In addition to GSPP’s masters programmes, LKY School has also delivered executive programmes for nearly 200 senior officials and political leaders from Kazakhstan, including the former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and his cabinet in 2011.
LKY School faculty also regularly speak in Astana on policy and public management issues. For instance, Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Associate Professor Eduardo Araral, Professor Mukul Asher and Associate Professor Donald Low provided a series of talks to senior civil servants of Kazakhstan and Nur-Otanparty officials in 2015 and 2016.
The partnership with the Kazakhstani Government is not just limited to a collaboration in higher education. In 2014 LKY School, together with the Embassy of Kazakhstan, held a panel discussion on International Anti-Nuclear Testing Day (29 August) to promote the anti-nuclear testing efforts of the United Nations.
LKY School has also hosted many of Kazakhstan’s leaders at the School, among them the Minister for Foreign Affairs for a dialogue on “The Eurasian Economic Union and Implications for Asia” in 2014, the State Secretary of Kazakhstan Mrs. Gulshara Abdikhalykova, former Minister of Education Mr. Zhaksybai Zhumadilov, and the Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre, Mr Kairat Kelimbetov for a talk on “Establishing New Institutions in Developing Countries: The Case of Kazakhstan” in 2016.
Former Ambassador of Kazakhstan Yerlan Baudarbek Kozhatayev (left) with Mr. Lee Kuan Yew at Istana.
The friendship between the two countries is highly valued by the President of Kazakhstan. On 21 February 2012, President Nazarbayev awarded Mr. Lee Kuan Yew one of the highest state honours, the “ Order of Friendship”, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence and in recognition of the contributions Singapore has made to Kazakhstan.