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Dean’s Message

At the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business we are dream builders.

The country is on a bold path to turn Kazakhstan into one of the leading economies of the region and a regional engine of the global economy. Our mission is to develop the business leaders, entrepreneurs and visionaries who are spearheading economic growth and innovation.

Students in our degree programs acquire the skills and business intelligence to bring state-of-the-art management approaches to the organizations they join. Our open enrollment programs bring actionable and ready-to-use solutions to business professionals from a wide range of industries. Our distinguished invited speakers’ forum has seen world leaders, captains of industry, CEOs and presidents of local, regional and global companies, and global technology leaders.

> We are different. Our full-time faculty come from leading business schools of the world and have been recognized for their expertise and scholarship. Our strategic collaboration with the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University brings additional world class faculty from the leading business school in the USA. Our academic network covers the top business schools across every continent in the world.

> We are different. Our research helps companies in the region and the world to better understand and face the challenges of today’s rapidly changing environment. We don’t just teach business knowledge and management decision frameworks – we create them.

> We are different. Our infrastructure is comparable to the best in the world. Comfortable. Connected. And conducive to great team work.

> We are different. We are changing the country and the region, one student at a time. Come join us on our exciting journey. Join us in our flagship MBA programs. Join us in one of our many open enrollment programs. Join us as a corporate partner in our research or corporate scholarship programs.

Dr. Patrick Duparcq

Dean, Graduate School of Business

Mission

In formulating its mission, NUGSB was inspired by the mission of Nazarbayev University: To be a model for higher education reform and modern research; to contribute to the establishment of Nur-Sultan as an international knowledge, innovation, and medical hub; and to prepare students for a world of increased volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. NUGSB supports NU’s mission in areas relevant to the school.

The mission of the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business is to develop principled leaders and generate knowledge to transform business and society.

Vision

NUGSB aspires to be established as the world-class business school, and recognized through the quality of its education, the impact of its research, international orientation, and engagement with the business community. These ambitions will be achieved by delivering a full-fledged portfolio of world-class degree and non-degree programs in Business and Management; and by creating and disseminating impactful knowledge and insights through business research. 

Our strategic partnership agreement with the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and potential future partnerships will help us develop the capabilities necessary to achieve this vision.

Accrediation process

GSB is in the process of obtaining accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business programs. AACSB Accreditation is known worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

AACSB Process Milestones at the GSB:
· Eligibility Application submitted on March 9, 2018
· Revised and submitted Eligibility Application on Oct 3, 2018 with the response to the additional questions from  IAC
· The AACSB International’s Initial Accreditation Committee (IAC) voted to accept the Eligibility Application on November 13, 2018
· NUGSB formally entered the AACSB Initial Accreditation Process on December 21, 2018.
· AACSB’s appointed Mentor visited GSB on August 31st – September 3rd, 2019.
Next milestone: submitting initial Self-Evaluation Report before  the deadline set by AACSB in September 2020

Accreditation in the media:

December 03, 2019 – Graduate Schools of Business. Accreditations, ratings and quality indicators: a warning for the buyer – an article in forbes.kz, read here

November 30, 2018 – AACSB accreditation – a quality mark in a business school diploma – an article in zakon.kz, read here

Past updates:

January 19, 2018

The accreditation process has started!

Graduate School of Business is initiating eligibility application for obtaining accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). On December 13, 2017, members of the Nazarbayev University Academic Council endorsed the initiative.

AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business programs. AACSB Accreditation is known worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

The best business schools in the world are accredited by AACSB.  Only about 5 percent of the world’s university-level business programs have earned the accreditation. At the moment, no business school in the CIS has attained the accreditation.

Accreditation is an important signal of the quality of a university’s academic and research program, its faculty, its graduating students. AACSB makes certain that the program is teaching a complete and relevant set of business skills that align with the practical requirements of the current business environment. With this accreditation, students know that they are associating themselves with the highest-caliber business schools. Employers in turn can trust that graduates come from the most highly rated business schools.

That’s the big picture. Now are starting a meticulous, lengthy and demanding process. On the way, we will be reaching out to our alumni to obtain their feedback about how their study at GSB programs has impacted their careers. As the process starts in February, please be on the lookout for emails with news regarding accreditation and help us with your feedback!

November 30, 2016

Triple accreditation (or Triple Crown accreditation) is the accreditation awarded to business schools worldwide by the three largest and most influential business school accreditation associations:

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 The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (based in Tampa, Florida, with an Asia office in Singapore) www.aacsb.edu

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 The Association of MBAs (based in London) www.mbaworld.com


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European Quality Improvement System (based in Brussels) www.efmd.org

Accreditation from any one of these organizations has a three-fold benefit for student, school and employer. The school benefits from compliance to a world-renowned process, the student is assured that their business education will retain its value and employers have a candidate pool of students that have been taught by a school of international acclaim.

Each of the three institutions assesses a business school according to different criteria and scope. They evaluate programs and student learning, the quality of staff, international engagement, and ability to continually maintain and improve these high standards.

Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business is on the way to receive international accreditation. We already have become members of AACSB, AMBA, and EFMD (runs EQUIS processes which aims to raise the standards of management education around the world).

The next step is receiving full accreditation. The process for the EMBA program will start in November 2016 following graduationn of the 3rd EMBA cohort from NUGSB.