National news in brief

“Seventy-seven percent of children [have access to] pre-school education in Kazakhstan,” Minister Aslan Sarinzhipov said at a Nov. 28 extended collegium of the Ministry of Education and Science. “To date, there are over 8,500 organisations of pre-school education, which are attended by 734,000 children and provisions for pre-school education for children aged 3-6 years are at the level of 77 percent,” Sarinzhipov said. Moreover, at present, about half a million children are in line for kindergarten. In order to solve the problem related to the lack of pre-school education institutions in Kazakhstan, 20 billion tenge (US$110.5 million) will be allocated from the national budget in 2015-2017 and 36 kindergartens will be launched.

“Kazakhstan’s colleges should be focused on professional subjects and reduce the number of comprehensive disciplines,” Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister Berdibek Saparbayev said Nov. 28 at the sixth international forum, “Professional Education and Business: Partner’s Dialogue.” The deputy prime minister called for strengthening the responsibility of employers to raise the qualifications of their workers.

The Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science is offering to train master degree personnel to implement the State Programme for Accelerated Industrial and Innovative Development (SPAIID), Deputy Minister of Education and Science Takir Balykbayev said at a Nov. 24 media briefing. “We are planning to train personnel beginning in 2015. There will be 10,000 workers. Thus, we will offer to train personnel in the profiled master,” Balykbayev said. “One of the serious aims within the industrialisation programme based on 10 higher education institutions is to provide a connection between science and the sectors of the economy and establish a material-technical base. This is the first programme on development of material base of our higher education and we think that the initiative will result in increasing the quality of higher education,” he highlighted.

The Ministry of Culture and Sports will initiate the government’s decision whereby all Kazakh national parks and museums could be transformed from state agencies to national state communal enterprises (NSCE), which are partially permitted to do business, Minister of Culture and Sport Arystanbek Mukhamediuly said Nov. 26.“Surely, today we have initiated the government’s regulation on transformation of museums and ticket sales to NSCE. First, it makes a system and it will be possible to know the number of visitors,” Mukhamediuly said. According to him, these measures will contribute to the development of tourism clusters. Thus, regional cultural clusters will be created within the Cultural Policy Concept of Kazakhstan. All archaeological research will be done through the museums. “Further, we will be in cooperation with ‘Kazakhfilm’ in order to produce documentary films,” he said.

The online English-Kazakh dictionary,www.eng-kaz.kz, recently launched. It is not only a dictionary, but an aid in carrying out English-Kazakh translations. The history of the creation of this work and other relevant data can be found at the site.

The Academy of Public Administration under the President of Kazakhstan has recently hosted the presentation of “Diplomatia Darіsterі” (“Diplomatic Lessons”), by Kairat and Arman Issagalievs. The event was attended by faculty, graduate and doctoral students of the Academy’s Institute of Diplomacy, as well as representatives of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anarbek Karashev, Dean of the Faculty of International Relations of the Gumilev Eurasian National University (ENU) Baubek Somzhurek and veterans of the national diplomatic services also attended. Researchers in international affairs made statements at the presentation. The role and importance of the publication as a teaching tool for training diplomats was noted, especially when literature in the state language is lacking. The original style and methodology of presenting the material and rich factual and regional material were also highlighted. Perhaps the only drawback of “Diplomatia Darіsterі” is its small edition, which is 500 copies.