Kazakh Vice-Rector visits UCL

29 May 2007

Professor Gulnas Akhemetova, Vice-Rector of Al Farabi Kazakh National University (KNU) spent a week at UCL on a fact-finding mission arranged though the Embassy of Kazakhstan, from 21–25 May 2007.

Professor Akhemetova was accompanied by Dr Galina Parshina, Head of the Centre for Educational Standards at KNU.

At a meeting with Professor Michael Worton, Vice-Provost (Academic & International) Professor Akhemetova outlined the rapid pace of reform in the Kazakh higher education system and the need to draw on expertise from Western Europe to support their efforts in modernisation. She expressed particular appreciation of the strong links that UCL has forged with Kazakhstan and the expectation that future cooperation in training and research will develop between UCL and KNU.

The programme for the visit included sessions on Quality Assurance, Graduate Education, Registry Systems, staff training and development and student support. The delegation was also able to meet Kazakh students and enjoy a tour on the London Eye. Professor Stefaan Simons (Chemical Engineering) who is UCL Special Adviser for Kazakhstan said he looked forward to promoting wider knowledge of collaborative opportunities now opening with Kazakhstan.

UCL has 69 students from Kazakhstan, including 50 sponsored under the Bolashak Scholarship Scheme. 

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