Today President of Kazakhstan visited the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev.
It was unveiled at the faculty meeting that Nursultan Nazarbayev was awarded the Honorary Doctorate Degree of this University.
Addressing the gathering, the head of state said that he had special feelings to the Ukrainian people and warmly recalled the years of his youth.
“I was given a good start in life here,” Nursultan Nazarbayev added.
The President noted that Kazakhstan highly assessed the scientific and educational potential of Ukraine. Kazakh and Ukrainian universities are currently developing comprehensive cooperation. The partnership between the Ukrainian universities and the Eurasian National Lev Gumilev University of Astana and the Kazakh National Al-Farabi University of Almaty is a bright example of that cooperation. The cooperation between the National Academies of the two countries has been developed as well.
Nursultan Nazarbayev highlighted the formation of an intellectual nation is considered as one of Kazakhstan’ strategic priorities. We set a task to increase 25-fold investment in science by 2012 to reach 2.5 percent of GDP by 2015.
“The New International University of Astana is the largest educational project of our country. I invite Ukrainian students to come to Kazakhstan and study there,” Nursultan Nazarbayev stressed.
Addressing the Ukrainian young people, Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized that young people are the ones who would feature the future of the relationship between our countries.
“You are the ones who will further form mutual values; strengthen traditions of friendship, trust and mutual support for our countries. There is a wise Ukrainian proverb – Friendship and brotherhood are more precious than all wealth. I am confident that friendship of our countries and brotherhood of our peoples will always be stronger than stone walls and serve for prosperity of Kazakhstan and Ukraine, “the President underscored.
On the same day the President met with Chairman of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine Vladimir Litvin.
Nursultan Nazarbayev also met with representatives of business circles of Kazakhstan and Ukraine.