Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Manhattanville Meets the Ambassadors from Kazakhstan & Pakistan
Thursday, 18 November 2010 00:00

As part of the continuing Ambassador Lecture Series at Manhattanville College, Ambassador Byrganym Aitimova, of the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan, visited the College on Tuesday, November 16th, and spoke in the East Library of Manhattanville's Reid Castle to a large and enthusiastic audience.

As she shared her views on several of the important issues our world is facing today, Ambassador Aitimova provided insight regarding "Kazakhstan - a Giant Asia". Ambassador Kamal, of the Permanent Mission of Pakistan, moderated the event.

The two Ambassadors then conducted a lively question and answer session with the audience.

Kazakhstan, a country that has a population of 16.5 million and is six times the size of Texas, is located between Russia and China. The Ambassador called it "surviving between two giants."  Because of its wealth of natural resources and willingness to partner with many countries around the world Kazakhstan's global relations are strong and friendly. Ambassador Aitimova noted that Kazakhstan has no enemies, and in fact enjoys a great deal of support from foreign countries.

Deep routed in its traditions and history, the country is a melting pot of 140 ethnicities and 46 religions and is currently experiencing a great deal of growth and development.

The Ambassador pointed out that Kazakhstan has come a long way since it obtained its independence in 1989. For example, 99.5 percent of its population can read and write. In fact, the country's top students can earn major scholarships paid for by the government in order to study all over the world. Upon graduation, the students return to work in Kazakhstan.

Ambassador Aitimova also explained that here are many opportunities for American students to study in Kazakhstan.

Manhattanville College's Ambassador Lecture Series is free and open to the public.

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