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UCL in the News: Eastern scholar

28 February 2008


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Stef Simons [UCL Chemical Engineering] has been awarded a medal for his services to education in Kazakhstan.

Professor Simons's relationship with the country spans 15 years, from when he joined UCL as a young lecturer in 1993. …

Ever since, he has been working to develop the teaching of chemical engineering in the country - vital, given its huge oil and gas resources.

"Although starting to change, Kazakhstan's degree programmes are long and very theoretical, based on the old Soviet-style system. They don't have a chemical engineering discipline as we would recognise it," said Professor Simons. …

In 2006, UCL signed an agreement to host students from the country through Kazakhstan's Bolashak (The Future) scholarship programme, which sponsors star students to study at universities abroad. …

Professor Simons has been made UCL's special adviser on Kazakhstan and now travels to the country once or twice a year. "I've seen a lot of changes. Things are moving very fast. Young people are starting to get into positions of influence and are very keen to progress Kazakhstan as a modern, developed country, away from their Soviet past."

Rebecca Attwood, 'Times Higher Education'