The Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) at Nazarbayev University (NU) is one of the newest and most modern public policy schools in Central Asia. Located in Astana, Kazakhstan, NU is a research-led university that was created as a part of the Republic’s development strategy. Our goals of research excellence and policy impact are bold, and by conducting the program entirely in English, we are able to bring in the most ambitious and talented students and faculty from around the world to address the pressing challenges in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Central Asia, and beyond.

We aim to train future leaders who will provide good governance in their specialized areas, such as regulatory reforms and natural resources management. Our students are public sector professionals from international and Kazakh governmental agencies, managers of non-governmental organizations, and decision makers in private sectors. Due to our partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) at the National University of Singapore, one of the leading educational institutions in Asia, we are able to provide top-notch education for those seeking public policy knowledge, skills, research, and practices.

The GSPP’s first degree offering is a two-year Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) provided in partnership with the LKY SPP. In 2015, the GSPP launched its second degree program — Master in Public Administration (MPA). The GSPP incorporates scientific research into practices that, when combined, may place it amongst the most innovative and progressive master’s programs in the Central Asian region.

Welcome to the Graduate School of Public Policy where we firmly believe that good governance matters in improving the lives of people!

At the GSPP, you will begin an exciting learning journey through a professional public policy education with its distinctive multidisciplinary curriculum that involves both academic rigour in knowledge of public policy analysis and the acquisition of relevant professional skills. You will have a firm grasp and nuanced understanding of both common and unique challenges that policy makers and administrators face around the world

The multidisciplinary education that you receive will provide the strong foundation that will enable you to better understand key factors that contribute to sound public policies and which lead to good governance in a country. You will gain deeper insights into complex current policy issues and challenges and acquire skills that contribute towards creative and efficacious resolution of policy challenges on a local, national or international level. You can be assured that a multidisciplinary public policy education is among the best investments that will prepare and equip you well to handle the heightened uncertainties and rapid changes that characterize the dynamic environment that we live in. By the time you graduate we are confident that in whatever work and career path that you choose to take, you will be better able to make significant contributions towards improving the lives of people in the varied places that you return to.

To ensure an enriching and fulfilling experience at the School, I strongly encourage you to remain actively engaged with both fellow students and faculty to get the best out of the time you spend in the School.

We look forward to walking this important phase of your life journey and in celebrating your achievements with you.

With best wishes,

Dr Weng Tat HUI


The Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) has as its mission improving the quality of life of the people of Kazakhstan and Central Asia by training leaders to improve governance through excellence in teaching, research and executive development that focuses on key policy and leadership challenges.


GSPP will transform the public sector in Kazakhstan helping it to modernize public sector of the country. In line with the aspirations of Kazakhstan, the GSPP will train policy makers and leaders both for that Republic and its neighbours. GSPP aims to become a leading school of public policy that will be known for:

  • world class educational standards;
  • impactful research with international standing; and,
  • commitment to Kazakhstan.

The Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) at Nazarbayev University (NU) has a long-term partnership with the Lee Kuan School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

In 2015/2016 QS World rankings NUS is ranked 12th in the world and remains the 1st in Asia.

The LKY School, one of the most dynamic public policy schools in Asia, offers a unique global classroom where students have the opportunity to explore public policy issues, interact with world-class faculty, and network with the future generation of Asian leaders. Although the LKY school was formally launched in 2004, it has inherited a rich legacy left by its predecessor, the Public Policy Program, which started in 1992 in partnership with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

The LKY School has assisted with the design and development of the GSPP’s programs. Its faculty members offer courses and speeches at the GSPP every year, and as a part of our courses, students are given a study tour to Singapore.

More information about signing the Long-term Agreement and Partnership Establishment can be found here. In June 2015 the LKY School delegation headed by the Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Professor Kishore Mahbubani visited Astana for a week. During this visit strategic areas and milestones for further collaboration were discussed.

Representatives of two schools, including deans met with the State Secretary of the Republic of Kazakhstan, top management of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-corruption. It was stated in the course of the meetings that joint efforts of GSPP and Lee Kuan Yew School in the area of civil service reforms, talent management and anti-corruption values’ propaganda will highly contribute to human capital development in Kazakhstan.

In the framework of the visit a Roundtable on modernization of Kazakhstan’s civil service with participants from the President’s Office, Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-corruption and ministries of the Republic of Kazakhstan was held.

Read more: article of Professor Kishore Mahbubani following his visit to Astana