The 2nd anniversary of the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK

The 2nd anniversary of the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is a great pleasure and honour for us to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK with you. First and foremost, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to our esteemed Mentors and Partners HE Erlan Idrisov and the Kazakh Embassy in the UK, HE Mike Gifford and the UK Embassy in Kazakhstan, Dr Michael Green, Aida Balayeva, Professor Robert Allison, Professor Steve Rothberg, Professor Elizabeth Peel, Dr Kathryn North, Charlie Carter, Doctoral College and International Office of Loughborough University, Baroness Allison Suttie, Richard Everitt and the British Council, Rupert Goodman, Roger Holland, Jeffrey Temple, David Skeels, Zhantuar Zhumanalin and the British-Kazakh Society, Yerbol Ismailov, Sandugash Iskendirova and the Centre of Social Cooperation and Communications, Kanat Kudaibergen and Tau-Ken Samruk, Kairat Kelimbetov, the AIFC and the AIFC BCPD, Almagul Kanagatova, Gulmira Kurganbayeva and AlmaU, Dr Nazipa Ayubayeva, Dr Bella Gazdiyeva, Ms Assel Bazilgalamova and all our dear speakers and supporters for your special contribution to our success!!!

The Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK is a non-profit interdisciplinary organization of Kazakhstani PhD researchers in the UK. It aims to facilitate the interaction of researchers of the two countries, as well as foster the implementation of the best practices in the field of innovation, science and sustainable development with a focus on the needs of Kazakhstan. The Association is the largest association of Kazakhstani researchers abroad. The members of the Association include over 95 Kazakhstani PhD Candidates and Graduates whose research areas span over Investment, Artificial Intelligence, Chemistry, Business Management, Medicine, Blockchain, Finance, Economics, Physics, Agriculture, Engineering, Law, Education, Robotics, Geology and IT.

Over the last two years, the Association established cooperation with the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the UK, the British-Kazakh Society and several national companies that are part of Samruk-Kazyna JSC, such as Tau-Ken Samruk, KazPost, Center for Social Interaction and Communications and KazAtomProm. The association also collaborates with top British universities and their industrial partners, the British Embassy in Kazakhstan and the British Council. Also, the Association maintains ties with compatriots working in global corporations such as Google, Siemens, Total, Shell, GE, and others, as well as founders of startups.

Moreover, the Association established contacts in Kazakhstan and collaborates with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, National Welfare Fund Samruk-Kazyna, the Astana International Financial Center, as well as the First President’s Fund Republic of Kazakhstan, and local Universities. The Association’s initiatives in promoting Kazakhstani research were well noted by the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. As a result, five members of the Association were invited to the 30-member Council of Young Scholars under the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Association’s main research initiative has been engaging Kazakhstani and UK-based researchers to collaborate with other partners to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in the Central Asian region. To this end, over two years, the Association held four Central Asian Research Forums on Sustainable Development and Innovation in the UK and Kazakhstan (University College London, Nazarbayev University, Loughborough University and the AIFC), where more than 50 young and experienced scientists and researchers from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan presented their projects aimed at sustainable development of Kazakhstan and other Central Asian states.

Our Association has also been active in organising job fairs to help Kazakhstani students to find competitive jobs upon their return to Kazakhstan. In May 2019, our Association, together with the Embassy in the United Kingdom, held a successful Job Fair in London with the support of Samruk-Kazyna JSC and Shell.

Our future signature events include the Third Central Asian Research Forum on Sustainable Development and Innovation (29th-30th of March 2020 at King's College London), and the Second Annual Job Fair (February 2020 at University College London).We will be happy and honoured to see our old good friends, meet new friends and partners and continue our fruitful cooperation in research, science and sustainable development goals.

Happy Second Anniversary to the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK!

Sincerely yours,
Aliya Sembayeva
The President and Founder of the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK
PhD researcher in Chemistry (University of Liverpool, UK)

Dr Khalida Azhigulova
Legal Director of the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK
PhD in Law (University of Leicester, UK)

Dr Alfiya Wright
Strategic Development Director of the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK
PhD in Energy Economics (University of Aberdeen, UK)


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