Opening of New University in Astana, Kazakhstan

Today was a most auspicious occasion for many people at the newly built university campus with the official opening of the huge building complex in Astana.  Very high security was around because the president of the country was in attendance doing the honors, after all this university is named after him.  The photos can tell all (my words get in the way) about what the Kazakh students will experience once the main doors are actually opened to them in September.  I am very excited for those Kazakh students who have been accepted thus far. They have passed through some very rigid but necessary testing (IELTS and TOEFL exams) to make sure their level of English is prepared enough for taking in all the lectures and classes in English.  Many qualified English teachers in different subject areas from U.K. and U.S. will be overseeing the students’ instruction.  The future of Kazakhstan depends on these enthusiastic, young people to learn very quickly in order to compete with the rest of the world in business, technology and industry.  Many American “partners” from western universities were in attendance and others who could not attend gave speeches through closed circuit t.v. in big, airy rooms.  These are exciting times for all of us in Astana and throughout Kazakhstan where many of our highly qualified students are coming from!!!

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  1. 1 said,

    Great blog 🙂

    Hey, when do you COS? Some PCVs helped start a pilot project, and we wanted to know if you or any other PCVs you know would want to take a look! We’re trying to share more than what’s being shared on Sharepoint…

    Let us know what you think!


    The “Peacebook” Team
    Alex, Ray, and Ezra
    PC Ukraine 2006-2010

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      kazaknomad said,

      Was a Peace Corps volunteer in 1981-83 in the Philippines, lived in Ukraine from 1998-2003 and then 2005-2007. Living in Kazakhstan now where I was a Peace Corps trainer in Almaty in 1993 when the program first started up, does that count?

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        If you’re still interested in taking a look, can you email us so we can provide you the site password for registration? We’d also like to know with all your experience if sharing all the lesson plans, experience, files, et cetera in one place for all PCVs would be beneficial for the sustainability and the continuation of projects…

        Please remember, this site is only for volunteers and we want to keep it focused which was why it was nicknamed “Peacebook”…

        We’d love to hear from you with all your experience!


        The “Peacebook” team
        Alex, Ray, and Ezra
        PC Ukraine 2006-2010

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