Fuqua and Nazarbayev University: Pioneering business education in Kazakhstan

2017-08-31 17:56:29


Kazakhstan is in the midst of comprehensive education reform, and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business has played an important role in the development of one of this country’s most prestigious institutions: The Graduate School of Business at Nazarbayev University.  

On May 27, the two schools signed a contract that renewed their strategic partnership through December 2022.


NU Graduate School of Business Developed in Partnership with Fuqua

The Fuqua School of Business was first approached by NU in 2009. The two schools completed a market study, demonstrating the feasibility of a graduate business school at NU. Since 2012, Fuqua has been a strategic partner to NU—offering advice and insight into best practices for everything from classroom design, to admission standards, to curriculum development and faculty recruitment.

 “We’ve always operated as a true partnership,” said Valerie Hausman, Fuqua’s associate dean for global executive education. “There is deep collaboration across all areas.”

The NU Graduate School of Business (NUGSB) now offers full-time and executive MBA programs, executive education, a master’s of science in finance, and a masters in engineering management. All degrees awarded are solely from NU, though the university’s many programs benefit from its international alliances. 

Fuqua’s Director for Business Development for Kazakhstan Robert Olinger has travelled to Kazakhstan on a near-monthly basis since 2011. “When I arrived [at NU] there was one building,” said Olinger. “Now there is an order of magnitude more and the campus is alive and full of students.”

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