Second part of February of 2015 was marked up by the movement of Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business to a new building.
Construction of the building had started back in 2012 by “Sembol” Construction Company. On all construction stages Nazarbayev University, “Facility Construction Directorate” Private Entity has been working closely with Graduate School of Business and its strategic partner Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with the aim to build a world-class business school with the best modern facilities. NUGSB shares the space with the Graduate School of Public Policy, strategic partner of which is Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
The building of the total space more than 19 000 sq.m. is designed and constructed at a state-of-the-art level. It has 6 floors plus mezzonine between the first and the second floors. There spacious lecture classrooms, conference-halls of different capacity and videoconference halls will allow to organize wide-scale events, deliver executive programs and seminars, conferences of the international level. All the planning decisions were taken with consideration of high technology and the up-to-date energy-efficient technological solutions which undoubtedly support education and research mission of the schools.
The ceremonial opening of the new Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Public Policy building was held on 30th of November 2014 with participation of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Karim Massimov. The event was dedicated to the Day of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Distinguished guests of the ceremony were the members of the Board of Trustees of Nazarbayev University, members of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Chairman of the National Bank of Kazakhstan Mr. Kairat Kelimbetov, the Ambassadors and heads of the state and private organizations.
In his congratulatory speech Karim Massimov emphasized the support provided to Nazarbayev University by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan is a visible demonstration of its commitment to education excellence. With its excellent facilities, the NU campus has already become an important landmark of Astana, next to the future EXPO site and the Astana Business Campus.
Astana is a modern city with a favorable environment attractive for tourists and comfortable for residents and guests of the Kazakh capital to live in.
Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan since 1997, is situated on a picturesque bank of the Ishim River.
The town of Akmolinsk acquired incorporated status in 1862. It had long been famous for its fairs. Merchants from all regions of Kazakhstan, Russia and the Central Asian countries traveled here. As the development of virgin lands began, the town was renamed Tselinograd and typified the administrative center of an agricultural region.
Since acquiring the status of capital the city’s face has changed dramatically. The architects and builders working in the capital create wonderful architectural ensembles, which harmoniously combine modern design and oriental flair.
Every year the city hosts various international industrial exhibitions, conferences, musical contests and festivals of the Kazakhstani people.
In 1999 by decision of UNESCO, Astana was awarded the title of World City. The city has an opera and Ballet Theater, a drama theater and a variety of museums. The monuments of Astana are a linking element between the new capital and its history, held in esteem by all the people of Kazakhstan.
Astana’s favorable location in the centre of the Eurasian continent makes it an economically advantageous transport, communication and logistics centre, a unique transit bridge between Europe and Asia.
Nowadays Astana besides differing by its refined architecture is also turning into a garden city. The city’s “green belt” is getting wider and accordingly Astana is becoming a green oasis in the centre of huge steppes, being a model of non-polluting megacity. Astana’s mission is to become a cultural and intellectual centre of the Eurasian space and to play a role of the main generator of Kazakhstan’s sustainable development.
Astana is a large political-administrative, business and cultural centre of the republic. All central authorities of the country, diplomatic missions, headquarters of domestic and foreign companies, leading universities, state-of-the-art medical clinics and significant cultural institutions are located in this city.The shift of the capital has given a powerful impulse to Astana’s economic development. The city’s high economic growth rates attract numerous investors. The volume of attracted investments from the time Astana became the capital has increased by 30 times and the total regional product by 90 times. The share of the city’s economic activity contributes to about 8,5 percent of the nations’s GDP.