Meeting between the administration, faculty and the Director of the Institute of International Business at the University of Iowa (USA) and representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan

On October 27th 2021 the vice-rector on scientific work and international cooperation Kadyrova G.A. and professor of the department “Foreign languages and intercultural communication” Ibrayeva B.M. were on a meeting – a joint lunch organized by representatives of the American embassy.

The luncheon was attended by Dimy Doresca, Director of the Institute of International Business at the University of Iowa (USA) with his assistant, grant administrator Kelly Bedeian and Amber Aura, cultural and educational attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Nur-Sultan.

Dimi Doresca is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), International Business Specialist, and International Entrepreneurship Coach. He is director of the Institute of International Business, adjunct professor of the practice of international business and entrepreneurship, and international recruiting consultant at the University of Iowa. Kelly Bedian has devoted her career to international development and training, beginning as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine (1996-1998). She went on to work on various professional development and exchange programs, first for CONNECT/US-Russia, then for the International Research and Exchange Council (IREX) as Country Manager of the IREX/Armenia office, and as Regional Manager of the Internet Access and Training Program in the Caucasus Region. Her work has taken her to more than 50 countries spanning South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. Amber Ora is a cultural and educational attaché at the U.S. Embassy Nur-Sultan. At the US Mission in Kazakhstan, Amber oversees cultural, educational and professional exchange programs including Fulbright, FLEX, American Corners, University Partnership Programs, EducationUSA centers, as well as programs in art, music, and sports diplomacy.

During the meeting, Dimi Doreska and Kelly Bedian shared information about the activities of their university, the possibility of signing agreements on cooperation between universities, in which it is possible to realize the academic mobility of students, graduate students and doctoral candidates, as well as the availability of short-term courses in the form of Summer Camp (Summer Camp) for students and teachers. In turn, the attaché for culture and education Amber Ora told about the existing programs of the Embassy, the department of English language programs operates at the Embassy, the activities of the department are aimed at supporting English language study in Kazakhstan, these programs are one of the long-term priorities of the Embassy. There are also programs devoted to developing partnerships between American and Kazakhstani universities.

The programs are designed to build the scholarly and professional capacity of university administrators and faculty, to improve and update university programs, and to promote academic mobility for undergraduate and graduate students. About educational and professional exchange programs including Fulbright, FLEX, American Corners, University Partnership Programs, and EducationUSA centers.

At the meeting, there were also heads of international departments at E.A. Buketov Karaganda University and KarTU. We, and colleagues from Karaganda universities, in turn, shared information about the activities of their universities, about international relations of universities within the framework of academic mobility, international cooperation. The meeting was held at a high professional level, colleagues exchanged views on topical issues of international activities.

As part of this meeting, the next day, students of Bolashaq Academy and College met with colleagues from the University of Iowa at American Corner, where representatives of the university talked about educational and professional exchange programs between universities. Our students asked a lot of questions about these programs, to which they received accessible answers.

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