The results of the essay competition held by the Department of Political Sciences and International Relations have been announced
Registration for the SSH Virtual Open House Days is open
N. Nazarbayev Center for the Development of Interfaith and Intercivilizational Dialogue and Nazarbayev University signed a memorandum of cooperation
The book by professor Jean Francois Caron has been nominated for “The Quill and the Sword”
SSH Special Series in Digital Humanities: SSH presents a series of events on social sciences and humanities
Registration for the Virtual Open House Day is now open
The Writing Center webinars are now openly accessible
What are the lessons we ought to learn from the Covid-19 crisis? Find out more in Professor Jean-Francois Caron’s newest book
Professor Helene Thibault’s photo has been selected on the cover of the Nationalities Papers Journal
The research work from the Department of Chemistry has been highlighted as a SynStory in a Thieme group journal SYNFORM
Nazarbayev University launches a new rubric on Instagram, “Professor Live”
Images in science are still biased towards white men, new research from NU professors reveals
“Otandastar”: Kazakh TV shot a documentary with dr. Durvudkhan Suragan
Professor Clare Griffin took part in “The Global History” Podcast
The novel ion accelerator facility INURA (Innovative Nazarbayev University’s Research Accelerator) was recently installed at Nazarbayev University.
Nazarbayev University held a digital Graduation ceremony for its graduates
A senior student of SSH won the gold medal at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Medical mobile application CeliacTest© for Android developed at Nazarbayev University
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Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the School of Sciences and Humanities at Nazarbayev University. We are a community of scholars, students, and staff committed to research and education covering a broad range of disciplines fundamental to modern scholarship.

Our School offers undergraduate students world-class Bachelor of Science education in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics or Bachelor of arts in Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science & International Relations, Sociology, and Languages & Literature.  We also offer Masters Degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Eurasian Studies, Math, Physics, and Political Science & International Relations and for doctoral students we offer PhDs in the Sciences as well as Eurasian Studies. In addition to our degree offerings, we provide classes that form part of nearly every other degree program at the University.

In SSH, students learn from faculty members who have earned doctoral degrees at the world’s best universities.  These faculty are well respected scholars engaged in active research and they provide both excellent instruction in the classroom and mentorship outside of it.   Our scientists operate nearly 90 laboratories in the natural sciences and we have a particular concentration of scholars with expertise in the Eurasian region and an alignment of resources and scholars in this area that is truly unique.

Our small classes and student-centered approach mean that all of our students have the opportunity to develop close relationships with their instructors who can guide them into academic paths uniquely suited to them.  Students have opportunities to get hands-on experience in laboratories and to participate in research projects independently or with their professors.

We are also proud to offer academic support to our students with resources such as the Writing Center and well-established student support systems such as our Peer Advising team.

I have had the great privilege of being involved with NU since the University opened to undergraduates in 2011.  During this time I have witnessed some amazing things including the great outpouring of confidence from students who chose to cast their lot with a new university, the dedication of faculty members who came from all over the world to realize the dream of Nazarbayev University, and the tireless work of our staff as they create systems to make possible the work of our students and scholars. Having realized our initial goals we are now focused on reorienting the University to be join the ranks of the world’s best Universities through innovative new projects.  I look forward to continuing to work with the excellent team in SSH and I am sure that together we will do great things. I invite you to explore our web page and perhaps to come and find your place on our team.

Daniel Pugh, Ph.D.
Dean of School of Sciences and Humanities

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The results of the essay competition held by the Department of Political Sciences and International Relations have been announced

This summer the Department of PSIR held an essay competition. PSIR majors from classes of 2021 and 2022 were invited to share their thoughts on this question: «Since the collapse of Soviet Union, there has been a religious revival in Central Asia. What do you think are the main reasons explaining this increase of religiosity? [...]


N. Nazarbayev Center for the Development of Interfaith and Intercivilizational Dialogue and Nazarbayev University signed a memorandum of cooperation

The purpose of the memorandum is to establish and develop cooperation between the Center and Nazarbayev University in the field of holding joint events, opening dialogue platforms and discussion platforms aimed at promoting interreligious, interfaith and intercivilizational dialogue, organizing guest lectures, expert meetings with the participation of religious leaders, prominent statesmen, scientists, representatives of the [...]