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Real Coronavirus Stories: Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business

An MBA student and professor from Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business share their experiences of coronavirus

Jenifer L Lewis, director of degree programs at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business in Kazakhstan, and MBA student Olga Sunyaikina, share their stories.


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As with many colleagues across the world, our staff are quickly working to adapt our courses to an online delivery format,” Jenifer says.  

Olga had initially planned to complete her Erasmus semester abroad at the University of Applied Sciences and Art in Dortmund, Germany. With countries shutting down their borders to contain the virus, Olga found her plans changing. She’s now working and studying from home. 

“I realized it’s much bigger than one person,” Olga says. “It’s about protecting the elder population, people who have respiratory or chronic diseases, and not putting extra pressure on already full hospitals. It’s a very important moment in history and I’m happy to contribute by following social distancing and thorough hygiene. 

Jenifer adds that the school faculty is doing whatever they can to support students in their learning with online support.  

“Our campus community is coming together in many ways and, although separated by distance, we are truly embodying our NU motto, ‘One university, one team!’” she concludes. 


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