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USAID Hosts Textile Design Master Class for Students and Staff of the Kazakh University of Technology and Business


More than fifty students and staff from the Textile Technology and Design Department of the Kazakh University of Technology and Business (KazUTB) took part in a two-day master class in Astana, Kazakhstan February 1-2 to learn about textile product development for international market and production processes.  The event was organized through the USAID/REC Project and implemented by a UK based non-profit organization SPINNA Circle Ltd., REC’s current grantee, in collaboration with the London Middlesex University and KazUTB. Two fashion design lecturers from the Middlesex University trained students and staff of KazUTB on creative pattern cutting methodologies, garment construction, sales channels and international market access. The master class exactly fit the dual education approach pursued by KazUTB, which envisions combination of classical academic education with on-the-job training.  REC also facilitated the tripartite partnership between the Middlesex University, SPINNA Circle and KazUTB. The three organizations signed a Memorandum of Intent  which envisages joint cooperation on topics of common academic, research, business and promotional interest, exchange knowledge in new technologies and scientific-technical developments in the field of fashion and textiles.