Between 6 and 8 April, the 18th Kazakhstan Education and Career exhibition took place in Almaty in the Atakent exhibition centre. The exhibition was held with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Akimat of Almaty and the Association of Universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Every year the event attracts hundreds of representatives of educational institutions and thousands of visitors.
This year, among the participants of the event were over 90 educational institutions from 8 countries: Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Turkey, and Kyrgyzstan. 13 universities presented their educational programmes, including Voronezh State University, Tomsk State University, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Kazan National Technological University, and others.
Among the participants of the opening ceremony were representatives from the Department of Education of Akimat of Almaty, representatives of embassies and consulates in the Republic of Kazakhstan, and rectors of leading universities. The consul of the General Consulate of the Russian Federation, the Head of the Almaty division of Rossotrudnichestvo, Irina Pereverzeva (VSU graduate), the Head of the Department of Youth Policy of Almaty, Egor Beisenbaiev, addressed the audience. VSU Rector, Dmitry Endovitsky, also gave a speech. He stressed the importance of the event for future students and specialists who have a unique opportunity to learn at one place about the systems of education of different countries and chose the best one for themselves.
The three-day programme of the exhibition included workshops, master classes, and presentations. Dmitry Endovitsky gave a presentation about the activities of Voronezh State University at the workshop "European Vector of International Activities".
The VSU delegation presented all the university's higher education programmes to the visitors of the exhibition. VSU representatives established contacts with several university heads and negotiated opportunities of opening double degree programmes and academic exchange programmes.
Dmitry Endovitsky stated that the trip was highly productive:
'It should be mentioned that we were one of the last leading Russian universities to join this educational framework. We underestimated the potential of Kazakhstan, and Russian-speaking Almaty in particular, as a source of future students. At the exhibition VSU attracted a lot of interest. We noted that our couterparts organized offsite admission boards in Almaty. It is very convenient both for prospective students and their parents as it considerably reduces the risks connected with failure to enter university. In the nearest future, we plan to examine this option in detail to further increase interest in our university.