Educational hub in Central Asia
Kazakhstan is set to become an educational hub in Central Asia, to create an interesting platform for knowledge as well as to attract international students. Today the Kazakh education is valued in Bulgaria, China, France, Germany, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Albania and Somalia. Nearly 14,000 international students study at the universities of the republic. One of them is Sandra Real from Mexico City. She is studying economy, culture and politics of the region at Nazarbayev University. According to Sandra, she chose this university on purpose.
SANDRA REAL, STUDENT, NAZARBAYEV UNIVERSITY:
- It was my childhood dream. I remember myself when I was 8 years old looking at the book that my parents gave me about Soviet Union republics. So the first country that came to my mind was western Kazakhstan at that time. Then I saw the picture of magnificent snowy mountains. Then I saw a very big ice skating ring, eagles and horses.
Student at one of Kazakhstan's universities, Ainur Aidyn moved to Almaty from Turkey with her family. She says that the quality of education is a guarantor of later success on the labor market in any country in the world. The domestic universities prove this.
AINUR AIDYN, STUDENT, NAZARBAYEV UNIVERSITY:
- A large number of scientific papers are published in English. I have an opportunity to do my further research abroad. Education in English gives me the opportunity to work in America and Europe.
25 students from Russia, China, the USA, Mexico, Germany, India, Bangladesh and the Central Asian countries are studying at Nazarbayev University. The leadership of the university highlighted that they face an ambitious goal which is to increase the number of international students to 800. This goes beyond scholarships.
BANU NARBEKOVA, SENIOR STAFF, KAZAKH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE:
- Export of the educational system and services enables our universities to be in international ratings, to occupy certain high positions and this is a topic of commercialization.
International students study not only at Nazarbayev University, but also in nearly 100 universities of the country. The students will become teachers, farmers, lawyers, financiers, architects, developers as well as customs, oil and gas experts. Today another 12 representations of the Kazakh universities successfully work abroad.