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Kazachstan: an impressive educational project

In 2017 the worlds focus will be on Kazakhstan as from June 10th to September 10th the “World Expo 2017" will take place in Astana. Cito has been active since 2012 in this country on the border of Europe and Asia in the process off renewing the educational system. 

Renewing the educational system

Late October 2016 Cito was in Astana with a group of key experts and project managers. Since 2012 Cito works together with the organisation of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS) on developing a new system for secondary education at 20 different places in this vast country; as big as all of Western Europe.

Teaching is founded on leading educational principles, and that includes good and fair testing too. Did you know that:
  • pupils in these schools follow trilingual education in Kazakh, Russian and English languages;
  • pupils follow a K12-plus program with a focus on natural sciences and mathematics;
  • pupils are taught by national and international teachers?

We were pleased to read about the Anne Frank exhibition at the NIS schools, although it is only a small aspect of the great renewal process in which the NIS schools have the lead. 



Our contribution

The complete education system in Kazakhstan is 'under construction'. And Cito helps:  We not only developed a new selection test system in cooperation with NIS, but we are also currently working for NIS to develop and implement comprehensive student monitoring systems for mathematics and language learning. 

Our expertise and experience with monitoring systems in Dutch education proves to be very useful in the Kazakh context. In cooperation with local experts we build new monitoring systems that are optimally suited for the local situation.

Cito also has been involved in the professional development of teachers in Kazakhstan. In a number of 'Train-the-trainer' programs, we have trained in 2014 and 2015 teachers to enable them to transfer the acquired knowledge to their colleagues in the schools.






Expo 2017 in Astana

The main theme of Expo 2017 is "Energy of the Future" and there will be a lot of attention to this issue. The Netherlands is, in billions of euros, the largest foreign investor in Kazakhstan. Dutch enterprises and institutions invest more per year - in 2013 a total of 49 billion dollars - than larger countries like Germany, the UK, China or Russia.

Given the large contribution of Dutch investors and Dutch companies in this country, it is not surprising that there will be a separate "Holland Pavilion”. Cito will be there and at this moment we are exploring the opportunities to participate in the Dutch pavilion and programs. The upcoming Expo 2017 in the capital city Astana will create new opportunities for Dutch investors, including education and testing.


Nico van Dieteren