IX NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference

Values, Wellbeing and Innovation for the Future of Education

26-27 October 2017

Welcome to the IX NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference! The conference took place on 26-27 October 2017, in Astana, Kazakhstan.


Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools is leading educational change in secondary education in Kazakhstan. Since 2008, we have developed innovative educational programmes, assessment systems, teacher education programmes and educational resources, which are in the process of being disseminated throughout the system of education in Kazakhstan in general.
Our international research-to-practice conference has become a key focus point for educational reformers interested in the future of secondary education in Kazakhstan and through Eurasia. Held annually in October, the Conference brings together a global audience of leaders, thinkers, policymakers and practitioners to discuss policy and practice in secondary education, and plays a crucial role in driving forward educational reform in Kazakhstan.

2017 Conference Video


In 2017, NIS hosted some of the most highly-respected educationalists from around the world.

Yuri Belfali

Head of Early Childhood and Schools, Education Division, OECD

Pasi Sahlberg

Visiting Professor of Practice, Arizona State University, United States

Carolyn Adams

Director of Strategic Development and Execution, International Baccalaureate

Rauan Kenzhe-khanuly

Executive Director, National Translation Agency, Kazakhstan

Assylbek Kozhakh-metov

President, Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan

Phil Lambert

Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney, Australia

Sayasat Nurbek

Managing Director, Astana International Financial Centre, Kazakhstan

Gordon Neufeld

Director, Neufeld Institute, Canada

Tim Oates

Group Director for Assessment Research & Development, Cambridge Assessment, United Kingdom

Harry Patrinos

Education Global Practice Manager, World Bank Education, United States

Oon Seng Tan

Director, National Institute of Education, Singapore

Liz Winter

Kazakhstan Project Development Officer, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


In 2017, contributions to the Conference were handled by our online submission system. Conference submissions were reviewed by two members of the Academic Review Committee, whose decisions on submissions were final. Submissions were for papers and posters. Abstracts were to be between 400 and 600 words in length.

The deadline for submitting papers was 27 August 2017.


Registration for the IX NIS International Conference closed on 10 October 2017.

Here is the list of countries with medium and low GDP: all African countries; all Latin American countries; Asian countries (excluding Brunei, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Qatar, Singapore and UAE); and, the following European countries: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, and Ukraine. For the full list of countries, please consult the website of theEuropean Educational Research Association.


The Conference took place in the Congress Center, Astana, at the junction of Sauran and 28th Street.

Places to Stay

Accommodation options within easy reach of the conference venue.

Grand Park Esil

Historic 4-star hotel on Astana’s right bank

Hilton Garden Inn

Centrally-located international hotel with modern amenities

Radisson Park Inn

Two hotels – one luxury, one budget – on the bank of Ishim River

Duman Hotel

Contemporary 4-star hotel in Astana’s Central Park

IBIS Hotel

Three-star Accor Group hotel on Astana’s Right Bank

Tengri Hotel

Affordable hotel on Astana’s Right Bank

Corporate Participation

Around 1500 participants took part in the conference: this was a great opportunity for educational organisations to raise their profile!
If you have any questions about exhibiting at the NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference, please contact us at jangeldinov_b (at) nis.edu.kz.