Future Ready Graduates

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

VIII annual Eurasian Higher Education Leaders’ Forum (EHELF) will take 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 will focus 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 will share their experiences and engage in debate, exchange and generate innovative ideas on how institutions could cope with these challenges.


  • 08:20-09:00
  • Registration
    Venue: Block C3, Nazarbayev University

Forum Grand Opening Ceremony

Main Plenary Session

Plenary Session

Lunch Break & Networking

Parallel seminar sessions

Gala Dinner

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

Breakout session 1

Breakout session 2

Breakout session 3


Dr. Peter Mathieson, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Edinburgh

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Charles F. Zukoski, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of New York in Buffalo

Dr. Chong Tow Chong, President & Acting Provost, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Dr. Tian Xu, Chair Professor of Genetics Vice President of Westlake University

Breakout session 4

Coffee Break & Lunch

Panel Discussion


Dr. Ilesanmi Adesida, Provost, Nazarbayev University

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Tan Eng Chye, President, National University of Singapore

Ms. Kulyash Shamshidinova, Minister of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan

Dr. Amr S. Elnashai, Vice Chancellor and Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, University of Houston

Dr. Bundhit Eua-arporn, President, Chulalongkorn University

Dr. Lakshman Dissanayake, Former Vice-Chancellor, Senior professor in Demography (Chair), University of Colombo

Closing Discussion

Sightseeing tour around Nur-Sultan