The Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy’s (NU GSPP) mission is to improve the quality of life of people in 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.

It aims to become the leading public policy school in Kazakhstan and the region and strives to raise the standards of governance through professional public policy education and research.

Since its launch in 2012, NU GSPP has maintained a strong strategic partnership with the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Together we have been working closely to establish NU GSPP as the public policy school of choice in Central Asia. NU GSPP incorporates scientific research into its teaching to provide one of the most innovative and progressive master’s programs in the Central Asian region.

NU GSPP’s degree programs include the Master in Public Policy, Master in Public Administration, and the PhD in Public Policy. Our students who come from the public sector, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector, have the opportunity to spend 2-3 weeks under the Singapore component of our Master programs and up to 3 months in the PhD program.

NU GSPP’s faculty are actively engaged in research in civil service reforms, modernization of the public service, natural resources management, policy analysis, sustainable development solutions, advocacy and consultancy to government institutions and international organizations on a wide range of public policy/administration issues in Kazakhstan and beyond.



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
  • commitment to Kazakhstan

NU Graduate School of Public Policy’s Commitment to Diversity

NU GSPP has a strong commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion as specified in the Nazarbayev University Strategy for 2018-2030. This Strategy recognizes “Embracing diversity – integrated into every aspect of education, research, and community”; “Equal access to education – regardless of race, religion, gender, physical capacity, or socioeconomic status” and “Merit-based institution open to all talented and bright students, faculty and researchers” as the University’s core values.

NU Graduate School of Public Policy is devoted to recruiting and strengthening diversity in its Faculty composition. NU GSPP believes that welcoming people from underrepresented backgrounds strengthens intellectual depth and offers multiple perspectives. NU GSPP is currently under-presented with female Faculty and particularly welcomes female applicants to Faculty positions.

NU Graduate School of Public Policy is committed to recruit students from public, private, and nonprofit sectors who are pursuing professional advancement from all regions of Kazakhstan. NU GSPP also draws international applicants from across the globe, including Central Asia, Caucasus, Western Europe, East and Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Some of the NU GSPP programs tend to attract a sizeable amount of Nazarbayev University undergraduate alumni and NU GSPP welcomes applicants from various institutional and disciplinary settings and backgrounds.

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

In 2019 QS World rankings NUS is ranked 11th 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 the article of Professor Kishore Mahbubani following his visit to Astana


The Singapore Component with Nazarbayev University at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (watch video)