GW Staff Member: Alumni in Kazakhstan are “Awesome”

Wright (bottom row, center) and alumni at the dinner in Astana

GW’s Office of International Alumni Programs recently hosted two alumni dinners in Kazakhstan. Brittany Wright, a member of the International Programs & Admissions Office at GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, was onhand to meet the alumni and hear about their experiences.

“We have some awesome alumni in Kazakhstan,” Wright said in an email. “Due to the established Bolashak Scholarship program and GW’s [years-long] affiliation with [it], the alumni there are young, motivated and their career trajectories are extremely promising.”

The Bolashak Scholarship allows high-performing students from Kazakhstan to study overseas, all-expenses paid—many students choose to study in the US.  After their studies are complete, recipients return to Kazakhstan to work in the country for at least five years.

The dinners Wright attended took place in the cities of Almaty and Astana, the latter being the capital of Kazakhstan.

“The alumni are looking forward to having more events and getting together more often,” Wright said. “They also noted that they are not aware of any other universities from the US that send representatives to Kazakhstan to offer events—they were extremely thankful and were wonderful hosts.”

For more information about GW’s International Alumni Networks, visit: http://alumni.gwu.edu/international-alumni-networks

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