KazNU is the oldest classical university of the Republic established by the Decree of the Kazakh Regional Committee (KRC) office dated November 13, 1933. One year after Kazakhstan’s 1990 declaration of independence, the name was changed to Al-Farabi Kazakh State University. In 2001, the government classified it as a “national” university. More than 20000 students, graduates and PhD students study at KazNU, and there are more than 2500 faculty members working at KazNU, including 400 doctors of science, professors and more than 800 candidates of science and associate professors. Like other universities founded under the Soviet system, it is highly centralized.
January 15, 1934 is the day of the official opening of Kazakh State University, which was established at the basis of the Pedagogical Institute by the decree of the Council of Peoples’ Commissars of USSR and VKPb Kazakh regional committee. On December 2 of the same year KazSU was named after the famous Soviet party and state leader S.M. Kirov.
In January 1934, the first entrance exams at the faculties of Biology, Physics and Mathematics were held; in September they were held at the Faculty of Chemistry. In 1937, the first Faculty of Humanities – the Faculty of Foreign Languages was established; a year later, the Faculty of Philology. In May 1941, as a result of joining with the University of the Kazakh Communist Institute of Journalism the Faculty of Journalism was established.
After the severe years of war, new faculties began to open. In August 1947, the Faculty of Geography was established, and in 1949 the faculties of Philosophy and Economics. As a result of the joining with the Alma-Ata Institute of Law in 1955, the Faculty of Law was established.
During the same period a strong scientific educational and methodological base emerged at the university. By the mid-1980s there were 98 departments, 43 scientific research laboratories and 9 scientific research groups at KazSU. The faculty staff consisted of 1180 people; among the faculty staff there were 30 academicians and AS KazSSR correspondent members, more than 100 doctors, professors, more than 600 science candidates, lecturers. Human resources were trained on 21 specialties and 74 specializations.
SSRA councils operate on all faculties, chairmen of these councils make SSRA council KazNU. Council of SSRA consists of 3 sectors – scientific, organizational, information. Thanks to such structure each member of council of SSRA is responsible not only for the faculty, but also for a certain sector. Before each sector there are tasks and activities. For the purpose of establishment of direct contacts between students, undergraduates and young scientists, joint meetings of council of SSRA and CYS are held once a month.
In 2011 more than 130 scientific seminars for students and undergraduates were carried out. Creative abilities of graduates of university are now not less important, than their theoretical knowledge and with a view of activization of research activity of students, integration of a science, education and ensuring continuity of scientific shots, at university the policy of encouragement and support of talented students, and first of all through attraction them to work on scientific projects on a paid basis is accepted. Volumes of financing of SSRA allocated for involvement of students to researches on a paid basis, according to the solution of the Academic council of university, in the next years it is necessary to finish to 10 %. Favorable conditions not only for preparation and formation of scientific shots and experts of the top skills, strengthening and further deepening of research work of students are created, but also the events directed on selection of innovative ideas of students through student’s business incubators are held.
KazNU cooperate with universities: South Korea Hankuk University of Foreign Studies , South Korea Pusan University of Foreign Studies , South Korea Soongsil University (South Korea), Taiwan Ching Yun University
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