From Mexico to Kazakhstan: One teacher’s pursuit of a PhD in Education Marcelo J. Lopez, GSE PhD student
20.11.2020 Study International
Marcelo J. Lopez is no newbie to the world of higher education with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, a Master’s in Marketing and Innovation and now pursuing a PhD in Education at Nazarbayev University (NU) in Kazakhstan. At the age of 46, he’s the director of Ganuc — a service offering cross-cultural and language training programmes.
‘Bigger picture’: Why this Pakistani chose to study political science in Kazakhstan Basit Gulzar, GSPP student
16.11.2020 Study International
Coming from a country that has seen many different governmental transitions and been through various political experiments, it was only natural for Pakistani Basit Gulzar to learn more about the institutions, practices, and relations that constitute public life — in short, the academic discipline known as “political science”.
This Nigerian PhD student found an ‘amazing science’ education … in Kazakhstan Kayode Olaifa, SEDS PhD student
13.11.2020 Study International
Kayode Olaifa is a 28-year-old humanist, a microbial enthusiast, and a good governance advocate from Nigeria with a Bachelor of Technology in Microbiology and an MSc in Microbiology and Biotechnology under his belt. He is now a STEM student at the Nazarbayev University (NU) in Kazakhstan with the aim of getting a PhD under his belt as well.
Why a PhD in Kazakhstan makes perfect sense for this petroleum researcher Rizwan Muneer, SMG PhD student
11.11.2020 Study International
For Rizman Muneer, having a BSc and an MSc in Petroleum Engineering was not enough. Thirsty for knowledge, Muneer is now pursuing another STEM degree. The 36-year-old Pakistani is currently in his second year as a PhD candidate researching Petroleum Engineering in the School of Mining and Geosciences at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. “Knowledge has no end. This is especially true for science and technology. The study of technology in more advanced countries can only ensure that your journey in the pursuit of knowledge will not end,” Rizwan Muneer tells us.
The Most Unusual University Modules Around the World and Why They Matter
10.11.2020 QS TopUniversities
Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev University is one of the few universities offering modules in the Cannibalism and Civilization, Organized Crime and Corruption, the Anthropology of Space, Nomads, and the Sociology of Covid-19.
Gavin Slade, an Associate Professor of Sociology from Nazarbayev University’s Sociology and Anthropology Department, said: “These courses give students incredible perspective on the long duration of human history, human practices, and forms of societies that have existed throughout history.”
Extreme bacteria could save us from the next flu pandemic Azliyati Azizan, Associate Professor from the Department of Biomedical Sciences, NUSOM
Viruses are becoming more and more resistant to antiviral drugs but the solution could be bacteria living in extreme environments of Central Asia, finds new research from Nazarbayev University and the Research and Production Center of Microbiology and Virology in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Azliyati Azizan, Associate Professor from the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and colleagues, studied the antiviral properties of bacteria called extremophilic actinomycetes which thrive in extreme environments, such as the driest deserts and soil with a high salt content.
Vaccine adherence in public depends on professional source: study
26.11.2020 The Himalayan Times
KATHMANDU: People have a tendency not to believe in vaccines when they learn about them online or through friends, a research published in a journal – Expert Review of Vaccines, finds.
The new research from Nazarbayev University’s School of Medicine concluded that a large percentage of vaccine hesitancy among the participants seemed to be influenced by several factors, most notably poor vaccine knowledge and the source of information.
Children with unsupportive parents are not just more likely to bully others, but also more likely to have experienced bullying
03.09.2020 DailyMail, Psychreg, Lifestyle Daily
Daily Mail, Lifestyle Daily and Psyhreg have published new research by NU faculty led by Dr. Mehmet Karakus. The research highlights the importance of parental support in both lowering bullying perpetration and victimisation and enhancing student self-esteem. Participants aged 11 to 17 years old were asked how often they had bullied someone or been bullied by someone in the past six months, had their self-esteem measured, and were asked how much their parents know about what they are doing and feeling to assess parental support. These findings are important to improve anti-bullying programs.
NU Vice-Provost's blog post: "Student mobility needs to be more than just east to west"
07.08.2020 The Pie News
The PIE news website for professionals in international education released a blog post from Loretta O’Donnell, NU Vice Provost of Academic Affairs highlighting the changing trend of student mobility in Europe and Asia. According to the article : “Asian students appear to travel within Asia or to western countries, but western students are not yet studying in Asia at the same level”.
Researchers say that Extreme bacteria could save us from the next flu pandemic
NU alumna Aizhan Alzhanova: “Leadership is about communicating and sharing”
11.07.2020 Thrive Global
Thrive Global with 5 mln viewers a month, has covered our alumna Aizhan Alzhanova's @ayzhan_alzhanova story and published her interview. Aizhan Alzhanova is a co-founder of Mama Pro, a center in Kazakhstan that supports the professional growth of women who are stay-at-home mothers with employment difficulties due to the special needs of their children, or women who are victims of domestic violence.
Expert from NU warns that COVID-19 pandemic is not the next plague
An independent newspaper The Guardian Nigeria has published the investigation results on historical pandemics by NU Professor Uli Schamiloglu. Professor Uli claims that the COVID-19 global pandemic will have long-lasting societal and economic impacts, but cannot be compared by mortality rate with previous global historical pandemics.
Images in science are still biased towards white men, new research from NU professors reveals
An international online-news portal GiMedia featured the results from the NU research team revealing that when it comes to science, the industry still appears to favor images depicting white men. NU professors, who work across education, political science, and business disciplines, analyzed scientific industry image data from a large scale science event Astana Expo.
NU Professor covers applicant's question at BusinessBecause portal: "MBA vs Master's In Finance: Which Should I Combine With CFA?"
The international education portal BusinessBecause through its rubric of Applicants Questions featured NU expert, professor Thierry Post covering on how CFA chartership ties in with an MBA vs a Master's in Finance degree. Professor Post, being a member of the admissions committee for the Master's in Finance, and head of the accounting and finance department at Nazarbayev University, advises that combining your business degree with CFA accreditation can advance your career.
NU Vice-Provost comments on Forbes.com - "Can International Higher Education Survive Covid-19?"
Forbes.com, a website of an US business magazine, released an article highlighting current situation of global International Higher Education featuring comments from NU Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Loretta O'Donnell. Vice Provost paid attention to the opportunity to reconsider and recalibrate assessment of students' works with more flexibility and innovative approaches, working on safe and creative solutions to pursue research mission of the university in current situation.
NU graduate, a Robotics and Mechatronics expert, explains sports robot
17.06.2020 The Guardian
The Guardian Nigeria released an article with Baurzhan Ospan, NU graduate and current CEO of Qmobot, an e-learning company for students and adults in the spheres of IT and robotics. His company Qmobot had partnered Nazarbayev University to create a country-level ‘SumoBot’ tournament to promote sport robotics among students from different universities.
NU ISSAI researcher talks about COVID-19 Simulator on the Irish Tech News Podcast
25.05.2020 Irish Tech News Podcast
Irish Tech News Podcast released an episode with Aknur Karabay, a young researcher at The Institute of Smart Systems and Artificial Intelligence (ISSAI) at Nazarbayev University on their COVID-19 stochastic simulator. Aknur explains how the simulator was created, the four simulation scenarios they ran when testing it, why they released its source code online and where you can find it.
Interview with NU Assistant Professor: "Support educators with online teaching during COVID-19"
25.05.2020 Global Education Times portal
Global Education Times portal published the article with Dr. Anna CohenMiller featuring Higher Ed Learning Collective on "Support educators with online teaching during COVID-19". Dr. Anna CohenMiller as an Assistant Professor at NU Graduate School of Education was actively involved in a global collaborative initiative on bringing all educators on one virtual Higher Ed Learning Collective. The Collective gives an opportunity to openly discuss, worldwide, what we as higher education professionals can do to improve and change for the better in online education.
NU graduate Kamila Rollan: Inclusive education throughout Central Asia and the world
A blog post of Kamila Rollan, NU Graduate School of Education graduate, was published at WeAreTheCity portal. Kamila shares her thoughts and experience related to the Inclusive Education development in Kazakhstan comparing to the world practice: Inclusive education has been actively developing throughout the last decade in our country. Nazarbayev University has made several adjustments to ensure education is accessible for all.
Big data could be key to tracking Covid-19 and easing lockdown, ISSAI Epidemic Simulator suggests
09.04.2020 Pharmiweb.com | 20.04.2020 EPM Magazine
The stochastic epidemic simulator developed by NU ISSAI has been featured in publications on Pharmiweb - a global news site in the pharmaceutical industry, and on EPM Magazine, European news site in the innovative and technologically advanced sector. The simulator was developed by researchers at Nazarbayev University using real data based on experiences in other countries in order to estimate the impact and future course of Covid-19 in Kazakhstan based on different policy measures, potentially allowing to plan better and prevent further spread of the disease.
Inspirational Woman: Kamila Rollan | Founder, Education For All
WeAreTheCity, the leading website for professional women, published an interview with alumna of Nazarabayev University, Kamila Rollan, Kamila shared her thoughts and experience on inclusive education development. While studying a Master’s program at Nazarbayev University’s Graduate School of Education, she realised that inclusive education in Kazakhstan was almost non-existent and saw an opportunity to help marginalised youth gain access to school and education. She founded earlier ‘Education For All’, a non-profit organization aimed at supporting inclusive education development in Kazakhstan and currently pursuing a PhD in this sphere at the University of Cambridge.
Live Updates: Coronavirus Impact On Business Schools
25.03.2020 Business Because
What is the impact of coronavirus on business schools?
BusinessBecause portal brings the latest live updates from several world wide business schools including Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business.
Jenifer L Lewis, director of degree programs at NU GSB, and our MBA student Olga Sunyaikina, share their stories.
Horse milk is better for us than cow’s milk, research reveals
Horse (mare’s) milk research from Nazarbayev University's professors reveals in the Daily Mail (358mln ppl circulation) and The Times (4mln ppl circulation), The Travel Magazine, Food & Drink Technology, The Times Ireland printed publications! According to this research, horse milk is beneficial in treating inflammatory diseases, tuberculosis, blood pressure, and even certain types of cancer. Also, koumiss, a fermented mare’s milk product, is rich in a protein that helps regulate blood pressure.
Tech for good: How Artificial Intelligence is solving some of the world's biggest problems
02.03.2020 IDG Connect
Article about Nazarbayev University professor Dr. Prashant Jamwal "ReLive" research on AI was published at "IDG connect" technology portal.
"ReLive" is a startup leveraging artificial intelligence and robotics to help stroke patients recover faster. AI-driven software provides rehabilitation devices covering areas of the body such as legs, ankles and upper limbs.
Inside block caving: the deep mining method of the future?
24.02.2020 Mining Technology
An article by Professor Fidelis Sourineni from Nazarbayev University was published in the Mine Magazine and Mining technology platform. Prof. Sourineni explains the use and potential of the block caving method, a mining system which involves undermining an ore body and then allowing it to collapse under its own weight, a process that opens access to deeper deposits. Block caving has emerged as a cost-effective method of mining large, low-grade mineral deposits.
International perspective: an American student in Kazakhstan
21.02.2020 THE (The Times Higher Education)
A blog post of Anthony Heykoop, the American student of Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business, was published at the Times Higher Education platform. Anthony shares his experience why he had decided to study MBA in Kazakhstan and how he was pleased to find a university that matched his requirements in the capital city of Nur-Sultan.
Link for the article is below.
Inspirational Woman: Aizhan Alzhanova | Co-Founder, Mama Pro
WeAreTheCity, a leading website for professional women, published the interview with the graduate of Nazarbayev University. Aizhan Alzhanova is a co-founder of center in Kazakhstan which supports the professional growth of women who are stay-at-home mothers, have had employment difficulties due to special needs of their children, or women who are victims of domestic violence.
Mehdi Bagheri on the Irish Tech News Podcast
29.01.2020 Irish Tech News
Irish Tech News podcast released episode with Mehdi Bagheri, Associate professor of Nazarbayev University about the wireless road concept that will allow drivers to charge their car while driving. Mehdi explains what they have achieved so far with their wireless road concept, when it will become a reality, and how it will work.
Nazarbayev University develops new hydrogel for wound care
29.01.20 Med-tech innovations
A research team from National Laboratory Astana at Nazarbayev University is developing a wound healing hydrogel to improve the recovery of patients with skin burns and injuries. The product, AmnioSkin, uses simple technology and natural components and shown promising results following testing on animal subjects showing no allergic reactions.
9 Trends That Will Shape Business Education In 2020, According To Deans
How will business education change in 2020? What trends will take the industry by storm? Dr. Patrick Duparcq, Dean of the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business and other top business school deans from Stanford and Oxford universities share their predictions for the year ahead in "BusinessBecause" (web source for MBA queries, UK).
Nanotech being used in the fight against cancer
02 12 2019 Hospital Hub
Researchers from Nazarbayev University are testing the application of nanomaterials in thermal ablation therapy. The use of nanomaterials is an attractive solution in this type of therapy as the nanomaterials can increase the temperature in specific tumour regions. This allows the therapy to target and destroy the cancer cells specifically without affecting healthy surrounding cells.
The importance of earthquake preparedness, mitigation and resiliency
02.12.2019, Open Access Government
Several experts from the Nazarbayev University share their views on the importance of earthquake preparedness, mitigation and resiliency. In order to be able to predict the essential consequences of earthquakes, they describe the idea of developing a physically-based ground-motion prediction methodology incorporated with probabilistic seismic hazard analyses (PSHA).
Mobile phone frequencies are being used to treat Alzheimer’s disease
15.11.2019, Middle East Medical Portal
Researchers from Nazarbayev University and the National Laboratory Astana are investigating the use of mobile phone frequency electromagnetic fields as a form of future treatment for age-related dementia. Specifically, they are studying how radiofrequency electromagnetic fields could be used in Alzheimer’s disease therapy, selecting a frequency of 918 Hz because it is commonly used in mobile phones.
Kazakhstani University helping to revive ancient Silk Road route
06.11.2019, Asia Today
Dean of School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Dr. Daniel Pugh talks about expert anthropologists and archaeologists from Nazarbayev University who investigate the New Silk Road.
Thermal ablation therapy for cancer using nanomaterials
07.10.2019, Middle East Medical Portal
Researchers from Nazarbayev University are studying the use of nanomaterials as a form of cancer treatment that could be used to complement traditional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Researchers Zhannat Ashikbayeva and Prof. Daniele Tosi, alongside Prof. Inglezakis, focused on the application of nanomaterials in thermal ablation therapy. Thermal ablation is a technique used in cancer therapy to eliminate cancerous cells or tissue by applying external electromagnetic waves to locally increase the temperature.
The world is changing: how savvy universities are playing catch-up
25.09.2019, The Telegraph
Universities around the world are looking beyond traditional curriculums to a new era of degrees. Ideas about university location are due to change, too. Shigeo Katsu, president of Nazarbayev University, sees a future where alliances are established between universities: “It will become increasingly common for a degree to be issued by more than one university.”
How Much Does GPA Matter When Applying To A Top MBA Program?
Doron Israeli, lecturer and admissions committee member at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business, answers an Applicant Question of the Week. The question comes from an anonymous applicant, concerned about the competitive nature of business school applications and hoping to improve their chances.
Kazakhstani researchers on track to power trains with wind
27.08.2019, Sustainability Matters
Much of the world’s current rail networks rely on diesel-powered trains, which are contributing to carbon emissions and accelerating global warming. Researchers from Nazarbayev University are developing a solution to reduce carbon emissions using the wind generated by moving trains.
App Lets Users Rent Out Empty Parking Spaces
Kazakhstan startup TuraQshare, with support from Nazarbayev University, has developed an app that allows users to register and rent out their empty parking spaces. TuraQshare, described as the “Airbnb for parking spaces,” aims to reduce traffic congestion by helping drivers find parking.
Loretta O'Donnell, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
22 August 2019, The Pie News
Kazakhstan, like its Russian neighbour to the north, is currently on a mission to revamp its educational system and plug itself into the landscape of international higher ed. The PIE spoke with Loretta O’Donnell about how the industry is being swept up in the Central Asian nation’s push for reform and internationalisation.
Are Universities Undermining The Global Graduate Jobs Market?
Technological developments have completely changed the way we live and work in the form of the internet and its resultant communications revolution and, increasingly, artificial intelligence or AI. What are universities doing to prepare their students for this brave new world?