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Cyflwynir y tudalen hwn yn Saesneg am nad yw wedi'i gyfieithu i'r Gymraeg hyd yn hyn.

Os hoffech i’r dudalen hon gael ei chyfieithu fel mater o flaenoriaeth, anfonwch gyfeiriad y dudalen hon at web@cardiff.ac.uk

Cardiff University has been visiting Kazakhstan twice a year since 2009 and regularly attends educational exhibitions. Staff from the University also give presentations in high schools and universities in Almaty, Astana and Karaganda.

The University currently has 29 Kazakh students and is one of the Universities on the Bolashak scholarship list.

Foundation courses

If you have graduated with the Kazakh Certificate of Secondary Education, you will be required to successfully complete a one year International Foundation Programme before entering Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes.

You will be required to successfully complete your Kazakh Certificate of Secondary Education with grades of at least 4.0/5.0 with a score of 4.0 in key subject areas to qualify for the International Foundation Programme.

Undergraduate courses

You will be required to successfully complete your high school certificate with grades of at least 4.0/5.0 in addition to a recognised one year foundation programme.

Some Schools will consider successful completion of at least one year of a relevant four year (honour's) degree programme, with good grades in key subject areas, at a recognised institution in Kazakhstan.

Cardiff University will also accept a wide range of UK and international qualifications such as the A-Levels and International Baccalaureate.

Postgraduate taught courses

You will be required to have successful completion of a relevant four year bachelor's degree from a recognised institution, with grades of approximately 80% or above:

  • If your bachelors degree is marked out of a GPA of 5.0 we would require an average of at least 4.0.
  • If your bachelors degree is marked out of a GPA of 4.33 we would require an average of at least 3.46.
  • If your bachelors degree is marked out of a GPA of 4.0 we would require an average of at least 3.2.
Postgraduate research programmes

If you are applying for research programmes from Kazakhstan, you will be required to provide evidence that you have already carried out research, usually via the successful completion of a relevant master's degree.

You will need successful completion of a relevant four year bachelor's degree from a recognised institution, with grades of approximately 80% or above and possibly also successful completion of a relevant master's programme from a recognised institution.

English language

A relevant English language qualification is also required — normally a minimum of 6.5 IELTS or TOEFL 575 (230 CBT), however, this may vary from course to course.

If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements please contact the International Office.

Staff from Cardiff University usually visit Almaty and Astana at least twice a year.

Details of our next visit will be posted here shortly.

Almaty

Company Contact name Address Contact details
ICC Plus
Almaty Office
Zholdasbekov Str
9A Eurasia Centre 3rd Floor
Almany 050059
Tel: +7-727-3808051
Fax: +7-777-7211-1223
Email: office@iccplus.kz
Web:
www.iccplus.kz

Astana

Company Contact name Address Contact details
ICC Plus
Astana Office
Beibitshilik 25
Business Centre Orken
Astana 010000
Tel: +7-7172-910490/910491
Fax: +7-777-21123
Email: office@iccplus.kz
Web:
www.iccplus.kz
Capital Education
Astana Office
3rd Floor Office
10 Republic Avenue
Astana 010000
Tel: +7-7172-21-28-24
Fax: +7-777-21-28-24123
Email: capitaleducation.ast@gmail.com
Web:
www.capital-edu.kz
Hongru Zhang

Hongru Zhang

Course Title:
- MSc in International Economics, Banking & Finance (2006)
- PhD in Economics (2011)
Country: Kazakhstan
Current Employer: Nazarbayev University


Achieving academic excellence in both his master’s and PhD, Hongru is currently an Assistant Professor in Economics in the newly set up Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. Speaking highly of the PhD route in Cardiff University, Hongru enjoyed the excellent research facilities and encourages students to not only work hard, but play hard too.

As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff to do your Msc and Phd?

Since I initially came to do my master’s, I chose Cardiff because it offered me the course I wanted – International Economics, Banking and Finance. Later on I met Professor Patrick Minford as he was my lecturer in Macroeconomics. He helped develop my interests in further study and research into that subject.

Do you think Cardiff equipped you with the necessary skills for your job? And do you think it opened doors for you to further your career in academia?

Yes. I would say the Economics Department at Cardiff University does an excellent job, if not better, of training PhD students. We had abundant facilities both internally and externally. I also enjoyed well organised research seminars that promoted lots of discussion and inspired great ideas.

My PhD supervisor gave me plenty of help on how to develop my own research philosophy. He often used the phrase “what do you think?” rather than “let me tell you…” during our discussions and pushed me hard to think and work independently. Meanwhile, the whole department made me feel at home as everyone was friendly.

Life after Graduation
Tell me about your day to day responsibilities as the Assistant Professor in Economics at Nazarbayev University. How many classes do you teach and what modules do you handle?

I am currently sitting in the University Library Committee and the School of Humanities and Social Science Committee. Regarding my teaching duties, I am teaching both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics and this might possibly change in the future. Apart from daily teaching and research activities, I am also involved in designing the curriculum for the Economic major and am in the process of discussions with the School of Policy and Faculty of Evaluation and Design.

Since Nazarbayev University is a newly established University, there are only three faculties in the Economics Department and my roles and responsibilities are currently very complex.

What area of research are you currently focused on? Any upcoming publications or papers?

I am currently working on the macroeconomic implications of financial intermediation on banking sectors; it’s role in business cycles, monetary policy, etc. After coming to Kazakhstan, my research interests have also been diverted to the economic development of Kazakh and Central Asia in general.

Reflections
Do you have any words of wisdom to share with prospective students who are thinking about coming to Cardiff?

Study hard then play hard. Cardiff is a beautiful place to explore, but allocate your time wisely.

What important lessons did you learn in Cardiff (academic or otherwise) do you carry with you until today?

Cardiff taught me to think logically and to behave rationally like an economist. If you’ve got a dream, then move in a sure-footed manner because everything else is out of your control. Having humble expectations and then getting a surprise is a more realistic way to handling things. Never give up!

We had abundant facilities both internally and externally and also enjoyed well organised research seminars that promoted lots of discussion and inspired great ideas.

Student views

Life in Wales is very good. There is a variety of culture, weather and lots of different people. It’s very exciting.

Sagynysh Abdolov, International Foundation Programme

There is a great atmosphere here and there are very patient people who are always eager to help you. The cost of living is also low, which is the best part.

Aidyn Turganbayev, MSc Finance

Anne Morgan
Cardiff Contact - Anne Morgan

My name is Anne Morgan and I am the County Manager for Kazakhstan. I have visited Kazakhstan many times and am amazed by how I discover something new and exciting everytime I'm there.

I have just visited Atyrau for the first time and have had several meetings with representatives from the Centre for International Programs.

I am currently learning Russian and love talking to the students I meet to try and learn more about your vast and colourful country.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Student Video

Sagynysh shares his opinions about both the social and academic side of Cardiff University.

Sagynysh from Kazakhstan

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