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Chevron and Nazarbayev University Students Introduce Model Eco-Village Project 0

Posted on July 03, 2016 by KazCham

Astana Times

Chevron’s contribution to science and technology development in Kazakhstan is designed to create opportunities for students and young researchers to develop their professional and academic skills while searching for solutions to improve the quality of life.

The company helps local universities in purchasing advanced equipment, upgrading laboratory infrastructure, supporting faculty research programmes, and providing funds for scholarships and project teams of young scientists and students.

Last May, in partnership with the Nazarbayev University, Chevron introduced a model eco-village – a futuristic, human and environment-friendly settlement that could be built 25 km from Astana. The eco-village is designed to be energy efficient, sustainable, based on innovative technologies, and integrate harmoniously with the natural landscape.

The 3D eco-village model is a result of a year-long research carried out by a team of 25 university students representing various departments and contributing their knowledge and skills in the areas of design, engineering, ecological studies, energy studies, and IT. Mentors from the university worked hand in hand with students on project management and technical issues.

“The whole modelling part was implemented by the students with the support of university administration, professors and experts. We plan to submit it for presentation at EXPO 2017. And I have no doubt that we will succeed,” shared his confidence Daniil Tarasov, a 3rd year student and project manager. “To be part of this project is a great honour and priceless experience for me.”

Later this year, the project team plans to arrange a peer-review by local expert community.

Since its establishment in 2010, Nazarbayev University has swiftly developed into one of the leading educational and research institutions in Kazakhstan. Starting from 2012, the university and Chevron entered into a long-term partnership based on the shared philosophy of striking the right balance between environment preservation and the advancement of technology.

Nazarbayev University Library joined the Research Methods Library of Alexandria 0

Posted on March 02, 2016 by KazCham

Research Methods Supercourse

Advancement in academia typically depends upon Scientific publishing. The more you publish, the better the first job, the higher the raise, and the faster the promotion. Sadly only 3% of publications come from developing countries, despite the fact that 27% of the scientists live in developing countries and 80% of the population.

In many countries bright young people want to do research and publish, have to publish, but they do not. A primary reason for this is Stataphobia which is the fear of research design and statistics, and not having access to people who can help. Eighty percent of all rejected articles are due to poor research methods.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) is pleased to offer the Research Methods Library of Alexandria. This is one of the largest and comprehensive collections of research methods. It represents a one stop Library to answer your research methods question.

The Nazarbayev University Library in Kazakhstan recently joined the Research Methods Library of Alexandria. See the data collection of the world’s libraries here.

“Kazakhstan 2050: Toward a Modern Society for All” Book Released 0

Posted on May 14, 2014 by KazCham

The Astana Times

A new 400-page book “Kazakhstan 2050: Toward a Modern Society for All,” was released at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank in Astana. The Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov and several other international experts attended the book launch.

Speaking at the event, Massimov said that “Kazakhstan 2050 seeks to accelerate the current force of reform and modernisation and aims to propel Kazakhstan into the 30 industrialised and developed nations in the world. With high ambition comes high responsibility. There are many challenges and difficulties that lie ahead of us.”

The book focuses on the key priorities and strategy for Kazakhstan to achieve the Kazakhstan 2050 vision. These priorities include an efficient energy sector, green growth, balanced growth, regional integration, developing human resources and building resilient economic institutions.

The authors of the book also stressed that  “[Kazakhstan needs] to avoid getting mired in the ‘middle-income-trap,’ which has become the bane of so many countries at the same stage of development at which Kazakhstan is currently.”

The book is edited by Shigeo Katsu, rector of the Nazarbayev University and Dr. Johannes Linn, Former VP of the World Bank, along with two other experts. The book has been written by 8 prominent international experts, and has been published in English and Russian by the Oxford University Press.

Embassy Fellowship for Travel to Kazakhstan 0

Posted on July 24, 2012 by KazCham

Embassy of Kazakhstan, July 23, 2012

To encourage trips of US students to Kazakhstan, the Embassy of Kazakhstan has launched a fellowship in cooperation with Kazakhstan’s National Airline “Air Astana”, Kazakh Travel Agency Sayat (www.sayat-travel.kz/) and the US-based Russian American Travel Agencies Association (RATA, www.russiantravelusa.com/).

Candidates for Kazakhstan Embassy fellowship were required to submit a 500-word abstract on the topic, “Discovering new Kazakhstan: bringing US innovations to Kazakhstan to develop Kazakhstan-US Science and Technology Partnership.”

Out of 15 abstracts, two have been selected and announced. Emin Hasanov from New York University and Charles Santos from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be traveling to Kazakhstan in August of this year to conduct their proposed research projects.

Charles Santos proposed implementing mobile health services in Kazakhstan, and Emin Hasanov wrote about efficiency of wind farms as alternative source of energy.

They will have a weeklong, free trip to explore the three major cities of Kazakhstan during the period of August 6-12. The fellows will be provided an opportunity to meet with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, Nazarbayev University, Pharmaceuticals National Medical Holding, Zhetysu Public Private Partnership company, US Embassy in Kazakhstan, USAID and Asian Development Bank. The fellowship aims to make Americans more familiar with Kazakhstan, its business opportunities and its science and technology development. All expenses will be paid for with the exception of food costs and other incidentals.

The Embassy of Kazakhstan offers its sincere congratulations to the winners and hope that their research papers will contribute to the scientific cooperation between our countries and help promote genuine friendship between our countries.

Nazarbayev University to create online journal on biomedical research 0

Posted on July 22, 2012 by KazCham

Khabar TV (Caspionet), Jul 10, 2012

A scientific workshop for medical officers, scientists and experts in planning and conducting research in biomedicine, epidemiology and public health has kicked off at Nazarbayev University.

Courses will be conducted by experts from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. According to the organisers, their main task is to help young professionals and scientists in writing scientific works in accordance with international standards. Apart from that, during the courses lecturers will talk about how to work with statistical data and figure out the cause-effect relationship of various diseases and infections. Particular emphasis will be made on cardiovascular disorders as well as chronic, infectious and non-communicable diseases. Nazarbayev University is also planning to create the first online journal on biomedical research in Central Asia.

Ronald LaPorte, Director of the Epidemiology Department at the University of Pittsburgh said that the course focuses on both practice and theory and is designed so as to make each student obtain as much information as possible on the topics discussed. He added that the main task lies in making Kazakh scientists work in accordance with a common system, so that they can understand their foreign counterparts and share their experience and knowledge.

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