The annual press-conference on the results of student admission and enrollment for the new 2016-2017 academic year took place at Nazarbayev University

On 30 September, 2016 the annual press-conference on the results of student admission and enrollment for the new 2016-2017 academic year took place at Nazarbayev University (hereinafter-University).
In total, 4 517 students applied to Nazarbayev University for the 2016-2017 academic year: 3 060 for the Foundation program, 223 for direct admissions to the undergraduate programs, and 1 234 for graduate programs.
1 278 applicants met the minimum requirements for admission to the Foundation Program, successfully passing the admission tests. 720 enrolled (among them 14 on a fee-paying basis). 128 are “Altyn belgi” (gold medal) holders, while 246 possess state-recognized degrees with honours.
“Starting with this cohort, Nazarbayev University introduced new admission requirements under a new testing regime. This year we made Mathematics compulsory for all students, while introducing another compulsory subject depending on the School and program of choice: Physics, Chemistry/Biology and Critical Thinking. This has been done so that the students could be tested not just on knowledge acquired, but also on their ability to apply this knowledge” – noted Mr. Shigeo Katsu, President of Nazarbayev University.
“Concerning English language proficiency, it should be mentioned that in case of equal scores for the IELTS international standard test, applicants were ranked by the highest scores first in Writing, then Listening, followed by Reading and Speaking. The minimum IELTS score for applicants willing to study engineering and science and technology was raised from 5.5 to 6.0” – stated Ms. Dinara Ashikbayeva, Director for the Admissions Department.
As for the bachelor’s programs, among the 223 applicants for direct enrolment 76 enrolled, while 627 students were admitted after completing the Foundation Program, for a total of 703 freshmen students.
The geographical breakdown of the Foundation Program and new undergraduate students is as follows: Astana – 15.70%, Almaty – 17.09%, Karaganda Region – 8.04%, Kostanay Region – 1.51%, Akmola Region – 3.89%, Almaty Region – 3.14%, Atyrau Region – 3.02%, Aktobe Region – 6.16%, Kyzyl-Orda Region- 2,51%, Mangystau Region – 1.13%, North Kazakhstan Region – 1.76%, Pavlodar Region – 4.15%, East Kazakhstan Region – 9.17%, South Kazakhstan Region – 13.32%, Zhambyl Region – 5.28%, West Kazakhstan Region – 3.89%.
1108 candidates applied for Master’s Degree programs this year, 409 successfully enrolled. PhD programs attracted 126 applicants of whom 28 were selected.
For the 2016-2017 academic year NU introduced the new Master of Science program in Public Health at the School of Medicine. NU thus offers 19 Master’s Degree Programs, 2 PhD and 1 Doctor of Medicine programs.

The enrollment at NU’s graduate programs is shown below:
Graduate School of Education – 89 Master’s Degree students and 9 Ph.D. candidates;
School of Engineering – 88 Master’s Degree students and 19 Ph.D. candidates;
School of Medicine – 58 Master’s Degree students;
Graduate School of Public Policy – 40 Master’s Degree students;
Graduate School of Business – 68 Master’s Degree students.

14 foreign students are enrolled at NU; they come from Kyrgyzstan, China, Mongolia, Ghana, USA, Uzbekistan and Iran: 4 are students of the Foundation Program; 1 is an undergraduate student; 7 in Master’s Programs; 2 in PhD Programs.

Information about the first graduating classes of Nazarbayev University:
In 2015 and 2016 1068 students graduated from NU: 447 graduates in 2015 and 621 graduates in 2016.
According to the data provided by the Career and Advising Center, 40% of graduates of the Class 2015 have continued their studies after graduation in the USA, Great Britain and many other countries, as well as Kazakhstan; they are studying at top the Universities such as Stanford University (USA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Imperial College London (Great Britain), University of Pennsylvania (USA). 47% of graduates are currently working.
The NU bachelors work in the following areas: consulting (24%); education, science (19%); public sector and national companies (11%); IT and telecommunications (11%); oil and gas (8%). 49% of the Master’s Degree students work in the area of education and science; 20% – in public sector and national companies.
As for the class of 2016 the picture is not yet complete. As of September 2016, 35% of the bachelor graduates continue their education in the leading universities of the USA, Germany, Great Britain, etc. – the University of Oxford (Great Britain), Stanford University (USA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Imperial College London (Great Britain), the University of California, Berkeley (USA) (the more objective data about the second cohort will be available in December, 2016).

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