Nazarbayev University is committed to the principles of inclusiveness, equality of opportunities and social responsibility.

Nazarbayev University is committed to the principles of inclusiveness, equality of opportunities and social responsibility. Nazarbayev University creates equal opportunities for its students and employees, and also promotes social responsibility in the local community.

Nazarbayev University is now opened for students with vision impairment. In 2010, the Nazarbayev University Library was equipped with a magnifying glass and a “reading machine” for readers with vision difficulties. The first visually impaired student Ziyat Abdykaimov entered Nazarbayev University in 2015 to study a Master’s program on inclusive education of the Graduate School of Education. A typhlo-complex computer was purchased at the University Library of Nazarbayev University, which was equipped with special equipment and software for visually impaired and blind users, through which he had access to any information. After graduating from Nazarbayev University in 2016, Ziyat, as an expert manager for assisting technologies and accessibility services became an adviser of teachers and students on solving issues and problems of applicants with special needs.

Kasiyet Omarova, who was enrolled to the doctoral program of the Graduate School of Public Policy, entered the university in 2017. Kasiyet is the founder of a public foundation that provides assistance to the public and business sector in the implementation of social responsibility. She lost her sight when she was 23 years old and she was not able to complete her postgraduate program because of that. However, now she has an opportunity to obtain a PhD degree in Public policy at Nazarbayev University.

Thanks to the extensive library funding in the NU Library, students with visual disabilities can listen to art, scientific, business literature and study textbooks not only in English but in Kazakh and Russian languages.

Nazarbayev University always supports the initiatives of students. Hence, in the second half of 2017, the social café Kunde will open its doors on the territory of the NU. The main activist of this project is the student of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Nazarbayev University, Maulen Akhmetov. The social cafe Kunde trains and employs people with special needs. At the moment the project has trained 20 specialists and will provide full time jobs to 15 people this year.