Extract from the Address of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Nation

Astana, 29 January 2010

« By 2015 the National Innovation System should function to the utmost extent, and by 2020 we expect to reap its benefits in the form of multifarious projects, patents and off-the-shelf technology implemented throughout the entire country. The priority in the sphere of education will be placed on the projects akin to those established and successfully operating in Astana – “New International University”, “Special Fund”, and “Intellectual Schools”. These one-of-the-kind academic institutions will bear my name. It is our mission to ensure that these schools are at the forefront in preparing the next generation of global-minded leaders in Kazakhstan, key platforms for testing and development of up-to-date academic programs and further introduction in the country ».