ASTANA – Twenty-six employees of the Kazakh Ministry of Justice Forensic Science Centre completed scientific training at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2014-2016 as part of the Bolashak International Scholarship Programme.
Interns at one of the leading British academic institutions shared their tips and plans to practice their knowledge in molecular genetics, psychology and philology, video-phonography, trace examination, ballistics, merchandising, construction research and computer technology, handwriting, signature, document and drug research tools.
According to a Tengrinews.kz report, DNA forensic expert Dauren Duberbayev expects to implement innovative technologies in the field of forensic molecular-genetic examination.
“Education at the London School of Economics and Political Science helped me increase my scientific knowledge and practical experience on innovative methods and technologies used in the U.K. and Europe in the field of forensic molecular genetics. Expert forensic science in the country should meet the international trends and be at the same level with the expert forensic systems of other developing and developed countries,” he said.
Duberbayev also plans to conduct a comparative analysis between the British and Kazakh forensic systems and find some useful points in the British judicial system to use that nation’s experience to improve the Kazakh system.
Aigul Zhumanbayeva, the ministry’s forensic centre expert who also participated in an internship at the LSE, recommends future students attend public lectures with the participation of well-known politicians, scientists and journalists from different countries who have hands-on experience.
“There is a large and modern library with many educational places for individual or collective training at the university. I believe that for people of my profession, it can be particularly attractive to visit the gemmological laboratory to learn about the latest research methods of gemstones,” she said.
Forensic expert and forensic centre deputy head Inkar Tazhigulova also noted the significance and importance of public lectures.
“The first thing I would like to mention according to my own experience is that there is always a huge amount of visitors. The lectures are attended not only by the LSE students and teachers, but students and teachers of other educational institutions, college students and anyone who wants to listen to an interesting presentation. The lecture halls are open to anyone who wants to come. Public lectures have greatly expanded my horizons. Some approaches to solving problems and implementing them, in particular the basis of management, allowed me to see the object of my research from a different perspective. They also opened the new theoretical and practical problems for my research topic,” she said.
The Ministry of Justice is one of the leaders among government bodies in the number of workers with foreign educations. Thirty-nine employees who earned degrees abroad through the Bolashak Scholarship Programme at the world’s top universities, including Columbia University, Duke University, LSE and University College London, are currently working in the ministry’s departments. Minister of Justice Marat Beketayev himself is a graduate of LSE and a Bolashak alumni.