Future Ready Graduates

6 June - 7 June, Nur-Sultan City, Kazakhstan

VIII annual Eurasian Higher Education Leaders’ Forum (EHELF) took place on June 6-7, 2019 at Nazarbayev University (Nur-Sultan City, Kazakhstan). This year, we have prepared a series of interesting sessions related to the main theme of this year’s Forum – “Future Ready Graduates”.

This year’s event focused on the readiness of HEIs to prepare students for the changing nature of work environment and capacity to develop future leaders and good citizens. Today institutions are challenged to maximize the value they bring to students, which increasingly implies internationalization of learning experiences, opportunities to participate in research, provision of lifelong learning opportunities and a strong portfolio of trusted partnerships with leading industry players, to name a few elements.

Leaders of education, business and government organizations, scholars and employers shared their experiences and engage in debate, exchanged and generated innovative ideas on how institutions could cope with these challenges.

Printable program is available via this link  Program (EHELF 2019)

Photo-gallery of the Forum is available via this link.

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  • 08:20-09:00
  • Registration
    Venue: Atrium, Nazarbayev University

Forum Grand Opening Ceremony

Plenary Session 1

Plenary Session 2

Lunch Break & Networking

Coffee Break & Networking

  • 14:30-15:30
  • Coffee break
    Venue: Atrium, Nazarbayev University

Parallel seminar sessions


Dr. Weng Tat Hui, Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy


Dr. Fatima Zhakypova, Vice Minister of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan

Dr. Eduardo Araral, Associate Professor and Co-Director IWP, National university of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Ms. Crystal Lim-Lange, Co-founder & CEO, Forest Wolf  

Dr. Colin Knox, Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University

Dr. Stavros Yiannouka, Chief Executive Officer, World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)


Dr. Daniel Pugh, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nazarbayev University

Dr. Uli Schamiloglu, Professor, Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Literatures, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nazarbayev University


Dr. Jenifer L. Lewis, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Business & Co-Founding Director of The Consortium of Gender Scholars

Dr. Anna CohenMiller, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education & Co-Founding Director of The Consortium of Gender Scholars

Dr. Loretta O’Donnell, Vice-Provost, Academic Affairs, Nazarbayev University

Gala Dinner

  • 17:30-19:00
  • Gala Dinner
    Venue: Ballroom, Block C2, Nazarbayev University

Coffee Break & Networking

Breakout session 1

Breakout session 2

Breakout session 3

Breakout session 4

Lunch Break & Networking

  • 12:50-13:50
  • Lunch Break
    Venue: Block C3, Nazarbayev University

Panel Discussion

Closing Discussion

Coffee Break & Networking

Sightseeing tour around Nur-Sultan