Learning and Teaching


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

The Academic Council is the executive and policymaking body on teaching, learning and other academic activities at NU. Its meetings are held once a week.

The following committees operate under the Academic Council:

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

Please read the Bylaws of the Academic Council

  • 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
  • Director, Center for Life Sciences – Almagul Kushugulova
  • Chairman of the Board, National Medical Holding


A detailed approach to the preparation of materials for the Academic Council meetings is described here. To propose an item for consideration by the Council please follow this Guideline and 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 practices and a source for policy and practice developments in this area.


Please read the Learning and Teaching Committee Bylaws

  • 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 please 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.   Please read the Academic Quality Committee Bylaws.
  • 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 – Warren Thomas Rocco (Center for Preparatory Studies);
  • One member representing Executive Management – Luis Ramón Rojas-Solórzano, Associate Provost for Graduate Studies;
  • One member representing the Faculty Senate – Amoussou Coffi Adoko;
  • One member appointed from each School: Yelyzaveta Arkhangelsky (SEDS), Syed  Ali (SOM), Saffet Yagiz (SMG), Warren Thomas Rocco (CPS), Jason Lee Sparks (GSE), Riccardo Pelizzo (GSPP), Jenifer Lewis (GSB), Andrey Filchenko (SSH);
  • One graduate and one undergraduate student representing the student body of the University: Saleh Ali Khawaja and Akkerbez Tleubekova.
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 please contact the support team by email: aqc@nu.edu.kz
AQC Annual Report

At the end of each academic year, the Academic Quality Committee provides an annual overview of its activities. Please follow the link to read the annual report for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The Accreditation Advisory Committee is a standing body of Academic Council and advises it 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.


Please read the Accreditation Advisory Committee Bylaws.


  • Implementing institutional strategy, including targets and strategic 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;
  • One member appointed from each School: Jenifer Lewis (GSB), Riccardo Pelizzo (GSPP), Ali Ait Si Mhamed (GSE), Syed Ali (NUSOM), Anton Desyatnikov (SSH), Nasser Madani (SMG), Akhan Almagambetov (SEDS), Laurence Kinsella (CPS);
  • One member representing the Faculty Senate – Amoussou Coffi Adoko;
  • Student representatives – Temirlan Muslimbek (Undergraduate), Gulnur Makulbayeva (Graduate).


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

Special Learning Needs Committee is a standing advisory body of the Academic Council that is responsible for providing policy recommendations to Academic Council on national and international standards of academic support for students with disabilities and learning impairments, including sight and hearing impairments, learning disabilities, physical disabilities as well as other special learning requirements.


Please read the Special Learning Needs Committee Bylaws.

  • seeking advice from University experts in inclusive education;
  • coordinating with Schools and relevant Departments to clarify additional levels of academic support for specific cases, if requested by the Schools;
  • engaging and involving the University community in supporting students with disabilities;

Composition and Current Members
  • The nominated Chair of the Committee, representing Academic Council – Michelle Somerton;
  • one member representing the Office of the Provost – Luis Ramón Rojas-Solórzano;
  • one faculty member representing a School: Zumrad Kataeva (GSE), Stavros Poulopoulos (SEDS), Alessandra Clementi (NUSOM) and Eric Wente (CPS);
  • one member representing Student Government – Meruyert Mukhitkyzy (undergraduate);
  • one member representing the Department of Student Services – Zhanar Smailova.