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AAO Welcome MESSAGE
Welcome to the Academic Advising Office!
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The AAO Team is excited to extend our warmest welcome to you! This year NU has finally got back to the offline format, and you all have shown great fortitude during this difficult time. We hope the semester inspired productivity and creativity, and you achieved all your goals for this academic year.
The AAO Team is working hard to create new and improve the existing variety of curricular initiatives at AAO for future students.
We remain committed to our goals of providing first year students with the best freshman experience at NU and helping them navigate course selection and campus resources.

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We look forward to welcoming each and every one of you in our office.
AAO Team

Almira Zholamanova

Academic Advisor

Almira has joined AAO from the establishment of the office, she has been working in the student support area for around 11 years at different positions at NU. Almira has graduated from Kazakh British Technical University (KBTU) in Almaty and received her Master's Degree in E-business and Information Systems in Newcastle University, UK. In AAO Almira also coordinates the work with 5-6 year students, and oversees AAO's functions and projects. Almira enjoys hiking, doing yoga, running, taking bike rides, travelling, and spending time with her family.


  • azholamanova@nu.edu.kz
  • Tel.: (70) 6638

Aigerim Doskeyeva

Academic Advisor

Aigerim is the Academic Advisor at NU since 2021. She graduated from the University of Information Technology and Management in Poland. After graduation, she worked as Business Travel Consultant and Financial Analyst in international companies. In AAO Aigerim is responsible for administrative tasks and contributes to different projects. Aigerim enjoys traveling, watching Netflix, taking pictures, and editing videos.


  • aigerim.doskeyeva@nu.edu.kz
  • Tel.: (69) 4672

Aikerim Daurenbayeva

Academic Advisor

Aikerim has joined the AAO in 2019 and since then have been happily involved in the AAO projects. She is a first cohort graduate of NU and has received her Master's Degree in International Trade in Sogang Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul, South Korea. In AAO, apart from advising, she is currently responsible for the Professional Development of the team and training of incoming advisors as well as data extraction and provision for the work of the AAO. Aikerim loves learning new languages and she speaks 5 languages (Kazakh, Russian, English, Turkish, Korean) and enjoys exploring new places as well as countries.


  • adaurenbayeva@nu.edu.kz
  • Tel.: (70) 6420

Aina Nurtanova

Academic Advisor

Aina started her work at AAO in 2020 and since then has been providing academic support to undergraduate students. Having earned a Bachelor's degree at Karaganda State University in Foreign Languages she worked in Nazarbayev Intellectual School (IB) for more than five years. She then pursued a Master's degree in Language Sciences and graduated from Ca'Foscari University of Venice in 2022. Aina enjoys watching movies, playing the guitar, exploring cuisine and cultures. In the office apart from advising students, she is responsible for planning the office budget and organizing printing materials.


  • aina.nurtanova@nu.edu.kz
  • Tel.: (70) 6037

Zarina Syzdykova

Academic Advisor

Zarina graduated from Nazarbayev University with a Cum Laude Bachelor's Degree in Economics & minor in Sociology (Class of 2020), and Master's Degree in Public Policy (Class of 2022). At AAO, she holds regular advising sessions, coordinates the Student Support Fellowship, Freshman Marathon, and AAO social media and communication. Prior to joining AAO in 2021, Zarina worked at the NU Graduate School of Business managing the research activity within the school.

Zarina enjoys watching ballet shows, and travelling. She also devotes her time to conducting policy research at the NU Graduate School of Public Policy; her field of interest includes political corruption and development studies.


  • zarina.syzdykova@nu.edu.kz
  • Tel.: (70) 9206

Makhinur Galiyeva

Academic Advisor

Makhinur graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Philology in 2017. After graduation, she started working as a Russian Teacher for Foreigners and has since successfully taught many diplomats and international specialists residing in Kazakhstan and abroad. Before joining AAO, Makhinur worked as an Academic Program Manager at the Higher School of Economics, where she coordinated Master’s programs at the Institute of Education. In addition to advising students, Makhinur contributes to developing group advising sessions and various event preparation. She loves music, teaching, and watching true crime documentaries.


  • makhinur.galiyeva@nu.edu.kz
  • Tel.: (70) 5851

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