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Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education has started classes
The classes for Master's students began with the Orientation Day at the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education. The first enrolment of the School - 75 students in two Master's degree programs have the opportunity to meet university professors, discuss the training program, and choose interesting elective subjects today.

In his welcome speech, the President of Nazarbayev University Shigeo Katsu has stressed high expectations on these students: "I hope that the academic staff will work hard with you. I hope that they will be incredibly demanding of you. A lot of expectations rest on your shoulders because you are future leaders who will lead education reforms here in Kazakhstan". Shigeo Katsu also stressed the importance of educational reform for the future generation and the role of educational leaders in the transition from a resource and industrial economy to a knowledge based society.

First students of the Graduate School of Education with the faculty

Graduate School of Education students will study programmes developed by partner universities of world-class: School Leadership programme was developed by the leader in the research of secondary education - Cambridge University; Higher Education programme was developed by the University of Pennsylvania - a leader in the field of management in higher education. Moreover, both Master's and PhD students of the Graduate School of Education will have an excellent opportunity to conduct joint studies and projects with scientists from the partner universities. In a word, students are provided with all the conditions for fundamental training and good instrumental skills for future successful career in the educational sector.

Dean, Professor Timothy Reagan: Your study will be intense and interesting and the education quality will be high-level.

Professor Colyn Davey introduces himself to the students of the Graduate School of Education

Associate Dean Lynne Parmenter giving a consultation to new students

Assistant Professor Daniel Torrano with new Master's students

The Library made a great impression on students

You are going to be indeed the very first full time Master's students. That is a lot of expectations on your shoulders. I do hope that your faculty here would work very hard with you.  I hope that they will be extremely demanding of you. A lot of expectations rest on your shoulders because you afterwards are expected to lead education reform here in Kazakhstan. You are the leaders, future leaders of education reform in Kazakhstan. And I do not think I need to repeat how important education reform it is because development of next generation, future generation is going to be one of the big challenges for Kazakhstan. In particular, as you know from Mr.President's speech, he is already projecting forward. He said that we need to move away from resource based, industry based economy to one which is purely going to be hard, building knowledge based economy, knowledge based society. And invite to education leadership is going to be the core of all this effort.

Graduate School of Education joins global community of Cambridge Professional Development Centres

Graduate School of Education has been awarded Cambridge Professional Development Centre status by Cambridge International Examinations and is now approved to offer the Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers, one of the Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications for teachers and trainers.

Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. It is part of the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s top universities and trusted for excellence in education. Cambridge programmes and qualifications are taught in more than 9000 schools in over 160 countries.

Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Cambridge International Examinations, said: “We are delighted to announce that Graduate School of Education has joined our growing global community of Cambridge Professional Development Centres. We look forward to a long and productive relationship which will be of great benefit to both teachers and their learners throughout the region.”

Cambridge qualifications are recognised and valued by employers around the world. Cambridge is dedicated to helping schools deliver the best education possible by providing comprehensive support, including teacher professional development and training, classroom resources and membership of a global learning community.

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