Nazarbayev University (NU), located in Astana, Kazakhstan, opened its doors to students in 2010 with an ambition to become a world class research university by integrating the best of international practices into the country’s educational system. To achieve this objective, NU chose a unique model—to offer its own degrees and to seek assistance from leading universities from around the world.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison is among 13 strategic partners who have been working to develop NU’s schools and colleges. As strategic partner for NU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), UW–Madison’s work involves giving advice and recommendations for the development of SHSS personnel, programs and services. The partnership provides services, facilitates collaboration and exchange, and offers opportunities for professional development for faculty, staff, administrators, and students from both universities.
The UW–Madison Partnership with Nazarbayev University is continuously growing and developing. Starting in 2014, UW–Madison has welcomed NU students through its summer Visiting International Student Program (VISP), a study abroad opportunity with academic, social, and cultural components. UW–Madison has also provided services for NU’s School of Engineering (SEng) since 2016. In addition to these two agreements, UW–Madison is still the strategic partner for SHSS and is currently working under its Fifth Agreement – Agreement 5.