27 MPA and 22 MPP students graduated GSPP in 2019


We sincerely congratulate our graduating class of 2019! GSPP had 27 MPA and 22 MPP students who graduated in 2019. GSPP Guest of Honor at the Graduation Ceremony on 1 June 2019, Asset Issekeshev, Executive Director of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy, congratulated students, “You graduated from a university at a very important time for the country.  Kazakhstan is currently carrying out modernization reforms in the economy, social sphere, regional policy and civil service. In order to successfully implement the reforms we need a new generation of civil servants.  I am sure that you will successfully apply the knowledge and experience that you gained during your studies for the benefit of our country.”

In turn, President of the Nazarbayev University, Shigeo Katsu, urged graduates to always strive for new knowledge and be patriots, “I hope our university has given you the necessary knowledge and skills, but keep learning!  Ask yourself new questions.  Wages are important, but there is another motivation.  It is necessary to contribute to the development of the society.”

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, co-sponsored the Valedictory Dinner on 2 June 2019. Francesco Mancini, Associate Dean and Co-Director (Executive Education) and Associate Professor in Practice (LKYSPP) congratulated students and presented certificates on completion of the GSPP Singapore component to all graduating students.

MPA students Aliya Abulkhairova and Zhanar Ismailova, won the best MPA Final Project Award for the work titled “Government-media relations in crisis communication in Kazakhstan.”

MPP students Marta Tolebayeva and Dilbar Kholmatova won the best MPP PAE Award for the work titled “Developing and using a multi-criteria framework to assess Kazakhstan’s Mother House Project.

GSPP and NU Alumni Public Union introduced an award for the “Outstanding GSPP Alumni.” GSPP Managing Committee award the prize to Ilyas Zhukenov, MPA 2017 and  Assiya Karibay, MPA 2018 for their contributions to GSPP’s mission.

GSPP Dean Weng Tat Hui congratulated the students and encouraged them to learn from eagles in his valedictory speech, “Keep a broad perspective of things; plan ahead, have a clear vision; keep fresh, do not rely on your past successes and face challenges head-on knowing that these will make you emerge stronger and better than you were. Achievers are not afraid of challenges; rather they relish them and use them profitably.”

oat People, refugees during the Vietnam War. Mr. Nair wrote A Primer on Public Relations in Singapore (1986) and authored a series of books on Social Media entitled “From Main Street to Cyber Street: Changes in the Practice of Communications”.