Cooperation between universities of central Asia
Integration of educational processes in Central Asian countries leads the indsutry to a new qualitative level. Today, the region’s leading universities are implementing best practices, world innovations and jointly conduct various projects. Geographic proximity and good neighborly relations allow the region’s countries to strengthen cooperation. For example, the Gumilyov Eurasian National University, the Balasagyn Kyrgyz National University and the Manas Kyrgyz-Turkish University launched the joint Orkhon project.
BAUBEK SOMZHUREK, DEPUTY DEAN, GUMILYOV EURASIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY:
- This program is aimed at close cooperation between the universities of the Turkic states. Today, we have one student from Turkey who is studying in this program which means academic mobility is developing.
The Central Asian countries pay great attention to the academic exchange of students. Students from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan study at the Eurasian National University in Astana. Mostly the university is popular among students from Uzbekistan. Today, more than 130 Uzbek students are studying at the ENU. One of them is Gairat Abduzhaborov. He planned to visit EXPO 2017 and eventually decided to get a higher education in Kazakhstan.
GAIRAT ABDUZHABOROV, STUDENT FROM UZBEKISTAN:
- When I was staying in Astana, I decided to visit the Kazakh universities. Based on the advice of some of my acquaintances, I decided to apply for the ENU, and now I'm a freshman of the information technology faculty. I really liked the fact that Kazakhstan has good knowledge, the country is very clean and neat. I've got a lot of friends here and I like studying.
Close cooperation is established between the ministries of education of the Central Asian countries. This year, Kazakh Ministry of Education and the Center for International Programs have organized an educational fair in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The event made possible to raise the recognition of Russian universities in the region.
SHERZOD BABAKULOV, STUDENT FROM KYRGYZSTAN:
- Initially, I planned to apply to the ENU right after the 10th grade. This university is quite popular in Kyrgyzstan and I learned that there is a very good school of Arabic here. A lot of my friends study here. I also have many friends from the group who are very friendly people.
In the future, the Central Asian republics intend to form a unified educational space. For this purpose, according to experts, it has all prerequisites including the absence of a language barrier, the introduction of a grant system and scholarships as well as the strengthening of ties between scientists and universities in the region.