Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Students and MDP Director (far right)from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Students and MDP Director (far right) from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

National Program Director & Field Coordinator:  Rafis Abazov, PhD
Email:  ra2044@columbia.edu

 

The two-year MDP program at Al Farabi KazNU is designed to prepare young professionals to become innovative public managers and policy-makers, and provides the skills and cutting-edge knowledge required to better address the challenges of policy-making, policy analysis and sustainable development at the global, national and local levels.

The program is taught by leading educators, researchers and policy-practitioners preparing students to develop leadership skills, systematic analytical thinking and high-quality managerial expertise, emphasizing the competencies required by the complex development of the rapidly globalizing world. At the same time the program puts a great emphasis to localizing content and preparing students to deal with Kazakhstan’s national strategic programs, such as Green Bridge, Kazakhstan-2050 and EXPO-2017.

The MDP prepares students to be problem solvers and to deal with such issues as sustainable development, green economy, corporate social responsibility, energy policies and alternative energy development, and strategic planning and trains for leadership positions in international, provincial and local government agencies, as well as non-government organizations (NGOs), UN agencies and private corporations.

Practical field experience and expertise development are offered as a part of learning experience . This includes work on local, regional, national and international projects. The students have a choice of being involved in case studies and capstone projects on an individual basis or as team-based groups. Some projects are completed by joint teams from two or more institutions in the MDP network.

For more information on Al-Farabi’s MDP Program, please see this website (http://mdp.kaznu.kz/?lang=en).