PHOTO: U.S. delegation celebrates Nauryz with senior administrators of Satbayev Kazakhstan National Research Technical University in Almaty.

CCPE Associate Dean and Executive Director for International Programs, Terrence Graham, traveled to Kazakhstan in April for the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Coaching Program. The Central Asian country is seeking to align their higher education efforts with American practices, and the trip was funded by the U.S. State Department to foster connections between U.S. and Kazakhstani universities.

Along with CSULB, representatives attended from Washington State University, Lehigh University, and Penn State, as well as the nonprofit American Councils for International Education. The week-long workshops in Astana featured case studies, site visits, and discussions of international education, including Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) , entrepreneurship, project management, and more.

Graham presented on “Student Mobility Outcomes and Career Development.” He also toured Astana and the city of Almaty, where he visited the campus of Satpayev Kazakhstan National Research Technical University. The visit coincided with the region’s traditional spring holiday, Nauryz, so Graham was invited to the festivities featuring gourmet cuisine. Separately, he also fit in a visit to CSULB’s exchange partner, KIMEP University.

PHOTO: Traditional Kazakh dancing by staff and faculty at the Satbayev Kazakhstan National Research Technical University in Almaty.

“Kazakhstan is a cosmopolitan crossroads with impressive natural resources linking Russia, China and Europe,” said Graham. “It was an honor for CSULB to be invited. This trip represents another step in our ongoing mission to integrate international experiences into CSULB’s education system.”

At the NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference in Philadelphia in May, Graham met with Richard Boyum, the University Partnerships Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State; and Askhat Aymagambetov, the Vice Minister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. They discussed ongoing efforts to link CSULB with Kazakhstan that may result in future opportunities.

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