Pitt's medical school to help Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan develop its own

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has entered into a strategic partnership to help Nazarbayev University in the Republic of Kazakhstan establish a medical school in the capital city of Astana.

Pitt experts will advise officials there on how to design and develop a medical school curriculum, as well as offer guidance for recruiting and training faculty and administrators. The school is expected to open in the fall of 2015.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Pitt has been providing biomedical expertise to Kazakhstan since June 2011, helping in the training of research personnel at the university.

Last year, that relationship expanded when Nazarbayev officials announced that UPMC would help it develop a national oncology treatment and research center.

Arthur S. Levine, Pitt's senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of the school of medicine, says the new partnership represents the school's "most ambitious educational partnership undertaken to date."

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Steve Twedt: stwedt@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1963. First Published July 23, 2013 10:30 AM


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