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David T. Robinson

School : Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

The NU Executive MBA is a terrific learning environment. Because the program reaches top up and coming executives throughout Kazakhstan, the pace of instruction is intense—it has to be, given how busy everyone is. This means that the classroom atmosphere is energetic and engaging. Students ask great questions and really show a devotion to the material that I don’t always see in western classrooms. When you take a group of really bright, motivated people and put them in an intense learning environment where they are constantly interacting with one another and with the professor, you really develop strong bonds.

One of the things that surprise students the most is the style and intensity of teaching. I teach both the introductory finance course as well as the introductory math refresher course. Because the subject matter in both courses tends to be pretty analytical, I think students expect it to be dry and boring. Nothing could be further from the truth!

I look forward to every teaching module I deliver at NUGSB because I know students will come away surprised at how accessible this material is, and how relevant it is for their everyday lives.

David T. Robinson

Professor of Finance William,

and Sue Gross Distinguished Research

Dmitry Khanin

School : Nazarabayev University’s Graduate School of Business

Although it is fairly new, the NUGSB EMBA program has already established a strong reputation in Astana’s business community. The program is known for its enthusiastic professors and students who create a vibrant environment in which the latest theoretical advances are applied to the most urgent problems of business practice! Teaching and studying at NUGSB EMBA program provide you with a rare opportunity to join an honest discussion of how to ramp up the Kazakhstan economy to catch up to the richest nations in the world. The full-time MBA program at NUGSB starting this year will challenge its students, both domestic and international, to quickly grow into business experts ready to invigorate their companies with new ways of thinking and acting, and to contribute to their national economies and overall prosperity.

Dmitry Khanin

NUGSB Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management

Jon Fjeld

School : Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business

Teaching entrepreneurship in the NUGSB EMBA program has been a very rewarding experience. I teach innovation and entrepreneurship from the perspective of western companies and the western business environment. The NUGSB EMBA students are committed to learning what they can from the experience of western companies, but are continually thinking of how they can apply this experience in Kazakhstan. Working with these students, I realize that I am working with the present and future business leaders of the country. They are among the most critical students I have encountered anywhere because they view the material as not only important for their personal success but also for the success of their country. It is both challenging and exciting to work with these students and to be a small part of this vital step forward for the economy of Kazakhstan.

Jon Fjeld

Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Professor of the Practice,

Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business