April 2017

This Newsletter is devoted to the Graduation and the Graduating Class of 2017. 
529 undergraduates and 258 graduates will receive their diplomas soon.
The Graduate School of Education will have the first cohort of PhD graduates.
Dear Graduating class of 2017

The new phase of your life is about to begin – congratulations!
This is a joyous and exciting moment for all of you and we, NU Career and Advising Center along with your professors and NU staff would like to recognize your accomplishments and share your success.

Apart from the celebration, the graduation also represents the dawning era in your life- a departure from a “comfort zone” and entering a path filled with many challenges and uncertainties. The challenges that you will encounter should never be considered as insurmountable. In confronting them, you will draw on the many various skills you have garnered during your stay with us: the research and problem solving skills, the social skills, “I can overcome this if I put my mind into it” skill. As you begin your careers or continue your studies use these skills to navigate through new and unchartered waters.

Although you are graduating, you will always be a member of NU family. I encourage you to stay connected with your School, join the NU Alumni Association and give back by supporting our Mentorship and Ambassadors Programs. The continued involvement of our alumni has already strengthened the NU community.

Show example to our current students by the legacy that you are leaving behind- your academic contributions, your dedication to NU, and your desire to continuously learn and innovate. As recent graduates you maintain access to NU CAC career services including CAC CareerNet as an Employer or a Job seeker. We keep helping in fostering your professional and personal growth.

It was Albert Einstein who said that “Learning is not a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it”. As you leave NU, I encourage you to keep your path of lifelong learning as this is the only way to succeed in the dynamic, globalized environment in which we live and work.

Dear NU students, faculty and staff

As the spring semester draws quickly to its end, I would like to congratulate you on another vibrant year we have lived through and worked together.

NU CAC has remained committed to supporting our students in their professional development. We conduct events, workshops, counsel and share resources to prepare them for professional environment and promote strong partnerships with NU community, alumni, and employers.

In the next several weeks, over seven hundred graduate and undergraduate students will receive degrees from Nazarbayev University. These diplomas certainly represent significant achievements by our students, but also represent years of dedicated efforts by the faculty who have taught, advised and mentored; the staff who have guided and supported them.
The end of the semester is always bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s sad to see students, grow. On the other hand, we are proud of their accomplishments and look forward to their using strong foundation for bigger achievements.

Our alumni have become inspirations to all of us and role models for our students. They are clearly involved in promoting and nurturing Nazarbayev University. It’s important to students to see the career paths these individuals have taken and to gain insights into how they have achieved it. And, most important, they need to know that this is all possible. I am hopeful many more of our graduates will become involved with the University and the students. It truly makes a world of difference.

I wish all of you best of luck on the final push and have a great summer!


Yevgeniya Kim
Director of Career and Advising Center

Career and Employment 
Mock interviews season 

End of each spring semester, Career and Advising Center offers seniors and opportunity to complete a general behavioral interview with volunteer recruiters to prepare for the upcoming job search season. Read more>>>    

Industrial Job Fair 



Fircroft Recruitment Agency visited NU together with representatives of the companies NCOC and BI Group Engineering to meet NU Senior students majoring in Engineering and Technology.
On April 15 about 100 Bolashak Alumni and senior students of the School of Engineering were invited to the company presentations, where they had a chance to ask their questions, submit resumes and sit a pre-selection test.


Career opportunities at Big4 and McKinsey 

Case competitions, company presentations, master classes - April was full of career opportunities from Big4 and McKinsey. And what is interesting is that NU alumni visited the University as company representatives and shared their experience with current students. Read more>>>

IT Security Talk

On April 12, 2017 NU CAC organized an IT Security talk with the representatives of the "Center for Cyber attacks Analysis and Investigation".

The main activity of the Center is identification and analysis of the cybercrimes, development and audit of the information security. During the event students learned about career opportunities in the company, how to secure the  data in the Internet, how to survive in the world of information, and many other useful things. 
We are glad that NU Alumnus of 2016 Bauyrzhan Ospan came and shared his experience as an IT Security engineer in this company.

GE Presentation 


On April 7, 2017 NU CAC hosted a presentation of GE on internship program at EXPO 2017 and other career opportunities in the company. NU Alumnus Adlet Kamzinov talked to NU students about his experience at GE Read more>>>

Career opportunities at ERG

On April 11, 2017  NU CAC organized the meeting with the representatives of Business and Technology Services  LLP  who presented Internship Program "Arrow" and other career opportunities. Business and Technology Services  LLP is an affiliated company of  ERG, which is the leading diversified company in the sphere of mining and development of natural resources in Kazakhstan.
According to the Program, interns have an opportunity to receive job offers after 8 weeks of paid internship. Every year the company selects 15 interns for economy, management, IT, sales and energy departments.  Since 2015 25 interns have already received job offers.

NU students - the winners of Cup of KIMEP 2017

On April 21 Nazarbayev University teams won the Cup of KIMEP case competition by Changellenge in the English section. The case competition was devoted to the 25th anniversary of the university. More than 500 strongest students from fifteen cities and more than thirty universities of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan competed in the championship.

The most numerous were representatives of the Nazarbayev University - 20 participants, followed by KIMEP students (17 participants) and students of the University of Narxoz (7 participants).
The Boston Consulting Group prepared for the winners a book written by the consultants of the company: "Your Strategy Needs a Strategy: How to Choose and Execute the Right Approach".

The winners are:
1 place: B4women - Nazarbayev University - Shagirova Togzhan, Perizat Orman, Dosmagambet Kymbat, Yakupova Dilyara.
2 place: Lords of Strategy - Nazarbayev University - Smagulov Askar, Mamatova Kamilla, Maksut Yassaui, Zhussupov Alisher.


HR training for students


In February 2017 Texas Retraining Group Inc (TRG) awarded five grants to NU students within the framework of the "Education Support" initiative facilitated by "Asset HR" in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The students were selected based on demonstrated skills in the disciplines of humanities, social sciences, and economics in accordance with international educational standards, and their intention to pursue careers in Human Resource management.
On April 20 the students completed their studies, which consisted of 24 hours of online seminars with a focus on improving their readiness to fill HR positions in Kazakhstan. All students received certificates of completion the course "Essentials of HR Management" of international standard issued by TRG.
We hope that the knowledge they received would help them succeed in building their long term careers.

Bolashak 2017 


On April 21 NU CAC conducted a meeting for graduating students and staff with Zhanbolat Meldeshov, President of the “Center for International Programs” and Kadisha Dairova Vice President for Student Affairs and International Cooperation to discuss the latest information about the Regulations on awarding of Bolashak scholarships in 2017.
Students received the guidelines on submission of required documents for participation in the competition, requirements for applicants, tips for preparing the documents and choosing the University and major.

Study in France 

On April 19 NU CAC organized a meeting for NU staff who are interested in getting education in France with Mr. Thomas Huet, Attache for Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the French Embassy in Kazakhstan (Astana). Mr.Huet told about the advantages of studying in France and about the CIFRE Doctoral fellowships program for foreign students funded by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
Fellowship benefits:
▶The CIFRE fellow signs a 3 years full time work contract with a French company with a good salary: minimum gross annual salary of € 23,484 (average of € 28,000 in 2012).
▶The CIFRE fellow is enrolled in a doctoral course in the French laboratory and attends all the relevant courses. Fellow is monitored by a thesis supervisor.
▶An important benefit is that the fellow works in the company as well as the laboratory, thereby gaining valuable experience in both worlds and understanding their different research aims and approaches.

Alumnus of the year - 2017



For the first time this year “Alumni of the year” award was introduced by NU CAC and NU Alumni Association to the Annual NU Student Awards Ceremony. This award celebrates the outstanding achievements of NU alumni in any sphere (professional, academic, sport, business, and other) and showcases the impact and value of Nazarbayev University education. 
We had 4 finalists for the award – Galym Baitimbetov, Gabit Gabdullin, Aliya Sultanova and Nurlyaiym Zhaksybayeva. Candidates could not nominate themselves. And the winner was Gabit Gabdullin who received 47% of votes.
Gabit Gabdullin was the only candidate nominated for the award by different people twice. Described as “great sportsman” and “real motivator for alumni, promoting healthy lifestyle and teamwork” Gabit did not believe it when he was called to the stage.
Click here to learn more about Alumnus of the Year – 2017.

NU alumna in Japan

On April 26 NU CAC conducted the Guest talk by NU Alumna Dalmira Merzhakupova, (SST, Class of 2016), current PhD student at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Onna, Japan.  Dalmira gave a presentation about OIST program, told about the challenges of PhD program, answered questions about scholarship, taxes, and shared her own experience of  living in Japan.
In addition to the shared experience Dalmira shared some traditional Japanese snacks. 

Graduate Profile


In order to present the destination status of our alumni Career and Advising Center created Graduate Profiles for every School. Each Profile contains general information about the graduates and their destination status details. There is also information about the distribution across industries for employed alumni and/or countries and overseas universities hosting those who pursue further education. These Profiles could be presented to employers, NU partners and are available at CAC website.


CAC Quote for Class 2017

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