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.

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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.1 Dean's list
















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.

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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.

Congratulations to the School of Science and Technology Team for winning 3rd place at the VII Moscow State University (MSU) International Biology Universiade on November 24-26, 2017. 
This year four students of the School of Science and Technology represented Nazarbayev University at the Universiade: Adilgazy Semeigazin (3rd year, Biology), Aidana Mustafa (4th, Biology), Almira Zhantuyakova (3rd year, Biology), Zhassulan Isspolov (3rd year, Biology). 
In addition, Adilgazy Semeigazin won 1st place in an individual section of the Universiade, and Aidana Mustafa won 3rd place in an individual section of the Universiade.
Congratulations to the Team! Well done!
Congratulations to SST Table Tennis team for winning Silver medal in NU Faculty and Staff Sports Competition that was held on November 25-26 at the Sports center of Nazarbayev University. 
SST Table Tennis team members:
1. Piotr Sebastian Skrzypacz, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, SST;
2. Haiyan Fan, Associate Professor of Chemistry, SST;
3. Dongming Wei, Acting Department Chair of Mathematics, SST.
We are proud of you!
Congratulations to NU Kazakhstan Team for winning a Gold medal in iGEM 2017 competition – an international competition in synthetic biology, held in Boston, USA!
This year 3 students from NU Team were attending the Giant Jamboree: Valdemir Kim (SST, Biology, 4th year), Mariyam Akizhanova (SST, Biology, 4th year) and Yerkezhan Kalikanova (SST, Biology, 4th year).
Well done to the Team. You made us proud!

Dear Nazarbayev University Community!

We are happy to announce the First Annual Youth Chemistry Conference that will be held in Nazarbayev University on November 11!
This will entirely be organized by the Chemistry Department of SST and particularly the Senior Students of Chemistry Major!
The topic of the Conference will be Recent Advances in the Fields of Chemistry, and the participants will demonstrate their most recent findings in a wide range of Chemical Sciences. These will include Medicinal Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalysis, and Green Chemistry! More so, international guest speakers are expected to give presentations as well!
We are very delighted to invite every member of our University to participate in the Conference! This will be a great networking, scientific and professional experience for both you and us! In case you currently have no research or have not thought of relating yourself with chemistry, you still can visit our Conference to attend the talks of your interest and see an overview of our projects on posters! For students of younger years, that might give an idea for further growth. You will see why chemistry is exciting!
For more detailed information, please, check our website: 
and feel free to register in case you would like to take part!
This is going to be free of charge for Nazarbayev University students!
Registration closes: October 31, 23:59.
Date: November 11.
Venue: Nazarbayev University, SST Block.
Thank you for attention and see you on YChem!