The 3rd International educational forum “Didactic Bridge: Europe-Asia” was opened at the Shakarim State University in Semey on May 26. Akim of Semey Yermak Salimov greeted the participants of the event. The importance of cooperation between universities in Europe and Asia he noted.

The director of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbassy, doctor of political sciences, professor Amerkhan Rakhimzhanov spoke at the opening plenary session.

– It is symbolic that Today's international event takes place in the city, which in the late 19th - early 20th centuries was an administrative, political, economic and cultural center, where the progressive intelligentsia of the Kazakh people was concentrated. In the early 20th century Semey became the center of the national democratic movement of the Kazakh intelligentsia “Alash”. There are the leaders of “Alash Orda” party Alikhan Bokeykhanov, Ahmet Baitursynov, Mirzhakyp Dulatov, Zhusipbek Aymautov raised the banner of freedom and independence. Along with this, in former years Semey was the spiritual center of the republic. This land has given the world the great poet and thinker Abay Kunanbayev, the outstanding philosopher Shakarim Kudaiberdiev, whose name was given to thr University when Kazakhstan gained independence, the leading figure of world literature Mukhtar Auezov. It is gratifying that the goals of today's forum are fully consonant with the edifications of Abai, which will never lose their strength, – А. Rakhimzhanov noted and wished the forum participants productive work and fruitful communication.

International experts also spoke at the plenary session, among them Monif Zobi - Director General of the Islamic Academy of Sciences, PhD, professor; Maciej Petshak - Rector of the Jan Amos Komensky State Higher Vocational Education School, PhD, professor; John Lee - President of Kyungdong University, PhD, professor; Dominique Jordan - Rector of the Swiss Higher School of Applied Sciences in Economics and Management, PhD, professor; Tao Itao - Head of the Research Institute of Shenzhen University “Belt-Way”, PhD, professor; Garifolla Esim - academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, doctor of philology, professor; and Assemgul Moldazhanova - First Vice-Rector of the L.N. Gumilyov ENU.

On the same day, Amerkhan Rakhimzhanov met with students of the international faculty “SKACC” of the University of Shakarim. After that, he spoke on a panel lecture “Phenomenon of Leader”.

– Among experts, the Kazakhstan model of development is called the Nazarbayev Model. The strategic vision and conceptual management decisions of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on key issues of the development of the country largely laid the foundation and defined the vector of the Kazakhstan way. Kazakhstan's experience should be considered in line with the well-known successful modernization projects of our time. From the first days of independence, Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev had a clear vision about the ways of modernization of Kazakhstan and all these years the development of the state proceeded in accordance with the presidential course. The Nazarbayev model is based on pragmatic risk management, based on an objective assessment of the state’s capabilities, and is a complete management cycle that has allowed Kazakhstan to avoid many traps in the path of sovereignty and enter the way of sustainable development, – A. Rakhimzhanov emphasized.

The director of the Library of Elbassy presented rare editions of books to the university and thanked the rector M. Yeskendirov for the high organization and informative program of the forum.

“New horizons and great opportunities for young people are opening up in your university. I see how talented, creative and purposeful they are. They are future of Kazakhstan, – he noted. – I wish them success. I am sure that the names of your graduates will be known not only in our country, but far beyond its borders”.

Rector of the University of Shakarim M. Yeskendirov handed A. Rakhimzhanov a thank you letter “Abai Eli (Abai's country)”.

The organizers of the forum “Didactic Bridge: Europe-Asia” were: Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbassy, Islamic Academy of Sciences, University of Shakarim, Kyungdong University (South Korea), Jan Amos Comenius State Higher Vocational Education School (Poland), Shenzhen University (China), Swiss Higher School of Applied Sciences in Economics and Management.