ACES hosts delegation from Kazakhstan

A distinguished delegation from the Republic of Kazakhstan, a large landlocked country in Central Asia, visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus during June.

The delegation was hosted by the ACES Office of International Programs (OIP).

“The visit was initiated by the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State as a capacity-building opportunity to familiarize the delegation with the administrative side of running a research institution,” said Suzana Palaska, associate director for OIP.

The diverse delegation included a Chief from the country’s Ministry of Education and representatives from four universities including Kazakhstan National Agrarian University, South-Kazakhstan State University, Baityrsynov Kostanay State University, and Seifullin Kasakh Agro Technical University.

“We talked concretely about future opportunities for student and faculty mobility, especially within the areas of food science and human nutrition and rural development,” said Palaska.

The delegation met with Associate Dean for Research Neal Merchen, ACES Assistant Deans Soo-Yeun Lee and Mary Lowry, Head of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) Sharon Nickols, Interim Head of Agricultural and Consumer Economics Darrel Good, Director of ACES Education Abroad Meredith Blumthal, and FSHN faculty members Drs. Pawan Takhar, Youngsoo Lee, and Matthew Stasiewicz.

The group also enjoyed tours of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, EnterpriseWorks Incubator, and the Sustainable Student Farm.

Article submitted by Leslie Myrick, 217-244-5373