Articles by Aiman Nakispekova

INTO Opens University Access Center in Almaty

ASTANA – INTO University Partnerships, a global education partnering organization launched its new University Access Center (UAC) in Almaty on July 11, bringing its study abroad program to Central Asia, reported the organization’s press service. The UAC, which serves as INTO’s market-facing brand, provides a study abroad solution bringing together education agents, onsite university representatives,…

Astana Opera’s Choir to Perform Beloved Melodies of Kazakh Composers

ASTANA – The Astana Opera’s chamber choir will present a music concert by Kazakh composers at the Kulyash Baiseitova Chamber Hall on July 14, reported the theater’s press service.   The concert program will include Kazakh folk songs and compositions by contemporary national and foreign authors, performed without instrumental accompaniment, known as a cappella. The soloists…

Kazakhstan Climbs in Global Gender Gap Ranking: UN Women Applauds Progress, Calls for Further Measures

ASTANA – This year, Kazakhstan ranked 62 out of 146 countries in the Global Gender Gap, climbing three positions, according to the latest report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in late June. Kazakhstan improved its economic participation and opportunity subindex ranking by one place, coming 28th. The country came 100 in political empowerment,…

Kazakhstan’s National Volunteer Network Unleashes Power of Doing Good for Society 

ASTANA – Volunteering in Kazakhstan is gaining momentum and has developed distinctively in each region of the country, taking into account economic and climate conditions. Executive Director of the National Volunteer Network (NVN), Tatiana Mironyuk, who participated in research on volunteering and developed several methodologies for social projects, spoke with The Astana Times about her…

Sayram-Ugam National Park Presents Upgraded Tourist Route

ASTANA – The Sayramsu Anizdary (Legends) tourist trail in the Sayram-Ugam National Park, located in the Turkistan Region, was officially opened with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on June 28, the UNDP’s press service reported. The trail underwent renovations, including the addition of entrance gates, viewing points, art installations, information signs,…

Exhibition in Astana Explores Boundless Creativity of Young Kazakh Artists

ASTANA – The Kazakh capital hosted the Anau Mynau (This and That) exhibition showcasing art, graphics and sculpture works of young Kazakh artists on June 29 at the Kulanshi Art Center.  The exhibition is unique, as three distinct directions of artists are showcased in one space. According to Leyla Mahat, curator of the Kulanshi Art…

Swiss Institute Ranks Kazakhstan 37th in World Competitiveness Ranking

ASTANA – The International Institute for Management and Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Center in Lausanne, Switzerland published the results of the World Competitiveness Ranking on June 20, where Kazakhstan took 37th place out of 64 countries with a score of 66.11. Kazakhstan moved up six places compared to last year. The country is ranked ahead…

Central Asian Alliance to End Gender-Based Violence Launches in Almaty

ASTANA – The Central Asian Alliance to End Gender-Based Violence launched on June 27 in Almaty as part of the United Nations Spotlight Initiative Regional Program for Central Asia and Afghanistan funded by the European Union, reported the UN’s press service. The initiative aims to combat gender-based violence while advancing the fifth Sustainable Development Goal…

American Travel Bloggers Discover Kazakhstan’s Hidden Gems

ASTANA – American bloggers, writers, and journalists, who recently visited Kazakhstan, believe the world should experience the country’s natural beauty and unique sights, according to the Jibek Joly TV channel. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Kazakh Tourism National Company organized a special press tour of the Almaty Region for journalists. During…

Kazakhstan and UN Volunteers Launch Promising Initiatives 

ASTANA – The International Volunteer Forum in Astana resulted in a series of initiatives in the sphere of volunteering, including signing and implementation of the Full Funding Program agreement between the Kazakh Ministry of Information and Social Development and the United Nations, reported the ministry’s press service on its Instagram page. Darkhan Kydyrali, Minister of…

Kazakh Programming Startup for Children Raises $2 Million

ASTANA – Kazakh Ed-Tech startup CodiPlay focusing on teaching children programming and creating gadgets (IoT projects) based on arcade games, has closed its seed round with $2 million in funding, the company’s press service reported. The comprehensive learning system garnered significant interest from investors, with $1.5 million coming from the Tumar Venture Fund, a Kazakh…

Uzbek Athlete Runs Marathon Along Aral Sea Bottom

ASTANA – Uzbek athlete and organizer of mass races Andrey Kulikov ran the Aral Eco Marathon with a distance of over 42 kilometers along the bottom of the Aral Sea, dedicated to World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the Uzbek Ministry of Ecology, Environmental Protection, and Climate Change said on its Telegram channel on…

Explore Wonders of Naurzum: Kazakhstan’s Stunning UNESCO-Listed Reserve

ASTANA – The Naurzum national nature reserve is a protected area in northern Kazakhstan in the Kostanai Region. It covers an area of around 191,000 hectares and was established in 1931 to protect the region’s unique flora and fauna. It was one of the very first reserves in Eurasia to be included in the United…

Empowering Women Leaders: Key Insights from Astana International Forum’s Panel Session

ASTANA – Astana International Forum’s panel session, Advancing Women’s Leadership: Supporting International Global Initiatives, on June 9 considered the initiatives that should be taken to promote women’s leadership and political representation, and amplify their voices in senior decision-making roles, which is crucial to achieving gender equality and creating a world, which is fair, just and…

Ministers Brief Foreign Media about Kazakhstan’s Digital Progress and Logistics Capacity at Astana International Forum 

ASTANA — Kazakh Minister of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry Bagdad Mussin held a press briefing for the foreign media on June 9, highlighting the opportunities of an e-gov mobile app and satellite technologies.  The e-governance serves as a perfect example of Kazakhstan’s progress in the digitalization field, according to Mussin. The website provides…

First Day Impressions From Astana International Forum 

ASTANA – The Astana International Forum (AIF) participants shared their impressions with The Astana Times about the first day of the forum on June 8 in the Kazakh capital.  According to Michel Roee, chairman of the Israel-Kazakhstan Chamber of Commerce, the AIF is one of the most important platforms for opinion exchange among countries, businesses,…

Kazakhstan’s Animation Industry Soars as Nation Honors Pioneer Animator Amen Khaidarov on His 100th Anniversary

ASTANA – Kazakhfilm studio organized a special event on June 3 in Almaty, commemorating the centenary since the birth of Amen Khaidarov, the nation’s pioneer animator. Veterans of the domestic animation industry who made a significant contribution to Kazakh animation’s development gathered to honor the outstanding animator’s memory.  “Amen aga (uncle) was devoted to his…

Discover East Kazakhstan: Destination of Natural Wonders, Cultural Treasures and Adventure 

ASTANA – The East Kazakhstan Region is a hidden gem that offers breathtaking natural beauty, unique cultural experiences, and various activities for all. It has become a popular destination for adventure seekers, nature lovers, and cultural enthusiasts worldwide. It is a must-visit location for those looking to explore the beauty and diversity of Kazakhstan. The…

Kazakh IHT Central Asia Factory Pioneers Medical Technology Progress in Region

ASTANA – The establishment of the IHT Central Asia factory, which produces coronary stents and balloons, represents a significant step in the medical industry development and medical technological progress in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, said Seitzhan Sypabekov, head of the Galamat Group medical holding, in an exclusive interview with The Astana Times. Iberhospitex S.A. and…

West Kazakhstan’s Saiga Population Bounces Back

ASTANA – International experts have concluded that saiga antelopes are no longer in danger of extinction after visiting the Kaztalovsky and Zhanibek districts of the West Kazakhstan Region, reported Khabar news agency on May 23. Scientists from Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have discovered that the number of saiga has significantly increased over the…

Kazakh Students Triumph in US Competitions with Cutting-Edge Projects

ASTANA –The robotics Arturli (diversified) team from the High Tech Academy in Almaty and a student of Nazarbayev Intellectual School (NIS), Sagyn Zhumadildayev, achieved excellent results in major science competitions in the United States. The Arturli team won the Best Innovative Project award at the Western Edge Open Robotics Championship in Long Beach, California, the Kazakh…

Kazakh Startup Transforms Programming Languages for Children

ASTANA – Ed-Tech startup Codiplay from Kazakhstan has incorporated gamification features to help children between 8 and 17 learn programming and create gadgets (IoT projects) based on arcade games.  In addition to the mobile app, a startup’s team created CodiKit kits that contain parts and mock-ups for creating 30 IoT projects, from traffic lights to…

Discover Kazakhstan’s Hidden Gem: Aktau – Ultimate Beach Getaway

ASTANA – Aktau is located in western Kazakhstan on the eastern coast of the Caspian Sea. It has gorgeous beaches and is a popular vacation destination in the country. People can enjoy water sports, including windsurfing, kayaking, and jet skiing, while relaxing on the sandy beaches next to warm waters. Climate The Caspian Sea has…

Kazakh Prime Minister Outlines Priorities to Improve Machine Industry Development

ASTANA – Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov highlighted key priorities for machine industry development including increasing local production, the use of new technologies and export promotion at the Machinery Manufacturer Forum on May 11-12 in Astana, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. Smailov emphasized that Kazakhstan continues its industrialization policy, economic diversification, and import dependence reduction.…

Kazakhstan Promotes Idea of Tolerance at Abu Dhabi Forum

ASTANA – Peaceful coexistence is the only option in an era of globalization and intermingling religions and cultures, said Kazakh Minister of Information and Social Development, Darkhan Kydyrali, at the forum World Governments: An Incubator for Tolerance, a side event of the Annual Investment Meeting held in Abu Dhabi on May 8-10, reported the ministry’s…