The State medal awarded to the President of Nazarbayev University

On July 3, 2018, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of our capital, on behalf of the Head of State N. Nazarbayev, Mr B. Sagintayev, the Prime minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan awarded a medal “For contribution to the development of Astana” to Mr Shigeo Katsu, President of Nazarbayev University.

As a modern and rapidly developing university located in the heart of Eurasia – Astana, Nazarbayev University educates the next generation of leaders of the Republic of Kazakhstan in science, public administration and various professions, thus contributing to the future development of the country. Core features of Nazarbayev University include: academic freedom and institutional autonomy both legally enshrined as Nazarbayev University operates under a special Law; predominantly internationally recruited faculty, English as the language of instruction and research; entirely merit-based admission and progression system; and integrated teaching and research starting at the undergraduate level.

Under the guidance of Mr. Shigeo Katsu, since December 2010, Nazarbayev University had achieved great success in various spheres. In 2017, Nazarbayev University was a co-founder of Asian University Alliance, which can assist NU in building a collaborative network among the 15 founding institutions in order to join efforts in the areas of research, faculty and student exchanges, joint summer programs and joint conferences/workshops. In addition, the two new Nazarbayev University schools, School of Medicine and School of Mining and Geosciences, welcomed their first students since 2015 and 2017 respectively.

On behalf of Nazarbayev University Community, we congratulate our President Shigeo Katsu with this honorable award!