ASTANA -- A new university in Astana named after Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev will open this summer, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.
Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov told journalists today that 500 scholarships have been allocated for Nazarbaev University students. The opening ceremony is scheduled for July.
The university is expected to eventually host 20,000 students and teachers. In the beginning, the university will have only three major departments: engineering, natural sciences, and medicine.
By 2012, a graduate school of business and public policy is due to be opened, and doctorate and master's degree programs will also be available.
Admission to the primary courses will start this year, while further undergraduate courses will be launched in 2011.