Kazakh university teachers participate in UCL development course

21 April 2008

A group of thirteen senior academic staff from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KNU) in Almaty, one of Kazakhstan’s leading universities, is currently attending an intensive two-week Teacher Development Course at UCL.

Professor Gulnas Akhemetova (right)

Many of the course participants are holders of this year’s ‘Best Teacher’ awards from the Kazakh government and have used funding from their ‘continuing professional development grant’ to take part in the UCL programme, which features English language tuition, workshops focusing on teaching and learning strategies and the use of new technologies in curriculum delivery. Participants also have the opportunity to meet with UCL colleagues from other relevant departments and academic disciplines for the exchange of ideas and best practice.

The course is a collaboration between the UCL Language Centre, the UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT), the UCL Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Languages of the Wider World (LWW-CETL) and the UCL Learning Technologies Support Service (LTSS).

Professor Gulnas Akhemetova, the Vice-Rector of Al-Farabi KNU, first visited UCL in May 2007. During discussions with Professor Michael Worton, Vice-Provost (Academic and International) and other UCL staff, a number of areas for possible collaboration were identified. The Teacher Development Course is the first of these to come to fruition.

Professor Worton and Professor Akhemetova will be meeting during the current visit to discuss the further development of the relationship between UCL and Al-Farabi KNU.

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Image: Professor Gulnas Akhemetova, Vice-Rector of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (right), with Lisa Carrier (UCL Learning Technologies Support Service).