In fall 2007, 1896 applicants submitted their documents for the international scholarship of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and 235 applications were short-listed for the commission’s consideration including 117 competitors who applied to overseas universities independently and 118 applicants participating in general competition.
Opening the commission’s session, the Secretary of State noted that the Bolashak program initiated by President Nursultan Nazarbayev has been always in the focus of his attention over the years of its existence. For example, the President called to further improve the implementation of the Bolahsak program at the extended session of the Political Council of the Nur Otan Party on 17 January.
“The President sets new higher standards for the work of our commission and expects that we will raise its efficiency, selection criteria for applicants to the Bolashak program, and also the status and prestige of the foreign universities admitting our students.
Today, scholars of the Bolahsak program already occupy very responsible positions both on state service and in business in Kazakhstan. Further broadening of their participation in the social economic and public-political development of Kazakhstan is the main task that the President sets for our commission and all appropriate state bodies,” Kanat Saudabayev said.
According to the list of priority specializations, applicants prefer to specialize in economy, information systems, public administration, international commercial law and state policy.
Most applications for the Presidential Scholarship came from the city of Almaty and Almaty region, Astana, Eastern Kazakhstan and Southern Kazakhstan regions.
Most applicants are wishing to study for master degrees, and also for bachelor, various postgraduate and doctorate degrees.
The most popular countries for studying abroad are Great Britain, the United States of America, Russia, China, Germany, Malaysia and Ireland.
At the sitting, the Commission’s members considered requests made by some scholars of the Bolahsak scholarship, and also a report of Minister for Education and Science Zhanseit Tuimebayev on the implementation course of the protocol instructions given by the Republican Commission for educating personnel abroad in 2007.
At the session, 220 applicants were awarded the Presidential scholarship Bolashak.