Straddling the great plains of Central Asia, Kazakhstan seems a long way from Hong Kong. Yet the world’s ninth largest country shares a lengthy border with China, and is becoming increasingly known to Hongkongers because of its participation in the “Belt and Road” economic initiative.
Now, thanks to the PhD Fellowship Scheme funded by the University Grants Committee, Bozymbekova Kuralay from Kazakhstan will have the chance to study moral and citizenship education at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK).
Kuralay has an international academic background. She completed her bachelor’s degree in the United Kingdom and her master’s in South Korea, before returning to Kazakhstan as an English instructor at Nazarbayev University.
“I found out about the chance to pursue my PhD in Hong Kong when academics from EdUHK visited my university,” she said. “It sounded great; Hong Kong is a place where east meets west.”
Kuralay was born into a teaching family and is aware that, in her country’s education system, teachers are often blamed for not bringing up children properly when problems arise. In her view, though, moral education is not well structured within Kazakhstan’s school curriculum.
“My research focuses on teachers’ beliefs and practices in Kazakhstan,” she said. “By conducting extensive studies, I hope I can make a difference to moral education in my country. My research requires traveling abroad, so the PhD Fellowship Scheme enables greater flexibility for me to carry out international exchanges.”
Find out more about the PhD Fellowship Scheme and postgraduate studies at EdUHK here: www.eduhk.hk/gradsch