Kelly Brownell, dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, signed an agreement yesterday with the Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana, Kazakhstan. The agreement, signed on behalf of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) at the Sanford School, outlines opportunities for collaboration on educational and research activities, seminars and academic meetings, exchange of academic materials and publications, and short-term academic and executive programs.

The hub, which was established last year as a platform for the exchange of knowledge in the field of civil service, is jointly financed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and consists of more than 30 participating countries and international organizations.

“We are delighted to become associated with the regional hub, as it will allow us to deepen our relationships with a group of countries with which we have collaborated since the 1990s through our graduate and executive education programs,” said DCID Director Francis Lethem.

Alikhan Baimenov (pictured left), Kazakhstan’s former Civil Service Chairman, signed on behalf of the hub. He was accompanied by Yernar Zharkeshov, head of the hub’s research team, and Stephen Tull, Duke graduate and UNDP resident representative.

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