Wednesday 29 October 2014

​Northampton Business School (NBS) has been awarded a £35,000 grant in partnership with the Kazakhstan-British Technical University (KBTU) to deliver a programme designed to bring together early career researchers in both the UK and Kazakhstan.

The Newton-Al Farabi ‘Research Links’ Programme is jointly funded by the British Council and JSC Science Fund and allows the researchers to take part in a workshop focusing on building links for future collaborations and enhancing their career opportunities.

The partnership, led by Dr Shaowei He at the China, Transitional and Developing Economies Research Centre at NBS and Professor Ken Charman at KBTU, represents a strong commitment of the two institutions to enhancing their strategic relationships.

The joint proposal for funding under the Newton-Al-Farabi ‘Research Links’ Programme, was awarded in a competitive bid, which was undertaken in the summer of 2014.

The workshop will focus on the rise and internationalisation of emerging economy multinational enterprises and their impact on the world economy. They will provide funding for up to 15 early career researchers from each country to present research papers at the workshop which will feature a series of ‘working sessions’ that focus on the research subject area with supporting sessions for networking, skill development and awareness. This holistic approach will further the career development of attendees and will provide a wider benefit than would be achieved by a simply research-based workshop.

Dr Shaowei He commented: “This is the first such award specifically provided for research funding to be given under the Newton- Al-Farabi Programme, and both institutions are delighted to have been awarded this funding. We are sure that this will be the start of a long and fruitful relationship and will assist greatly in developing the leading-edge research capacity of the University of Northampton and its partnership with KBTU and other international universities.”

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