Tuesday, June 29, 2010 -
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev held an opening ceremony Monday for the start of classes at a new university named after himself in the capital city Astana.
In his speech, the president said young people should try to enroll into the new Nazarbayev University.
“I have agreed to give my name to it, so you should not fail me,” he told students, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).
The university "will become a national brand of Kazakhstan that will combine the advantages of the national education system and the best of international research and education practice," RFE/RL quoted a press release from the university's press service.
The institution will offer international standard degrees in engineering, medicine, and natural science for up to 20,000 students.
The university press service said that Nazarbayev University has so far signed partnerships with Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, University College of London and the University of Pennsylvania.
Nazarbayev University has offered 500 scholarships this year covering tuition, and room and board.
Plans are underway to open a graduate school of business and public policy by 2012 and to offer master’s and doctorate degree programs at the university.