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Narxoz University announces agreement with Queen’s University Belfast for branch on Almaty campus, with signing ceremony attended by Lord Cameron

ALMATY, Kazakhstan, May 3, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Narxoz University, one of Kazakhstan’s leading private universities and a member of the Bulat Utemuratov group, is pleased to announce that it has established a pioneering partnership with Queen’s University Belfast, a Russell Group university, to create a branch on the new Narxoz campus. The branch will offer students from Kazakhstan access to Queen’s University academic programmes.

The agreement, signed at a ceremony attended by Lord David Cameron, British Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, marks an important milestone in Narxoz’s history. Since 2007, the university has embarked on a transformation journey, initiated and overseen by Bulat Utemuratov, to become a world-class institution through investment in academics, infrastructure and international partnerships. The new partnership strengthens the relationship between Queen’s and Narxoz, building on their dual degree agreement announced earlier this year.

Sayasat Nurbek, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan, explained: “In line with the President’s vision of establishing branches of international universities in Kazakhstan, it is significant that we are signing a partnership agreement with a Russell Group university in the moment of Lord Cameron’s official visit. This signing ceremony is a key moment in the history of Narxoz University and is part of a broader trend of major foreign universities opening branches in our country. I trust that this partnership will contribute. to our continued efforts to provide world-class education and foster the development of science and innovation in Kazakhstan.

Nola Hewitt-Dundas, Vice-Chancellor for Teaching at Queen’s University Belfast, commented: “As an international university, Queen’s University Belfast is delighted to be partnering with Narxoz University, and this partnership builds on the excellent relationships we have developed with the students and staff of the university. We are confident that Narxoz University students will excel in their studies and, through collaboration with our staff and other students around the world, will become future leaders in all areas of Kazakh society”.

Miras Daulenov, CEO of Narxoz University, added: “Our partnership with Queen’s University Belfast is an example of effective collaboration with a leading university. I am confident that the partnership between Narxoz and Queen’s University will boost the training of industry leaders and experts, promote cultural exchange and strengthen the country’s profile as an educational center in the region.”

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