Aray Saniyazova

Job title: 
SERU-International Research Associate

Aray Saniyazova is a SERU-International Research Associate. She holds a Master’s degree in education from Vanderbilt University (2011), and PhD in education from Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan (2017). 

Her research interests focus on contemporary issues of higher education: transition from high school to university; student experience and college climate; gender issues in education; institutional development of newly established universities. She was involved in the collaborative research project of the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education and the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education The Improvement of the Secondary Education Curriculum of Kazakhstan in the Context of Modern Reforms (2014-2016). Her current research focuses on experiences of graduate student parents and employs data from the Student Experience in Research Universities (SERU) project.

She is a co-author of the chapter on Nazarbayev University in the book “Accelerated Universities: Ideas and Money Combine to Build Academic Excellence” (Editors: Philip Altbach, Liz Reisberg, Jamil Salmi and Isak Froumin) (2018) that introduces the genesis of NU, a university established from scratch in 2010, the preparation period and institutional development. She served as a member of the working group on Nazarbayev University Strategy for 2030 (2018). 

She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Education at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia) and advisor to the Department of Student Services at Nazarbayev University (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan). 


Research interests: 

student experience, student academic and social integration, student wellbeing and campus climate; gender in higher education; doctoral education