International students in Kazahstan: achievements and prospects

According to statistics, about 14,000 foreign students are reported to pursue their university studies in Kazakhstan in 2018. Of these, about 3,700 are from Uzbekistan, over 1,300 from Turkmenistan, over 1,000 from Kyrgyzstan, about 1,300 from China, about 3,300 from India. The number of foreign students is expected to reach 50,000 by 2025.

For this purpose, Kazakstan is planning to create a Central Asian educational hub, on the model of Dubai and Malaysia, that will help Kazakh universities attract more international students, adopt the best educational programs, invite the best professors of the world, open the branches of the best international universities where students can receive a world-class education. Now Kazakhstan pays much attention to the development of educational tourism and attraction of foreign students. The Center for International Programs holds an annual educational fair "Days of Kazakhstan's Education" in the countries of Central Asia and China.

This fair is a unique platform for discussing topical issues in the field of bilateral and inter-university cooperation between higher education institutions of Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries and China. In 2018, the fair took place in Navoi, Uzbekistan. It represented about 25 leading universities of Kazakhstan, such as L.N.Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Narxoz University, and others.The universities' representatives talked about their opportunities provided to students. They also clarified the system of discounts for foreign students.

Young people received information about the majors and Bachelor's, Master's and doctoral programs. As part of the fair, four HEIs of the two countries signed memorandums on cooperation. According to the Center for International Programs, over the past 10 years, the number of students receiving higher education outside the country of residence (mobile students) has increased by almost 70%.

Foreign students bring significant profits to the national economies of countries that are actively developing the education industry (for example, in 2007 Australia had an income of 4,2 billion Australian dollars from the export of higher education). The USA, the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, Germany and France are still the international education leaders having over 60% mobile students.

In addition to financial benefits, education exporting countries have a number of additional advantages. First, in order to ensure continuity of education for foreign students, the HEIs of these countries bring their curricula and educational programs into compliance with the international standards. They also offer distance learning opportunities or open campuses in other countries. Secondly, they develop partnership relations between universities. At this stage, many HEIs are developing a system of double degrees.

Thirdly, the continuous improvement of research quality is one of key indicators of university performance in many countries, helping attract young promising scientists. The world university rankings are also based on this data. Fourthly, it provides an opportunity for Kazakhstanis to acquire a huge social capital, to establish good contacts and relations and improve cross-cultural communications all over the world.

Sources (Russian language):

1. kapital.kz

2. 24.kz

3. www.inform.kz

Table of Contents

KBSU and Uludag University will exchange medical students under the Erasmus + program

The prospects for Russian education export were discussed in Vladivostok

Uzbekistan took part in the International Summit on Development of Global Education in Zurich

Iraq and Belarus discussed cooperation in education and science

The international center of Uzbek culture opens at Kazan Cooperative Institute

Techno-optimists vs techno-skeptics: the International Open Innovations Forum will take place in Skolkovo

LSTU and University of Science and Technology Liaoning have signed a new cooperation agreement

X International Russian Higher Education Conference will take place at Higher School of Economics

Moscow State University holds top spot in Round University Ranking (Russian version)

Finland wants to abandon school subjects by 2020

Russia and Turkey have signed an agreement on cooperation in quality assurance of higher education

BRICS countries are stepping up technology transfer and transformation

India and Russia are reaching new heights of cooperation

The 'Study UK: Discover You' Exhibition will take place in Moscow and Saint Petersburg in October, 2019

Belarusian universities offer English-taught programs

The first foreign branch of MEPhI opened in Uzbekistan

Novosibirsk expands geography of international cooperation

Uzbekistan and the United States intend to develop cooperation in the field of higher education

Russia and the United Arab Emirates develop cooperation in higher education and science

Georgian universities offer free tuition to international students

A list of 3,500 free online courses starting in August

Next WorldSkills Competition will be held in China

Russia and China will continue cooperation in the field of education and mutual learning of languages

Universities of Excellence selected in Germany

Russian-German animal movement monitoring system ICARUS launched

45 WorldSkills Championship started in Kazan

Asian states want to join SCO

About half a million foreign students studied in China in 2018

President of Kazakhstan will stop assigning rectors of national universities

Germany became the fourth most attractive study destination for foreign students

The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic 2020

Achieving Greater ROE in Learning & Teaching With New Generation’s Pedagogy, Space and Technology

Aalto University becomes a member of the UNITE! alliance

Russia is preparing for bilateral years of Russian-Chinese science and technology cooperation

International students in Kyrgyzstan

The 4th Higher Education Leadership Forum

The webinar under the aegis of APQN took place as part of the EDU Atmosphere project

The National Centre for Public Accreditation has become a full member of ENQA

7th AQ Austria Annual Conference

Russia is planning to boost education and raise number of foreign students

15 Russian Universities in ARWU Ranking by Subject

Eurasian Higher Education Leaders’ Forum 2019

QS WORLDWIDE 2019 to be held in Almaty

HSE is the only Russian university in THE Young Universities Ranking-2019

Cooperation agreement signed by Kazan Federal University and Turkmen State Institute of Economics and Management

Recognition of the IAAR activities in the international educational space

International Quality Assurance Programme 2019

Universities of the Far East and the Arctic will strengthen ties with India

More international students take postgraduate programs in China

North-Eastern Federal University will train cultural industry experts