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Sayasat Nurbek | Kazakhstan in international space: internalization of higher education is gaining momentum

An interview with Sayasat Nurbek, the Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan's higher school has taken a course on internationalization of education, and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education has launched active work on the development of international cooperation, dual diploma and international programs, joint scientific work in universities. Branches of leading universities from countries of near and far abroad are opening one after another in the country, academic mobility is developing, and new joint scientific projects are emerging. In turn, Kazakh universities have also begun to open their branches in neighboring countries, and the number of foreign students is growing.
The unified Central Asian Higher Education Space, which is being established by the Ministry, is designed to bring together scientists and students from different countries of the region, develop scientific activity and make studying in Kazakhstan even more attractive.
Our conversation with Sayasat NURBEK, the Minister of Science and Higher Education about the performed work and plans relating to the development of the international cooperation and internationalization of higher education.
– What aims does the state set today in the direction of internationalization of education, how soon will Kazakhstan become a truly competitive Central Asian educational hub?
Internationalization is one of the priority directions of the new Concept of development of higher education and science in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the implementation of which is planned until 2029. One of its main aims is to create a unified Central Asian Higher Education Space. The growth of a number of scientific internships, joint research projects, establishment of University Alliance and Student Alliance will develop academic and cultural interaction, facilitate exchange of experience and best practices.
Undoubtedly, in order to compete successfully in the common educational space, to increase the share of foreign students, it is necessary to try to look attractive both in the eyes of students and scientists from other countries, and for this purpose to create favorable conditions for employers.
Developing the domestic system of higher education, improving its quality through the transfer of knowledge and best international practices at this stage, Kazakhstan has set an aim to open several branches of leading foreign universities in the country and is successfully coping with this task.
– How many branches of foreign universities have already appeared in Kazakhstan? What principle was used when choosing universities?
– 12 branches of foreign universities have been opened in our country since 2021, and preparatory work on opening three more is underway.
Cooperation with leading foreign universities is primarily aimed at training experts in highly demanded and scarce qualifications, which are practically unavailable in domestic universities.
For example, the branch of the Russian MEPhI educates experts in elementary particle physics and cosmophysics, as well as in secure high-performance computing systems; the introduction of educational programs in nuclear physics and technology, electronics and automation of cyber-physical systems and installations is under discussion; the branch of Heriot-Watt University prepares personnel for the engineering and oil industries; the Kazakhstan-German consortium develops the topic of green hydrogen; Lu Ban Workshop (PRC) was opened at D. Serikbayev EKTU to implement the educational program on transport, transport engineering and technologies; the branch of Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Mechanization Engineers will train experts to ensure water security in agriculture; the branch of the D. I. Mendeleev Russian University of Chemical Technology is being established to train personnel for the chemical industry. Thus, each branch is aimed at solving a specific economic task.
In general, the selection of foreign partner universities is based on the staffing needs in certain industries, as well as demands and proposals of the regions; a map of regional needs has been formed. The main emphasis is put on universities with international campuses and partnerships with Kazakhstan’s universities. The majority of programs and specializations are oriented on teaching of experts of technical profile.
The opening of branches of foreign universities will entail an increase in the quality of education, transformation of the academic management model, and strengthen scientific cooperation. At the same time, by providing access to education in the world's leading universities, we reduce the risk of outflow of young talents.
– What foreign universities became partners of Kazakhstan's universities, how was their partnership built, financial model?
– Three funding models have been applied:
– opening of branches on the basis of domestic universities with funding from allocated state educational grants;
– opening of branches through a model of strategic partnership by concluding a consulting services-related contract in academic, scientific and financial activities, as well as the implementation of joint educational programs and double degree programs, with funding through the provision of state educational grants;
– opening branches on the basis of domestic universities with funding from investors and provision of a package of preferences.
Thus, through franchising, a branch of De Montfort University emerged in 2021 in Almaty city, prepares business qualifications. About 500 students study in it.
Three branches were opened by means of financing from the state order:
– a branch of the Russian National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI” was established in 2022 on the basis of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (focus – elementary particle physics and cosmophysics; secure high-performance computing systems);
– a branch of Gubkin Russian State University was established in 2022 on the basis of S. Utebaev Atyrau University of Oil and Gas (focus– construction and operation of gas and oil pipelines, gas and oil storage facilities, oil and gas technologies, geological modeling of natural oil and gas reservoirs);
– a branch of Heriot-Watt University was established in 2023 on the basis of K. Jubanov Aktobe Regional University (focus – petroleum engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering).
Two branches have been opened under the strategic partnership model:
– M. Kozybayev North Kazakhstan University concluded an agreement with the University of Arizona in 2022;
– a consortium with Berlin Technical University, Technical University of Darmstat, Free University of Berlin, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences was established on the basis of Sh. Essenov Caspian Engineering and Technology University in 2022. Education is provided under electrical engineering, process engineering, mechatronics, water environment and technology, data management, artificial intelligence, industry, and other programs. 60 students were accepted.
At the expense of foreign partner universities in October 2023, the following universities were opened:
– Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence and IT of Seoul National University of Science and Technology (South Korea) on the basis of Korkyt Ata University, Kyzylorda;
– Lu Ban Workshop (PRC) on the basis of D. Serikbayev EKTU in Ust-Kamenogorsk city;
– a branch of the Polish University of Economics on the basis of Shakarim University in Semey City;
– a branch of the Marche Polytechnic University (Italy) on the basis of I. Zhansugurov Zhetysu University.
The establishment of branches is aimed at preparation of scientific and teacher training personnel:
– Northwestern Polytechnical University (PRC) on the basis of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University for Master's Degree in Engineering;
– University of Hong Kong on the basis of K. Satpayev Kazakh National Research Technical University for PhD training in the field of artificial intelligence.
The establishment of branches is going on:
– D. I. Mendeleev Russian University of Chemical Technology on the basis of M.Dulaty Regional University in Taraz City to educate experts in chemistry and chemical technologies;
– Gazi University (Turkey) on the basis of South Kazakhstan Teacher Training University to prepare teachers;
– Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Mechanization Engineers at the Kazakh National Agrarian Research University in Almaty.
It is expected that by 2029 the branches will have prepared more than 2000 highly qualified experts necessary for the country's economy.
– Who studies in the branches of foreign universities and on what programs, are there any preferences for applicants?
– All citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan have the right to study in the branches regardless of their place of residence, as it is commonly practiced in all Kazakhstan’s universities.
A branch, according to the Civil Code, is a structural subdivision of the parent university. The educational process at a branch can be performed both within the framework of dual degree programs and within the framework of its own programs. For example, according to the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan National Research Nuclear University (NRNU) “MEPhI” and De Montfort University Kazakhstan perform the educational process under their own educational programs, and students studying in strategic partnerships with the University of Arizona and with Heriot-Watt University, will receive both a Kazakhstan’s diploma and a diploma of a foreign partner.
– What is the total number of grants allocated to branches for the current academic year?
– The republican budget allocated 200 grants for branches of higher education institutions of the Russian Federation (100 grants for Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and 100 grants for Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas). Today, 94 students study at MEPhI, 61 students- at the branch of Gubkin Russian State University.
1,500 grants were awarded to dual degree programs at the University of Arizona (1,200 grants, 589 students enrolled in 10 disciplines, including teaching, biotechnology and IT fields) and Heriot-Watt University (300 grants, 286 enrolled students).
Payment for tuition is carried out at De Montfort University Kazakhstan, the tuition fee is $12,500 per year.
– Are there many foreign students studying here? Which universities are leading in this list?
– In 2023, the number of foreign citizens studying in higher education institutions of Kazakhstan comprised 39,323 people, 22,237 of them are studying at their own expense.
The country's universities mostly accept foreign students on a fee-paying basis. Foreign students are attracted mainly by national universities, including Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (2674 people), S. Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University (2365 people) and other state medical universities – South-Kazakhstan Medical Academy (1632 people), Karaganda Medical University (1559 people), Semey Medical University (1155 people).
– How many foreign students study in Kazakhstan not at their own expense, but by means of supporting grants? Who provides them and on what terms?
– 4,603 foreign students studying in Kazakhstan's universities received grants. They study via intramural grants, UNDP program, intergovernmental agreements, DAFI Foundation scholarship, TTE grants and scholarship program by the MSHE of the RK.
The allocation of scholarship program for foreign citizens, including persons of Kazakh nationality, who are not citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is launched annually.
The scholarship program is one of the directions of the Concept of Development of Higher Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2023-2029, according to which the share of foreign students in the higher education system is one of the target indicators. In addition, this criterion is also the basis for the evaluation of world academic rankings of universities, as well as for the strategy of increasing mobility in the countries of the European higher education space.
Admission of foreign nationals by the scholarship program started in 2019. A total of 1,059 international students have been given the opportunity to study for free in five years. This year, 550 grants are available for the scholarship program, including 490 for bachelor's degree, 50 for master's degree programs, and 10 for doctoral programs.
6,024 applications were accepted from applicants from 80 countries in 2023, including Bachelor’s Degree – 4769, Master’s Degree – 1013, PhD – 242 applications. By the decision of the competition committee 638 applicants were chosen (88 of them on standby): Bachelor's Degree - 544 (on standby - 54 people), Master's Degree - 68 (on standby - 18 people), PhD - 26 (on standby - 16 people). By country, the leading positions in the number of applications for the scholarship program are taken by Afghanistan (2156 people), Uzbekistan (692 people) and Nigeria (439 people).
Within the framework of international agreements, 261 foreigners were enrolled for the 2023-2024 academic year, including 212 for academic study (within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization University and CIS Network University - 52, from Tajikistan - 49, Kyrgyzstan - 30, Afghanistan - 28, Mongolia - 21, PRC - 18, Azerbaijan - 5, Ukraine - 4, South Korea - 2, Belarus - 2, Vietnam - 1), for preparatory study – 49 people.
– How is education of our country for foreign students attractive compared to our nearest neighbors and more distant countries?
– Higher education in Kazakhstan is attractive to foreign students due to a number of factors:
– Kazakhstan is actively working on enhancing the quality of higher education. The country's universities strive to meet global standards of education, attract qualified teachers and develop modern programs of study;
– universities intensively develop international cooperation, which allows students to participate in academic mobility, exchange and internship programs;
– in Kazakhstan, many educational programs are taught in Kazakh, Russian and English, making higher education more accessible to students from all over the world;
– Kazakhstan's economic development provides students with opportunities for internships and employment after graduation;
– unlike the universities of Europe and the USA, the tuition fee and accommodation expenses in Kazakhstan are rather low.
A number of Kazakhstan’s universities also have representative offices abroad.
As of 2023, 17 Kazakhstan’s universities have 34 representative offices, branches, offices or centers in 12 countries of the world.
By quantity, The Kazakhstan-American Free University with seven centers in the U.S., Afghanistan, Nigeria and Germany is the leader and Abay Kazakh National Teacher Training University with six centers in Turkey, PRC, Vietnam, Russia and Poland. The largest number of representative offices of our universities is in Russia - 8 and in the USA - 6, as well as in Poland, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, PRC and other countries.
– Have many foreign students visited our country through the academic mobility program?
– Under the academic mobility program, 6,936 people came to Kazakhstan in 2017-2023, including 4,467 students from universities of CIS countries, upon that their number doubled in 2023 compared to 2017. The annual leader is the Russian Federation (264 people in 2023), the number of students from Kyrgyzstan (215 people) and Uzbekistan (167 people) is going up, also students from Tajikistan and Belarus come to study.
Our universities have accepted 1251 students from South-East Asian countries over these years, China has become the leader in sending its students. Students from Japan and South Korea also express an interest in studying in Kazakhstan.
Regarding European countries, despite the low share of students coming from there through the academic mobility program, their number is growing annually. There has been a noticeable increase in the number of applicants from universities of Germany and France. It is also necessary to note the interest of British students to study in Kazakhstan’s universities. Since 2017, Kazakhstan's universities have accepted 751 students from European universities on mobility.
– What opportunities does Kazakhstan have by sending its students to study abroad? How does the “Bolashak” program feel today?
– “Bolashak” program is still popular among the Kazakhstan’s students willing to study abroad. It provides a unique opportunity for Kazakhstan’s citizens to get education in leading foreign universities. Under this program, our citizens can undergo both academic training (master's, doctoral, residency) and scientific and production internship in foreign companies and universities.
Within the period of 30 years of “Bolashak” scholarship, more than 12,000 experts have been trained, more than half of them, almost 7,000 people, obtained Master's Degree.
In this respect, 80% of graduates work in their field. Today, 42% of graduates work in the private sector, 32% in government agencies and institutions, 17% in the quasi-public sector, and 7% in international organizations and foreign companies. “Bolashak” graduates hold responsible government positions, forming the country's leading managerial backbone.
In addition, according to statistical data, for the entire period of the “Bolashak” program, the most popular countries for academic study were the United States of America, Great Britain, as well as the countries of the European Union.
– And how many people are studying under intergovernmental agreements, which countries show the greatest interest in the education of our citizens?
– The administrator of the intergovernmental grants, as well as the Bolashak scholarship, is the JSC “Center for International Programs”, which is part of the structure of the MSHE of the RK.
Annually, within the framework of international agreements with foreign countries, citizens of Kazakhstan are provided with educational grants to study under Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral Programs. Depending on the agreement, intergovernmental grants may cover tuition, living expenses, and some countries also offer the possibility of free language courses for one year.
Intergovernmental grants are provided by countries such as Hungary, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Poland, Azerbaijan, Belarus.
Within the framework of the Agreement between the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Human Resources of the Republic of Hungary on cooperation in the field of education and science, 250 grants are allocated annually under the Stipendium Hungaricum (Bachelor's Degree - 110 places, Bachelor's Degree plus Master's Degree - 30 places, Master's Degree - 90 places, PhD - 20 places). The Chinese government allocates up to 155 educational grants per year for citizens of Kazakhstan on Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral programs. The Government of the Republic of Poland allocates 11 grants annually: 3 grants for the Bachelor's program and 4 grants each for the Master's and PhD programs. Azerbaijan’s government - 10 educational grants, 5 grants each for Bachelor's and Master's Degree programs. The Government of the Republic of Belarus - 6 grants: Bachelor's Degree - 3, Master's Degree - 2, PhD - 1 grant. Kyrgyz government - 10 grants: for technical qualifications - 4 grants (Bachelor's Degree - 2, Master's Degree - 2); for medical qualifications - 3 grants (specialist’s degree/medical residency); for humanitarian qualifications - 3 grants (Bachelor's Degree - 2, Master's Degree - 1). The Government of the Republic of Tajikistan allocates 100 grants for Bachelor's Degree program.
– What are the requirements for our citizens applying for a grant to study abroad, do they differ greatly depending on the type of grant program? How is the mechanism of working through them organized?
– The procedure of organizing the contest, as well as the order of sending citizens to study abroad within the framework of intergovernmental grants, is regulated by the Rules of sending to study abroad, including within the framework of academic mobility, approved by Decree № 613 dated November 19, 2008 of the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The main criteria for the selection of applicants are as follows:
– level of knowledge of a foreign language according to a score system. A document is submitted to prove English language proficiency (IELTS - at least 5.5, TOEFL - 46) or, in the case of previous studying in English, an original diploma/transcript for verification purposes;
–an average score of the education document according to the score system. For a Bachelor's Degree program, an average score of at least 4.0 out of 5.0 is required for a high school diploma or certificate of basic secondary education and an assessment card/transcript of current academic performance for the current year of study or a high school diploma; for studying in master's, residency and doctoral programs - the average score of a bachelor's / specialist’s / master's diploma or transcript on current academic performance must be not less than 3.0 out of 4.0/4.33;
– Independent Expert Commission assessment.
When choosing applicants with equal scores, an advantage shall be given to (in the following sequence): orphans and children left without parental care; disabled children from childhood and disabled children who, according to a medical report, are not contraindicated to study in relevant foreign educational organizations, who have submitted a medical certificate (for traveling abroad) No. 072/y; children from large families; applicants from rural communities who have lived in rural communities for the last 2 (two) years; applicants who have an invitation from foreign organizations of higher and postgraduate education, as well as those studying there.
After studying abroad, graduates who studied under intergovernmental grants are obliged to work for at least 1 year within the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
According to the Rules of selection of applicants for awarding the international scholarship “Bolashak”, approved by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on June 11, 2008 № 573, the conditions of participation in the competition for applicants for awarding the scholarship “Bolashak” for a Master's Degree are: unconditional enrollment for academic studies (except for financial conditions) in a leading foreign higher education institution included in the list, except for applicants from rural areas, engineering and technical, medical employees; knowledge of the state language, meeting the established minimum requirements; knowledge of a foreign language, meeting the established minimum requirements; compliance of the average score of a Bachelor's or Specialist diploma with a score of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0/4.33) GPA or its equivalent in accordance with the qualification-related equivalency table for the award of the “Bolashak” International Scholarship, for applicants from rural areas, engineers, technical, medical employees.
Requirements for obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, doctor by qualification, training in the residency program “Bolashak”: unconditional admission to academic studies in a leading foreign higher education institution included in the list, and an individual study plan agreed with the leading foreign university for obtaining a doctoral degree, knowledge of the state language that meets the established minimum requirements.
Applicants for internships must belong to the category of employees of companies of the Republic of Kazakhstan defined by the Republican Commission with total work experience of not less than 3 years, including being in the chosen field of specialization continuously for the last 12 months. They also need to have an unconditional invitation from the internship host organization abroad, as well as an internship program approved by the sending and internship host organizations, and proof of knowledge of the state and foreign languages meeting the established minimum requirements.
The contract that the student concludes with the administrator of the “Bolashak” program contains a condition on his/her obligatory return to the Republic of Kazakhstan after completion of academic studies or internship abroad
and implementation of continuous labor activity by qualification received via the “Bolashak” scholarship, while staying in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan (except for persons performing labor activity outside the Republic of Kazakhstan, provided by the Rules), with the following terms and criteria:
– at least five years - in the capital or a city of republican significance, outside the Republic of Kazakhstan, or three years – in other regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan in companies, branches, representative offices of Kazakhstani and foreign companies located in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, or in companies located outside the country, shares (stakes in the authorized capital) of which are owned by the Republic of Kazakhstan or national companies;
– not less than three years - in the organizations where they were sent according to the employer's application, as well as in branches, representative offices of the employer located in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, or, with the employer's consent, in other organizations located in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
– not less than three years - in cities (regional centers), cities of regional, district significance and other districts of the region in the civil service, as well as in organizations of primary, secondary, post-secondary, higher and postgraduate levels of education, provided that the labor activity is not performed on a part-time basis.
– An important moment in the development of research activities of higher education institutions is the invitation of foreign scientists. The Ministry actively supports this work. Please tell us more about this. How are scientists distributed to universities?
– Every year, higher education institutions attract 200 foreign scientists to teach for one month within the framework of the national budget. These scholars are distributed to all universities that have applied.
In 2023, scientists from Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Malaysia, Germany, Great Britain and other countries invited at the expense of the national budget were distributed to 58 universities. Meanwhile, the largest number of invitations is in the teaching field, as well as in science, math and statistics; engineering, manufacturing and construction; and business, management and law.
What are the criteria for foreign scientists? What are their honoraria?
– Criteria for attracting and key performance indicators of foreign scientists are approved by Order No. 155 dated April 19, 2022 of the Minister of Higher Education and Science. According to it, universities attract foreign scientists engaged in promising areas of science, who have publications in international highly rated journals and doctoral degrees, and who are employees of universities included in the top 500 international academic rankings.
The work of foreign scientists include lectures and seminars, co-supervision of master's and doctoral theses, preparation of draft articles and proposals for scientific projects.
Within the Republican budget, the approved honorarium for one month is 4,000 American dollars, this amount also includes travel and accommodation expenses.
– And how active are universities in inviting foreign scientists?
– Universities of Kazakhstan actively attract foreign experts on extrabudgetary funds (in 2023 - 877 scientists), using different sources of funding - at the expense of their own funds (718 scientists), under the DAAD, Erasmus+, Fullbright, Orhun and other programs, and there are also scientists invited at the expense of foreign universities, consulates and embassies of Turkey, South Korea, Italy. Also, 67 foreign experts came to 18 universities of the RK to work on a gratuitous basis.
The analysis of data on attraction of foreign experts at the expense of extra-budgetary funds in higher education institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2023 shows a significant growth. The number of attracted experts has increased by 16% since 2022. Foreign experts have been attracted to 86 universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which is 83.5% of the total number of universities of the country. This indicates a significant role of foreign experts in teaching activities.
Russia continues to be the leader in terms of the number of foreign experts attracted, reaching a number of 233 in 2023. Along with it, there is a positive trend in attracting experts from countries of far abroad, including Germany, the USA, Poland, Great Britain, Italy and France. It can also be noted that 71 scientists were attracted from Turkey and 65 scientists from Uzbekistan.
Of the fields of education “Teacher Training Sciences” remains the most demanded (153 experts, followed by “Arts and Humanities” (145 experts) and “Business, Management and Law” (138 experts).
There is an increase in the PhD category, with the number of professionals with degrees predominating at 65.5%.
In general, the attraction of foreign experts to the universities of Kazakhstan in 2023 showed growth and diversity, which indicates the desire of universities to develop international cooperation in education and participation of highly qualified experts from different countries in the exchange of knowledge and experience.
Involvement of external foreign experts - scientists from the academic community is necessary to develop a strategic vision for the development of higher and postgraduate education, the introduction of risk management mechanisms in the development of organizations of higher and postgraduate education in the Republic of Kazakhstan and synchronization of promising areas of development of higher and postgraduate education not only at the level of the country, but also at the level of the Central Asian Higher Education Space. It contributes to the development of corporate governance, scientific research activities, generation of new approaches to the organization of educational and scientific activities, leads to a wide exchange of experience between foreign and Kazakhstan's scientists, creation of collaborations between them, enrichment of the educational environment of universities.
– What measures should be taken by our universities to reach the level of world universities and hold higher positions in the ratings? How do you assess the necessity of participation of our universities in international rankings? In fact, the high lines are not easy to reach and costly, and they are primarily oriented to research activities, not to the educational process. Or is the effective process of internationalization and world recognition impossible without world rankings?
– The ranking of the world's universities began to gain momentum in the early 2000s. With increased competition among higher education systems and with the growth of academic mobility, especially among students, rankings have become an indispensable tool in comparing university performance.
Today, three academic rankings are the most popular: the Academic Ranking of World Universities published by Shanghai University, the World University Ranking published by the Times Higher Education rating agency, and the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking.
The participation of Kazakhstan’s universities in such ratings is, first of all, an opportunity to bring not only the educational process, but also the whole activity of the university in line with the world standards. Moreover, it is an opportunity to define its own niche in the global educational space and position itself as an equal partner among universities with a high reputation in the world.
In the history of participation in the rankings, the maximum number of our universities who took part was 21 in 2023.
Undoubtedly, Kazakhstan's universities are in tough competition with the best universities of the world. Accordingly, their achievements in international academic rankings are the result of systematic and painstaking work of their teams.
Research is indeed given a very high priority in the world rankings and with the aim of further achievements in them, Kazakhstan’s universities should focus on the work of scientists, expanding their presence in influential scientific publications. In this regard, university science receives an additional impetus for the development with a focus on the creation of scientific and technological, engineering parks, the integration of universities and scientific organizations, and the formation of endowment funds.
The Ministry also performs systematic work to expand the recognition of Kazakhstan’s universities in the international space.
As you know, the state is now working on the creation of network universities, and work is continuing on the development of dual degree and international programs, academic mobility of students and teaching staff. Work will be carried out to expand the geography of international cooperation, attract foreign students and.

Number of students studying under double-diploma programs (2018–2023)

To form a modern academic and research ecosystem in higher education institutions, centers of academic excellence will be created on the basis of 15 regional and 5 pedagogical universities. New campuses will be built for L. Gumilev ENU and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. A research hub focused on advanced research will be established at Satpayev University. S. Utebaev University of Gas and Oil in Atyrau will be transformed into an industrial university, M. Auezov South Kazakhstan State University, S. Seyfullin KazATRU, Buketov University in Karaganda received the status of research universities.
Development of international partnership projects and interaction with industry organizations is important for enhancing the visibility of Kazakhstani scientists' research in international expert circles.

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