Assembly of People of Kazakhstan and Nazarbayev University concluded memorandum of cooperation
The cooperation will facilitate to promote Kazakhstan's model of public accord and unity.
Astana, Nazarbayev University held the signing ceremony of a memorandum between the university and the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan. The document was signed by head of the Assembly's Secretariat Leonid Prokopenko and President of Nazarbayev University Shigeo Katsu, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
"I would like to thank Mr. Katsu for our joint cooperation. We have worked for a long time without the memorandum, and to work with the intellectual leader of Kazakhstan in terms of education is a very important priority for the Assembly. And, I believe that such intellectual cooperation in the scientific field will successfully facilitate to promote Kazakhstan's model of public concord and national unity, to strengthen our further interaction," said head of the Assembly's Secretariate Leonic Prokopenko.
According to Prokopenko, a convergence of ethnocultural associations into an Assembly became a powerful public resource to accumulate interests of all ethnic groups.
"We refused to use the concept of national minority. Our Constitution begins with the words 'We are the people of Kazakhstan', which initially laid the principle of common identity of all citizens of the country regardless of their ethnicity, both at the political and legal and the public level. I would like to underline that as a result, all ethnos of the country made their choices for an integrated strategy, integrated model to live, and none of the ethnic groups did not choose for a model to separate,"
During his speech, Head of the Assembly's Secretariat Leonid Prokopenko told about international models of integration procedures.
"As you know, the world has various integration models. The USA has the melting pot model, the Western Europe countries have multiculturalism. In many countries, statuses of ethnic groups are regulated through institutes of national minorities and the priority of individual rights of the person. In turn, Kazakhstan opted for its way of development and designed its system of integration of a multi-ethnic society.
The key role was played by two main factors. Firstly, the President's political will, who initially placed top priority on the policy to ensure unity and concord among the people of Kazakhstan, as the conditions to run all economic and political reforms in the country. Secondly, the constantly improving model established by the President to ensure integration of ethnic groups into a unified people," said Prokopenko.