On May 11, the U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan, George A. Krol and the Consul General in Almaty, Mark Moody paid a visit to Suleyman Demirel University. After welcoming our distinguished guests at his office, the rector, Prof.Dr. Mesut Akgul offered them a traditional cup of Turkish coffee and gave gifts on behalf of our university: a book dedicated to the 20th anniversary of SDU and a book devoted to the greatness of Almaty Mountains.

Afterwards, U.S. Ambassador met with our students and faculty members to share his immense experience and discuss the most topical issues happening in the global world.  The guest lecture then turned into a question-answer interaction.

During the lecture, U.S. Ambassador emphasized the especial aspiration of Kazakhstani youth to get tertiary education and underlined the outstanding achievements of SDU in this sphere. He looked back to the former times of Harvard University and said that even the top university in the world used to be a small college for priests and now, after 20 years of its existence, SDU has impressive results and by this he expressed confidence in the bright future of our university. Moreover, George A. Krol signified his true admiration for SDU campus with its modern and integrated facilities.

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U.S. Ambassador mentioned the importance of his occupation. He  talked about becoming a professional diplomat and shared tips to succeed in his field. Furthermore, he noted the development of relationship between  Kazakhstan and U.S., then explained the significance of interacting with other countries and  getting involved in global challenges. Eventually, he talked about our biggest event of 2017,  Expo-2017 “Future Energy” and invited all of the audience to be a part of it and visit U.S. Pavilion which will be organized in the theme of “Infinite Energy”.

Ambassador Krol was sworn in as United States Ambassador to Kazakhstan on January 8th, 2015. Previously, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan for four  and a half years. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, holding the senior rank of Minister-Counselor and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.