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Kazakh President Says State University Bearing His Name Could Be Privatized

  • RFE/RL's Kazakh Service

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev

ASTANA -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev said a state university in Astana bearing his name could be privatized.

He made the comment during a meeting with Nazarbaev University students in the Kazakh capital on March 1.

Financed by the state and sponsors' grants, education is currently free at the university, which also provides free dormitories and in some cases free meals to its students.

Established in 2010, Nazarbaev University is considered to be one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in Kazakhstan.

Nazarbaev said most of the university professors are Kazakhs who have graduated from foreign universities under a presidential scholarship program.

There are also many Western professors among Nazarbaev University lecturers.