Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Zakir Jumakulov


Zakir Jumakulov
Director of Research Programs
Office Phone:
+ 7 (7172) 706291(direct)


Master of public policy

Bachelor of foreign languages


Professional biography

Zakir Jumakulov is a Director Research Projects at NUGSE. In 2018 Zakir involved in institutional research on organizational culture and engagement for companies of Samruk Kazyna, a sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan. From 2012 till 2018 Zakir was a junior researcher at NUGSE.  He was coordinator of annual Eurasian Higher Education Leaders’ Forum in 2013-2017. Zakir obtained his master’ degree in Public Policy from Michigan State University, USA, through Bolashak scholarship program.


  • “Scopus Award Kazakhstan 2019” - award by Elsevier for contribution to the national science measured by the number of published scientific articles and their citation in international journals
  • “Leader of Science” - award by Thomson Reuters and National Center for Science and Technology Information for publication in highest impact factor journal in social sciences in years 2011-2015 among Kazakhstani scholars.


Research area

  • Organizational culture and leadership
  • Internationalization of higher education
  • "Borrowing" policy in the field of education
  • Human development
  • Financing of higher education


Research topic

  • International scholarship programs’ contribution to the development of human capital
  • Student mobility in Kazakhstan and Central Asia
  • Challenges in implementing the principles of the Bologna process
  • National strategies for the internationalization of education
  • Internationalization of the study
  • Student educational loans


Participation in research projects

  • Development of the best internationalization practice models of higher education in Kazakhstan: 2014-2016
  • Students’ foreign education funding factors: assessment of the national scholarship foreign education programs: 2013.
  • Internationalization as a strategic factor of education and science development of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the context of socio-economic globalization: 2011-2013.
  • Student educational grants as a tool to increase equal access to higher education in Kazakhstan



Jumakulov Z., Ashibekov. A, Sparks J., Sagintayeva A. (2018) Internationalizing Research in Kazakhstan Higher Education: A Case Study of Kazakhstan’s State Program of Industrial Innovative Development 2015 to 2019. Journal of Studies in International Education. First Published July 26, 2018,, SAGE Publishing.

Perna, L., Orosz, K., Jumakulov, Z. (2017) The contributions of the Bolashak Program to human capital development in Kazakhstan. Chapter in book Higher Education Reform & Development: The case of Kazakhstan. Cambridge University Press.

Parmenter L., Sparks J., Li A., Kerimkulova S., Ashirbekov A., Jumakulov Z. (2017) Internationalizing the Curriculum in Kazakhstan: Creatively responding to change. Сhapter in book The Globalization of Internationalization, Internationalization of Higher Education book series, Routledge

Jumakulov Z., Ashirbekov A., (2016), Higher Education Internationalization: Insights from Kazakhstan. Hungarian Educational Research Journal 6 (1), P. 35-55

Sparks J., Ashirbekov A., Li A., Parmenter L., Jumakulov Z., Sagintayeva A. (2015) Becoming Bologna capable: Strategic cooperation and capacity building in International Offices in Kazakhstani HEIs. Chapter in book The European Higher Education Area: Between Critical Reflections and Future Policies. Springer International Publishing, P. 109-126.

Аширбеков А.К., Джумакулов З.Д. (2015) Реализация принципов Болонского процесса в Республике Казахстан. Доклады НАН РК. – 2015. - № 1. – C. 110-115.

Perna L., Orosz K., Jumakulov Z. (2015) Understanding the human capital benefits of a government-funded international scholarship program: An exploration of Kazakhstan's Bolashak program, International Journal of Educational Development, №40. – P. 85-97.

Sagintayeva, A. &  Jumakulov, Z. (2015) Human capital formation through study abroad programs: Five lessons from Kazakhstan’s Bolashak program International Higher Education,  № 79, 21-23

Perna, L., Orosz, K., Goupal, B., Jumakulov, Z., Ashirbekov, A., Kishkentayeva, M. (2014) Promoting Human Capital Development: A Typology of international Scholarship Programs in Higher Education, Educational Researcher, № 43(2), 63-73.

Perna, L., Orosz, K., Jumakulov, Z., Ashirbekov, A., Kishkentayeva, M. (2015) Understanding the Programmatic and Contextual Forces that Influence Participation in a Government-Sponsored Student-Mobility Program, Higher Education, № 69(2), 173-188

Даирова К.Н., Джумакулов З.Н., Аширбеков А.К. (2013) Government Support for Student Mobility: Case of Kazakhstan’s international Scholarship Program, Conference proceedings of Eurasian Higher Education Leaders Forum Conference Proceedings, P. 92-101.

Аширбеков, А., Джумакулов, З., Лисняк, С. (2013) Определение факторов участия казахстанских студентов в международных стипендиальных программах. Вестник КазНУ, №3(40), C.37-45.

Аширбеков А.К., Джумакулов З.Д. (2012) К вопросу о маркетинге в стратегиях интернационализации высшего образования. // Материалы Международной научно-практической конференции «Гуманитарное образование в современном мире: проблемы, поиски, перспективы», - Астана: C. 387-390.