Perhaps the most notable collaboration that the CEAS has engaged in is with the Kazakh-British Technical University. Together we formed the Kazakh-British Competitiveness Centre and have worked closely to develop Kazakhstan's competitiveness on the world stage.
In 2019, the CEAS engaged in collaboration with Southwest Minzu University in China. Dr Irina Heim has visited the university to present research and deliver lectures, with seminars organised by Dr Gin Gao, a visiting Fellow of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies.
To make this trip possible, Associate Professor Gin Gao applied and received a grant from the national research fund of China. The trip included the visit to the financial centre and the high-tech Incubator in Chengdu Tianfu New Area. Dr Heim held a meeting with the Dean of the Department of Economics and the management team of the department to discuss possible co-operation.
The CEAS is also strengthening its strategic partnership with MGIMO in Russia. In May 2019, Professor John Board and Professor Kalyuzhnova visited Moscow to held discussions with MGIMO academics, Dr Andrey Baykov (Vice-Rector on International Programmes), Dr Olga Khotysheva (Director of MGIMO Business Incubator) and Dr Oleg Pichkov (Dean, Faculty of International Economic Relations).
Henley Business school currently has a number of successful projects with MGIMO, such as research collaboration and a double PhD programme, and further opportunities are being explored. Professor Board and Dr Artem Malgin (Vice-Rector on General Affairs) talked about new ways of working together, as well as a new recruitment process for a double UG degree in International Business and Finance.
In 2020 CEAS and MGIMO engaged in a joint research project, titled 'Great power competition and its strategic dynamics post-pandemic in Eurasia' (Dr A. Baykov, Professor C. Bluth, Professor Y. Kalyuzhnova and C. Nygaard). In 2019 the CEAS, together with United Nation Economic Commission for Europe and MGIMO, hosted the 'Capacity building event for SPECA countries From ideas to applications: Sharing best practices in business incubators, science parks and technology transfer' in Moscow. The publication 'What matters for business incubation? Lessons from the Russian experience for the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA)' can be read here.
In 2019, the new partnership was launched between CEAS, the Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU) and Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory. Henley and KBTU already have a long-standing partnership through the Kazakh-British Centre for Competitiveness, created in 2015. The Creative Spark project has enabled the development of a Creative Enterprise Hub, the first of its kind in Kazakhstan and the Central Asia region. This is a unique platform, designed for musicians, IT-design developers, artists, film-makers and others in the creative industries, and rewards the best local creative and innovative talents. Its aim is to foster economic growth and contribute to creating new jobs by identifying and exploring market opportunities.
To collaborate on research with the CEAS, please contact the CEAS Director, Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova.