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
Summer and young archaeologists: Interview with teaching assistant Aidyn Zhuniskhanov
“The memory of a difficult past”: Video lecture with professor Mikhail Akulov
“New generation”: A documentary with a future SSH graduate Moldir Mekenbayeva
Podcast “Around the bush”: “Soviet-style nostalgia: the bourgeoisie, Stalinism and Ryazanov’s comedies” with the participation of professor Mikhail Akulov
Research project: “International Relations of the Golden Horde: Disease, Climate, and Politics in the 13th-15th Centuries”
“The Persian Presence in Victorian Poetry” by Dr Reza Taher-Kermani will be published by Edinburgh University Press
The research performed by Assoc. Prof. of Physics Department Constantinos Valagiannopoulos has been picked as front cover to the Advanced Optical Material
“Ethnography of the Kazakh steppe of the colonial period”: Online lecture by Alima Bisenova
DYNAMICS DAYS CENTRAL ASIA conference will be held online
Regarding IELTS/TOEFL and SAT/ACT test results
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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Images in science are still biased towards white men, new research from NU professors reveals

The research on how gender is represented in science imagery by Anna Cohen Miller (GSE), Sejin Koo (SSH), Neil Collins (SSH), and Jennifer Lewis (GSB) has been featured in Gi Media. Gi media group is one of the fastest-growing News and Classified online platforms in the UK. The results reveal that when it comes to [...]


“Otandastar”: Kazakh TV shot a documentary with dr. Durvudkhan Suragan

‘Otandastar’ is a project about the Kazakh people, who have returned to their historical homeland. How do they live in Kazakhstan? What do they do? What have they achieved? ‘Otandastar’ is a project that also deserves the viewer’s attention. One of the heroes of the project was Durvudkhan Suragan, associate professor of the Mathematics department.  [...]


Professor Clare Griffin took part in “The Global History” Podcast

Assistant Professor of the History, Philosophy and Religious Studies Department Clare Griffin took part in “The Global History” Podcast. Professor was interviewed by host Chase Caldwell Smith for the podcast’s “Global Histories of Health, Medicine & Disease in the Early Modern World ” series. They talked about professor Griffin’s research on the global links of [...]