Nazarbayev University

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Nazarbayev University
Kazakh: Назарбаев Университетi
Russian: Назарбаев Университет
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Motto To lead. To innovate.
Established 2009
Type Public

Estimated US$370 million (2011)[1]

US$2 billion construction[2]
Chairman Aslan Sarinzhipov
President Shigeo Katsu
Provost Simon Richard Jones
Students 1453 (total)
Location Astana, Kazakhstan
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Nazarbayev University is an autonomous research university located in Astana, the national capital of Kazakhstan. Founded as a result of the personal initiative of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, it is an English-medium institution, with an international faculty and staff. The acceptance rate for undergraduate programs is 1:8.5. All undergraduate students attend the university free of charge, and students in good standing receive a stipend, while the faculty-to-student class ratio is 1:9.

Nazarbayev University is legally linked to both the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools and the Nazarbayev Endowment Fund, all of which are dedicated to promoting educational reform in Kazakhstan.


The Supreme Board of Trustees is the managing authority of the University, Intellectual Schools and the Fund, and is headed by the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. The Board of Trustees is in charge of general management of the university’s activities.

The Deans of the different constituent Schools of the University include:


The university currently consists of six schools: the School of Engineering, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Science and Technology, the Graduate School of Business, the Graduate School of Education, and the Graduate School of Public Policy. The School of Medicine is expected to open in 2015, and a School of Mining is currently being considered. Nazarbayev University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, ranging from bachelor’s degrees to the Ph.D.

As of 2012, undergraduate majors available to students included anthropology, biology/biomedicine, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computational science, economics, electrical and electronic engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, physics, political science/international relations, robotics and mechatronics, sociology, world history/philosophy/religion, and world languages, literature and culture.

Most students at Nazarbayev University are initially admitted to the Centre for Preparatory Studies, a one-year programme operated by University College, London. At the end of this programme, they then apply to undergraduate programmes in the University itself. In addition, some students are admitted directly to the undergraduate programmes at the University, while others transfer to the University from other universities.

The school's language of instruction is English.[3]

In 2015, Nazarbayev University will launch the Geological Cluster of Schools in partnership with the Colorado School of Mines. The cluster include the School of mines, Institute of Sciences of Earth and Center of geological research. This cluster is also part of the Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy.[4]


Nazarbayev University has established partnerships with a number of internationally recognised and respected institutions. Each school in the university has one or more partner institution, with which it works on issues of curriculum and programme design, student admissions, faculty recruitment, and quality assurance. The partner institution of the School of Engineering is University College London, which also operates the Center for Preparatory Studies at Nazarbayev University. The partner institution of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Carnegie Mellon University is the partner institution of the School of Science and Technology. The Graduate School of Business is operated in strategic collaboration with the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and the Graduate School of Public Policy is partnered with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore. The Graduate School of Education has two international partner institutions: the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University and the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Finally, the School of Medicine's partner is the University of Pittsburgh.


In addition to research conducted by the faculty, staff and students of the University, Nazarbayev University is also home to:

  • The Centre for Life Sciences (CLS)
  • Nazarbayev University Research and Innovation System (NURIS)


Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics Systems Laboratory (ARMS Lab)

Astana LAboratory for Robotic and Intelligent Systems (ALARIS)


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Coordinates: 51°05′24″N 71°23′58″E / 51.09000°N 71.39944°E / 51.09000; 71.39944