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"Nursultan Nazarbayev University") in Kazakhstan The New University of Astana (a.k.a. "Nursultan Nazarbayev University") is working with partner universities to establish a world-class English-language university based upon the American model and maintaining world class standards. The New University of Astana is being established with an endowment of $250 million. The campus is currently under construction. The government of Kazakhstan has been supporting 3,000 students/year abroad and now they would like educate these students in their home country. By Year 4 the New University plans on spending $55million/year in faculty salaries, including for foreign faculty. The New University of Astana has world-class partners, including University CollegeLondon (ESL and the School ofEngineering), Carnegie-Mellon (School ofNatural Science), Harvard University (public health), a medical center in Pittsburgh (medical sciences), and Duke University (Graduate School ofBusiness). The UW-Madison has been invited to design, manage, appoint the administration and recruit faculty for, and ensure the quality of the School of Humanities and Social Science. The New University of Astana offers to pay all our costs, and minimize our risk. We are signing a contract for $100,000 to undertake a feasibility study led by the Division of International Studies in cooperation with the College of Letters and Science. The study will be led by Prof. Uli Schamiloglu, Chair of Central Asian Studies and including other UW faculty and staff to develop model(s) for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. This also involves the development of a new institutional model for the UW-Madison to engage in collaboration in partnership with new institutions around the world. We plan to design this project in such a way that it will lead to many new research, teaching, and study abroad opportunities for UW-Madison faculty, recent graduates, and current students, as well as opportunities for Khazak students and faculty to study and engage in research at UW-Madison. This is a university which will be of regional significance. The President of Kazakhstan may meet with the heads of the partner universities in Washington, DC in April2010 while on a trip to meet with President Obama. The New University of Astana hopes to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for partnership with the UW-Madison in the establishment of the School of Humanities and Social Science as · a part of the celebrations opening the New University in June-July 2010.
Members of the New University of Astana delegation l.Yerbol Orynbayev (Deputy Prime Minister, Republic ofKazakhstan) 2.Rustem Khamzin (Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan) 3.Damir Satenov (Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan) 4. Aslan Sarinzhipov (CEO, JSC New University of Astana) 5. Yerden Kussain (Deputy CEO, JSC New University of Astana) 6. Almaz Sharman (CEO, National Medical Holding) 7. Dennis de Tray (US consultant to JSC New University of Astana) 8. Askar Baltagulov (Third Secretary of the Kazakhstan Embassy in the USA)
Background on the Republic of Kazakhstan The Republic ofKazakhstan was established upon the collapse ofthe Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1991, at which time it was one of four former Soviet states which possessed nuclear weapons. The once nomadic Kazakhs speak a Turkic language, but there is also a significant number of Russian and German speakers in Kazakhstan. Its president is Nursultan Nazarbayev, who turns 70 on July 6, 2010. This year Kazakhstan is chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Kazakhstan is one of the states with major oil and gas reserves in the Caspian Sea region. The UW -Madison is the only university in the United States teaching Kazakh language and has a leading Central Asian Studies Program. The UW-Madison boasts a significant collection of faculty, staff, and other resources for the study of the history, literature, and culture of Kazakhstan.