At a glance
Suleyman Demirel University (SDU) is a private higher education institution (HEI) in the Eurasian country of Kazakhstan. It is situated in the mountainous town of Kaskelen, 20km from Almaty city centre. The University was founded in 1996 following a joint venture between Turkey and Kazakhstan, and was named after the then president of Turkey who also inaugurated SDU together with his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbayev. SDU currently has four faculties: Education & Humanities, Engineering & Natural Sciences, Law & Social Sciences, and the Business School. SDU operates a trilingual education system whereby 81% of its degree programs are taught in English, 16% in Kazakh, and 3% in Russian.
SDU & The Bologna Declaration
In March 2010, Kazakhstan became the first Central Asian state to sign up to the Bologna Declaration and to become a member of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Since then, the country has adopted the three-cycle system of education (Bachelor’s, Master’s & PhD level) and is maintaining standards using different benchmark frameworks, including the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR). Many higher education institutions in Kazakhstan, SDU included, are now also actively implementing the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to facilitate international mobility by promoting recognition of academic qualifications attained in Kazakhstan.