There was a bilateral meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to Kazakhstan, Mr. Philippe Martinet at Al-Farabi KazNU.
During the meeting, the parties discussed issues of further development of joint new projects in various directions, in particular, in the field of green and digital technologies, academic mobility, the establishment of the Institute of Science, Technology, and Energy, etc.
In the course of the negotiations, the Rector thanked Mr. Philippe Martinet for his great contribution to the development of strategic partnership and friendly relations between the universities of the two countries and for the promotion of joint projects. One of such projects is the French-Kazakh Educational and Research Centre «GeoEnergy» based on KazNU. Thanks to this project, new educational programs have been introduced for a dual master’s degrees and MBA.
Discussing the scope of further plans for joint work, the Ambassador proposed to develop cooperation in the field of industrial gas, and the initiative was supported by the leadership of KazNU. It was noted that the new areas will facilitate the transition to a higher level of training, the creation of innovative projects, and the introduction of digital technologies.
During the meeting, it was noted that this year UNESCO is celebrating the 1150th anniversary of Abu Nasr Al-Farabi, the thinker of the East, who united the East and West with brilliant writings and ideas. «Al-Farabi is called the philosopher of civilization and is the founder of consecrated Islam. The Oriental thinker has described in his treatises the correct interpretation of the pillars of Islam, which carries with it virtue and patience. He drew a clear line between religion and science», – said the rector in his speech. The two sides emphasized that by promoting Al-Farabi’s work and ideas about a virtuous society, the world will develop in a new format free of negativity and aggression.
In the end of the meeting, as a sign of special gratitude and for outstanding merits before the University, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic in Kazakhstan Mr. Philippe Martinet was awarded a gold medal of KazNU.