Month: June 2022

New campus of Narxoz University. What is it and what can it offer students?

On June 10, Narxoz University presented its reconstructed main building in Zhandosov Street in Almaty.

Reconstruction of the building was carried out as part of the strategic plan for development of the University.

“For more than 50 years, over 140 thousand students have graduated from the University. University graduates work in leading companies not only in the country, but throughout the world, hold high positions in public service and in commercial structures. I experience the most pleasant feelings attending the opening of the renovated campus. As the akim, I am very pleased that such new projects, benchmarks appear. With all my heart I wish you success, new achievements and new students!” – said Erbolat Dosayev, Akim (mayor) of the city.

According to the strategy until 2025, creation of comfortable conditions to build an atmosphere of knowledge is one of the important stages in the university transformation.

The University building was erected in 1978 and has undergone a large-scale reconstruction for the first time ever since.

In the year when the construction of the building began, a chestnut tree was planted in its yard. The tree was preserved during the reconstruction, as it has long become a symbol of the University.

“The chestnut is depicted on the emblems of Narxoz, and it serves as a sign of our commitment to the principles of sustainable development,” the University President emphasises.

Reconstruction of the main academic building with a total area of 30,000 m2 was completed in a record 11 months, and it meets all international standards. This was achieved thanks to the participation of the design team that built the Ritz Carlton Astana and other facilities in Kazakhstan, distinguished by elegance, comfort and uniqueness.

“We have been systematically working on the transformation of the University since 2007. The opening of a new campus has become the next stage in this process. In addition to qualitative changes in the academic part, updating the educational programme and rebooting the University management process, we have carried out large-scale work to create a comfortable academic building for students. Thanks to creative architectural solutions, we managed to turn a gray, outdated building into a modern space filled with natural light. The reconstruction of the campus reflects our principled approach to the University’s work – Narxoz remains a non-profit organisation, all free funds from its activities are invested in development,” noted the General Director of the Verny Capital Group of Companies, Erlan Ospanov.

The new campus is equipped with modern laboratories, a 24-hour library, as well as classrooms with a technical base and ergonomic, comfortable educational furniture.

The concept of the library in the new building is in line with the concept of the library at the University of Toledo in Spain.

Bionic aesthetics in the campus design is in the style of Santiago Calatrava, a Spanish-Swiss architect. A similar style was used in the German pavilion at the Dubai EXPO, and it was recognized as the best at the exhibition. “When we decided to choose this style, we did not yet know that the German pavilion would win,” said Miras Daulenov.

The space promises to become a centre of attraction for talented youth, since all the necessary conditions for study and creativity have been provided here.

“Most recently, Narxoz University entered the list of the prestigious Times Higher Education Impact Ranking of world universities and confirmed its status as one of the leaders in the development of scientific knowledge in Kazakhstan. We managed to modernize the University, preserving and multiplying all the best that we have. We adhered to the same philosophy in the matter of the reconstruction of the main campus building: we managed to preserve the iconic mosaic and restore the original appearance of the building entrance group, thereby paying tribute to that time and the legacy of the educational institution,” said Narxoz University President Miras Daulenov.

The main feature of the renovated building is the focus on sustainable development. During the construction, modern environmentally friendly technologies, materials and equipment were used.

“This allowed us to significantly reduce emissions of harmful substances throughout the campus: carbon monoxide emissions were reduced by 78%, and pollutant emissions – by 74%,” said Miras Daulenov.

Thanks to the introduction of energy-saving lighting devices, energy savings will amount to about 120,000 kilovolts annually.

More than 30 thousand trees and shrubs have been planted on the University territory. Interestingly, here you can find almost all types of plants that grow in the Botanical Garden of Almaty, with the exception of a few rare species.

In total, the new campus has more than 26 IT labs, 112 classrooms and 115 open space work areas. There is even a courtroom.

For foreign students, a separate office is provided – the welcome centre.

“We are proud that the new campus truly serves as a standard of comfort in learning and education,” said the President of Narxoz.

Narxoz has a rich history that started in 1963. It has already won the status of a forge of highly qualified cadre, and its graduates are part of the political and business elite of the country. However, the University does not get tired of updating and creating a modern, transparent environment for its students.


Kazakhstani University that provides training in the field of economics, law, business, marketing, finance, hospitality, tourism, public administration and digital technologies, located in the city of Almaty. Today, the University includes 5 schools and 4 research centres, including the Research Institute for Sustainable Development in Kazakhstan. Narxoz is a member of the European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI), has international accreditations and is among the top 800 best universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education Impact Ranking, and the best universities in the country according to the results of the ranking of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and NCE “Atameken”, and its educational programmes are recognized by international certifications (ACCA, CIMA).


500 school pupils from Shymkent and Turkestan will gather in Almaty for the first Young Leaders Forum

The Young Leaders Forum will be held in Almaty in the first half of July and will become a platform for summing up the results of the first year of the Jas Leader Akademiiasy project launched by ‘Bulat Utemuratov Foundation’. 500 best pupils of comprehensive schools who have made significant progress in the development of social and communication skills over the year will participate in the Forum.

The Jas Leader Akademiiasy project has become the first experience of mass and systematic introduction of leadership skills development classes in Kazakhstan among school pupils of 5-11 grades. During the school year, teenagers learn in-demand skills, including public speaking, time management, teamwork, conflict solution and goal setting. In the first pilot school year, about 13,000 children acquired skills that were new to them.

The pilot project was launched by Bulat Utemuratov Foundation in 50 schools in Shymkent and Turkestan Region. The choice of the region is not accidental – the Turkestan Region remains the leader in the number of school pupils in the Republic, as more than half a million children of school age live there. 

“We all understand how important it is to provide a quality education to our children, which should not be limited to just school subjects. The knowledge and skills invested today will create the foundation on which Kazakhstan of Tomorrow will be built. Now we must raise educated courageous leaders with a fresh outlook and ideas. And I am glad that in our region we have such forward-thinking young people who in 10-15 years will work for the development of their village, their city and country,” said Umirzak Shukeyev, Akim of the Turkestan Region.  

All classes are held in an interactive training format, which creates an atmosphere of openness and support at the lessons.

According to Aruzhan Aitbayeva, a pupil of School No. 129 in Shymkent, this approach helped her cope with her fear of public speaking. “I’ve definitely become more courageous, I’m no longer afraid that somebody will laugh me down or interrupt me. And this applies not only to speeches during leadership classes, but also at other school lessons and at home. We learn how to properly react to criticism, give reasons for our speeches, listen and support each other.”

The program of electives and study guide were developed with the participation of experts in the field of adolescent education and take into account both international and local educational peculiarities. Lessons are held by  100 teachers who teach at selected schools. Before the start of the academic year, they underwent a one-week training and got acquainted with the Jas Leader Akademiiasy program and new approaches to teaching. Each teacher spent 32 hours of extra curriculars during the year, which influenced the style of teaching these extra curriculars and their principal subjects.

“We work under the peer-to-peer principle at the leadership classes; during discussions we always let a pupil speak to the end, we do not correct, but rather encourage different points of view. I began to introduce this approach in English classes (this is my main subject), and the pupils became much more active and interested,” said Yerkin Abdraimov, a teacher of School No.13 named after Navoi in Turkestan. 

Throughout the year, teachers keep an eye on each pupil and fill out feedback forms, where they note initiative, preparedness for lessons, and progress in skills development. Based on these data, 250 best program participants from Shymkent and Turkestan will be invited to the final forum in Almaty in July. For five days, teenagers will participate in master classes, team and learning games. All expenses for holding the Forum and participation of children shall be covered by Bulat Utemuratov Foundation.

In the new academic year, the Jas Leader Akademiiasy project will start in another 50 schools in the Zhambyl and Kyzylorda Regions. Over the next three years, it is planned to cover schools in the West Kazakhstan, Atyrau, Aktobe, Zhetysu and Almaty Regions.


Kazakhstan women’s tennis team stepped up to the TOP-10 of the world ranking for the first time

Our Women’s National Team has jumped from 16th to 9th place in the updated Billie Jean King Cup rankings. The Kazakh national team outran such teams as Russia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Belgium, Poland.

In April, Kazakhstani women players defeated the German team at home with a score of 3:1 in the qualification of the World Team Championship and reached the final round of the tournament, which will be held in November this year. The Australian team remains the leader of the world ranking.

The top 10 Billie Jean King Cup rankings are as follows:
1. Australia – 1002,71;
2. France – 885,6;
3. Spain – 884,62;
4. Czech Republic – 842,92;
5. Switzerland – 881,81;
6. Canada – 780,09;
7. USA – 758,09;
8. Slovakia – 744,23;
9. Kazakhstan – 704,75;
10. Germany – 702,52.


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