International Centre of Educational Programmes Opens at Turan College

www2ASTANA – The International Centre of Educational Programmes opened at Turan College of Astana on Oct. 22. The new centre will train students at top international standards and aims to facilitate their entry into the global education space.

The new centre will organise and train students who wish to obtain international certificates as well as develop a double degree programme, which would allow students to simultaneously complete studies at the centre in Astana and at universities abroad. Leading experts from the U.K., Germany, Singapore, Norway, Turkey and Russia have been invited to lecture, help transfer best practices and organise joint conferences and round tables on topical education issues. The centre will also offer training courses for teachers.

A number of guests from London came specifically for the opening of the International Centre of Educational Programmes, including General Manager of the City of Westminster College Keith Cowell and Deputy Director General of the City of Westminster College Alan David Pigden. Beksultan Sarsekov, director of the Central Asian Regional Information Coordination Centre, was also present. Chairman of the Committee for Quality Control of Education in Astana Kairat Abdibekov and Turan College head Ainagul Zhanetova cut the ribbon to open the new centre.

On Oct. 23, an agreement on cooperation between the City of Westminster College and Turan College about the training of students in the City of Westminster College while obtaining international certificates was signed.

Guests from the City of Westminster College delivered a lecture to Turan College students, met professors and talked about technical and vocational education in the U.K. and about the features of their institution.

Since 2007, Turan College has been a partner of the Moscow International Higher Business School. This May, the college began cooperation with the Cambridge Regional College of the U.K., where Turan students can pass short-term courses in accordance with their degrees and obtain British certificates. Turan College has also established a training programme in cooperation with the Rogaland Training and Education Centre in Stavanger, Norway and the National Polytechnic College of Singapore.

And it has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Technical School of Rothenberg, Germany. In November, members of the Turan College administration will visit the German school and discuss their future cooperation. The college is a partner of the TICA Turkish Education Foundation and is preparing a project with college of the city of Bursa, Turkey.

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