Visit of the delegation of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange NAWA

Within the framework of the International Educational Exhibition — 2019 in Nur-Sultan, L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University was visited by a delegation of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange NAWA and representatives of Polish universities. The purpose of the meeting is to familiarize with academic programs and scholarship programs of NAWA, as well as proposals of Polish universities for students, teachers and scientific staff of Kazakhstani educational institutions.

The meeting took place thanks to the close cooperation of ENU with the Embassy of Poland and the active work of the Center of Polish Language and Culture at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (Head of the Department E. A. Zhuravleva).

The event was supervised by Vice-Rector for International Relations and Innovations A.N. Zholdasbekova and Dean of the Faculty of Philology A.B. Beisenbay.

At the beginning of the meeting, the head of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor E.A. Zhuravleva welcomed the Polish delegation on behalf of the university’s leadership, emphasized the importance of deepening bilateral relations in the field of education and science, spoke about functioning of the Center for Polish Language and Culture at the Faculty of Philology and teaching the Polish language at the university.

A welcoming speech in Polish and Kazakh for the guests was prepared by students of the specialty “Russian Language and Literature” studying Polish in the framework of the educational program. The presentation was prepared under the guidance of the Polish language teacher Agnieszka Ermolović.

In his welcoming speech, Mr. Grzegorz Marczak, representative of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Kazakhstan, noted that academic cooperation between Poland and Kazakhstan is an important part of the mutual relations between two countries. Currently, more than 1100 Kazakhstani students are studying in Polish universities and this number is constantly growing. Mr Grzegorz Marczak introduced the Polish delegation that included representatives from the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange NAWA and famous universities in Poland.

NAWA representative Andrzej Stuczyński introduced everyone to the mission of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange NAWA, which is to promote international academic exchange and enhance the prestige of Polish education and science, and spoke in detail about the advantages of studying in Poland and NAWA scholarship programs. He emphasized that the Polish education system can be proud of its performance. There are 400 educational institutions in the country (this is the largest number of higher educational institutions among the EU countries). 1.35 million students study in 132 state (more than 75% of students) and 268 private institutes, 21 universities, 18 technical and 9 medical universities, which is one of the highest rates in the world. Since 2007, Polish universities and research institutes have invested $ 8 billion (including from EU funds) for the modernization of halls, laboratories, libraries, and hostels. Almost 72 thousand foreign students study in Poland (their number is growing rapidly from year to year) and plus 13 thousand students come to study on exchange. There are special programs for international students.

For example, the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange NAWA has developed a program that provides training opportunities for applicants and students of Polish descent at state Polish universities in full-time education in Polish, with exemption from tuition fees and with a monthly scholarship. The diploma of Polish universities is recognized worldwide.

The floor was also given to representatives of Polish universities, who briefly acquainted the audience with the study programs and possibilities of scientific academic exchange, conditions of stay and study in specific educational institutions. The guests answered questions from teachers and students of our university, shared booklets and addresses for contacts.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as teachers have expressed interest in the academic programs, joint scientific projects and opportunities of scientific academic exchange.

Professors of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Zh.N. Zhunusova and M.B. Nurtazina told the guests about long-standing scientific ties of Kazakhstani scientists-philologists with Polish colleagues, joint scientific projects and prospects for cooperation.

At the end of the event, both sides expressed hope that this meeting will serve to exchange and strengthen further fruitful cooperation in all spheres of scientific and educational activities.