Suleyman Demirel University (SDU) was established in 1996 with the participation of the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev, and the 9th President of Turkey, Suleyman Demirel. The strategic plan of the university envisions its transformation into a leading institution of higher education with a global reputation, recognized not only in Kazakhstan but also throughout Central Asia.
Initially located in a small building in the Orbita microdistrict of Almaty, SDU later moved to Kaskelen, where it founded a modern campus spanning 46,000 sq. m. and a dormitory with an area of 20,000 sq. m., meeting all modern requirements. Today, SDU has a staff of 428 professors and over 8,000 students.
The university comprises a Multidisciplinary Center, as well as 4 faculties:
At SDU, we aim to create the best educational environment for students to become world-class professionals. We value the holistic education and development of qualified professionals, innovators, and experts who strive to improve the lives of people, the economy, and the nation.
As one of the first universities to teach in English, SDU offers 56 educational programs, including 28 undergraduate programs, 21 master’s programs, and 7 doctoral programs. The university has a trilingual education system where 82% of its educational programs are taught in English and 18% in Kazakh.
Training is conducted according to the ECTS system (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), which is the European system of transfer and accumulation of credits.
SDU’s teaching staff are professionals in their field who graduated from prestigious educational institutions in the country and abroad. The university has a total of 428 teachers, of which 20% are candidates in science and 36% hold PhDs.
In 2020, 59 researchers participated in research projects, resulting in 33 and 19 scientific papers being published in journals indexed in the international databases Scopus and Web of Science, respectively. In addition, the university’s scientific department publishes four scientific journals.
The university’s scientific centers are noteworthy, as SDU has 1 research institute, 7 research centers, and 4 scientific laboratories that implement projects based on targeted and grant funding. Notably, these projects include research on the Kazakh language and the history of Kazakhstan, mathematics, and IT.
SDU is highly regarded by Kazakhstani rating agencies, and in 2020, the university was ranked 6th among the top 10 universities in the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs’ “ATAMEKEN” rating. Many specialties at SDU also ranked among the top 3 and top 5 in the country, according to the ratings of IAAR and the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “ATAMEKEN”, highlighting the high quality of education provided by the university.
This year, SDU was ranked 350th in the QS EECA (Emerging Europe and Central Asia) ranking, demonstrating its commitment to achieving high performance and meeting national and international standards of education. To this end, the university regularly undergoes examination by an independent accreditation and rating agency.
The teaching staff and students of SDU actively seek partnerships with the business community, and the modern Technopark at SDU provides opportunities for the implementation of various business projects and ideas.
There are more than 2,000 users on the SDU Connect application, a platform for our alumni to exchange news and opinions on professional development, education, communication, and job searching.
One of the main strategic directions of the university is internationalization. In this regard, the university has attracted foreign top managers and involved foreign specialists in the teaching staff. Additionally, our mobility policy enables approximately one hundred students to exchange knowledge and experience abroad every year.
Currently, 156 foreign students, including those from China, Russia, Mongolia, and countries in Central Asia and Africa, study at the university. Cooperation agreements have been concluded with 70 universities in 26 countries, and joint projects on academic mobility and the exchange of experience are currently being implemented. In addition, our university is working on ERASMUS projects in the fields of pedagogy and engineering.