MEPhI Branch to be Created in Kazakhstan

The Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Valery Falkov and the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askhat Aimagambetov signed an agreement in Nur-Sultan, according to which it is planned to open a branch of MEPhI in Kazakhstan.

The document, signed in the presence of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin and the Chairman of the Government of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov, provides for the creation and operation of branches of Russian universities in Kazakhstan and branches of Kazakhstani universities in Russia. The agreement was concluded for a period of five years with the possibility of extension.

Branches in foreign territory will operate within the framework of local legislation and the charter of the parent university. Graduates of Russian universities will receive documents on education of the Russian type and vice versa.

Currently, 357 Kazakh students are studying at MEPhI in various areas of training, said Vladimir Shevchenko, Rector of MEPhI.

“The opening of our branch in Kazakhstan will provide talented young people with the opportunity to receive the best engineering education in their homeland and make a significant contribution to the development of their country. This will be the training of nuclear specialists, experts in IT and information security, economic security and other areas that the economy of Kazakhstan needs,” he said.

The rector of MEPhI noted that the discussion of working moments and details of opening a new branch has already begun with Kazakh colleagues.

“We hope that the branch will start operating this year on the basis of one of the Kazakh universities. This would help to solve the issue of providing the necessary infrastructure and material and technical base at the first stages,” Vladimir Shevchenko added.

The branch of MEPhI in Kazakhstan will become the 15th branch for the university in general and the second foreign branch; the first has been operating in the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent since 2019.