The Library of the Leader of the Nation hosted a presentation of the book “Looking west. A kazakh’s view of Great Britain” – “Batys Korgen. Ulybritaniya kazaktyn kozimen”. The author is a well-known Kazakhstani journalist, a scholarship holder of the "Bolashak" program - Kanat Auesbay, dedicated his work to the 25th anniversary of Independence of Kazakhstan. The book is published in Kazakh and English and is literally translated as “Who has seen the West. A Kazakhstani's view of Great Britain. The author is a well-known journalist, scholarship holder of the international scholarship of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan "Bolashak" Kanat Auesbay. 

The book was first presented on December 15, 2016 at the University of Cambridge, UK. In this regard, an online broadcast of the presentation was organized on the basis of the National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Kanat Auesbay is the first journalist in Kazakhstan who completed training under the Bolashak program. In the book, the author describes his journalistic view of various spheres of life abroad and draws analogies with Kazakhstan. The book also describes the features of everyday life, life priorities, the importance of knowing English in the context of globalization, education and the media, and youth problems.


- This is not a blind praise of life in Britain, not a utopia and not a tourist guide. I tried my best to avoid the so-called "tourist syndrome" when they write in the style of "how everything is good there and how bad everything is here." On the contrary, in the process of writing, he was guided by only one principle - to elevate our country, while not belittling the life principles of the inhabitants of the British Isle. I dedicate the book to the 25th anniversary of our country's independence,” the author comments.– I highly appreciate the courageous attempt of the Kazakhstani author to explain the British and their model of behavior from a foreign point of view. I hope that not only the British, but also the Kazakh reader will be interested in reading a book about us, - David Bridges, professor, honorary member of St Edmund's and Homerton Colleges Cambridge shared his impressions. Organizers: Bolashak Association with the support of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - the Leader of the Nation. 


The Bolashak program is an educational project that has become a hallmark of Kazakhstan. The prestigious international scholarship was initiated by the Head of State in 1993. Over the years of its implementation, more than 12 thousand Kazakhstanis have been trained in 170 best universities in 35 countries of the world. The program is focused on training personnel and specialists for priority sectors of the country's economy and includes both obtaining a scientific degree from higher educational institutions and scientific and industrial internships in leading companies and universities around the world. The fruitful cooperation of the Library of the Leader of the Nation and the Bolashak Association is a meeting of schoolchildren and students with bolashakers, where already held graduates of the presidential program share their experience, talk about their path to success.


- We are glad that the book, which aroused great interest among the Kazakh reader, is presented today within the walls of the Library of the Leader of the Nation. The author of the book, Kanat Auesbay, received rich experience and foreign education thanks to the scholarship of the First President "Bolashak". And today's event is another result of our close cooperation with alumni of the prestigious program.As part of the interaction between the Library of the Leader of the Nation and the Bolashak Association, Sayasat Nurbek, Darmen Sadvakasov, Damel Mektepbaeva visited us. And this work will certainly be continued next year, - said the deputy director of the Library of the First President, Zhapsarbai Kuanyshev, in his speech. In addition to meetings with graduates of the Bolashak program, the Association holds meetings of young people with famous akyns within the walls of the Library. So, Ainur Tursynbaeva, Serikzat Duisengazin and Sara Toktamysova have already shared their creativity here.