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U.S. - KAZAKH UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP FORUM IN PENNSYLVANIA

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The Kazakh-American Free University joined universities from Kazakhstan and the USA in a dialogue hosted by the University of Pennsylvania in the historic city of Philadelphia.  The goal of the Forum on May 30, 2018 was to explore educational trends and best practices in global education.  The purpose of the Forum was to promote U.S. and Kazakhstani partnerships.  Approximately 50 universities and higher education organizations were represented at this session.  Dr. Marshall K. Christensen, Chairman of the KAFU International Board of Trustees, participated in this international conference.

Among the universities represented at the Forum were the Eurasian National University, Abai National Pedagogical University, Karaganda State Industrial University, Pavlodar State University, Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications, and Taraz University of Innovation and Humanities. The diversity of American universities at the Forum included Boston University, Columbia University, University of Southern California, Duke University, Michigan State University, Lehigh University, University of South Florida, Western Carolina University as well as the University os Saskatchewan (Canada).

In his opening remarks, Askhat Aimagambetov, Vice-Minister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan, described the Ministry's intent to encourage diversity and decentralization of higher education in Kazakhstan.  He discussed Kazakhstan's goal of tri-lingual education, with fifty percent of courses taught in English at Kazakhstani universities by 2025.  He noted that only half of the funds authorized by the government of Kazakhstan through the Bolashaq program are currently being used by students for study in the USA.

Richard Boyum, University Partnerships Coordinator for the U.S. Department of State, called for long-term, sustainable partnerships between U.S. and Kazakhstani universities.  Presenters from universities representing both countries opened the dialogue in two panel discussions, one presenting current priorities and challenges and the second featuring successful university partnerships.

Dr. Christensen served as one of the presenters on the second panel.  Given the agreement by Dr. Yerezhep A. Mambetkaziyev and Daniel Ballast in 1994 to launch and English language program in Ust-Kamenogorsk and the subsequent programatic relationship between Co-Serve International and KAFU, this partnership is the longest, sustained partnership among universities in Kazakhstan and the USA.  Christensen reviewed the key components of that partnership, including visiting professors, student exchanges, and the International Servant Leadership Principles program.

 

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