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“Rector – Conscience of the University”, the monograph of dr. Erezhep A. Mambetkaziev, PhD, president of Kazakh American Free University, has been discussed recently at the round table at the National Library in Almaty.

         Representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, rectors of national and governmental universities, scientists, Parliament deputies, famous political and social figures, writers and journalists took part in the meeting.

      The book was published in June, 2014, it was translated into two languages, the English copy was published in Oregon, USA. During the first month V. Sadovnichiy, the rector of Moscow State University named after M. Lomonosov, V. Kiyansky, Parliament deputy, Marshall Christensen, president of Co-Serve International (USA), U. Ashimova, rector of North Kazakh State University sent their comments on the book.

       The author of the monograph, dr. Mambetkaziev, minister of Education and Science in 1993 – 1955, starts a big amount of innovations in hard times of the development of the republic. 

       Relevance of the issues mentioned in the book, as participants noticed, are invitation to open and free discussion of the questions raised by N. Nazarbayev, the president of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in his annually message to Kazakhstani people.          

     After the preliminary readings there were a lot of suggestions to discuss the book on the republic level. The initiative was supported by V. Zhandauletov, the representative of the President’s press service in Almaty, and  A. Ascar, writer, general director of National Library.     The moderator of the debates was S. Kozybayev, the head of the Department of History and Journalism at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, the president of Academy of Journalism.  

        As the participants of the round table emphasized, this is the first publication in the history of Kazakh rectorship, that discovers the work of the first head of the university in such a wide way. One should possess strong internal freedom to freely and objectively analyze issues connected to all spheres of our life.  One should possess logic and will not only to discuss but to solve them. The author calls for a constructive opposition towards all negative, for being active and useful in order to achieve high quality results. Dr. Mambetkaziev says that it is necessary to learn from the past experience like unsuccessful reforms.   

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