UCL visit from Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Education and Science
9 March 2009
On 26 February, UCL welcomed the Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science on its Partnership Development Tour, led by Mr Farkhad Kuanganov, Executive Secretary of Education and Science.
Professor Stefaan Simons (UCL Chemical Engineering), the UCL Special Adviser for Kazakhstan, hosted the day. The delegates were met by Professor Michael Worton, UCL Vice-Provost (Academic & International), and by academic colleagues and administrators from across UCL who have an interest in Kazakhstan, including Professor Peter Kirstein (UCL Computer Science), Professor Alan Penn (UCL Bartlett) and Dr Christine Hoffmann (Director of the UCL Language Centre).
The Kazakh Partnership Development Tour has been facilitated by the World Bank, whose Senior Education Specialist for Europe and Central Asia, Dr Richard Hopper, was also present on the day. It has taken in higher education institutions in the USA, Singapore, the Middle East and the UK. Its aim is to provide participants with a greater understanding of the challenge of creating a new public university in Astana.
UCL has long-standing links with Kazakhstan. In March 2006, it signed an agreement with the Center for International Programs in Astana to facilitate the admission of Kazakh students who are supported by the Kazakhstan Government’s ‘Bolashak’ (translated as “The Future”) scholarship scheme, a long-term initiative which enables Bolashak Scholars to study at UCL across a broad range of programmes. At the close of the day, the delegates had the opportunity to meet UCL’s 68 Bolashak Scholars, one of the largest groups of Kazakh scholarship students in the UK.
UCL Graduate International Partnership Scholarships
UCL co-operates with numerous UK and international organisations to offer co-funded scholarships to students from specific countries or regions for graduate study or research at UCL.
In addition to the Center for International Programmes Bolashak Scheme, UCL runs programmes with organisations such as CONACyT (students from Mexico); the China Scholarships Council for students from China; the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education for students from Egypt; the Karim Rida Said Foundation for students from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine or Syria; the MBI Al Jaber Foundation for Arab residents of the Middle East/North Africa; and others. To find out more, please click on the relevant link at the top of this page.
Image: Professor Michael Worton meets with Farkhad Kuanganov, Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Science in Kazakhstan, Dr Richard Hopper from the World Bank and members of the visiting Kazakh Delegation.