Official Opening Ceremony of the 46th International Mendeleev Olympiad
24-04-2012 19:59
Official Opening Ceremony of the 46th  International Mendeleev Olympiad
On April 24, 2012, the 46th International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad was officially opened in the Palace of Independence, Astana, Kazakhstan. The opening ceremony began with the theatrical performance of the history of our nation. Majestic bies, wise khans, strong batyrs and beautiful girls of noble families in traditional dresses appeared on the stage. It was like a breath of centuries-old history of the Kazakh people, always striving for knowledge, who protected and preserved and transmitted the wisdom of nation from one generation to another. Then, the young generation caught up the fire of knowledge, sparks of which the elementary school children represented as the chemical elements.
Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, welcomed the participants to the 46th International Mendeleev Olympiad in his Letter, read by Mukhtar Kul-Muhammed, Secretary of State of Kazakhstan. The leader of the nation emphasized that in recent years, Kazakhstan has become the venue for a number of prestigious competitions of intelligent young people. The Republic hosts the most talented young chemists for the second time. “This time the Science Forum brought together representatives of some 20 countries from around the world. For our country, which chose the path of industrial and innovative development, this is particularly important, because the chemical industry is an essential component of any modern economy,” – observed Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Bakytzhan Zhumagulov, Minister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan, in his welcoming speech told guests that Kazakhstan pays great attention to gifted and talented children, to formation of the intellectual generation. “All countries, achieving success in the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the third millennium, rely on the main slogan: “Education, science and innovation”, - said B. Zhumagulov. “Our country, and its leaders are aimed at comprehensive development of international relations in the field of science and education, for friendship and connection of young people from around the world for the benefit of overall progress and prosperity. The fact that the current International Mendeleev Olympiad is held on the basis of Nazarbayev University is very symbolic. This shows the tremendous support of the Head of our state” , - said B. Zhumagulov.
The next word was given to Valery Lunin, President of the International Mendeleev Olympiad. He expressed gratitude to the Organizing Committee and wished all the participants further success in the intellectual arena.
Abylai Shahizadaev, the last year gold medal winner, who presented the Kazakhstan team, on behalf of all young people promised to live up the trust and hopes of his country.
This bright spring event was completed by the Kazakh show stars: Karakat Abildina, who with pupils of her school sang a song to the accompaniment of folk instrument Zhetіgen, group “Rin'Go”, which lit the audience with a vivid performance of their hit “TolG’au”. Besides, ensemble of dombra players “Serper”, group of drummers “Drumline”, trio “Astana” and winner of the “ X-factor” Competition Dariya Gabdul appeared at the stage. In conclusion, youth choir “SamG’au” sang a hymn of International Mendelеev Olympiad.