Funding: £44,956 (British Council)
Researchers: Galina Yemelianova, Jeremy Smith, Deema Kaneff and Richard Connolly
The project will seek to develop innovative educational and research links between The University of Birmingham and the Kazakh-British Technical University.
In particular, it aims to establish an exchange of academics and students between the two Universities; to develop a new MSc programme on Economics in post-Communist Societies and new MA modules on Development and Emerging Inequalities in post-Soviet Eurasia and on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Religion in post-Communist World at the KBTU; to develop a new MA programme on the Caucasus and Central Asia at the University of Birmingham; to develop teaching and research methodology; to conduct joint research in education, economics, society, politics and culture (state- and nation-building, ethnicity, religion) of Kazakhstan; to introduce the teaching of the Kazakh language as part of the development of the new MA programme on the Caucasus and Central Asia at the UoB.
The project will create a forum for discussion through organisation of further national and international seminars and workshop series devoted to the region. Its results will be reported in the form of four, or five articles in refereed journals, relevant presentations at a number of international and national conferences, analytic reports for relevant NGOs, media presentations and public lectures to various cultural and political institutions and regular briefings of policy-makers and other non-academic user-groups.
Project aims and objectives
Exchange of Academic and Teaching Literature
Development of a new MSc Programme in Economics of post-Communist Societies and MA and Undergraduate modules at the Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU)
Development of a new MA Programme on Central Asia and the Caucasus at the University of Birmingham
Exchange of Lecturers, Researchers, PG and UG students
Organisation of 2 Workshops (1 on Teaching Methodology and 2 on Areas of Joint Research in Education, Economics, Culture and Society, Ethnic Relations, Religious and Language Policies)
Joint Publications, Based on the Project’s Findings
Engagement with Policy-Makers and Other Non-Academic Users
Development of Collaborative Links with Other Universities with Expertise in the proposed field
The project will draw on existing productive collaboration between the team leaders and between the two Universities. In particular, the UoB is a participant in the International scholarship programme "Bolashak", which was established by President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan in 1993. At present the UoB hosts over 40 Kazakh students within this programme. The proposed project will ensure an academic and student exchange between the two Universities. It will facilitate the teaching of the Kazakh language at the University of Birmingham, as well as the training of Kazakh and English languages instructors form both countries.
Website: INSPIRE International Strategic Partnership in Research and Education
For further information about this project please contact: Galina Yemelianova Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6362 Email: email@example.com