In L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University together with the National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan a unique system of training specialists in the field of nuclear physics and nuclear technologies is organized. The International Department of Nuclear Physics, New Materials and Technologies (IDNPNMaT) was established in ENU together with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR, Dubna, Russia) and the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP as a part of NNC RK, Almaty, Kazakhstan). The department was established on the basis of the Memorandum of June 1, 2007 "On the Establishment of an International Educational Consortium" and the joint order of the ENU, JINR and INP "On the Establishment of the International Department of Nuclear Physics, New Materials and Technologies" dated July 9, 2008 and operates on the basis of the order of July 9, 2008.
The purpose of the Department is to jointly train specialists in the field of nuclear physics and new nano- and radiation technologies using the capabilities of the Heavy Ion Accelerator DC-60 and ENU Engineering Laboratory, as well as to conduct scientific research in these areas with JINR and INP.
The International Department of Nuclear Physics, New Materials and Technologies has a modern research base in the field of nuclear physics and new materials and conducts training in the following areas:
- 6B05305 – bachelor program on specialty «Nuclear Physics»;
- 7M05305 – master program on specialty «Nuclear Physics»;
- 7M07140 – master program on specialty «Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies»;
- 7M05308 – master program on specialty «Medical Physics»;
- 8D05305 – PhD program on specialty «Nuclear Physics»;
- 8D07140 – PhD program on specialty «Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies».
In the 2020-2021 academic year, the teaching staff of the International Department of Nuclear Physics, new materials and technologies is 32 staff units, of which 23 are staffed and 9 external part-time employees. Among them, there are 5 Doctors of Sciences, 9 Candidates of Sciences, 11 PhD Doctors, 6 Masters. The percentage of gradualness in the department's teaching staff is 78.1%.
On the basis of the quadripartite Agreement on the joint creation and implementation of the Bachelors and Masters program in the field "Nuclear Physics" on November 19, 2009 in the academic year 2010-2011, the four students of the specialty "Nuclear Physics" were awarded the first double diplomas of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation with assignment academic degree of bachelor of physics. Joint training of specialists involves the participation of JINR and INP scientists in the educational process, including lecturing, conducting laboratory and practical classes, as well as conducting familiarization, production and diploma practice for bachelors, undergraduates, doctoral students.
Conditions have been created for conducting laboratory classes on various special courses, production, diploma practice and preparation of dissertations by undergraduates and doctoral students of the University on modern operating physical facilities. Most of the classes are conducted by eminent scientists, representatives of the best scientific schools of Kazakhstan and Russia.
Currently, the university has only one specialty - "Nuclear Physics" - 197 students, 46 undergraduates, and 59 doctoral students, which demonstrates the great effectiveness of the created training system and its attractiveness among talented young people.
For the training of specialists created:
• Interdisciplinary research complex on the basis of the heavy-ion accelerator DC-60, where the scientific and production practice and scientific research are conducted by students, undergraduates, doctoral students and teachers of ENU;
• International Innovation and Education Consortium, which, in addition to ENU and NNC RK, JINR entered;
• Laboratory of Solar-Terrestrial Physics;
• Laboratory of spectrometry and environmental studies.