School of Engineering and Digital Sciences
Nazarbayev University’s School of Engineering and Digital Sciences (NU SEDS) has designed all of its programs to revolutionize the traditional engineering and science learning environment of lectures and laboratories to include modern components that engage students in project-based exercises in critical thinking.
As world-class leaders in STEM education, all NU SEDS graduates enter the global marketplace as highly skilled experts in their chosen field of study. Our graduates go on to become innovators who overcome the obstacles in Central Asia and Eurasia’s advanced technology industries.
The SEDS promotes a mission of utilizing advanced technologies and research to shape student expertise and train them in critical thinking and inventive design.
Graduates of NU SEDS are coveted in the global engineering and digital science community because of our students’ interdisciplinary perspectives essential to advancing modern industry and infrastructure.
About the program
Electrical engineers design and operationalize the electrical systems for automobiles and aircraft. The more traditional have focused on the generation and supply of power, whereas electronics engineers have worked on applications of electricity to control systems or signal processing. Electrical engineers specialize in areas such as power systems engineering or electrical equipment manufacturing, communications, signal processing, and control systems and regularly have a specialty within one of these areas—control systems or aviation electronics.
The BEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering program follows the outcome-based teaching and learning approach.  Given the special emphasis of the Nazarbayev University to be a leader in the Education within Kazakhstan and to be respected internationally, the program will focus on skill development that enables our graduates to compete internationally in the job market, research, and to be entrepreneurs who lead change in the local contexts. The program positions itself as the leading ECE program in Kazakhstan, by integrating inquiry, research, and projects in solving relevant problems facing society today. The students in the program get exposed to the research activities in any of the four research groups in the department:
Circuits and Systems,
Communications and Signal Processing,
Power Systems, and
Campus: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Delivery mode: Full time, on-campus
Duration: 4 years
Total ECTS credits: 248
The B.Eng. program in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) aims to provide the education and training that will enable its graduate to:
Systematically investigate in the field of ECE using analytical reasoning and state-of-the-art approaches derived from the engineering sciences and engineering practice;
Create useful systems, components, or processes through agile, skillful, and innovative analysis and design, while respecting economic, environmental, cultural, and ethical standards or constraints;
Complete advanced graduate and professional programs of study, continually learn, and adapt to technological and cultural change;
Acquire technical and managerial leadership positions in their chosen fields;
Be valued in their careers for their professionalism, judgment, and experience;
Engage with their communities, profession, and the world.
Nazarbayev University has adopted the Bologna Accord and the School of Engineering and Digital Sciences, therefore, uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Most courses to be studied at Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 are of standard credit value carrying 6 ECTS each, except for some courses, such as Calculus 1, etc. which carry ECTS other than 6. A student is expected to spend about 25 to 30 hours of study per semester (inclusive of class contact and another study effort) for 1 ECTS.
Students admitted to the program are required to complete a minimum of 248 or more ECTS to satisfy the degree requirements. However, they may choose to take additional courses beyond the basic requirements. Please refer to Section 24 for detailed information on the requirements for graduation.
The Capstone Project is a 2-semester common course for all engineering programs which spans across the fall and spring semesters of the same academic year. The importance of the Capstone project is reflected in the total number of credits it carries, being 12 ECTS which are equivalent to two standard-sized courses.
One of the important features of the Capstone Project is “learning by doing”. It is intended to be a platform for the students to develop their intellectual and innovative abilities and to give them the opportunities to integrate and apply the knowledge and analytical skills gained in previous stages of the study. It should also provide students with opportunities to develop their problem-solving skills and communication skills. The process from concept to final implementation and testing, through problem identification and the selection of appropriate solutions, will be practiced by the students.
Capstone Project Management
Normally a group of students will be assigned one project under the supervision of an academic staff member so that they will work independently and collaboratively to achieve the project objectives. Students may work on different aspects of a project. The group size may increase for a larger-scale project or a more complex project.
The assignment of projects is expected to be completed at the beginning of the fall semester in the final year of study. Guidelines for the Capstone Project are given to students at the beginning of the final year.
English Language Requirements
IELTS – no less than 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each sub-score) or
TOEFL IBT – 79-93 (Reading – no less than 13, Listening – no less than 12, Speaking – no less than 18, Writing - no less than 21) or
TOEFL PBT – 574-599
SAT Subject Test – Chemistry and Biology with at least 600 in each subject;
SAT Reasoning Test – no less than 1240. An essay is required, no minimum scoreor
ACT – composite score no less than 27. Writing part is required, no minimum score
Work after graduation
Possible career destinations:
Signal Processing Engineer
Strategic partners of Nazarbayev University
Duke University, Fuqua School of Business (USA)
The National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore)
The University of Pennsylvania (USA)
The University of Cambridge (UK)
Colorado School of Mines (USA)
The University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (USA)
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA)
The Oak Ridge Associated Universities (USA)