The Eurasian Higher Education Leaders Forum launched at Nazarbayev University

Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerbol Orynbayev, Minister of Education and Science Bakytzhan Zhumagulov and Nazarbayev University President Shigeo Katsu participated in the forum opening ceremony.

“We believe our forum will create a good environment for knowledge transfer, idea sharing and setting new trends. We are working hard to shape this annual event into one where top managers, researchers, experts, and policymakers in higher education from Eurasia and beyond can engage in knowledge generation and transfer, learning and sharing, networking and, of course, also conducting business,” said Nazarbayev University President Shigeo Katsu in his opening speech.

The forum takes place on August 20-21, 2012. Leaders and top managers in education, researchers, government officials and politicians from nearly 30 countries are taking part in the forum. The Eurasian Higher Education Leaders Forum Agenda is focused on management issues in education organizations.

The opening ceremony of Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education will be a special part of the event. The school is partnered with the University of Pennsylvania (USA) and University of Cambridge (UK). The new school will prepare leaders in education, top managers and highly qualified researchers to attract world class faculty members. One of the unique features of the new academic program is its interdisciplinary approach and involvement of faculty members from other NU schools that also offer unique programs: the Graduate School of Business partnered by Fuqua Business School of Duke University (USA), School of Humanities and Social Sciences partnered by University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), Graduate School of Public Policy partnered by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (Singapore).

Nazarbayev University will present poster presentations about its experience of building a one-of-a-kind research university working under the principles of autonomy and academic freedom. University managers from Kazakhstan and other countries in the Eurasian region will attend the session.

The Director of Research at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education David Bridges and Professor of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and Chair of the Learning Alliance for Higher Education Robert Zemsky will present the forum speakers” pool. Nazarbayev University strategic partners Cambridge and University College London (UK) and University of Pennsylvania (USA) will also present at the forum.

Today Eurasia is a region of great interest for higher education leaders. Many countries of the region today are passing through a transitional development period which also includes education. Now these countries are integrating into the global educational sphere.

During multilateral discussions participants will share their experiences and learn from one another. An exhibition for local and world companies providing educational goods and services will be a part of the event.

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