Professor Murat Orunkhanov
Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University, Republic of Kazakhstan

Dr. Murat Orunkhanov is a senior researcher of Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education in Astana, Kazakhstan. Dr.Orunkhanov focuses on globalization’s effects on higher education, transformational changes of education and science in post-Soviet area. Currently he is engaged in research of evolution of universities’ governance and institutional autonomy in Kazakhstan.

He has extensive professional experience in higher education and research. By background a mathematician, after graduation from the Novosibirsk State University in the Soviet time, he obtained his first doctoral degree in Novosibirsk Research Center. Subsequently, he taught in Al-Farabi Kazakh National University where he started his carrier as Associate Professor which was followed up by Professor, Dean of School.

Murat Orunkhanov has extensive administrative experience in higher education. He has held senior educational posts including Vice president of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Deputy Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. He has extensively served in the Ministry and engaged with issues of higher education and science developing in transition period.