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World Universiade 2017 Unveils Torch Relay Route 0

Posted on January 16, 2017 by KazCham

Astana Times

The World Universiade 2017 torch relay will begin its journey in Kazakhstan by lighting the flame Jan. 25 in Astana. The flame will then continue to Ust-Kamenogorsk, Pavlodar, Kokshetau, Petropavlovsk, Kostanai and Karaganda Jan. 26 and Aktobe, Uralsk, Atyrau and Aktau Jan. 27. The route then continues to Kyzylorda, Shymkent, Taraz and Taldykorgan Jan. 28 before the final lighting of the flame in the host city of Almaty Jan. 29.

The rehearsals of the torch light procession with the participation of top sports people of Kazakhstan was held in Almaty in early January. The ceremony unites the country that conducts the games, and outstanding sportsmen will take part in the torch relay.

According to plans, all the athletes will gather in Almaty, in the heart of the Universiade and participate in the opening ceremony. As a sporting event, Universiade attracts more and more young people, said the organizers.

“It is important that young people will be able to communicate and get to know each other as part of this project. We want to show that our students are talented, creative and strong,” said Winter Universiade Organizing Directorate Head Nail Nurov.

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10 of the best places to go skiing – readers’ tips 0

Posted on November 09, 2016 by KazCham

The Guardian

From the country’s largest city, Almaty, the Shymbulak ski slopes are on your doorstep and everything is easy and reasonably priced. The resort is small, but there were no queues at any point. From the gondola at Medeu to the toilets and lockers at the slopes, the services are all fine. It’s not a resort for novices though: the main long slopes are red and there are only a few short blues. At 4pm the slopes are in the shade and get icy. It’s well worth going over to the other side of the mountain, for glacier views, and three short blue slopes. Of course, flying to Kazakhstan is expensive but the skiing can be made very cheap by renting gear from Extremal on the corner of Dostyk and Al Ferabi streets in Almaty: it’s half the price of the slopes rental place. Take the frequent number 12 bus from Extremal to the Medeu gondola.

• Weekday ski pass £12 (£19 at weekends).

Read more at The Guardian

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Full steam ahead for academy’s first graduates 0

Posted on September 17, 2016 by KazCham


The inaugural graduation ceremony at the Kazakhstan Maritime Academy in Almaty launched the professional seafaring careers of 15 cadets.

The cohort is the first to complete the four-year Bachelor of Science degree course at the academy, which opened with support from Chevron in 2012. Some of the graduating cadets gained practical experience during internships with Chevron Shipping Company (CSC).

The academy was established to support increasing offshore oil and gas developments and generate employment opportunities outside of the traditional oil and gas sector. It was founded by Chevron’s Kazakhstan joint venture Tengizchevroil (TCO) under the auspices of the Kazakh-British Technical University, and partnered with Netherlands-based international maritime educational conglomerate STC-Group.

In addition to formal education, cadets must complete a prescribed amount of sea time in order to become licensed professional mariners. CSC provided technical expertise and internship opportunities on its state-of-the-art vessels.

The academy features the most advanced integrated navigation and engineering simulation equipment, similar to that used by CSC to train and develop mariners across our global operations. Students complete a comprehensive and stimulating academic program, delivered in English.

Araylym Bekova, marine engineering graduate (pictured below center), said: “It’s a big responsibility to be the first graduates of the Kazakhstan Maritime Academy. At the same time, it’s an honor to represent Kazakhstan in the international fleet. I’d like to express my gratitude to all teachers, project managers and sponsors for believing in us, motivating us and making our first class a success.”

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FM Idrissov Presents Diplomas to Winners of ‘Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media’ Contest 0

Posted on September 15, 2016 by KazCham

Astana Times

The Kazakh Foreign Ministry hosted a ceremony Sept. 6 to award the winners of the third annual “Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media” contest organized by the Ministry and the Club of Chief Editors of Kazakhstan.

The winners represent France, Jordan, Russia, Turkey and the United States. As a prize, they received a trip to Kazakhstan in September, including visits to Astana, Almaty and the Borovoye resort area, as well as an extensive cultural programme.

“The media as a ‘fourth’ estate of power performs vital educational and ideological work, forms the informational space and has a huge impact on public opinion,” said Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov in welcoming the winners.

He also briefed the guests on the nation’s initiatives in various fields, in particular, nuclear non-proliferation and the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Guests representing the diplomatic corps as well as the sponsors of the contest attended the event.

American Douglas Burton, who writes for “The Washington Times,” won for his article “Kazakh Studying Abroad in Ambitious ‘Future’ Programme Aims to Lift Former Soviet Republic.” In it, he told the story of a Bolashak Presidential Scholarship Programme student, Shalkar Nursetov, who studied at George Washington University to pursue a Master’s degree in media and public affairs.

This year, the contest attracted 60 entries from 29 countries. The victors will tour the same areas visited by last year’s prize-winning journalists from Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, Poland and Uzbekistan.

Idrissov noted the raising quality of the applications this year and continued growing interest in Kazakhstan’s dynamic development and upcoming major events, such as EXPO 2017 and the Winter Universiade in Almaty next year.

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17-years old student from Satpayev visited the Google office among the other 27 winners of the GCI-15 contest 0

Posted on July 25, 2016 by KazCham

Tengri News

17-years old Imran Tartiev from Satpayev visited the main office of the Google Inc. in California, U.S.

A few months ago Imran won IT contest organized by Google. He took part in the Google Code-in 15 contest for the pre-university students ages 13 to 17. He modified the software for a number of applications, and was among the 28 winners. It was the first time when participant from Kazakhstan was among the winners of the GCI-15.

11th grade student of the Satpayev’s gymnasium named after Saken Seifullin had a trip to California in late June. Trip pictures are available at his Instagram account.

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Revolutionary New Heart Procedure Performed for the First Time in Patients – Brings Worldwide Attention to Kazakhstan 0

Posted on July 22, 2016 by KazCham


New medical technologies in medicine have always have typically come to Kazakhstan from other countries. This all changed on June 14, 2016 when Dr. Y.V. Pya and his colleagues, along with renowned British Cardiologist Dr. Michael Mullen and medical -device inventor Prof. Anthony Nobles successfully performed the new procedure successfully on two patients at the National Cardiac Research Center in Astana. The “First In Man” procedure of cardiac transapical access and closure using the Heartstitch technology was accomplished without the use of a prosthetic implant.

Watch video in Kazakh at KazTRK, in Russian at Khabar

The both patients who were requiring replacement of their aortic heart valve received the HeartStitch® transapical procedure, allowing the team to place the Heart Valve safely into the beating heart. The patients tolerated the procedure very well and have been discharged without complication. This procedure will eventually make it possible to perform critical heart procedures percutaneously through a small puncture between the ribs rather than open heart surgery. In the years to come, this technology has the potential of saving thousands of lives all over the world. These procedures also marked for the first time in Kazakhstan’s history that a medical technology was  initially tested in humans first – a technology that in part was developed in Kazakhstan, and will be built and exported to other countries.

Dr. Pya, the Chairman and CEO of the National Cardiac Research Center, comments on this event: “The field of cardiac surgery around the world is developing towards less invasive medical care. What we were able to accomplish today is a major contribution toward achieving this goal, and it will be very welcomed by the medical community worldwide. I am very happy with our success and I thank my team and also those from HeartStitch® team, who participated in this tremendous work.”

Dr. Mike Mullen, consultant cardiologist at St. Bartholomew’s St. Barts Heart Hospital, London, and Chief Medical Officer of HeartStitch®, Inc., commented, “this exciting technology will be an important step in facilitating the next wave of technology in treating structural heart disease that will require safe, effective and simple access and closure of the ventricular apex. I believe this is the next wave of technology in treating structural heart disease. The ability to be less invasive without introducing new mechanical devices into the patient’s heart by emulating the open surgical technique is always the best way, but often the most difficult to achieve. This new technology does just that. Over the next year our task will be to refine the procedure, technology, and technique of using the device so that it may be implemented by cardiac teams performing these life saving heart operations procedures.”

Shigeo Katsu, President of Nazarbayev University, Astana Kazakhstan commented, “HeartStitch® is an important part of the innovation directive of Nazarbayev University to broaden research out to the world. This First In Man procedure will change the lives of two Kazakh citizens, and will be the beginning of this technology helping people all over the world. I personally, am proud of student directly involved in making these successful procedures possible and look forward to further innovation as part of our international collaboration with Heartstitch® , Inc.”

Read full article at Marketwired

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Kazakhstan’s Central Reference Laboratory in Almaty 0

Posted on July 14, 2016 by KazCham


The Central Reference Laboratory is expected to focus on some of the world’s most dangerous emerging pathogens with support from the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, drawing off of years of U.S. and Kazakhstan’s joint cooperation.

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How we made the Kazakhstan Triangle skate edits (Watch video) 0

Posted on July 05, 2016 by KazCham


Join us behind the scenes of our Kazakhstan Triangle adventure through the eyes of Kirill Korobkov.

One thing that made the Kazakhstan trip special was that we decided to film a lot of background action and create a photo essay with our mobile phones.

Each time you travel, so much interesting stuff just doesn’t make it into the main edit, where running time has to be a consideration. Sometimes, the filmer just doesn’t have time to capture everything, and also the warm-up sessions can be more fun than the big moves.

With less pressure in front of a friend’s phone, people tend to try different maneuvers.

Kazakhstan is a really photogenic country: it was easy and entertaining to document the adventure from riders’ point of view. Every stop of the trip was special in its own way, from the futuristic Astana to the Ustyurt National Reserve, the 72-hour-long train ride to the Aral Sea – which turned into the Aral Desert – we were lucky to visit some of the most interesting locations the country has to offer.

I was the guide and the translator for the trip, but I also gathered up some photos along the way, which you can check out above.

The video clip was filmed by the entire crew of Nestor JudkinsRob Wootton,Gabriel Summers, Vladik Scholz, Patrik Wallner and Tommy Zhao. We hope it gives you some insight into how the trip came to be and some extra context to Patrik’s superb feature edits!


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Chevron and Nazarbayev University Students Introduce Model Eco-Village Project 0

Posted on July 03, 2016 by KazCham

Astana Times

Chevron’s contribution to science and technology development in Kazakhstan is designed to create opportunities for students and young researchers to develop their professional and academic skills while searching for solutions to improve the quality of life.

The company helps local universities in purchasing advanced equipment, upgrading laboratory infrastructure, supporting faculty research programmes, and providing funds for scholarships and project teams of young scientists and students.

Last May, in partnership with the Nazarbayev University, Chevron introduced a model eco-village – a futuristic, human and environment-friendly settlement that could be built 25 km from Astana. The eco-village is designed to be energy efficient, sustainable, based on innovative technologies, and integrate harmoniously with the natural landscape.

The 3D eco-village model is a result of a year-long research carried out by a team of 25 university students representing various departments and contributing their knowledge and skills in the areas of design, engineering, ecological studies, energy studies, and IT. Mentors from the university worked hand in hand with students on project management and technical issues.

“The whole modelling part was implemented by the students with the support of university administration, professors and experts. We plan to submit it for presentation at EXPO 2017. And I have no doubt that we will succeed,” shared his confidence Daniil Tarasov, a 3rd year student and project manager. “To be part of this project is a great honour and priceless experience for me.”

Later this year, the project team plans to arrange a peer-review by local expert community.

Since its establishment in 2010, Nazarbayev University has swiftly developed into one of the leading educational and research institutions in Kazakhstan. Starting from 2012, the university and Chevron entered into a long-term partnership based on the shared philosophy of striking the right balance between environment preservation and the advancement of technology.

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Record number of countries to participate in Almaty Winter Universiade 0

Posted on April 05, 2016 by KazCham

Astana Calling

Fifty-four countries have signed up to participate in the Winter Universiade 2017 in Kazakhstan, a new record high for participating countries.

“The largest number of countries taking part in the International Student Games was registered in 2011 in Erzurum – 52 countries. We expect 2,000 athletes from 55 countries at the Winter Universiade in Almaty. Currently, 54 countries have been registered online,” noted head of the Organising Committee for the Winter Universiade Asset Abdualiyev.

Abdualiyev noted that the venues are 60 percent complete. For the first time, an athletes’ village is being built specifically for the Winter Universiade. He added, “After the experience of holding the seventh Asian Winter Games, the visa requirements for guests will be simplified. There will be 500 transport vehicles designated for the guests to get around the city, for which main and alternative routes have been developed.”

Almaty will become the first city to host the Winter Universiade in the Commonwealth of Independent States. This year, seven test events are going to be held to test the venues of the Winter Universiade 2017. (astanatimes.com)

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