“Spiritual revival”: Presentation of 100 textbooks translated into Kazakh took place in the capital
On the initiative of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the program “Spiritual Revival” was launched in 2017, aimed at modernizing the public consciousness. Within the framework of this program “New humanities education. The project “100 new textbooks in the Kazakh language” was implemented, and 100 of the best textbooks in the world in all areas of humanities were translated from different languages into Kazakh. 100 new textbooks translated into Kazakh were presented today at an enlarged meeting of the National Commission for the Modernization of Public Consciousness under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the capital,
300 specialists took part in the translation project
The importance of the project, its role in the development of the humanities, methods and experience of translation, the content of textbooks and the quality of translation, the development of Kazakhstan’s translation school were widely discussed during the meeting.
Rauan Kenzhekhanuly, Executive Director of the National Translation Bureau, noted that more than 300 specialists took part in the project, which was coordinated by the National Translation Bureau Public Foundation. According to him, experienced translators and university teachers, well-known scientists of the country, well-known writers, qualified editors and the most experienced publishers are involved in the work to ensure the quality of translation.
“During the 4 years of the project, a truly professional academic and literary translator community has been formed. A new school of translation has appeared with its own technology, style and terminology. All the specialists involved in the project have been professionally trained and recognized not only as translators, but also as teachers, scientists, intellectuals, who have become a leading group of the Kazakh intelligentsia in the XXI century, “said the executive director of the bureau.
He also said that the National Translation Bureau has established contacts with the world’s most prestigious and well-known research centers, studied the programs of the world’s leading universities and published the best textbooks available at Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford universities, Sengage, Pearson “,” McMillan “,” Penguin “and other major international publishing houses.
What textbooks have been translated
He also briefly presented the textbooks translated under the project.
“First of all, it is necessary to name a collection of philosophies that cover both the intellectual history of the West and the East. It includes the famous “History of Western Philosophy” by Bertrand Russell, a 4-volume collection by Anthony Kenny, a brief history of philosophy from Socrates to Derida, an anthology of Islamic philosophy and classical Arab thinkers, Japanese, Indian and Chinese philosophy. “Orientalism” by Eduard Said, who discovered the secrets of the study of the East and the West, was especially discussed in the scientific community and became the basis for several courses, “said Rauan Kenzhekhanuly.
According to him, the collection of sociology and psychology includes Ritzer’s Theory of Sociology, Myers’ textbook on Social Psychology, Eliot Aronson’s The Social Animal, Schultz’s History of Modern Psychology. The textbooks “Population and Society: Introduction to Demography”, “Internet Psychology” form the basis of new disciplines that we did not have before.
“Among the translated textbooks in the field of linguistics and literary criticism are Stephen Pinker’s” Language Instinct “, Victoria Fromkin’s” Introduction to Linguistics “and Michael Ryan’s 5-volume” Literary Theory “,” he said.
In addition, Rauan Kenzhekhanuly in the series of economics, management and entrepreneurship, micro and macroeconomics, Gregory Manky’s “Economics”, Philip Kotler’s “Marketing Principles”, “Strategic Management”, “Organizational Behavior”, “HR Management” and “CRM: Consumer Relations”. -Relationship Management “,” Entrepreneurship “,” Private Finance “,” Public Finance “,” Leadership Theory and Practice “,” International Business “,” Effective Negotiation: Prerequisites and Approaches “and a number of other textbooks in this area for the first time in the Kazakh language He mentioned that it came out. According to him, due to this, Kazakhstani business schools have the opportunity to open the first MBA program in the Kazakh language.
In addition, in the field of history, anthropology and religion, McGroHill published a full two-volume history of mankind, “Panorama: World History”, “The subject of historical knowledge and research methods”, “History and Theory of Anthropology”, Anthony Smith’s “Ethnic Roots of the Nation”. He also reminded that the world-famous work of Keron Armstrong (History of God) was first published in Kazakh under the title “History of God”.
He also noted that at the request of creative and artistic institutions of the country, a number of important textbooks in this area have been added to our project.
In particular, “The Story of Art” by Ernst Gombrich (“The Story of Art”), “Philosophy of Art” by Cambridge Publishing House and “History of World Music” in 2 volumes were translated. Due to this, many masterpieces of world art and music were named, described and analyzed in Kazakh for the first time. In addition, “translation of Borev’s” Aesthetics “and Yuri Lotman’s” Semiosphere “significantly expanded the horizons of knowledge about art and beauty in our native language,” he said. director.
Also, the textbook “Theory of Teaching” published by “Pearson”, “Digital Pedagogy: 21st Century Learning Design”, “Primary School Teacher”, “Reflective Learning” are included in the modernization of the content and methods of education in the country. In addition, quantitative and qualitative methods of research in education and other social sciences, the basics of statistics required for research and textbooks on social work practice have been translated and entered into academic circulation.
In addition, the field of media includes textbooks on media ethics, modern journalism and writing for traditional and new media. Due to the entry into force of English law in the field of jurisprudence, civil procedure, litigation, mediation and arbitration, contract rules, as well as 3-volume “Intellectual Property Law”, 2-volume collection of international law Malcolm Shaw “International Law” were translated.
In addition, a number of political science textbooks were selected based on the principles of content and ideological neutrality. These include political philosophy, modern diplomacy, public policy, and Andrew Haywood’s Political Science.
“4 new dictionaries have been compiled on the basis of scientific terms and concepts within 100 translated textbooks. They are: “Dictionary of Social Sciences”, “Dictionary of Economics”, “Dictionary of key words of the Kazakh language” and a large “English-Kazakh and Kazakh-English” with 500 thousand words and phrases published by Oxford University Publishing House under the title “Oxford Qazaq Dictioanry”. Oxford dictionary “, – said Rauan Kenzhekhanuly.
According to him, the new textbooks are well received by teachers and students of the university and are positively evaluated in the scientific community. Summarizing the letters received by the Bureau, thousands of comments published in the press and on social networks, he said that the project :
– First, it immediately updated the content of humanitarian education in the country and paved the way for its further development to the international level;
– Secondly, it accelerated the normalization of scientific style and academic terminology in the modern Kazakh language;
– Thirdly, there is a solid foundation for the formation and strengthening of the school of direct translation from the original language, including English.
“All this is a significant result of the concrete work that we, as a country, have achieved in a short period of time, which will bear fruit for many years,” he said.
In addition, the Secretary of State, Chairman of the National Commission for the Spiritual Revival Program Krymbek Kusherbayev, who took part in the meeting, noted that such a program has not been implemented in any other country.
“Scientific literature and academic bestsellers included in the curriculum of the world’s leading universities have been translated into Kazakh. They have already been translated into dozens of languages and distributed in millions in developed societies. It is a great achievement for our teachers and students to have such content. This is a wide-ranging continuation of the Bolashak program, if you will. Thanks to the Bolashak program, about 20,000 of our students have studied at leading universities around the world. And now half a million Kazakh students studying in our country study in the Kazakh language with the best textbooks from Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard. There is no such program in any other country in the world, “he said.
According to the chairman of the National Commission, the larger its scope, the greater its responsibility to the state and society.
“That’s why this project has been in the public eye since the first day, under the control of the state. In terms of the quality and content of the translation, as well as in terms of the organization of work, this project was positively evaluated by the public and relevant government agencies. Therefore, we believe that the National Translation Bureau has fulfilled its mission at the appropriate level. We thank the staff of the bureau and all the specialists involved in the project for this, ”Krymbek Kusherbayev said.
According to the organizers, each translated textbook was delivered free of charge to 132 educational institutions in the country with a total circulation of 10,000 copies. Electronic versions of the textbooks were posted on the portal “Open University of Kazakhstan” ( www.openU.kz ) and freely available on the Internet.
Also, on the basis of translated textbooks, 200 online courses in Kazakh and Russian languages, a total of more than 5,000 multimedia video lectures were developed and uploaded to the portal “Open University of Kazakhstan” ( www.openU.kz ). Teachers and professors of the best universities of the country took part in the preparation of the courses.
It’s worth noting that Secretary of State, Chairman of the National Commission for Spiritual Revival Krymbek Kusherbayev, members of the National Commission, heads of the Presidential Administration, heads of national universities, scientists and translators took part in the event.
Source: Kazakhtan 2050