On September 20, 2018, Nazarbayev University received the independent Web of Science Award “Leader of Science” in the nomination "Leader in citation of scientific publications in Web of Science Core Collection for the last five years among universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan".
Every year Clarivate Analytics presents the Web of Science Awards “Leader of Science” to educational establishments, research institutions, scientific journals, and individual scholars, whose contribution to the development of higher education and scientific research is the most impactful and meaningful.
This award is often referred to as one of the most prestigious in global and regional academic communities and the number of awardees in any year never exceedes 500 worldwide.
Since 2011, these awards have been presented in Kazakhstan at the annual award ceremony, featuring well-known scientists and researchers as well as representatives of public authorities and mass media.
It should be noted that Nazarbayev University scholars conduct research in many fields, and seek to expand human knowledge through innovation, analysis, and collaboration. Within 8 years since its inception, Nazarbayev University has built a team of over 500 faculty and researchers to become a leading research university in Kazakhstan.