Microsoft has signed an MOU with Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, to be one of the companies that will operate a high-tech research center at the University. Nazarbayev University is working to create a high-tech science park located on site, to partner with the science centers and schools of the university. So far, 10 MOUs have been signed; Samsung and Hewlett-Packard are among the other signatories.
The intent of the park is to provide access to electronic resources for students at the university, enhance cooperation in teacher training and innovation in teaching, improve graduate employment, and develop stronger research facilities. Kazakhstan’s goal is to develop an intellectual innovation cluster at the university; to that end, DreamSpark, Microsoft’s online teaching library, will be made available to students at Nazarbayev University as part of the initiative, and the company is expected to have a location in the park itself as well.
The university is working on more than 40 projects in science, including renewable power generation, environmental science, computer technology, robotics, physics, and biochemistry. The signatories to the agreement were the Deputy Prime Minister, Yerbol Orynbayev, and the president of Microsoft International, Jean-Phillipe Courtois.