Professor Zahir Irani joined a ministerial delegation in Kazakhstan to build on Brunel’s blossoming relationship with the Central Asian country’s universities.
Prof Irani, Dean of the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences, accompanied the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Livingston, and a team of senior academics on the visit, during which he spoke about the quality of UK education and graduate employability at a Government-organised round table event.
Prof Irani said: "I was pleased to have played a vital role in helping to carve out areas of joint collaboration, which will build on the excellent relationship we already experience with universities across Kazakhstan."
The world’s largest land-locked country, Kazakhstan was also the subject of a previous visit by former Minister of State David Willetts 12 months ago, at which Prof Irani was also present. At that visit a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by both governments to pave the way for future collaborations.
A large number of Kazakhstanis have undertaken Brunel courses in English language and at the Brunel Business School, and the university has seen increasing numbers registering for undergraduate and PhD opportunities in recent years.