Henley set to support Kazakhstan’s economic improvements plan

5 October 2015

Henley set to support Kazakhstan’s economic improvements plan

Representatives from Henley, the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, University of Reading and Kazakh British Technical University (KBTU) gathered during Henley Royal Regatta this summer, to enjoy the British tradition and continue discussions about the new Kazakh-British Competitiveness Centre (KBCC).

Representatives from Henley, the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, University of Reading and Kazakh British Technical University (KBTU) gathered during Henley Royal Regatta this summer, to enjoy the British tradition and continue discussions about the new Kazakh-British Competitiveness Centre (KBCC).

Launched in June, The KBCC was set up as an international think tank to work with academia, business, non-profit organisations and government to develop Kazakhstan’s competitiveness on the world stage.

With a backdrop of the traditional team sport event, John Board, Dean of Henley Business School and His Excellency Erzhan Kazykhanov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan, opened the first Advisory Board Meeting by emphasising the importance of the UK and Kazakhstan working together to bridge relations and increase collaboration.

His Excellency spoke about Kazakhstan’s ‘Plan for the future’ of economic improvements, including industrialisation and economic growth and transparency and accountability of the state. The KBCC will support these changes, using faculty expertise from both business schools to support research projects, development of financial programmes and in other areas such as clean energy and anti-corruption policies.

Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Vice-Dean (International) of Henley Business School and Co-Director of the KBCC, announced the recruitment of research assistants and applications for research grants to support the research agenda of the KBCC. A case study on the promotion of clean energy resource-rich countries was also planned to take place over the summer.

The International Study and Language Institute and Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Reading, which Henley is part of, also pledged their support in the form of language courses for the Kazakhstan civil service and developing the potential of Kazakhstan’s agricultural sector.

Further projects and research continue to be planned and the board will meet again in early 2016.

For more information about the Kazakh-British Competitiveness Centre, visit the Centre website or read the launch story.

Photo caption: Dr Yuri Loktionov, Vice-Rector of Kazakh British Technical University; His Excellency Erzhan Kazykhanov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan; Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Vice-Dean (International) of Henley Business School; Dr Ewan Simpson, Dean of the Business School, Kazakh British Technical University & Professor John Board, Dean, Henley Business School

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