On 17-18 August, 2017, an annual Orientation event was held by Nazarbayev University (NU) to welcome the New Faculty Members.
“Embracing diversity” is one of the key Nazarbayev University values, and today the NU international community comprises representatives from 55 countries of the world. 30 new teaching and research staff members attended the Orientation program and had an opportunity to get acquainted with the University, the city of Astana, and explore Kazakh culture at the “Ethno Auyl”.
A smooth integration of the new professorate to the University community is one of the main aims of faculty support at NU. The two-day Orientation program is designed to embrace the whole specter of the University’s operations, introducing a variety of academic and research activities, services, and facilities.
President of Nazarbayev University, Mr. Shigeo Katsu, welcomed the newly arrived members of the NU community and gave an overview of the NU achievements and plans. Vice-president for Students Affairs and International Cooperation, Mrs. Kadisha Dairova, unveiled the first steps and ideas of the university establishment. The next day NU Provost, Ilesanmi Adesida, and Vice-provost for Academic Affairs, Loretta O’Donnell, spoke on the research and academic matters.
Clare Griffin from Great Britain is amongst the new faculty of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences . She received her job offer in June and in two months came to Kazakhstan for the first time, now Clare shared her emotions: “Astana looks like a “sci-fi” city because of lights and buildings. Though it’s my first visit to Kazakhstan, I’ve heard a lot about it, thanks to my specialty research which is Science and Medicine in Early Modern Russia. I was trained in Slavonic Studies, and actually Nazarbayev University in particular, and Kazakhstan in general, is well-known in Slavonic Studies. Within Orientation week we attended lectures on various fields as finance and bank accounts, which are important for just arrived foreigners. Nazarbayev University is developing and I think it’s nice place to be and to work here.