scientists of Kazakhstan the opportunity to establish cooperation with their colleagues in other countries as well as to work in the leading research centers of France. They can get French education not only in France, but also in Astana at A French school – Miras International School. For its dynamic and successful development, a charitable fundraising for the educational institution was organized.

SOPHIE BREANT, PRESIDENT, CHARLES DE GAULLE-MIRAS INTERNATIONAL FRENCH SCHOOL:

 - The event tonight is very important for us because we need visibility of course, we are a small school, the competition of international schools in Astana is very strong. Last year was our first audition. We really feel that Kazakhstani people like the French culture.

ASSEL AMANOVA, VICE PRESIDENT, CHARLES DE GAULLE-MIRAS INTERNATIONAL FRENCH SCHOOL:

 - In France, 3 year-old children can study in the school. The country has a very unique system of training. The curriculum is developed for 3 year-old kids who already get evaluated. With these results they come to school and already have the foundation.

France pays attention to cooperation with Kazakhstan in art. Joint projects in the art blur the boundaries between the countries. For example, stylist Lamin M’s source of inspiration is nomads.

LAMIN M, FRENCH ARTIST, STYLIST:

 - Im inspired by nomadic philosophy and Kazakhstan is a big part of it. There are works from all of Central Asia in this project, whether they are fabrics or motifs. Each dress conveys a certain inspiration. I worked with Kazakh designer Mirel Maral to create this dress. I intend to talk about feelings via this dress, which is produced in Kazakhstan.