Academic Agreement Signed with Simon Fraser University
The University of Central Asia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia (Canada) in March to cooperate in exchange of faculty, staff, students, scholarly publications, as well as in joint research programmes, and co-sponsored events.
“UCA and SFU have many similarities in their community-engaged research, and commitment to social development. This partnership will provide a platform for our institutions to collaborate in creating local and international impact through teaching, research, exchanges, and community engagement,” said Jeff Derksen, Professor, Dean and Associate Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at SFU.
Jeff Derksen, Professor, Dean and Associate Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at SFU delivered a presentation on academic opportunities at SFU, during a visit to UCA's Naryn campus in November 2019.
As part of this agreement, SFU will also provide opportunities to Central Asian students to complete doctoral and postdoctoral studies at SFU as part of UCA’s Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP). UCA financially supports these scholars with the understanding that upon graduating they would serve as academic staff at UCA (with pay) for a minimum of four years.
“The vision of UCA in the three countries, including their planned campus in Kazakhstan, is ambitious and remarkable, and resonates deeply with SFU’s vision of an engaged university,” said Shaheen Nanji, Director of Global Engagement at SFU, remarking on the MOU signing. “SFU seeks deep and equitable international partnerships, and our relationship with UCA has the potential to be a model of this type of partnership, supporting the aspirations of all involved.”