Speaking at the IV Consultative Meeting of the Heads of States of Central Asia, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said that there is an urgent task to expand cooperation in science and education, QazMonitor reports citing Azattyq Rýhy.
The cooperation is based on the declaration signed last year on the creation of a common Central Asian space of higher education, the President said.
As part of this initiative, Kazakhstan supported the proposals of partners to expand inter-university exchanges and significantly increased the education quotas for the youth of Central Asian countries. We are also ready to create branches of our leading universities and advanced schools in the region's states. For example, a branch of the Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi recently opened in Bishkek.
According to him, the opening of educational centers on a reciprocal basis with Uzbekistan is also being considered. The President considers the promotion of the rich historical and cultural heritage of the peoples of Central Asia to be an important pillar of joint work.
"For this purpose, it is proposed to establish close ties between the Academies of Sciences of our countries to jointly organize ethnographical and historical research and the publication of scientific works. Based on cooperation between national archival centers and libraries, I propose to create a unified online platform for the exchange of archival and research data, which will help deepen cooperation in the field of science," the President added.