On March 29, Nazarbayev University held its annual celebration of Nauryz for guests, students, and university staff. Each year the university seeks to mark the holiday in new ways, and for the very first time ever the event featured a fair of Nazarbayev University’s international students, as well as a festival of cultures from different countries which occurred with the support of embassies and foreign missions in Kazakhstan.
Guests could visit a Kazakh ethno-aul, attend fascinating master classes of craftsmen, walk through the fair of international students, purchase national souvenirs, watch a festive concert and performances of national cultures of foreign countries, as well as take part in sports, quizzes, games and children’s entertainment. All participants were offered holiday treats.
In honor of the holiday, Nazarbayev University launched a photo exhibition “Hello, Aul”. This exhibit highlighted and celebrated important volunteer work done by NU graduates. This project is ongoing, but for three years already NU graduates have volunteered to teach English in rural communities in Kazakhstan.
“Starting from 2016, more than a thousand rural schoolchildren from Almaty and Zhambyl regions and southern Kazakhstan have completed elementary English courses,” – says Baknur Ziyabekov, Head of the public association “Alpha Academy” bilim academyasi ”(Almaty), an alumnus of Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education.
The University was happy to celebrate the arrival of Spring, bringing together local and international staff, students, families, and visitors. Currently, Nazarbayev University hosts professors from 55 countries and students from 17 countries around the world.