L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University – The Center of Eurasian Ideas
The ‘Great Silk Way’ which ran through the territory of Kazakhstan, facilitated the sharing of trade, cultural traditions, religious beliefs, knowledge and teaching between China, the Middle East and Europe.
Kazakhstan remains an important bridge between Europe and Asia; and in 1996 in accordance with the decree of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (ENU) was established as a National ‘Eurasian’ University.
Named after L. Gumilyov, Eurasian historian, ethnologist, geographer and philosopher, ENU is playing an important role in Kazakhstan’s future.
‘In 18 years since the establishment of the University, we have achieved tremendous success’, – says ENU Rector Yerlan Sydykov. – “Our achievements speak for themselves: in the new rating by an international rating agency «Quacquarelli Symonds» (QS), the University has 32nd position. The fifty leading universities of the world were included to the rating; the universities established no more than half a century ago in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, European countries were rated. Besides of the above-mentioned, ENU has leading position in Higher Education Institutions Rating: European Standard; the University made it into group ‘’BBB+” Rating – “sufficient high ranking”. The main award in Kazakhstan was given to the University, the Presidential Award “Altyn Sapa” which means the gold standard of quality.”
Currently, there are 16 400 students studying at 64 departments of 13 faculties. 38 research institutes are operating; a star-up zone has been established. The latest pleasant news of the outgoing year was the QS APPLE award, the fourth award given to the University for its achievements in higher education. The news arrived on November 11, 2014 from the city of Taipei (Taiwan Province), where took place the Anniversary Conference 10 QS APPLE – Asia ‘New Directions in Asia-Pacific Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities”.
Concentration of creative and dynamic youth in the University is high. Here are just a few examples: Gulsana Sisengaliyeva synthesized substance with antiradical (antioxidant) activity; a two-time winner of gold medal Alibek Uakpaev; a world-class athlete Anuar Akhmetov, winner of two gold and three silver medals from the II Summer Asian para games; two-time bronze champions of XVII Asian Games in synchronized swimming sisters Yekaterina and Alexandra Nemich; “The Best student 2014” Aybolat Argyngazinov engaged in projects development and expert activities in the field of youth policy.
ENU is consistently and steadily progressing in educational, scientific and cultural terms.
We have successfully participated in global higher education institutions rating surveys and undertaken international scientific and educational projects. Today, through our highly creative scientists and students, ENU is a leading university in Kazakhstan.
ENU is located in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana; a beautiful, modern city filled with Asian-influenced urban architecture, it continues to grow and transform. ENU became one of the first architectural constructions of the young capital and a symbol of the sovereignty of Kazakhstan.
Today, over 650 ENU international students from almost twenty countries actively participate in the cultural, social and political life of Astana.
International cooperation with foreign partners is one of the main strategies of ENU. The University currently cooperates with over 230 global universities through Memorandums of Understanding, Agreements and Student Exchange Programmes.
”International students play an important role in the University life providing intellectual stimulation, as well as creation and maintenance of scientific relations with foreign counterparts”, says Rector Yerlan Sydykov.
ENU has strong cooperation with Chinese universities in the field of educational services. Confucius Institute has been working within the walls of the University from December 2007. In Confucius Institute classes are conducted by highly qualified teachers from the Xi’an University of Foreign Studies. There is a library containing more than 4500 sources, a film club. Exhibitions, contests and competitions in Chinese language are held here, as a part of the Institute’s activity.
ENU has key partnerships with institutions in China including Xian International Studies University, Hong Kong Baptist University, Chinese Secretariat on Chinese language distribution, Xingjiang University of Economics & Finance and Xinjiang University.
ENU meets all major international educational standards. The University provides students with a world-leading educational experience.
ENU will continue to combine the past, the present and the future of Kazakhstan. By protecting and increasing the knowledge of previous generations and delivering high quality education to ambitious students from Kazakhstan and the rest of the world, ENU remains the ‘Center of Eurasian Ideas’.