June 2010: Yury Bikbaev, Programme Director at LSE Enterprise, has been awarded an honorary professorship by the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Academy's highest honour was bestowed to recognise the knowledge transfer generated by LSE Executive Education's years of customised training for the civil service of Kazakhstan.
Aryn Orsariyev, Dean of the Academy, noted during the award ceremony: 'We are delighted to award this honour to Mr Bikbaev for his contribution to upgrading the skills of Kazakhstan's civil servants. The impact of knowledge and expertise that LSE shares with us via customised training has been enormous, directly influencing many levels and phases of the public policy process.'
'I am very honoured to be recognised for the contribution our programmes make to the development of the public sector in Kazakhstan. We work with many government agencies in the UK and abroad, and seeing our expertise shared in an applied and practical way is very rewarding,' said Yury.
LSE Enterprise's Executive Education branch has been designing and delivering customised executive education programmes for Kazakhstan's civil service since 2005. There have been more than a dozen topical programmes to date, attended by hundreds of government officials from central ministries and the regional government offices of Kazakhstan. According to regional ranking agencies, the Academy is the top-ranked teaching and research institution among universities and public administration academies providing public sector education across Central Asia. Past recipients of honorary professorships from the Academy include Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the IMF, Valdis Zatlers, President of Latvia and Francois Fillon, Prime Minister of France.