2024 Community Based Natural Resource Management Workshop (Maun, Botswana)

On January 24–25, 2024, representatives from the Botswana Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Botswana Wildlife Training Institute, Okavango Research Institute, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and community-based organizations met for a summative workshop in Maun, Botswana.

UW-Madison and American Councils for International Education: Strengthening Higher Education in Kazakhstan

Six UW–Madison “coaches” and six teams of administrators from Kazakhstani universities culminated nine months of work together with a final workshop in Almaty, Kazakhstan in January 2024, where they shared the experience of designing and implementing reform projects in the areas of university governance and financial management.

UW–Madison and D. Serikbayev East Kazakhstan Technical University: Fostering a Holistic Innovation Ecosystem

Dr. Nhi Le joined the group of UW coaches after the project had commenced, but quickly got up to speed as she shared with the ambitious team from EKTU her unique and valuable perspective both as entrepreneur in a university ecosystem and as investor.

UW–Madison and Yessenov University: Creating a University-driven Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The Yessenov University (YU) team had a clear vision coming into this project: to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem that meets the educational and innovation needs of YU students and the growing economy of the western Kazakhstan region of Mangystau.

UW–Madison and Ualikhanov University: Expanding the University’s Reach Through Language Education and Administration (2/2)

Anne Naparstek brought her financial, organizational, and strategic planning experience as LPO administrator to the Ualikhanov University (UU) team as they implemented the first phases of a long-term project of internationalization of the campus and the development of revenue-generating language courses.

UW–Madison and Toraighyrov University: Expanding the University’s Reach Through Language Education and Administration (1/2)

Dr. Felecia Lucht worked closely with her team at Toraighyrov University (ToU) to help them realize their goal of developing English-language programing to generate revenue and provide language and teacher training courses.

2023 UW Visit to Botswana

From August 16–22, 2023, a delegation from UW–Madison traveled to different parts of Botswana to connect with partners at the Okavango Research Institute (ORI) and the Botswana Wildlife Training Institute (BWTI) in Maun, as well as leadership from the University of Botswana (UB), the Ministry of Environment & Tourism (MET), and the US Embassy in Gaborone. The delegation consisted of Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Dean, Paul Robbins; Nelson Institute Director of International and Professional Programs, Nathan Schulfer, and International Division Director of External Relations, Maj Fischer.

UW-Madison UniCEN Project with Tashkent Chemical Technological Institute

The UW-Madison UniCEN project between the UW Makerspace, led by Dr. Lennon Rodgers, and Tashkent Chemical Technological Institute, ran from fall 2020 through late summer 2021. The main goal of this project is to share the experience of UW’s Makerspace to ultimately develop and strengthen the applied skills of TCTI engineering students with innovative methods of “teaching by doing”. The project facilitates the opening of an innovative interdisciplinary Makerspace Lab at TCTI that aims to improve the quality of engineering education, provide an inextricable link between theoretical knowledge and practical skills of students, help organize “peer to peer” training courses by students and serves as a pilot project that could be implemented in the future in all technical universities in Uzbekistan.

Collaborations: Russian Advanced Interactive Listening Series

A team of UW students, alumni, and (former) faculty and academic staff have updated the Russian Advanced Interactive Listening Series (RAILS) — interactive language lessons based on documentaries and interviews about Russian culture and history.