Kazakhstan, UK strengthen scientific cooperation
Gumilyov Eurasian National University signed a memorandum with the famous Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge on establishment of a Center of quantum materials. Kazakh physicists will be able to collaborate with colleagues from Cambridge. Cavendish Laboratory is more than 140 years old. This is the first platform in the world, where students acquire knowledge as well as carry out researches and experiments. Such approach to education has allowed revealing a lot of great scientists. Over the years, scientists at the laboratory studied electrical discharges in gases and atomic structure, conducted X-ray structural analysis, developed the molecular biology and radio astronomy. It is here where the structure of a human DNA was deciphered. During the existence of laboratory, 29 of its researchers have received the Nobel Prize.
SIDDHARTH SAXENA, PROFESSOR AT CAVENDISH LABORATORY, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE:
Over last ten years we have intensified our relationship with Kazakhstan, not only because of its development, because of intellectual potential. We were very delighted in 2012, when we hosted President Nazarbayev in Cambridge University.
YERLAN SYDYKOV, RECTOR, GUMILYOV EURASIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY:
This agreement involves the joint efforts of scientists from two universities aimed at implementing research projects and solving tasks in physics. This includes new materials, new forms of energy, that will be presented at the Expo, which will take place in Astana. It relates to green economy.
One of the goals of the project is the development of alternative energy in Kazakhstan. The project will make it possible to conduct researches and prepare a new generation of scientists.
PETER NOLAN, PROFESSOR, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY:
I believe this will have very bright future and can contribute to development of we call Silk Road. The Silk Road is ancient road, but now is developing very new and important directions.
SHOKAN LAUMULIN, RESEARCHER, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY:
This is the first agreement of this kind, which is signed between the CIS universities and the Cambridge University. Cambridge University has such agreements with the universities of the U.S., Europe, with the Beijing University, the University of Singapore. And this raises our science and education to a new level, and helps to continue cooperation.