ASTANA – The Academy of Public Administration under the President of Kazakhstan recently opened a new academic year. This year, approximately 200 people, selected on the basis of the talent-management principle, obtained an opportunity to study in master’s degree and Ph.D. programmes.
During the opening of the fourth session of the Kazakh Parliament, the head of state noted that one of the main tasks related to Kazakhstan joining the 30 most-developed countries is a continuation of administrative reforms and the creation of an effective system of public administration with a professional and compact state apparatus.
The main strategic objective of admissions to the academy in 2014 was the implementation of the talent-management principle aimed at the formation of a pool of students from among the most capable civil servants who are highly motivated to study. Just this year, of the approximately 500 applications submitted, 199 students were enrolled (184 master’s and 15 Ph.D).
Representatives of the Kazakh Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs congratulated the students and faculty of the academy on the occasion of the start of the new academic year.
In his speech, Deputy Chairman of the Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption Sayan Akhmetzhanov noted the special role of the academy in implementing the tasks set by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, including training a new kind of civil servant that is competent, patriotic and able to ensure the effective development of the state and welfare of the people. Based on the positive experience to be gained, the further improvement of the civil service institute will continue with a focus on preventing and warning of corruption.
“Formation of a new anti-corruption culture, anti-corruption education at all levels of study and high moral training, as well as ethical standards and zero tolerance of corruption, is becoming the priority,” said Akhmetzhanov.
In this regard, a particular role has been assigned to the academy to direct efforts to improve teaching methods of civil servants, develop modern educational programmes and introduce new teaching materials on anti-corruption issues, ethics and anti-corruption programmes.