The NAWA delegation together with representatives of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and KRASP and 21 Polish universities participated in the "Education and Career" international educational fair in Almaty between 5 and 7 April. Behind us there are three intensive days of the fair addressed to young people interested in studies and meetings, among others at the Polish Consulate. At the Polish stand, materials about Polish higher education were specially prepared for this occasion in Russian. Representatives of Polish universities were on call, providing information to all interested students. All participants visiting our stand received free materials about studying in Poland, as well as publications with the offer of individual universities.
The event was accompanied by a parallel programme – a meeting at the Narxoz University and presentations for the Polish diaspora and other guests organised by the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Almaty. The Vice-Chancellor for Strategic Development and International Cooperation, Viktoriya Tsay, greeted the Polish representatives at Narxoz, and during the meeting there were talks on cooperation, among others in terms of double diplomas. The culmination of the stay was an event prepared in cooperation with the Consulate of the Republic of Poland. Almost 100 people visited the Polish diplomatic unit on Saturday, 7 April, to listen to the possibilities related to scientific development, studies and learning Polish. Participants of the meeting were greeted by the Consul General, Radosław Gruk, together with the Culture Commissioner, Anna Opalińska. Katarzyna Tyczko from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education presented higher education in Poland, and Magdalena Kozula from NAWA’s Communication and Promotion Division introduced the Ready Steady Go! Poland programme and NAWA activities, including the Polish Returns programme. Then, Agnieszka Dorociak from the NAWA Student Programmes Department demonstrated the Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme. After the session, there was a meeting devoted to Polish language learning conducted by the Head of the Polish Language Division, Kamila Dembińska who presented issues related to the certification of Polish language knowledge and opportunities for learning our language, including summer courses. The session was prepared in cooperation with the Polish Language Center of the Warsaw University of Technology represented by Kamila Zająkała.
Currently, it is estimated that about 30,000 young Kazakhs are studying abroad, including over 3,000 as a part of the prestigious “Bolashak” scholarship programme. Interest in studies in Poland is growing, candidates from Kazakhstan indicate that the main motives for studying in Poland are gaining new experiences and qualification in an EU country, and interest in Polish culture and language.