A new publication by Eurasian Studies MA student Zhibek Aisarina has been highlighted in PONARS Eurasia newsletter
Do you need ethics board approval for your senior capstone project or Master’s thesis? SSH IREC now has an online application process!
SSH Professors among the top 2% of the highly-cited scientists of the world
Online registration for SSRES 2021 is now open
The 8th Central Asia Korean Studies Conference was held online on 12 December
Online registration for PhD programs is now open
Professor of the Chemistry Department Timur Atabaev received a prestigious award for his research publications
The research work from the Physics Department has been published in Physical Review Research, one of the highly selective journals
Professor Jean Francois Caron’s book has been reviewed by the French Press
School of Sciences and Humanities of Nazarbayev University announces the start of online application to Masters programs for the 2021-2022 academic year
Professor Hélène Thibault and Naureen Durrani will be delivering an online lecture on “Gender, Education, Conflict and Crises”.
Shedding a new light on nano- and micro- scale thermal transport in ion irradiated materials by advanced laser metrology
Professor Elliott Bowen’s book “In Search of Sexual Health” has been published by John Hopkins University
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”
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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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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A new publication by Eurasian Studies MA student Zhibek Aisarina has been highlighted in PONARS Eurasia newsletter

PONARS Eurasia mentioned the article by MAES student Zhibek Aisarina in their newsletter.  “In our article with Dr. Erica Marat, we shed light on the under-recognition of works by Central Asian researchers. Although  local authors’ works get published, they are usually considered not as good as works by their Western counterparts. Another hurdle is the [...]


Do you need ethics board approval for your senior capstone project or Master’s thesis? SSH IREC now has an online application process!

The School of Sciences and Humanities Institutional Research Ethics Committee (SSH IREC) is responsible for education and oversight of ethical standards for students in the School of Sciences and Humanities who are conducting human subject research at Nazarbayev University. The primary role of SSH IREC is to safeguard the rights and welfare of all human [...]


SSH Professors among the top 2% of the highly-cited scientists of the world

According to a recent study led by Dr. Loannidis from Stanford University, eight of the currently NU affiliated researchers were among the top two percent of scientists of their main sub-field discipline. Researchers were classified into 176 sub-fields.  Among the 8 distinguished NU faculty, 3 belong to the SSH physics department: Anton Desyatnikov (Optics), Konstantinos [...]