Suleyman Demirel University

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For the university in Turkey, see Süleyman Demirel University.
Süleyman Demirel University

Сүлейман Демирел атындағы Университет

Университет имени Сулеймана Демиреля
SDU Emblem
Established December 17, 1996
Type Private
Location Almaty, Kazakhstan

Süleyman Demirel University (Kazakh: Сүлейман Демирел атындағы Университет, Süleyman Demirel atındağı Universitet, Russian: Университет имени Сулеймана Демиреля,Turkish: Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi, abbreviated as SDU) is a university located in Kaskelen, Almaty, Kazakhstan. It is named after Süleyman Demirel, the former prime minister and president of Turkey.

The University was established in 1996, by the initiatives of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, and the former President of Turkey, Suleyman Demirel.

SDU has been utilizing its new “Smart Campus” since the academic year of 2011-2012. The campus was specially built with the capacity for accommodating more than 7000 students. There are 8 faculties at the university, of which courses are instructed in English and Kazakh languages. New campus offers an excellent learning environment with its 16 lecture theatres, 120 auditoriums, 3 research centers, 8 computer labs, 2 internet cafés, conference hall, stadium, gym, medical center, 2 halls of residence and 2 comprehensive libraries, which are based on electronic cataloging system and search engine. Additionally, the campus houses 3 canteens and coffee bars. At the moment, some parts of the campus are in construction.

Types of programmes offered[edit]

Suleyman Demirel University, Outside view, Entrance

SDU offers full-time degree programmes in different levels and in various areas. At present, undergraduate degrees are being taught at four faculties, which are divided into some specific professions. Actually, the university building and campus are still being expanded, which means some other additional areas are expected to be added to the university programmes.

Master’s Degree also can be obtained at SDU in 7 different areas, which are instructed in English. These courses are designed fully in concord with the real loads of modern society.

Moreover, SDU provide opportunities to everyone, who wants to conduct a research at some specific PhD programmes. Advanced Language Courses are offered for all at SDU Language School, who are intending to learn English and Turkish for academic and business purposes. Generally, almost all interested persons can attend to these courses. Furthermore, specially designed IELTS and TOEFL tests are taught and trained by highly qualified language instructors.


Faculty оf Philology

The Faculty of Philology at SDU offers possibilities for interdisciplinary work, as well as specialization in the fields of foreign language studies, the study of a second foreign language (French, Turkish or Chinese), Translation studies and Kazakh language and literature. SDU students learn foreign languages through the medium of target foreign language. The Faculty is engaged with regional, national and international arenas of higher education. The Faculty’s international staff profile adds value to its programs of studies. In addition to teaching at schools and specialized linguistic colleges, potential careers for Graduates include: translation and interpreting for international companies (at home or abroad), representing companies in public relations, assisting business managers (sales managers and marketing officials), managing office documents, managing language - related and information technology - involved projects, secretarial and library work, administrative work in private schools, ELT management and coordination in language schools etc.

  • 5B050400 Journalism
  • 5B011900 Two Foreign Languages
  • 5B020700 Translation Studies
  • 5B011700 Kazakh Language and Literature
  • 5B020500 Philology
  • 5B021000 Foreign Philology

Faculty of Economics Apart from degree programmes, the faculty offers specialized training programs, research and consultancy services to the organizations, executives and professionals in the public and private sectors.

  • 5B050600 Economics
  • 5B050900 Finance
  • 5B050700 Management
  • 5B051100 Marketing
  • 5B020200 International Relations
  • 5B050800 Accounting and Audit

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law offers classes by mixing the theory with practical by conducting mock sessions on kind of real cases. Moreover, various types of legal documents and instruments are discussed from different points. Generally, Faculty of Law at SDU puts its effort to prepare excellent specialists in the field of Law, who will be able resolve different legal issues after their study.

In the final year, some extra courses are taught to students by orienting and dividing them into more specific specialisations, such as civil, state jurisdiction, criminal law, international law, and others. Additionally, law students conduct introductory practical collaborations with law enforcement agencies, since modern jurist should be able to deal with the flow of changes and working diverse legal problems. Indeed, all these qualities can be acquired at this faculty.

  • 5B030100 Law
  • 5B020300 History

Faculty of Engineering Main taught areas at Faculty of Engineering cover fundamental and advanced knowledge in the development of integrated web-applications, algorithms, software designing, database systems, discrete mathematics, logical programming, cryptography, computer networks, computer simulation and others. Additionally, information architecture, design, and processing within the information systems framework are practiced. Final year students on Mathematics are expected to study specific pedagogical issues at schools and other educational institutions.

  • 5B070300 Information Systems
  • 5B070400 Computer Systems and Hardware
  • 5B060100 Mathematical Sciences
  • 5B010900 Mathematics (pedagogical)

Language School[edit]

Teaching English at the Language School is based on the communicative approach in order to plunge into the atmosphere of a foreign language.

IELTS and TOEFL courses There are English courses available for all ages, statuses (whether you are a student of college/university, a pupil or working person) and time durations. Average group size is from 8 to 12 students, which gives opportunity for both students and teachers to interact to each other and enhance learning experience.

Classrooms are equipped with classroom furniture, whiteboards, computers, audio and video system and free internet access.Courses can be taken either in the morning or afternoon shifts.

Levels available:

  • Level 1 – Beginner (Pre A1)
  • Level 2 – Elementary (A1)
  • Level 3 – Pre-Intermediate (A2)
  • Level 4 – Intermediate (B1)
  • Level 5 – Upper intermediate (B2)
  • Level 6 – Advanced (C1)
  • Level 7 – Proficiency (C2)

Postgraduate degree programmes[edit]

Master’s Degree and PhD Programmes are also offered by Suleyman Demirel University. Postgraduate programs are based on International Postgraduate Programmes with the instruction language of English. Additionally, training sessions are usually flexible according to the convenience of students. Certainly, SDU always attempts to keep all its teaching facilities and educational programmes updated in compliance with modern learning practices.

Master’s Degree courses are divided into 2 directions: scientific-educational and specialized areas, and taught in 7 different fields.

  • 6M050600 Economics
  • 6M050700 Management
  • 6M070400 Computers and Software
  • 6M060100 Mathematics
  • 6M010900 Mathematics (pedagogy)
  • 6M011700 Kazakh Language and Literature
  • 6M011900 Foreign Language: Two Foreign Languages

PhD programmes are currently being offered by SDU in 5 following fields:

  • 6D050700 Management
  • 6D070400 Computers and Software
  • 6D011700 Kazakh Language and Literature
  • 6D011900 Foreign Language: Two Foreign Languages
  • 6D010900 Mathematics (pedagogy)

Tuition fees[edit]

In this consideration, SDU provides some successful students with various forms of financial support, such as scholarships, discounts, graduate assistantships and on-campus employment opportunities.

University Hall, Regular social activities are a part of student live at the university

Social Life[edit]

Employment opportunities[edit]

International relations/partners[edit]

SDU actively participates in different education and education projects in global level. These kinds of relations focus on development and strengthening the university’s position in international scene.

Key direction of inter-university collaboration is an ultimate assistance to the development of academic capacity and partnership with foreign universities in performing scientific projects. Within the framework of such educational partnerships SDU offer dual diploma programmes those are well rated globally.

SDU established various partnership ties with 46 educational institutions, universities and international organisations. University always maintains stable and prospective international contacts with its partners around the world.