ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev recently ordered 75,000 more dormitory beds be made available to address an increasing shortage in housing for Kazakh college students.
Out of 530,000 students, approximately 204,000, just over 38 percent, studying at Kazakh higher educational institutions live outside of college dorms, Vice Minister of Education and Science Bibigul Assylova said during the March 15 press conference.
The President also recently increased the number of available higher education grants, which is expected to further increase the need for dormitories. Assylova said, adding that the 75,000 more beds should accommodate the increase resulting from the new grants.
Assylova also noted for the press the process for building dormitories in Kazakhstan.
“First, a university or developer organisation prepares a dormitory project and concludes a contract with the financing company, which will be determined by the programme operator. The contract assumes that from the day of the dormitory operation, a developer or university will receive a monthly payment per one bed over several years to recover the construction costs,” the vice minister said.