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No Bolashak bursaries for Bachelors and Masters

17 june 2011, 00:02
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Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo courtesy of akorda.kz
Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo courtesy of akorda.kz
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev suggested the nation stop sending its brightest students to obtain their Bachelor and Master degrees at foreign universities under the Bolashak scholarship program, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing the President’s Press Service.

“Kazakhstan is capable to offer Bachelor and Master Degree programs locally. We have spent dozens of millions of US Dollars on foreign education, supporting foreign universities. Let us channel the funds to support domestic universities”, Head of State said when speaking at the 1st sitting of the Board of Trustees at the Astana-based Nazarbayev University.

President also emphasized that scholarships [covering tuition fees to study at Nazarbayev University] for post-graduate students “should be primarily granted to students opting for engineering and medical majors, natural sciences”.

“The new concept of the Bolashak scholarship program should make sure we send to foreign universities only established specialists seeking a PhD Degree (…)”, the President said. He instructed Minister of Education to shift to the new scheme of scholarship allocation starting from next academic year.

The programme "Bolashak" ("Bolashak" means "The Future" in Kazakh) was established by a Decree of the President Nursultan Nazarbayev in November of 1993.

The programme seeks to provide an opportunity for the most talented students from Kazakhstan to gain higher education at the best universities overseas.

The bursaries depend on the host country and the university’s status and cover all education-related expenses.
Upon completion of their programmes, scholarship recipients return to Kazakhstan to work in different Kazakh companies, governmental structures and international organisations for a period of five years.

From 1994 to 2010, 7611 students have successfully completed their studies at the most prestigious universities of the world in 33 countries under the Bolashak Scholarsip Programme.
Nazarbayev University – named after Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev – will teach only in English, and at the early stage all of its professors will be foreigners. The school is working closely to develop its programs of study with elite foreign universities.

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