• Dr Gulmira Qanay
          • Dr Gulmira Qanay
          • The Chair of the Managing Board – Rector

          • Rector’s Blog
        Dr Gulmira Qanay

        Dr Gulmira Qanay is the Chair of the Managing Board-Rector. She taught English for specific purposes and worked as an administrative staff member in higher education institutes in Kazakhstan prior to completing the «Talap» scholarship funded PhD in Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

        In her thesis, she explored the facilitation of teacher leadership in schools in Kazakhstan. Dr Qanay’s current research interests include the development of teacher leadership in mainstream schools in Kazakhstan. She has published in both international and local journals.


        • PhD, Education, University of Cambridge, (UK);
        • MA, Educational Leadership and Management (with Distinction), University of Warwick, (UK);
        • MA, Translation studies (with Distinction), Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages, (Kazakhstan);
        • BA, Linguistics: teaching English (with Honours), Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages, (Kazakhstan).


        • Member of the International Professional Development Association (IPDA) (2020-present), (UK);
        • Member of Kazakhstan Educational Research Association (KERA), (Kazakhstan);
        • Member of American Educational Research Association (AERA), (USA);
        • President of Cambridge University Kazakh Society (2017-2018), Cambridge, (UK).


        • School leadership and management
        • Teacher leadership and professional learning
        • Organisational learning
        • School funding
        • Social justice


        • The Teacher Leadership in Kazakhstan initiative (2019-2021) - principal investigator;
        • Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan Research Grant on “Per-capita funding model in Kazakhstani public and private schools and issues of adequacy, equity and accountability” (led by Dr Ali Ait Si Mhamed) - сo-principal investigator;
        • NU Collaborative Research Grant on “Equitable access to education in the time of COVID 19 in Kazakhstan: experiences, outcomes, challenges and possibilities” (led by Prof. Naureen Durrani) - co-researcher.



        • Professional Identity (with Dr Duishon Shamatov);
        • Introduction to Educational Leadership (with Professor Elaine Sharplin);
        • Work-Based / Internship Project (with Professor Naureen Durrani);
        • Master’s in Educational Leadership and School Improvement (ELSI) programme (with Dr Peter Dudley).


        • English for Specific Purposes: International Law (Year 3);
        • English for Specific Purposes: International Relations (Year 4).



        • European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 2021 Annual conference, 6-10 September, Geneva, Switzerland. Education and Society: expectations, prescriptions, reconciliations;
        • The Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP) Webinar for the KIX-EAP Hub and Network for international policies and cooperation in education and training (NORRAG) 2021, February 24, Geneva, Switzerland, Teachers as Agents of Change: Supporting, Enabling, and Empowering;
        • International Professional Development Association (IPDA) online conference 2020, November 27-28, Birmingham, UK;
        • International Virtual Teacher Leadership Conference 2020, June 27, Stevenage, UK – Teacher Leadership in Kazakhstan initiative;
        • Leadership for Professional learning 2019, Leadership for Professional Learning symposium, 17-18 June, Cambridge, UK. Leading and enabling sustainable professional learning cultures;
        • HertsCam Network Annual Conference 2019, June 22, Stevenage, UK – Facilitating teacher collaboration and networking in Kazakhstan;
        • Murray Edwards College Annual Conference 2019, March 9, Cambridge, UK – Women and social activism in Kazakhstan;
        • American Educational Research Association, 2018 Annual meeting, 13-17 April, New York, USA. The dreams, possibilities, and necessities of public education;
        • 5th Annual Research Forum for Central Asia 2018, 23 March, UCL, London, UK. Working together for a sustainable future;
        • European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 2017 Annual conference, 21-25 August, Copenhagen, Denmark. Reforming Education and the Imperative of Constant Change: Ambivalent roles of policy and educational research;
        • Dewey Conference 2016, 28 September - 1 October, Faculty of Education, Cambridge, UK. Dewey’s ‘Democracy and Education’: 100 years on – organisation team member;
        • Graduate symposium 2016, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University, UK. 16 February.
        • Zhumankulova Yerkin
          • Zhumankulova Yerkin
          • Vice-Rector in academic affairs

        Zhumankulova Yerkin

        Position: Vice-rector in academic affairs

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        Zhumankulova Yerkin – Candidate of pedagogical sciences. In 2007, after defending her dissertation on the topic of «Formation of deontological readiness of future teachers to work with children with deviant behavior», she was awarded the degree of Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences in the specialty  «Theory and Methodology of Vocational Education».

        Zhumankulova Yerkyn began her career in 1993 as a mathematics teacher at school No. 23 in Ekibastuz, Pavlodar region.

        She worked as a college teacher, deputy director for educational work at the state institution «Shelter for children» in Pavlodar, teacher, senior lecturer, associate professor and deputy dean of the Faculty of Philology, Journalism and Art at S. Toraighyrov Pavlodar State University, head of the educational and methodological service of the Kazakh National University of Arts, head of academic affairs, Vice-rector for scientific work, Vice-rector for educational and methodological work over the years.

        Zhumankulova Yerkyn systematically improves her qualifications and regularly participates in scientific and practical conferences.

        In 2009 became the holder of the title «The best teacher of the university» of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan as well as a jubilee medal dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Certificate of Honor of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.


        • Teacher of physics and mathematics of Secondary School, bachelor's degree, Pavlodar Pedagogical Institute, (Kazakhstan)
        • Psychology, bachelor's degree, Toraigyrov University, Pavlodar, (Kazakhstan)
        • Zakir Jumakulov
          • Zakir Jumakulov
          • Vice-Rector of Research and International Collaborations

        Zakir Jumakulov

        Position: Vice-Rector of Research and
        International Collaborations

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        Zakir Jumakulov is a recipient of Bolashaq International scholarship. He holds a Master's degree in Public Policy (MPP) from Michigan State University, USA (2012), and an undergraduate degree from from L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (2008).

        He started his career as a junior researcher at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education in 2008.

        In 2017-2018 he worked as a project manager of the Center for Social Interactions and Communications of «Samruk-Kazyna» JSC. In 2018-2021, he was the Director for Research Programs at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education.

        Zakir is an active educational researcher. In 2016 he received “Leaders of Science” award by Thomson Reuters and the the National Center for Scientific and Technical Information for his coauthored publications in the highest cited social science journals in 2011-2015.  In 2019 Zakir received “Scopus Award Kazakhstan 2019”, by Elsevier for his contribution to the development of research in Kazakhstan.


        • Master's degree in Public Policy (MPP), Michigan State University, (USA).
        • Bachelor degree (B.A.) Foreign languages, L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University.


        • Member of Kazakhstan Educational Research Association (KERA), (Kazakhstan).
        • Member of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), (USA).


        • Internationalization of higher education and research
        • Motivations for innovation in higher education
        • Human capital development
        •  Access and funding of higher education
        • Organizational culture and leadership
        • Research ethics in social sciences in Central Asia


        • Internationalization of higher educational establishments in Kazakhstan; development of best practices: 2014-2016
        • Funding factors for students studying abroad: Evaluation of national scholarships
        • Internationalization as a strategic factor in the development of the education and science system of the Republic of Kazakhstan
        • Student education grants as a tool to increase the equality of access to higher education


        • A. Mhamed, A. Ashirbekov, M. Hartley, D. Jonbekova, S. Kerimkulova, M. Mussabayeva, Z. Jumakulov (forthcoming) Institutional Motivations for Innovation: Factors Spurring Change at two Universities in Kazakhstan
        • D. Jonbekova, J. Sparks, Y. Serokova, Z. Jumakulov (forthcoming) Contribution of international education graduates to their home country: How government scholarship recipients are ‘giving back’ to Kazakhstan?
        • Jumakulov Z., Ashibekov. A, Sparks J., Sagintayeva A. (2018) Internationalizing Research in Kazakhstan Higher Education: A Case Study of Kazakhstan’s State Program of Industrial Innovative Development 2015 to 2019. Journal of Studies in International Education. First Published July 26, 2018, , SAGE Publishing
        • Perna, L., Orosz, K., Jumakulov, Z. (2017) The contributions of the Bolashak Program to human capital development in Kazakhstan. In M.Hartley & A. Ruby (Eds.) Higher Education Reform & Development: The Case of Kazakhstan (p. 125- 140). Cambridge, UK:Cambridge University Press.
        • Parmenter L., Sparks J., Li A., Kerimkulova S., Ashirbekov A., Jumakulov Z. (2017) Internationalizing the Curriculum in Kazakhstan: Creatively responding to change. Сhapter in the book The Globalization of Internationalization, Internationalization of Higher Education book series, Routledge
        • Jumakulov, Z., Ashirbekov, A. (2016) Higher Education Internationalization: Insights from Kazakhstan. Hungarian Journal of Educational Research
        • Sparks J., Ashirbekov A., Li A., Parmenter L., Jumakulov Z., Sagintayeva A. (2015) Becoming Bologna capable: Strategic cooperation and capacity building in International Offices in Kazakhstani HEIs. Chapter in the book The European Higher Education Area: Between Critical Reflections and Future Policies. Springer International Publishing, P. 109-126.
        • Ashirbekov A.K Jumakulov Z.D. Implementation of the principles of the Bologna process in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Reports of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan – 2015. - № 1. – P. 110-115.
        • Perna, L., Orosz, K., Jumakulov, Z. (2015) Understanding the human capital benefits of a government-funded international scholarship program: An exploration of Kazakhstan's Bolashak program, International Journal of Educational Development, №40. – P. 85-97.
        • Sagintayeva, A. & Jumakulov, Z. (2015) Human capital formation through study abroad programs: Five lessons from Kazakhstan’s Bolashak program International Higher Education, № 79, 21-23
        • Perna, L., Orosz, K., Goupal, B., Jumakulov, Z., Ashirbekov, A Kishkentayeva, M. (2014) Promoting Human Capital Development: A Typology of International Scholarship Programs in Higher Education, Educational Researcher, № 43(2), 63-73.
        • Perna, L., Orosz, K., Jumakulov, Z., Ashirbekov, A., Kishkentayeva, M. (2015) Understanding the Programmatic and Contextual Forces that Influence Participation in a Government-Sponsored Student-Mobility Program, Higher Education, № 69(2), 173-188
        • Dairova K.N., Ashirbekov A.K Jumakulov Z.D. (2013) Government Support for Student Mobility: Case of Kazakhstan’s international Scholarship Program, Conference proceedings of Eurasian Higher Education Leaders Forum Conference Proceedings, P. 92-101.
        • Ashirbekov A.K Jumakulov Z.D. Lisnyak S. (2013) Determination of the factors of participation of students from Kazakhstan in international scholarship programs.Scientific Journal of KazNU al-Farabi, №3(40), P. 37-45.


        • 27 April, 2021 presentation of the article “Contribution of international education graduates to their home country: How government scholarship recipients are ‘feedback’ to Kazakhstan?” at the virtual conference of The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
        • 2020 - Presentation entitled “Philosophy and future models of universities” at the “Competitiveness of higher education in Kazakhstan”, within the framework of the project industry leaders of change, the panel discussion
        • 17-18 May, 2018, Presentation entitled “Labor and social conflicts in Kazakhstan: Lessons learned” at the conference “Non-Traditional Risks and Security Challenges in Central Asia”, OSCE-Academy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
        • September 2016, presentation of the article “Student educational loans as a tool for improving fair access to higher education” at the conference of “All are equal: but some are more equal”
        • 22-24 October, 2016, The Conference of 12th QS Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education, Putrajaya, Malaysia
        • 22-24 August, 2016, presentation of the article “Characteristics of the internal student mobility: the case of Kazakhstan”, XVI World Congress of Comparative Education Societies, Beijing, China
        • 7-11 September, 2015 presentation of the article “Motivation, expectations and experience of international students who enrolled the Kazakh universities” at the European Conference on Research in Education (ECER), Budapest, Hungary
        • 1-5 September, 2014 presentation of the article “Challenges for new signatories of the Bologna Process: the experience of Kazakhstan” at the European Conference on Research in Education (ECER), Porto, Portugal
        • 17-19 December, 2013 presentation of the article “Bolashaq International educational scholarship” conference of BRICS universities “Developing countries: focus on universities” Moscow, Russia
        • 9-13 September, 2013 presentation of the article “The role of international scholarship programs in the development of human capital in countries with economies in transition” at the European Conference on Research in Education (ECER), Istanbul, Turkey
        • Rysbekova Zhanar
          • Rysbekova Zhanar
          • Vice-Rector of Strategic Development and Social Work

        Rysbekova Zhanar

        Position: Vice-Rector of Strategic Development and Social Work

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