Graduate School of Education welcomes first students of the PhD programme

The Graduate School of Education organized the Orientation day for students of the PhD programme. Today doctoral studies will begin for the first cohort of 12 students, most of them graduates of the Master’s programmes of foreign universities. The launch of the PhD programme at Nazarbayev University provides an opportunity for students to continue their education and receive a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education in Kazakhstan.


The faculty of the Graduate School of Education and PhD students 

New doctoral students received congratulations from the University Provost Simon Jones, Vice-President for Student Affairs and International Cooperation Kadisha Dairova, Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs Loretta O’Donnell. Welcoming the students, honorary guests noted that it is both an honor and a great responsibility – to devote yourself to education, to become a doctoral student at the Nazarbayev University, and expressed the hope that today’s students and future scientists that education system in Kazakhstan needs, will make a worthy contribution to the formation of the intellectual elite and the development of the country.


Provost Simon Jones welcomes the students 

During the meeting with doctoral students Lynne Parmenter, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education, shared valuable tips on how to learn effectively and how to be a successful student and also said that “a good scientist has two qualities – confidence and modesty. Confidence to see their place in this world and become a part of the global dialogue, which you now exclusively and officially join, but also humility to realize how much you do not know. “


Associate Dean Lynne Parmenter 

It should be noted that the Graduate School of Education students will be engaged in programs co-designed by world-class partner universities. The programme for secondary education was designed by one of the leaders in the studies of secondary education – University of Cambridge and the programme for Higher Education was designed in association with the University of Pennsylvania – a leader in the management in higher education. In addition, doctoral students will conduct joint studies and projects with researchers from the partner universities.


First PhD students meeting one another and the faculty 


Aidar Khoroshash, a PhD student at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education

“I am a graduate of the Master’s programme of the University of East Anglia.  Recently I’ve been planning to do a Ph.D. in Education (Doctor of Philosophy in Education) in one of the top Australian universities. After learning about the launch of the program at Nazarbayev University, I filed papers here without hesitation, because it is now possible to successfully implement my plans at home and now I’m in a quivering anticipation of receiving a decent level of knowledge. I am a practitioner in essence, so I came to the Graduate School of Education for the theoretical and research support. Upon completion of the full course of training I will return to my workplace and continue to promote innovative ideas of the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, but at a new level as an administrator and a leader. I strongly believe that at present time our schools are in need of doctors of sciences and deserve qualified professionals. “