Embark on an enlightening journey into the intricate fabric of higher education within Kazakhstan. Our discussion traverses the evolution of Kazakhstan’s academic landscape, encompassing the advent of foreign universities, prevalent academic languages, and governmental support for innovative endeavours. We scrutinise the impact of international students, particularly within PhD programmes, whilst also acknowledging the distinct influence of Islam on the educational framework.

Further topics include the engagement with the Kazakh diaspora, the transference of knowledge to governmental bodies, and the utilisation of education as a conduit for soft power. Additionally, we examine the surge in digitalisation, the symbiosis of geography, civil society, and sustainability, burgeoning interest in International Relations, the condition of academic freedom, and the politicisation of academia. Lastly, we put forward a case for three essential educational transformations required for Kazakhstan’s academic advancement.


  • Evolution of Higher Education in Kazakhstan: A Three-Phase View
  • Local Response to Foreign Universities in Kazakhstan
  • Predominant Languages of Study in Kazakhstan
  • Government Support for Higher Education Innovations
  • A Comparative Analysis: Private vs Public Universities
  • Bolashak Scholarship: An Overview
  • Global Interest in Kazakh Higher Education: A Perspective
  • Influence of International Students in Kazakhstan
  • PhD Programmes: The Influx of International Students
  • Religion and Education: The Islamic Influence in Kazakhstan
  • Challenges Encountered by International Students
  • Engaging with the Kazakh Diaspora: An Exploration
  • Knowledge Transfer Mechanisms to the Kazakh Government
  • Education as a Tool for Soft Power
  • Digitalisation Drive in Kazakhstan
  • Intersection of Geography, Civil Society, and Sustainability
  • Student Interest in International Relations
  • Evaluating the State of Academic Freedom
  • Politicisation of Academia in Kazakhstan: A Critical Insight
  • Three Essential Educational Reforms Needed in Kazakhstan

Alberto Frigerio

With a distinguished decade-long academic career, Dr. Alberto Frigerio, an esteemed educator in Kazakhstan and laureate of the 2022 CEEMAN Responsible Management Educator award, currently imparts his knowledge as an International Relations professor at Almaty Management University. Noted for his excellent teaching evaluations, he is also the author of “Dystopian World” and a suite of influential papers addressing global challenges and sustainability.

Alberto has delivered thought-provoking seminars globally and facilitated training in domains such as research, geopolitical analysis, and personal development. His educational focus straddles the fields of international relations and the management of cultural heritage.

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