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Student buzz around new School of Engineering in Kazakhstan

24 August 2011
Hundreds of students kept school staff fully occupied during the orientation for Nazarbayev University’s new School of Engineering. The School is being developed in partnership with UCL, and aims to become the leading facility in Central Asia for advanced and professional education in Engineering. The School opens this Autumn, and there is already a real hunger and interest to begin learning.

“Many of our faculty have only just got off the plane and they have been met with real enthusiasm,” said Jeff Brown, the School’s Chief Operating Officer. “There was a real buzz as staff from mechanical, chemical and civil engineering welcomed students during a question and answer session.” Staff and academics have come from all over the world to bring the new school together. Dr Joseph Menicucci, fresh off a flight from Montana USA, commented, “I see the future of engineering looks very bright. The students are engaged and ambitious. Our school has a clear vision and the leadership to see it realized. I am excited to be part of this ambitious endeavor.”

Over 200 students came to the event, of whom at least half were women keen to enter the engineering profession. “This is the kind of impact we are seeking,” said Professor Stefaan Simons, Dean of Engineering at Nazarbayev and Director of the UCL Centre for CO2 Technology. “We are all about transformation; and I sense there is a real appetite here for the education and skills we are offering.”

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