In the 2015 Global Competitiveness Index, Kazakhstan was ranked 42nd among 148 countries in the world, ahead of more established Western countries such as Italy. Such a result would not have been possible without persistent efforts made by the country to improve its education system following the collapse of Soviet Union.
The acknowledgement of education as a conduit to individual and economic success has helped Kazakhstan to achieve remarkable results over the past few years. Educational reform, student exchanges and cooperation with top-tier universities around the world as well as investment in research into new technologies are all policies that have contributed to laying the foundation for a knowledge-based economy in Kazakhstan.
KazakhstanUNSC.com – a multilingual website dedicated to Kazakhstan’s bid to secure a seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the years 2017 – 18 – is today pleased to present the fifteenth in its series of Occasional Papers, entitled “A Knowledge-Based Economy – Education and Science in Kazakhstan”.
The Paper examines the efforts made by Kazakhstan to reform its educational system and scientific industry in line with international best practices, with particular focus on the elite Nazarbayev University and the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools. It concludes by showing how this coherent, multi-faceted strategy is already starting to reap dividends for the nation’s economy and international standing.
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