University of Wisconsin–Madison

The UW-Madison Partnership with Nazarbayev University advances the Wisconsin Idea  — the principle that the university should improve people’s lives beyond the classroom — in a global context and in innovative ways. The partnership enables UW-Madison to share its academic culture and norms through student and faculty exchanges, build peer-to-peer professional relationships that support civil society in the post-Soviet region, and cultivate Wisconsin relationships in an economically dynamic country.

Nazarbayev University (NU), located in Astana, Kazakhstan, opened its doors to Kazakhstani 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.

University of Wisconsin-Madison is among 13 strategic partners who have been working to develop and/or administer 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 UW-Madison Partnership with Nazarbayev University is continuously growing and developing. Starting in 2016, University of Wisconsin-Madison is providing services for NU’s School of Engineering (SEng) and a study abroad opportunity for NU students through UW’s Visiting International Student Program (VISP).

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.

Learn more about the history of the partnership and the benefits it has brought to our campus since 2011. For more information about current events at NU, please look at their current NU Magazine – April-June 2016.

For questions or further information, please contact the Partnership Leadership and Staff.