Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Renews Partnership with Nazarbayev University

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Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the Graduate School of Business at Nazarbayev University (NU) recently renewed their strategic partnership through December 2022.

The two schools have been partners since 2012, with Fuqua offering advice and insight into best practices on classroom design, admission standards, curriculum development, and faculty recruitment. Valerie Hausman, Fuqua Associate Dean for Global Executive Education, comments, “We’ve always operated as a true partnership. There is deep collaboration across all areas.”

Nazarbayev University offers full-time and executive MBA programs, executive education, a master’s of science in finance, and a master’s in engineering management. Robert Olinger, Fuqua Director for Business Development, has travelled to Kazakhstan nearly monthly since 2011. He says, “When I arrived there was one building. Now there is a massive order of magnitude more and the campus is alive and full of students. We are providing a type of education that has not existed in this country for many years. However, it is deeply valued. There is potential to make dramatic impact on the country, not just the individual students or their companies.”

Hausman anticipates that Fuqua’s role will evolve over time. She notes, “The ultimate goal is for NU to succeed independently.” As the university grows, both schools expect increased opportunities for faculty collaboration. Jennifer Frances, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Duke and a Fuqua faculty member, would like to extend the benefits of the partnership to other Duke students. “This partnership offers a strong opportunity for immersive education experiences, and we are exploring possibilities for including Nazarbayev University among the university’s exchange programs,” she says.

Nazarbayev University, located in Astana, Kazakhstan, was built following a new model for Kazakhstan, and accepted its first students in 2006. It is officially designated an “autonomous educational institution,” meaning it is independent from bureaucratic governance and restrictions on academic freedom. It has partnered with more than 10 elite institutions – including the University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore – to establish new best practices for higher education in Kazakhstan.

For additional information on this partnership, visit the Duke Web site.

For more information on Nazarbayev programs, visit their Web site.

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