SOMEONE GOES TO OXFORD AND SOMEBODY – TO BERKELEY

This fall Aidana Mustafa and Aslan Tabyldiyev will be the Master’s degree students in Oxford and Berkeley universities. They are the winners of the competition of the corresponding program, that Shakhmardan Yessenov Foundation is implemented.

Aslan Tabydiyev— The competition was difficult. 24 contestants competed for 2 grants. It took place in 3 stages, and at the last we talked with everyone. Nevertheless we made a difficult decision, because each of the guys was worthy of victory — said the Program Manager of the Foundation – Ilzira Aldagarova.

Aidana is from Shymkent, while Aslan was born in Atyrau. Both are this year graduates of Nazarbayev University. The girl specializes in biology; the second winner studied chemical engineering. Aidana has already worked as a teacher of biology and English at the school; also she became a winner in the International Biological Universiade and has publications in Cell Death Discovery. Aslan has won medals in National Competitions in physics and International Competition on programming. He was an assistant in several research projects and a Manager of the Department of Sciences at Nazarbayev University. The student made his report at the International Scientific Conference in Greece.

Aslan’s studies begin earlier, so he will arrive in Berkeley in mid-August in order to continue studying chemical engineering.

— The Master’s degree program resembles a bachelor’s degree from the point of view of the training system, but I will additionally pass several courses on management and for sure — a two-month internship in the company. After all I plan to go to the Doctoral program; I may apply to MIT. When I get a degree, I want to launch my own company, but I am not ready to say yet what will be the field of activity — shared Aslan Tabyldiyev.

The second winner also told about her future plans. Aidana wants to enter the School of medicine in Nazarbayev University, and upon its completion — to obtain the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

Aidana Mustafa

— I start my studies at Oxford on October 1st. The first two semesters will be filled with lectures and laboratory works, where we will learn technologies and procedures. And in the third semester – the biggest on the length – I will conduct my own research. My specialty there is clinical embryology. It is about the treatment of infertility with the help of assisted reproductive technologies — a very pressing topic for Kazakhstan. I want to specialize in gynecology and obstetrics, — said Aidana Mustafa.

On average, the annual tuition fee for Master’s degree in one of the leading universities in the world is about 65-77 thousand US dollars. Shakhmardan Yessenov Foundation — in accordance with the budget allocated for the Program — covers from 80 to 95% of the cost of a year study, the rest of the necessary amount is covered by students themselves.

Just to remind you, among the outstanding graduates of the University of California at Berkeley appear inventor, engineer and programmer Steve Wozniak, actor Chris Pine and physicist Michio Kaku. While the scientist Stephen Hawking, politicians Margaret Thatcher and Benazir Bhutto as well as the writer John Tolkien have Oxford University’s diploma.

22.06.18, Foundation's news

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