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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

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Our scientific, educational, and cultural cooperation is based on the September 1992 Treaty of Friendship, Understanding, and Cooperation and the September 1993 Agreement on Cooperation in Culture and the Arts. In 2011, the budget allocated to this station amounted to €421,799.

This station works to strengthen the cultural network (Alliances Françaises) and promote the French language in order to find new audiences, including by organizing events such as the “Fall Meeting” cultural days and the “French Language Week.” The visit to France by Prime Minister Massimov on June 27th, 2011 led to the signature of a declaration of intent regarding organizing joint culture weeks in 2013 and 2014.

In order to broaden the number of French-speaking students in schools, this station cooperates with specialized courses such as the Daryn network and the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools. It supports training for French teachers through the Alliances and training seminars conducted in collaboration with the Kazakh Association of French Teachers. It supports the establishment of teaching assistants in local universities.

The priority given to training elites relies on partnerships (Bolachak Presidential Scholarship Program [1], Soros Foundation, French companies, Kazakh universities). For 2009-2010, 80 scholarship students studied in France. A program for training officials between the Academy of Public Service and the ENA in 2011 could lead to a Joint Masters between the two institutions.

This station participates in the joint effort conducted with renowned institutions (HEC, UPMC, Mines, ParisTech...) to implement French training courses in the new “Nazarbayev” International University in Astana which aims to train the Kazakh elite.

The creation of a Franco-Kazakh geo-energy center provided for launching, in 2010, a joint “Subterranean Reservoirs of Energy” Master’s degree, a training course exported from the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, and Franco-Kazakh research units.

Vocational training projects, in connection with French companies operating in Kazakhstan, are being developed, like the Schneider-Electric Center created in Almaty.

Support for decentralized cooperation (revival of the Almaty-Rennes twinning, Nice’s action providing training in the hotel and tourism industry) supplements the French Cultural and Technical Cooperation scheme.

Updated on 03.12

Archaeology

Based on the expertise of the Advisory Board on Archaeological Research Abroad, the Foreign Affairs Ministry is subsidizing nearly 160 archaeological missions (from palaeontology to the medieval period) in 65 countries, including:

-  Altaï: Rock art and tombs frozen in Kazakhstan and Siberia.

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