Dr. Mukash Burkitbayev is the vice rector of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. As professor of chemical sciences, Burkitbayev was jointly awarded in 2007 the NATO Science Partnership Prize for his work on testing radiation levels at the Soviet-era Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.
During an interview conducted in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in November 2012, Burkitbayev discusses the country's Bolashak scholarship program, the future of higher education in Kazakhstan, and the expectations of the new Nazarbayev University in Astana.
Below is the transcript of the video interview.
EurasiaNet.org: Since 1993, President Nazarbayev’s Bolashak scholarship program has sent thousands of students abroad for international education. Is it still in operation, and what have been its successes and failures?
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