Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) has received approvals from both Mississippi's Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to fully develop a dual degree program between MVSU and Kazakhstan State Women's Teacher Training University (KSWTTU).
In a steadfast commitment to this new partnership, Mississippi Valley State University's International Programs hosted Dr. Dinar Nuketayeva, rector and professor at KSWTTU, during the week of April 6 through 11.
Her visit came as a follow-up to the vice – rector's June 2013 visit to develop guidelines and curriculum patterns for the dual degree program between MVSU and KSWTTU.
"We pay very close attention to international programming at KSWTTU," said Dr. Nuketayeva. "And we appreciate MVSU for this partnership."
Located in Almaty, Kazakhstan, KSWTTU has been one of the leading educational institutions in the country for seventy years. Known for its modern scientific, educational and technical background, its graduates work successfully in all sectors of education, finance and tourism.
The dual degree program allows students of KSWTTU to earn degrees from MVSU and KSWTTU in English education, teacher education, science education and social work on the undergraduate or graduate level.
Dr. Nuketayeva spoke to several students, faculty and administrators about Kazakhstan and their culture. Following her lecture, she was presented with an honorary MVSU professorship in chemistry by Dr. William Bynum, MVSU president.
"We are extremely pleased that Dr. Nuketayeva thought it critically important to visit MVSU to demonstrate KSWTUU's commitment to enhancing our current partnership," said Dr. Golden, associate vice president for academic affairs and international programs director.
The Office of International Programs at MVSU seeks to facilitate the internationalization of Mississippi Valley State University. Internationalization of MVSU is based on a commitment to work toward reducing the inequities that exist both among and within nations, respect for cultural diversity, environmental health and protection for diverse forms of knowledge and local resources and initiatives.
To learn more about International Programs at Mississippi Valley State University, contact Dr. Kathie Stromile Golden at 662-254-3800.