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University of Wyoming to work with Kazakh university

Viktor Fedunen - KazInform/Universal
Kazakh students will have the opportunity to attend a course at University at Wyoming

Friday, April 13, 2012 - The University of Wyoming said on Thursday that it will cooperate with Kazakhstan National University (KazNU), allowing teacher and student exchanges.

“Kazakhstan is the world’s ninth largest country and, like Wyoming, has substantial mineral wealth that is shared with its people,” Michael Brown, director and professor of graduate studies in the university’s Department of Communication and Journalism, said in the notice posted on the university web site.

“This agreement may provide opportunities for the School of Energy Resources, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and other campus units to cooperate in relevant research.”

Professors from the journalism department are currently working on an exchange program that would see Kazakh students come to the university for a three-week course in environmental journalism, while Wyoming students would be able to attend a similar program at KazNU.

Brown spent two weeks at KazNU, which describes itself as “the best university in Kazakhstan” and is located in the southern business capital Almaty. While at KazNU, Brown taught a “Mass Media and Society” course as well as a graduate-level research methods class.

The cooperation agreement will also allow universities to share publications and academic information.

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