An international scientific-practical conference organized by the AOE “Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools” took place at the Expo congress center in Astana on 26-27 October 2017.
One of the largest events in the field of education in the country was opened by the Chairman of the Intellectual Schools Board of Trustees, Nazarbayev University President, Mr. Shigeo Katsu.
- The world is on the brink of great changes. In the context of the ongoing global processes in general, and the third modernization in Kazakhstan in particular, the topic of this conference is more relevant and timely than ever. Nowadays the emphasis is on the values and the well-being, placing the learner at the center of the educational process – stated Mr. Shigeo Katsu.
Participants from around the world immersed into the actual topic for the mankind: "Values, wellbeing and innovation for the future of education": plenary sessions with participation of leading experts in the field of education, sectional meetings that covered the priority directions of Intellectual schools, panel discussions, presentations, seminars, workshops.
The main speakers of the conference were professor Oon-Seng Tan, Director of the National Institute of Education in Singapore; Yuri Belfali, Head of Division of Early Childhood and Schools of OECD (France), Coordinator of large scale research programmes PISA and TALIS; Pasi Sahlberg, an established Finnish expert in education, Visiting Professor at Harvard University; Gordon Newfeld, a famous Canadian psychologist, Director of the Newfeld Institute; and other scholars and top management for education.
Nazarbayev University actively participated in the conference, which gathered more than 1500 participants from 20 countries. The scientists of the university made a great contribution to the sectional works and seminars performance. Additionally, a special university stand was working during the two days.