During summer 2018 School of Science and Technology biology students with the support of Prof. Tokay were granted to do an internship at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Aims of the internship were to:
Students spent most of the time in Shanghai Center for Biosystems Medicine (SCBM) and Shanghai Tongren Hospital Research Institute where students had a chance to see the laboratories in China and learnt to work with liver cancer cells and astrocytes, and how different novel drugs affect these cells. One of the most important and interesting things was that students learnt the world’s leading techniques which are Polymerase Chain Reaction and Western Blot.
Other part of the students studied some tissue samples from an actual patient to be diagnosed under the microscope in Shanghai Tong Ren Hospital (STRH). In addition, a lot of medical knowledge, especially about cancer types and diagnosis, as well as clinical testing for various diseases methods were acquired.
Furthermore, students had a chance to assist doctors in a real-life surgery experience. For some students it was their first ever experience to witness a surgery from a medical professional perspective.
*Information is taken from the report of student Daulet Aitymbayev
On 1st and 2nd June Nazarbayev University held IV graduation ceremony for students with the participation of the Head of State N.A. Nazarbayev.
This year, 811 students became graduates of the university, including 506 on undergraduate programs, 302 under the Master’s program and 3 under doctorate programs.
The largest number of undergraduate students graduated from the School of Science and Technology (195 graduates); School of Engineering (156 graduates); School of Humanities and Social Sciences (155 graduates). There are 64 graduates in master’s programs in the Graduate School of Business, 64 graduates in the Higher School of Education, 48 graduates in the Higher School of Public Policy, 33 graduates in the School of Humanitarian and Social Sciences, 18 graduates in the School of Science and Technology, 63 in the School of Engineering, 25 graduates in the School of Medicine (first graduation). In the doctoral studies – 3 graduates of the Higher School of Education. Among the most popular specialties – electrical and electronic engineering, robotics, biological sciences, political science and international relations, mathematics, etc.
Graduates of Nazarbayev University are competitive young specialists, in demand both at home and abroad. Graduates of the previous three issues are about 1800 students, including graduates-doctoral candidates of the previous issue, are successfully employed in different companies. “More than half of the graduates are employed immediately. They work in the sector of financial services, engineering, robotics, and find jobs in large consulting companies. We are pleased to observe the trend, when many of our graduates open their business. Our students work in Kazakhstan, and those who leave, continue their education. Some of students also successfully work for international companies,” – said Shigeo Katsu, President of Nazarbayev University. More than 30 graduates of previous years have found their place in the labor market of Europe, North America and Asia. Among them there are graduates successfully working in such leading IT companies as Google and Microsoft, as well as Silicon Valley.
Dana Tokmurzina, a fourth-year student from Robotics and Mechatronics department, and Korlan Zhumabekova, Nazerke Kalidolda, Regina Makenova and Raushan Karsybayeva, fourth-year students from Computer Science department, traveled to Chicago, USA, in March 2018 to present six papers in addition to a video submission at the 13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.
The HRI conference is a highly selective conference that showcases interdisciplinary research in human-robot interaction. One of the papers titled “Exploring Cross-cultural Differences in Persuasive Robotics” by Regina Makenova, Raushan Karsybayeva and Anara Sandygulova won the “Best-Late Breaking Report” award among 120 publications. The publication is available via link below:
Congratulations to our outstanding students!
This year professors from the School of Science and Technology participated at the Astana Economic Forum that was held on 17-18 May 2018 in the capital city of Astana. This year the forum is transformed into the “Global Challenges Summit” which demonstrates Kazakhstan’s new status in the international discourse on the opportunities and risks presented by planetary development.
Dr. Huseyin Atakan Varol, a Department Chair and an Associate Professor of Robotics and Mechatronics attended the forum as a speaker for presentation (debate) on the topic of “Robotisation as a global social challenge and an opportunity” and “Creativity vs. Unemployment. What will humans do in the world of machines?” which addressed issues on the effects of robotisation on countries’ economies.
Professor Michael Lewis (Vice-Dean and Associate Professor of Computer Science) was a moderator on an on-trend topic of “Mind-Uploading and Artificial Intelligence. Ethical and Political aspects of new regulations” which addressed issues of opportunities and threats that these technologies hold and how can the development of them be regulated.
More information about the “Global Challenges Summit” can be found on https://www.forum-astana.org/en
Congratulations to the Nazarbayev University Team for winning 2nd place at the Republican Mathematics Student Olympiad on April 3-4, 2018.
In total, there were 9 teams participating: MSU branch in Kazakhstan (Astana), Nazarbayev University (Astana), KBTU (Almaty), ENU (Astana), KazNU after Al-Farabi (Almaty), Pavlodar State University after Toraigyrov (Pavlodar), IITU (Almaty), Karaganda State University after Buketov (Karaganda).
This year two students of the School of Science and Technology represented Nazarbayev University at the Olympiad: Maksat Kuanyshbay and Bakytzhan Kurmanbek
Congratulations to the Team! Well done!
To support the State Program “Digital Kazakhstan”, within a three-month period, from February to April, Nazarbayev University faculty will give seminars on digitalization to RK government officials and representatives. The goal of the seminars is the development of abilities and skills for the digital economy and upgrading of digital literacy.
Government officials and representatives will get a unique opportunity to learn about Digitalization, Big Data and Data Mining, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Image Processing and Computer Vision, Multimedia Database Engineering, Bioinformatics, Sensor Networks and Smart Cities, Speech Recognition & Language Processing, Cyber Security, BlockChain and Cryptocurrencies.
During each seminar, lecturers from the university and the researchers from National Laboratory Astana will share their knowledge, experience and skills. The seminars are presented in person each week, and then conducted again afterwards through the webinar format.
It is important to note that in December 2017, the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan approved the State Program “Digital Kazakhstan”. Its main goal is the improvement of the competitiveness of Kazakhstan’s economy and quality of life through the progressive development of the digital ecosystem.
On February 8, 2018, Dean’s List Award Ceremony for SST students took place in the new Atrium of Nazarbayev University. 120 undergraduate and 20 graduate students received certificates from the hands of the Dean Vassilios Tourassis and Vice-Dean Michael Lewis.
The ceremony started with the speech of Science and Technology School’s Dean – Vassilios Tourassis.
– This year the students’ achievement was higher than usual – the number of students who earned a place in the Dean’s List is 140. Moreover, 30 of them got the highest result – GPA 4.0, – stated Dr. Vassilios Tourassis.
Later on, Vassilois Kovanis, the Chair of Physics department, Adnan Yazici, the Chair of Computer Science department, and professor Gonzalo Hap Hortelano delivered their congratulatory speeches to the students. Vassilois Kovanis shared great news that three senior students from their department were invited to the Master’s program at the following universities: Graduate School of Colombia, University of Michigan, Purdue University
– I am proud of all of them. Healthy competition makes students move forward. The only thing we want is to save this team spirit, so we try to encourage and motivate everyone, – said Vassilios Tourassis at the end of the ceremony.
We are happy to share the great news: six out of ten winners of the 2018 Research Internships in World Laboratories competition, sponsored by the S. Yessenov Foundation, are students of NU…and all of them are the students of the School of Science and Technology!
The 2018 Research Internships program aims to identify, select, and support ten talented students from Kazakhstan interested in research and science. In total, there were sixty-two applicants, and thirty-five of them reached the final.
Congratulations to Khalykbek Yelshibekov (Physics department), Ademi Zhakyp (Biology department), Karina Lezgiyeva (Biology department), Azel Murzabekova (Physics department), Bekarys Nurtay (Robotics and Mechatronics department) and Temirlan Shilikbay (Biology department) for their win in the competition, and best wishes for continued success!
The Research Internships in World Laboratories competition is held annually. The winners of the earlier competitions conducted three-month internships in research laboratories of California Institute of Technology, Harvard Medical School, Rochester Institute of Technology, Karolinska Institute, Tufts University, ETH Zurich, University of Texas, and Boston University.