Sep 15, 2006

Tun Dr M Visits Eurasian National University In Kazakhstan

Extracted from BERNAMA
Tun Dr M Visits Eurasian National University In Kazakhstan

ASTANA, Sept 15 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad visited the Eurasian National University here, where he was conferred an honorary doctorate for his contribution to education and science, the Kazakhstan news agency, Khabar, reported.

Referring the former premier as one of the world's most famous politicians, the news agency said the visit to the university started with a tour of its museum where he was shown exhibits detailing the ancient history of Kazakhstan.

Besides bestowing the ex-premier an honorary doctorate, the university also awarded Dr Mahathir with a doctor's robe and a commemorative medal.

Dr Mahathir gave a lecture to students of the university on Malaysia's experience in the economic, social, cultural and political spheres.

The former Malaysian prime minister said he was confident that under the leadership of Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan would soon become one of the most competitive countries in the world and achieve the goal it set under the Kazakhstan-2030 Development Strategy, possibly becoming a developed country even before 2030.

Kazakhstan's huge natural resources, good economic leadership and development strategies all contribute to that.

The ex-premier said Kazakhstan and Malaysia were ready to widen cooperation in education, and expressed hope that the Kazakhstan government would send more students to Malaysia.

-- BERNAMA


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