First graduation ceremony at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education

The first Master’s program completion ceremony took place at the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education. 46 graduates of the University became Masters of Science in Educational Leadership, with a specialization in higher and secondary education.

The Minister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan Aslan Sarinzhipov attended the ceremony. “You passed a difficult competition to enter the Graduate School of Education, you studied according to the standards of the leading universities in the world and received good knowledge,” – he said, congratulating the graduates. “With the opening of the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University there is an opportunity for studying on demanding and new Masters and Doctors programs for Kazakhstan, especially in the area of education.Today education system of Kazakhstan needs such highly qualified professionals who are capable of solving complex tasks. Great expectations are put on you”- noted Aslan Sarinzhipov.

Nurlan Janybek on behalf of all Master students expressed his gratitude to the Professors of Graduate School of Education for their work and energy invested in students. He told the new Master students that for them there are all conditions to learn and discover their potential. “You will have to read and analyze a couple of hundred pages and write an essay of thousand words in a day, – but do not be scared,” – he gave good wishes to new Master students.

One of the graduates Aisulu Sanat also pointed out that the Master program was difficult, but at the same time it was extremely exciting. She said: “Learning to think outside the box, understanding very complex stuff, we have successfully completed the Program. We are the first cohort, and we will be pioneers and creators of change in the education system of our country “.

Speakers also highlighted that, from the date of the decision on the opening of the School, the University staff enthusiastically worked on its development.

Members of the faculty of the School are the best teachers from around the world. All of them have a degree and experience in teaching in different countries and conducting research at the international level. In addition to foreign teachers, local practices – rectors of universities, teachers and directors of analytical centers were invited for graduates. One of the obvious advantages of school graduates is not only provision of students with a deep theoretical preparation, but also with practical skills. During their study Master students conducted research and learned about the real situation in educational organizations, by attending rural ungraded schools, universities and educational foundations.

According to graduates’ words, each of them already has a job offer from a variety of educational organizations, including regional schools and schools in the capital, the Ministry of Education and analytical centers.