Representatives of Sovereign Wealth Fund "Samruk-Kazyna" JSC met with Kazakh students in London
It is well-known that the next year was declared the Year of Youth. For this reason, the representatives of "Samruk-Kazyna" National Welfare Fund visited London and discussed the issues of cooperation between industry and business and science with young scientists.
Chairman of the Board of the Mining Company "Tau-Ken Samruk" Kanat Kudaibergen and Deputy General Director of the Center for Social Interaction and Communication Sandugash Iskenderova and other competent experts met with young people abroad, with the initiative of the Kazakh Embassy in the UK and the Kazakhstan PhD Association. We would like to thank "Kazakhstan" channel for the informational coverage of the event, especially a journalist, Indira Bektenova!
Astana hosts Annual Research Forum for Central Asia
ASTANA –Scientists and business people gathered in Astana April 6 to discuss sustainable development at the first annual Research Forum for Central Asia.
Photo credit: NU Alumni Association
The forum was organised by Kazakh students and scholars studying at universities in the United Kingdom. The forum includes two gatherings, a previous meeting in London and the April 6 event in Astana.
“The main purpose of the forum is to create unique platform for young researchers, to inspire young researchers and to invite business representatives to the dialogue,” said Forum organiser Adil Zharmukhambetov.
Government agency representatives, business people and scholars discussed sustainability and applicability of research into practice.
“I think it is a splendid initiative, I really do hope that Nazarbayev University will serve as a good platform for all the future annual gatherings,” said Nazarbayev University President Shigeo Katsu.
According to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics report, the 30 most developed countries of the word invest nearly 3 percent of their GDP into research and development. Kazakhstan is at the end of this list, with less than 1 percent of GDP invested between 1996 and 2005.
“The UK firmly supports Kazakhstan’s ambition to be in the top 30 most developed countries of the world by 2050,” said British Ambassador to Kazakhstan Michael Gifford. He also affirmed that the UK will be a partner to Kazakhstan in that effort.
Event participants also discussed including more researchers from around Central Asia, and panelists discussed the possibility of holding a forum in Kyrgyzstan or Uzbekistan. They also expressed hope that the number of active researchers in the Central Asia will increase.
London hosted the Fifth Annual Research Forum for Central Asia
London hosted the Fifth Annual Research Forum for Central Asia. Young scientists and teachers as well as undergraduate students of leading British universities attended the forum. The purpose of the meeting was to share ideas and exchange opinions. At the competition titled ‘Working Together for a Sustainable Future,’ young scientists presented developments in energy, chemistry, electrical engineering, biology, hydrology and jurisprudence. Aibek Smagul is studying the molecular and biological features of a cartilage of the knee joint in osteoarthritis. By comparing them and recognizing the mechanisms responsible for the development of the disease, the scientist wants to create treatment and early diagnosis methods.
AIBEK SMAGUL, PHD STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL:
- I will continue this research. I would like to share my experience with our scientists from Kazakhstan.
The research of another Kazakh native Mukhit Kulmaganbetov is aimed at early diagnosis of glaucoma, the cause of vision loss. Representatives of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, young scientists from Central Asian countries and their colleagues from Imperial College London and Cambridge University also took part in the forum.
GEOFF HAYWORD, DEAN, FACULTY OF EDUCATION, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND LAW, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY:
- I’m very pleased to be here because I think it is very important to send clever people abroad to get more experience and to become part of connected international community. It is very hard to do the things isolated within the country.
ALIYA SEMBAYEVA, HEAD, ASSOCIATION OF KAZAKH PHD STUDENTS IN UK:
- Previous forums were mostly dedicated to education. This year, we focused on research. We are planning to expand next year’s forum.