Dean’s welcome

Dean’s welcome

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Professor Vassilios Tourassis, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Engineering and Digital Sciences
Nazarbayev University

Welcome to the School of Engineering at Nazarbayev University. We are the first Western University established in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Established in 2010, our ambition is to become a world-class research University. The School of Engineering has six Departments – Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Department of Robotics and Department of Computer Science. There are plans to establish two new departments in the new future – the Industrial and System Engineering Department and the Biomedical Engineering Department. The programs, designed for ABET accreditation, offer a holistic education with a strong grounding in scientific and mathematical fundamentals, appreciation in humanities, social sciences and entrepreneurship.

Our students are the greatest assets of our University. We put high priority in educating our students both inside and outside the classroom. Strong emphasis is placed on the internationalization for our student experience. This includes conference attendance, overseas exchanges and industrial attachment. This is crucial for the students to broaden their cultural experience and develop global perspectives. We also encourage undergraduate students to take part in research projects under the supervision of a faculty member. All these constitute an excellent experiential learning experience for our students to prepare them either for further studies or a career as an engineer.

It is our ambition to be a world-class research university. A new research strategy for both the University and the School of Engineering will be established with the aim to achieve research excellence and impact in both the international and Kazakh communities. To facilitate this objective, substantial funding had been injected to upgrade the research facilities and environment through: the procurement of new and advanced research capital equipment; a brand-new research building is scheduled to open in December 2018; and the strengthening of the support and internationalization of our graduate student body. Most importantly, the quality of our faculty members is a key factor in achieving these lofty goals.  For this reason, we place top priority in the recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty members from all over the world.

Whether you are a prospective student or a potential candidate for a faculty position, I invite you to explore our website for additional information on our programs, curricula, requirements and course offerings, and to discover more about our faculty, staff and students.  If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to either contact the heads of departments or myself.

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