Nazarbayev University is a modern and rapidly growing university initiated by the President of Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev who seeks to promote a qualitative leap forward in the preparation of the next generation of national technical and scientific elites to assist in the industrial-innovative development of the country. In Fall-2010 the university accepted first students. On June 15, 2011 the university changed its legal status and became “The autonomous organization of education “Nazarbayev University”. In June 2015 NU celebrated its first graduation. 380 Bachelor and 142 Graduate students received NU diplomas.
The university’s vision is training professionals with qualifications meeting the highest international standards who will be able to contribute to the research, education, and the national economy. The mission of Nazarbayev University is to advance the development of education and research in the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as to contribute to Astana’s aspiration to become Eurasia’s research and educational center.
At present, 3,683 students are studying at Nazarbayev University, of whom 715 are on the Foundation program, 2,306 bachelor students, 580 master students and 82 are doing their PhD. Three schools provide undergraduate programs: School of Engineering, School of Science and Technology, and School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The same schools, as well as the Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Public Policy, Graduate School of Education, School of Medicine, School of Mining and Geosciences of Nazarbayev University offer graduate programs. PhD programs are present at the School of Engineering and Graduate School of Education. Each student receives monthly stipend. In addition to that each student has free housing. Over 300 professors, instructors and teachers work at NU.
In 2017, 737 students graduated from NU: Bachelors – 499 (SST – 202, SENG – 175, SHSS – 122), Masters – 229 (SST – 22, SENG – 39, SHSS – 22, GSB – 54, GSPP – 23, GSE – 69),
PhD students – 9 (GSE – 9).