Learning and Teaching


Academic Council
Learning and Teaching Committee
Academic Quality Committee
Accreditation Advisory Committee
Special Learning Needs Committee

Academic Council is the executive and policymaking body on teaching, learning and other academic activities. Meetings of Academic Council are held once a week.

The following committees operate under Academic Council:

  • Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Academic Quality Committee
  • Accreditation Advisory Committee
  • Library Committee
  • Web Committee
  • Graduate Studies Committee

  • Giving preliminary approval to the standards for admission, progression and completion of undergraduate and graduate programmes;
  • Improving the establishment, withdrawal, or major modifications of academic programmes;
  • Overseeing the operations and approving the policies of the academic and academic-related structural divisions;
  • Approving internal documents and regulations of the University on the organisation of academic processes, academic calendars, annual work plans, regulations, operational and strategic plans of the Schools and other academic sub-units of the University, student assessment, and related matters;
  • Reviewing and approving institutional policies and documents regulating the processes and procedures for learning and teaching and the assurance and enhancement of academic quality, including the approval of annual quality enhancement plans of the University;
  • Developing and approving standards and definitions of academic misconduct and non-academic misconduct and developing policies and procedures regarding disciplinary actions with respect to students, faculty, and other academic personnel;
  • Recommending for nomination of academic staff members for national awards, honorary degrees and other credentials;
  • Making recommendations regarding the establishment, disestablishment, or reorganization of schools, centers, institutes, laboratories, libraries, and museums;
  • Consulting and coordinating with the Research Council on teaching, research, and governance;
  • Providing consultation and advice regarding the establishment of offices, administrative departments, and staffing structure for administrative departments and offices;
  • Approving standards for hiring, retention, non-retention, promotion, demotion of faculty and academic staff, and the faculty workload policy;
  • Providing consultation and participation in reviewing the University strategy;
  • Providing consultation and review of agreement with strategic partners on academic-related issues;
  • Providing consultation and advice to the President and the Managing Council concerning academic major deals.

Composition and Current Members

Voting members:

  • President – Shigeo Katsu
  • Provost – Chair of the Academic Council – Ilesanmi Adesida
  • Vice-President for Student Affairs and International Cooperation – Kadisha Dairova
  • Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs – Loretta O’Donnell
  • Vice-Provost for Industrial Engagement – Vassilios Tourassis (Dean, SEDS)
  • Deans of the University Schools: Randy Hazlett (SMG), Daniel Pugh (SSH), Robert Doebler (CPS), Massimo Pignatelli (SOM), Weng Tat Hui (GSPP), Patrick Duparcq (GSB), Aida Sagintayeva (GSE)
  • Registrar and General Director for Student Progress – Rebecca Carter
  • Chair, Faculty Senate – Stephanie Corwin
  • Deputy Chair, Faculty Senate – Prashant Jamwal
  • Faculty Senate Representative – Olga Mexina-Bykova
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Student Representatives – Arman Raikul and Nurzhanna Bakuova

Non-voting participants:

  • Executive Vice-President – Argin Kipshakov
  • General Counsel – Roza Nurgozhayeva
  • Vice-President for Innovation – Yerden Kussain
  • General Director, Center for Life Sciences
  • Chairman of the Board, National Medical Holding


A detailed approach to the preparation of materials for the Academic Council meetings is described here. Also follow this guideline if you want to submit a document to the Council. Contact the support team by email: academiccouncil@nu.edu.kz

The Learning and Teaching Committee is an advisory body to Academic Council that oversees the University strategy for learning and teaching, the annual institutional plan for learning and teaching, the identification, dissemination and recognition of best practice and a source for policy and practice developments in this area.


  • Defining a learning and teaching strategy for the institution consistent with the University mission and an annual institution learning and teaching plan;
  • Leading the University’s engagement with teaching and learning initiatives;
  • Promoting specific, agreed learning and teaching themes across the university;
  • Formulating and disseminating principles and guidelines on learning and teaching;
  • Identifying, disseminating and recognizing best practice in learning and teaching;
  • Raising awareness in the wider public about the University experience in learning and teaching;
  • Receiving annual reports from Schools in relation to learning and teaching, and providing guidance to Schools and other bodies of the University;
  • Making annual and periodic reports on learning and teaching to the Academic Council and relevant University committees.

Composition and Current Members
  • Vice Provost for Academic Affairs – Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee – Loretta O’Donnell
  • General Director of Institutional Effectiveness – Duncan Priestley
  • Registrar and General Director for Student Progress – Rebecca Carter
  • Vice Deans of Academic Affairs from each School of the University or other individual as selected by the Dean of the School: Massimo Pignatelli (SOM), Philip Enns (SSH), Jason Sparks (GSE), Colin Knox (GSPP), Yelyzaveta Arkhangelsky (SEDS), Jenifer Lewis (GSB), Saffet Yagiz (SMG), Warren Rocco (CPS)
  • Two representatives of Student Government: one undergraduate student and one graduate student – currently Zarina Baidalinova and Bakhytzhan Kurmanov
  • Representative of the Faculty Senate – Stephanie Corwin


To propose an item for consideration by the Committee contact the support team by email: ltc@nu.edu.kz

The Academic Quality Committee is an advisory body to Academic Council that oversees academic standards, quality assurance and enhancement as it relates to taught provision within the University.


  • Reviewing and providing recommendations to Academic Council for the approval of proposal for new programmes and re-approval or withdrawal of existing programmes;
  • Overseeing the annual monitoring of academic programmes, considering and managing the outcomes of this process;
  • Developing and recommending institutional quality enhancement actions through the annual NU Quality Enhancement Plan (NUQEP);
  • Providing guidance to Schools;
  • Ensuring the representation of the student voice within the programme design, review and delivery process;
  • Monitoring the outcomes and effectiveness of the external reviews and periodic internal reviews of taught programmes;
  • Identifying and promoting measures to enhance the quality of learning and teaching arising from the application of quality assurance processes;
  • Overseeing the development and monitoring the delivery of non-credit bearing courses offered by Schools;
  • Reporting to Academic Council on issues relating to academic quality assurance and enhancement;
  • Supporting the University’s engagement with external quality assurance and enhancement organizations;
  • Promoting specific, agreed quality enhancement themes across the University;
  • Disseminating good practice in quality assurance and enhancement as identified through the work of the Committee.

Composition and Current Members
  • Chair of the Committee, General Director of Institutional Effectiveness, representing the University Academic Council – Duncan Priestley
  • Deputy Chair – Philip Enns (School of Sciences and Humanities)
  • One member representing Executive Management – Chester Jablonski, Associate Provost for Graduate Studies
  • One member representing the Faculty Senate – Stephanie Corwin
  • One member appointed from each School: Christos Spitas (SEDS), Syed  Ali (SOM), Saffet Yagiz (SMG), Warren Thomas Rocco (CPS), Jason Lee Sparks (GSE), Colin Knox (GSPP), Venkat Subramanian (GSB)
  • One graduate and one undergraduate student representing the student body of the University: Arman Lee and Vladislav Mun.

The Committee Members are appointed for a one-year term service and they may serve no more than 2 consecutive terms.


To propose an item for consideration by the Committee contact the support team by email: aqc@nu.edu.kz

The Accreditation Advisory Committee is a standing body of Academic Council and advises on the implementation of the University’s strategy related to institutional accreditation and associated institutional initiatives. It provides leadership for the overall direction of, and support for, programme accreditation.


  • Implementing institutional strategy, including targets and actions related to accreditation and associated institutional initiatives;
  • Facilitating data and experience sharing across the University in matters relevant to accreditation and associated institutional initiatives;
  • Providing advice and recommendations to Academic Council, and the University leadership, on the necessary institutional actions for compliance with the requirements of relevant accrediting bodies;
  • Providing guidance and support for, and monitor the progress of, programme accreditation bids;
  • Providing advise on, and support staff and faculty development needs related to accreditation and associated institutional initiatives;
  • Informing, engaging and involving the University community in accreditation and other relevant institutional processes.

Composition and Current Members
  • The nominated Chair of the Committee, representing Academic Council – Duncan Priestley, General Director of Institutional Effectiveness;
  • One member representing the Office of the Provost – Felly Chiteng Kot, Head of Institutional Research and Analytics;
  • One member appointed from each School: Jenifer Lewis (GSB), Colin Knox (GSPP), Ali Ait Si Mhamed (GSE), Syed Ali (NUSOM), Vesselin Paunov (SSH), Manhal Sirat (SMG), Akhan Almagambetov (SEDS), Laurence Kinsella (CPS);
  • One member representing the Faculty Senate – Aresh Dadlani


To propose an item for consideration by the Committee contact the support team by email: accreditation@nu.edu.kz





Composition and Current Members