Suleyman Demirel University

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Süleyman Demirel University
Сүлейман Демирел атындағы Университет
Университет имени Сулеймана Демиреля
Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi
Other name
EstablishedDecember 17, 1996
RectorKuanysh Yergali
Almaty, Kaskelen district

Süleyman Demirel University (Kazakh: Сүлейман Демирел атындағы Университет, romanized: Súleıman Demırel atyndaǵy Ýnıversıtet, Russian: Университет имени Сулеймана Демиреля,Turkish: Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi, abbreviated as SDU) is a private university 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.

Types of programmes offered[edit]

Suleyman Demirel University, outside view, entrance

SDU offers full-time degree programmes.

Undergraduate degrees are taught at four faculties, which are divided into specific professions. The university building and campus are being expanded, which means other areas are expected to be added.

Master’s degrees can be obtained at SDU in eight areas and are instructed in English.

Advanced language courses are offered for all at the SDU Language School, who are intending to learn English and Turkish for academic and business purposes. Generally, almost all interested people can attend. Furthermore, specially designed IELTS and TOEFL tests are taught and trained by highly qualified language instructors.


Faculty of Pedagogy and Humanities[edit]

The Faculty of Pedagogy and Humanities offers possibilities for interdisciplinary work, as well as specialization in the fields of foreign language studies, the study of a foreign language (French, Turkish or Chinese), translation studies and Kazakh language and literature. SDU students learn languages through the medium of the target foreign language.

  • Two Foreign Languages
  • Translation Studies
  • Kazakh Language and Literature
  • Philology
  • Foreign Philology
  • Mathematics (pedagogical)
  • Physics - Informatics (pedagogical)
  • Chemistry - Biology (pedagogical)

SDU Business school[edit]

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.

  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Accounting and Audit

Faculty of Law[edit]

In the final year, extra courses are taught by orienting and dividing students 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. These qualities can be acquired at this faculty.

  • Jurisprudence
  • International law
  • History
  • International relations
  • Journalism

Faculty of Engineering and Natural sciences[edit]

The main areas taught at the 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 in the information systems framework are practiced. Final year students in Mathematics are expected to study specific pedagogical issues at schools and other educational institutions.

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Systems and Software
  • Mathematical Sciences

Postgraduate degree programmes[edit]

Master’s degree and PhD programmes are offered by Suleyman Demirel University. Postgraduate programs are based on international postgraduate programmes with instruction in English. Training sessions are usually flexible according to the convenience of students.

Master’s degree courses are divided into two directions — scientific-educational and specialized areas — and taught in seven fields.

  • Economics
  • Management
  • Computer Systems and Software
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics (pedagogy)
  • Kazakh Language and Literature
  • Foreign Language: Two Foreign Languages
  • Jurisprudence

PhD programmes are offered in five fields:

  • Management
  • Computer Systems and Software
  • Kazakh Language and Literature
  • Foreign Language: Two Foreign Languages
  • Mathematics (pedagogy)

Tuition fees[edit]

SDU provides some successful students with financial support, such as scholarships, discounts, graduate assistantships and on-campus employment opportunities.

University Hall: Regular social activities are part of student life at the university

International relations/partners[edit]

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

SDU established partnership ties with 46 educational institutions, universities and international organisations.


Coordinates: 43°12′29″N 76°40′12″E / 43.2080°N 76.6700°E / 43.2080; 76.6700