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0 In other words, in this Feasibility Study what was viewed in earlier strategies as a narrowly-defined program of a general education" has been I transformed into the core of a world-class undergraduate curriculum in the ·---liberal arts embracing the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences (the• latter provided by the School of Natural Science). Only through an undergraduate program in the liberal arts emphasizing critical thinking skills -can NazarbayevUniversityproduce a new generation of citizens of Kazakhstan with the skills to keep on learning and reinventing themselves throughout their careers. Although the principles outlined here can be applied by any strategic partner, we believe that the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the ideal strategic partner to help develop SHSS at Nazarbayev University.
1. Background University ofWisconsin-Madison (hereafter: UW-Madison) submits this Feasibility Study to outline how the UW-Madison can help to plan, establish, manage, and help develop local faculty for a proposed SHSS at Nazarbayev University, >as well as potentially collaborate in other fields as a strategic partner (as dictated by the needs ofNazarbayevUniversity). This Feasibility Study is the outcome of our earlier "Letter of Intent" dated January 20, 2010 signed by Dean Gary Sandefur (College of Letters and Science) and Dean Gilles Bousquet (Division ofinternational Studies); the successful visit to the University of Wisconsin-Madison on February 4_, 2010 by President.c\slaD. and Vice-Presiden a; the s· of a contract for a Feasibility Study on ~ 2010 by President Asian Sarinzhipov and Chancellor Carolyn "Biddy" Martin during the visit of a delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Yerbol Orynbaye ; and a visit to Astana, Ka.Zakhstan April24-30, 2010 by a UW-Madison faculty committee consisting of:
• Prof. Charles L. Cohen (History & Religious Studies; director, Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions) • Prof. SallyS. Magnan (French & Italian; director, Language Institute) • Prof. Uli Schamlloglu (Languages & Cultures of Asia; director, Central Asian Studies Program; director, Middle East Studies Program; team leader of the Nazarbayev University Project) • Prof. John F. Witte (La Follette School of Public Affairs, Political Science, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis) • Prof. Russell Zane (Anthropology, Northeast Illinois University, Chicago) The del_ egation visited the offices of the New University team, the new site of the New University of Astana, the Embassy of the United States of America, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Foreign