The University of Wisconsin–Madison has signed its fourth – and most extensive – agreement with Nazarbayev University (NU) in Astana, Kazakhstan, which will lead to more faculty and staff collaborations between the two universities and summer study at UW–Madison for NU undergraduates.
UW–Madison is among a group of leading international institutions enlisted in an ambitious effort to create a world-class, English-language, research institution designed to serve Kazakhstani students in their home country.
The fourth UW-NU agreement covers a broad range of activities over the next two years and involves increasing interactions between the universities.
Supported by NU at a total cost of $4.3 million over two years, these activities include administrative training, scholarly collaborations and exchanges, capacity-building, organizational and program development, and curriculum development.
In addition, 60 of the best undergraduates from NU – half from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and half from the School of Science and Technology – will come to Madison for an eight-week summer session under the Visiting International Student Program (VISP) through the Division of Continuing Studies. Each student will enroll in two classes – including a specially developed research-focused course. This marks the beginning of plans to send groups of NU students to UW–Madison over the next few years.