I was intrigued by U.S. Embassy for providing possibilities for students organising Alumni Education Fair at Radisson Hotel Astana in October, 14. Fair was the main reason for people of all ages to gather there. As Woody Allen said “Seventy percent of success in life is showing up” and those people who visited the Sunday fair guaranteed their future with successful development. Education Fair comprised over twenty universities and organizations , that offered a range of programs taught by well-qualified professionals of the world.

Among them Bolashak Program was the most important and ‘overcrowded’. A lot of students surrounded Bolashak representatives from the very beginning till the end of the fair. International Bolashak Program is celebrating its 17th birthday this year. Bolashak has provided thousands od students with opportunity of studying at the best universities of the world in a duration of 17 years. (for more info go to www.edu-cip.kz)


Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies was the next participant of the education fair. Johns Hopkins School is one of the most  prestigious universities of the U.S. It offers Master’s Degree in the spere of international relations, international economy and politics. Students of Hopkins School influentially widen economic world outlook as a result of international studies during two years of Master’s

Degree. (for more info go to www.sais-jhu.edu)

Cornell University engaged the seat next to Johns Hopkins School. It is one of the youngest universities famous for its industrial, scientific, technological progress. CU graduates are well-known people such as J.Rubinstein( Ipod inventor), M.G. Menokal ( Cuba ex-president). ( Bolashak, #3(17), 2010).

Further, the list of the participants included Wake Forest University (http://www.wfu.edu/), Oklahoma University  

(http://www.ou.edu/web.html), U.S. Military Academy at West Point (http://www.usma.edu/), Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (http://sfs.georgetown.edu/), American University of Central Asia (http://www.auca.kg/), Rochester Institute of Technology (http://www.rit.edu/), Michigan State University (http://www.msu.edu/), and Nazarbayev University.

It is a great privilege for Nazarbayev University to participate in the fair among prestigious universities of the world. NU is the youngest

University that gained popularity in a very short period of time. It is the only academic institution that offers International Education in Kazakhstan. NU became famous rapidly, the people who didn’t hear about the university a year ago, dream of becoming its student today. It was proved by the huge amount of people who surrounded NU representatives the whole afternoon. (for more info go to http://eng.nu.edu.kz/ ).

The other participants of the Education Fair were not of less interest for it included various programs, educational centers, foreign education agencies as well as U.S. Embassy, IRC, ACK, Alumni Leaders League. The amenity of foreign education considered unattainable two decades ago is normal for modern people. Education abroad do not cause many problems today. Regardless of their age and education a lot of people apply for foreign education each year with the help of Globus Education(www.globus_almaty.com), nomadic Education (www.nomadica.kz), English House (http://www.englhouse.ru/), Capital Education (http://www.capital-edu.kz/), EF Education First (http://www.ef.kz), QSI International School of Astana (http://www.qsi.org/ast_home/ast_home.htm), Education USA (http://www.educationusa.info/Astana), Educational Center ” Bilim Central Asia” (http://www.educationusa.info/Almaty).

However, the most important organization for me in the fair was IREX (www.irex.org). IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. I was glad to find them for I got the answer to the question that bothered me since I applied for Muskie Scholarship program. (for more info go to www.irex.org).

I felt a deep gratitude to the U.S. Embassy for organising this fair and Radisson Hotel Astana for giving support in fair organization. That was the event that would change the lives of many people came there. Looking at the crowds of people I saw modern ambitious people of present – Kazakhstan elite of future. Perhaps many students will specify Alumni Education Fair Astana 2010 as the first time they heard about the University they are applying or the event that influenced to their choice of the profession in future. Who knows?!