Abul Kekilbayev

Full-Time MBA, 2015

Prior to joining the Full-time MBA class at NUGSB, I went through a rigorous path with a strong aviation curriculum. This course of study and training helped me to go all the way to a point in my professional career where I was in leadership positions. But I felt the lack of new challenges. Moreover, I felt the necessity to gain a broader set of managerial and entrepreneurial skills. I was confident that an MBA degree would be the best way to fulfil my endless desire for self-improvement and personal development, combined with ambition to build a foundation for business success later in my career.

I’ve gone through the admission process for several top-ranked MBA programs, but the idea of being part of a team which is building a world-class business school here in Astana encouraged me to pursue my MBA at NUGSB.

I have discovered that the Full-time MBA program at NUGSB was designed to immerse students in an exciting approach to business, built around the principles of entrepreneurship, whilst cultivating a responsible and conscientious awareness of the world around us. Strategic collaboration with Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is an example of this exciting approach to business.

The quality of education at NUGSB is really excellent. In my opinion, the professional and personal qualities of the staff and faculty, especially the visiting world-class professors, has made an important and deep impact on me and on my classmates, allowing us to become worthy representatives of NUGSB, effectively applying knowledge gained to achieve even better results and becoming better business leaders. The school tries to induce career growth in students by earning our trust and respect plus adapting to continuous changes. NUGSB is a place where I can expand my professional opportunities and become as effective as possible.

I’m excited that our school brings such diverse and dynamic groups together, and we look forward to the contribution and knowledge that you, as a future candidate, will bring to the program. I also hope that the NUGSB experience will help to broaden not only your approaches to business, but also your outlook on life.

I can’t claim to be perfect because I consider myself to still be on a learning curve, and I expect to learn something new with each passing moment of my NUGSB experience.