HANOI, November 1 (Itar-Tass) — Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Vietnam National University. The Kazakh leader visited the country’s prestigious university on the last day of his first official visit to Vietnam, met with Vietnamese students and teaching staff and delivered a lecture on Kazakhstan’s development for twenty years of its independence. In his speech Nazarbayev stressed the importance of boosting bilateral relations in education and called on the Vietnamese authorities to enhance educational exchanges. “We are interested in exchanges of students and teaching staff, in training and retraining in technical and other professions as well as in joint research,” he said. Nazarbayev highlighted that Kazakhstan is the first Central Asian country participating in the European Higher Education Area. “Last year we joined the European Cultural Convention and the Bologna Process,” he said. Nazarbayev began his first official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang on October 30. He held talks with Truong Tan Sang and met with the chairman of the National Assembly, Nguyen Sinh Hung, and the secretary-general of the Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong. The two countries signed a package of bilateral documents aimed at ensuring further effective development of traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Hanoi and Astana.