American Councils for International Education announces the selection of eleven U.S. institutions of higher education to receive U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships grants. Funded by the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, the projects aim to enhance teacher preparation for English language teaching and learning, teaching and assessment methods for better-quality student outcomes, faculty research and personnel development, and policies, practices, and administrative structures to support effective and sustainable partnership activity between U.S. and Kazakhstan higher education.

U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships grantees will receive funding between $20,000 and $39,600 to launch the following projects:

U.S. Insitution Kazakhstan Institution(s) Project Title
1 Columbia University, Teachers College Suleyman Demirel University and Aktobe Regional State University Innovative approach to teaching mathematics to pre-service teachers, integrating STEM into curriculum
2 Long Island University – C.W. Post Miras University Promoting English Language Proficiency through STEM Education for Teachers
3 University of Nebraska- Omaha Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University Enhancement of English and STEM Teaching  
4 Michigan State University Kazakh American Free University Enhancing Teacher Preparation and Teaching Methodologies in Rural Kazakhstan — Next-Generation English-Language Teaching for STEM Teachers
5 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities A. Baitursynov Kostanay State University Academic Publishing Partnership — K-MAPP
6 Monroe Community College S. Seifullin Kazakh Agro Technical University Virtual GIST Internships and Collaboration
7 Michigan State University Kazakh National Agrarian University Development of Key Curricula for Ecology and Environmental Sciences at Kazakhstan Academic Institutions
8 University of Nebraska Medical Center S.D. Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University and Semey State Medical University Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating E-Learning Modules on Air Pollution
9 California State University-Sacramento Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University Evidence-based educator preparation and organizational culture
10 University of Pittsburgh Narxoz University   Developing Public Administration Education in Kazakhstan
11 University of Illinois Kazakh National Agrarian University Updating Curricula for Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral Degrees in Plant Protection

American Councils for International Education will release a call for proposals in Spring 2020, and encourage applicants to reapply or submit new proposals.