History of university

Горно-металлургический корпус

Satbayev University is one of the oldest educational institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan. History of the University named after K.I. Satbaev, the flagship of the engineering education of the republic, is inextricably connected with the history of our state, its culture and the system of the higher education.

In the 30’s of the XX century, there was an acute need for the development of higher technical education in the country in order to solve the problems of eliminating the technical and economic backwardness of the national economy. To solve this problem, the Kazakh Mining and Metallurgical Institute (KazMMI) was opened in Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan, with two faculties: mining and non-ferrous metals. The first call of the first academic year in KazMMI rang on September 19, 1934. That day was the very beginning of the development of technical sciences in Kazakhstan.

The Institute played an important role in the formation and development of scientific and practical activities in the field of geology, mining, metallurgy in Kazakhstan. The scientific school, formed on the basis of the Institute, made a great contribution to the development of the ore resource base of the republic and the organization of the new technologies for mining and metallurgical production.

Merits of an academician K.I. Satbayev are huge in the formation and development of the Kazakh Mining and Metallurgical Institute. From the beginning of the first graduates of the mining geological engineers in 1937 – 1938 years, Kanysh Imantayevich was a chairman of the State Examination Commission. During the Great Patriotic War, he was a member of the Academic Council of the university.

In 1960, KazMMI was renamed into KazPTI - Kazakh Polytechnic Institute. In 1967, the vocal-instrumental ensemble “Dos-Mukasan” was organized at the Faculty of Automation and Computer Science. In January 1980, the Architectural and Construction Institute was opened in Almaty, the basis of which was the architectural and engineering faculty of KazPTI, as well as the Alma-Ata branch of the All-Union Correspondence Engineering and Construction Institute.
















The Kazakh Mining and Metallurgical Institute (KazMMI) was founded with the following educational programs: “Geology and Mineral Exploration”; “Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology”. The first director of KazMMI was Ashir Dzhanaliyevich Burkitbayev (1906-1938).

A.D. Burkitbayev
A.A. Yermekov

Two new faculties were formed: Mining faculty with the educational program “Exploitation of Field Ores” and Metallurgical faculty with the educational program “Metallurgy of Nonferrous and Precious Metals”. Also new departments were instituted for the disciplines “Electric engineering”, “Theoretical mechanics”, “General geology”, “Ore fields”, “Hydrogeology”, “Mining”, “Petrography”, “Mineralogy and Crystallography”. One of the first teachers was Alimkhan Abeuovich Yermekov (1891-1970) who was also a statesman, a graduate of the Tomsk Polytechnic Institute, a member of the Alash party, an active proponent of Kazakh autonomy and uniting of Kazakh lands, a scientist, and the first Kazakh professor-mathematician. In 1930 he was actively engaged in the development of the textbook in Mathematics in the Kazakh language.

Building of KazMMI, built in 1936

The first contract-based research on investigating the reasons of fissuring and bottom settlings of loess soil thickness in the geological zone of Alma-Ata and the research work “Shrinkage and Flood Method of the Lake Muyaldy” were carried out.


The first batch of 26 engineers, (11 geologists and 15 hydrogeologists) graduated. New departments were created, each related to the metallurgy of heavy and nonferrous metals; fundamentals of metallurgy; mining transport; rock mechanics; historical geology and paleontology; mineral processing; thermal engineering; development of ore fields and mineral resources.


New departments were created
related to physical and colloidal chemistry; exploration and maintenance of mines; mining ventilation and safety measures; mining electric engineering; metallurgical furnaces; metallurgy of light and precious metals; surveying of mines; and military science. 56 engineers, including the first 32 mining engineers, graduated. The first female mining engineer, R.M. Mukhamedzhanova, was among them. Full-time and part-time postgraduate courses were created. A notable student from this period was Akzhan Mashanov, who would go on to popularize and bring to preeminence, the works of the great scientist Abu Nasyr al-Farabi whose name was written with golden letters in the history of Kazakhstan.

O.A. Baykonurov
A.Zh. Mashanov
Ilyas Yesenberlin

88 engineers
including the first 25 metallurgical engineers graduated from the Institute during this period. New departments were instituted including “Physical electric engineering and colloidal chemistry”, “Construction, applied mechanics and graphics”, “Metallurgy of precious metals and metallurgical science”. Ilyas Essenberlin, who would later go on to gain renown as a Kazakh writer, was a notable graduate of this period.

Graduates of KazMMI of 1941. Ilyas Yesenberlin is in the middle row on the right , O.A. Baykonurov is in the lower row on the right.

Six students and graduates of KazMMI were awarded the prized rank of Hero of the Soviet Union for their heroism and courage. They were: Vladimir Alekseyevich Zasyadko, Nikolay Danilovich Markelov, Nikolay Ivanovich Yashchenko, Moussa Baymukhanov, Maxim Gerassimovich Gubanov, Alexey Georgiyevich Toropkin.

V.A. Zasyadko
N.D. Markelov
N.I. Yashchenko
M. Baimukhanov
M.G. Gubanov
A.G. Toropkin

was united with the evacuated Moscow Institute of Non-ferrous Metalls and Gold named after M.I.Kalinin. The following new departments “Chipless shaping”, “Electrochemistry and corrosion”, “Productions of casting and alloys”, “Metallurgical science” were included in the new joint institution.


New specialization “Minerals Processing” and Technological faculty with two educational programs “Technology of Non-ferrous Metals and Alloys” and “Economy of the Production of Non-ferrous Metals” were created.
New laboratories for metallurgical science and heat treatment, casting and alloys and a special workshop for chipless shaping were opened.


The first batch of mining surveyors graduated.
During wartime, the Institute completed 65 large research projects and 6 topographical and surveying tasks.


Training courses were reorganized into the preparatory division of KazMMI. 208 people, including 21 Kazakhs were enrolled to these courses. There was formed the fifth faculty – Oil faculty with two new educational programs – “Oil-field Business” and “Geology of Oil Fields”.


For the selfless work during the Great Patriotic War, Professor H. K. Avetisyan was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, Professor E.D. Shlygin and Associate Professor V.V. Favorskiy were awarded the Order of the Red Star, Professor A.V. Brichkin and Associate Professors, I.I. Bock, I.Z. Lysenko, and A.N. Kartashov were awarded the Order of the Badge of Honour, Associate Professor G.Ts. Medoyev was awarded the medal “For Distinguished Labour”. Eighty-one scientists and laboratory assistants of the Institute were awarded the medal “For Valorous Labor in the Great Patriotic War”.

H.K. Avetisyan
E.D. Shlygin
I.I. Bok
G.Ts. Medoyev
Medal “For Valorous Labor
in the Great Patriotic War

33 employees and students of KazMMI were awarded the badge “Outstanding Worker of the Socialist Competition” and Certificates of Appreciation of People’s Commissariat for Non-ferrous Metallurgy of the USSR, 32 people were recognised with Diplomas of the Supreme Council of the Kazakh SSR. The honorary rank the “Honored worker of science and technology of KazSSR” was given to Professors H.K. Avetisyan, E.D. Shlygin and A.V. Brichkin. After the end of the war, lectures and seminars were restarted at all five courses and these were attended by 748 students.


In the first post-war year, 65 engineers graduated from the Institute. Among them was the first Kazakh woman a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of KazSSR, Zhamal Musagaliyevna Kanlybayeva, who at first was confirmed a degree of a Candidate and then Doctor of Technical Science in the field of mining. A methodology suggested by her for monitoring the stress state of rocks during mining of coal - seams, based on the use of radioactive isotopes, is widely used within the mining industry around the world.

Zh.M. Kanlybayeva

The faculties that functioned and the education programs offered at the institute were: Mining faculty with the following education programs: “Development of ore and loose fields”, “Surveying”, “Development of bedded (coal) fields”; Metallurgical faculty with the following education programs: “Metallurgy of Non-ferrous, Rare and Precious Metals”; Geological-prospecting faculty with the following education programs: “Geology and investigation of mineral deposits, “Engineering geology and hydrogeology”. As a part of SEB at the Mining faculty, D.A. Kunayev, the Vice-Chairman of the Council of Ministers of KazSSR was appointed as a Chairman of the State Examination Board.


An outstanding graduate of the year was Shakhmardan Yesenov. He worked as a senior geologist, a chief geologist and a chief engineer of Dzheskazgan complex geological exploration expedition. In 1961-1967 and 1974-1978 he was the Minister of Geology of KazSSR, in 1967-1974 he was the President of the Academy of Sciences of KazSSR and the Director of the Institute of Geological Sciences of the Academy of Sciences of KazSSR. In 1978-1994 he was the Professor, Head of the Department of the Kazakh Polytechnic Institute.


In KazMMI there were 3 faculties and 25 departments. The most notable graduate of the year was Yevney Arstanovich Buketov. He worked as an assistant and then an Associate Professor of metallurgy of light and rare metals. In 1960 he became the director of the Chemical- Metallurgical Institute of the AS of KazSSR in Karaganda. In 1969 Ye. A. Buketov was conferred on the USSR State Award. From March 1972 to the middle of January 1980 he was the Rector of Karaganda State University.

O.A. Baykonurov
Ye.A. Buketov

Omirkhan Aymagambetovich Baykonurov, a graduate of KazMMI, became the director of the Institute. Under his direction, the new education programs such as “Civil construction”, “Architecture”, “Oil”, as well as the specialties related to computer science and information technologies were opened The Academic Councils for the defense of doctoral and candidate theses were organized. In addition, the construction of a new campus was begun. It was O.A. Baykonurov who possessed the idea of organizing the branches and faculties of the Institute proper based on the large enterprises of Kazakhstan.


The student research society of KazMMI united 34 clubs including 700 students. These clubs were directed by 10 Doctors of Science and Professors, 30 Candidates of Science and Associate Professors (among them 2 laureats of State Prize) and 23 senior teachers.


The education program “Industrial and Civil Engineering” was formed at the Mining faculty.


With the participation of KazMMI, Ust-Kamenogorsk Construction and Road Institute was formed.

The main square of Ust-Kamenogorsk
“Sokolovsko-Sarbaisky Mining and Processing Plant”

New education programs “Automation of Production Processes in Non-ferrous Metallurgy”, “Automation of Production Processes in Mining Industry”, “Mechanical Outfit of Plants for Ferrous and Non-ferrous Metallurgy” were offered. In Rudny, the extramural industrial faculty on the basis of Sokolovsko-Sarbaysky mining processing plant was formed. In 1964 it was reorganized into a branch of KazPTI.

8 JULY 1960

KazMMI was reformed into the Kazakh Polytechnical Institute and was reffered to the leading higher educational institutions of the country.


Training of oil engineers was resumed. The department “Geology and Investigation of Oil and Gas Fields” and Construction engineering faculty were instituted with education programs “Industrial and Civil Engineering and Architecture”.

Meeting of workers of higher education and science. Moscow, Kremlin, 1961

The Academic Council of the Institute was granted the right of defense and approval of doctoral theses.


The education program “Heat, Gas Supply and Ventilation” that trained civil engineers in the mounting and operation of heating systems, ventilation and gas supply of the industrial, housing and cultural constructions was offered to students. The first student construction brigade of “students-polytechnicians” left for the virgin lands. Their labor feat was honoured by the Red Challenge Banner of the Central Committee of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League.

Breastplate of the "All-Union
Leninist Young Communist League", 1945

With the help of the Kazakh Polytechnic Institute (KazPTI), Tselinograd Construction-Engineering Institute was organized.


The number of students inducted rose to 8210. 7 faculties and 40 departments function. New faculties included: 1. Engineering and Economic; 2. Oil; 3. Architectural.


Vladimir Bakulin graduated as a civil engineer from the Institute. He would go on to become a Soviet Greco-Roman wrestler, the silver medallist of 1968 Olympic Games, the World champion, the champion of Europe, many-time winner of the championships of the USSR, Merited Master of Sport of the USSR. For many years, Zhanbek Saurambayev, the volleyball player, member of the USSR national team, winner of 1965 World Cup, the champion of Europe, the champion of the USSR and the Merited Master of Sport of the USSR worked as the Head of the department “Physical training”.

The first star cast of the band "Dos-Mukasan"

There was organized the legendary vocal-instrumental ensemble “Dos-Mukasan”. Essentially, a new stage in the development of the musical arts of Kazakhstan began with this collective. “Dos-Mukasan” was the first Kazakh music band to visit the USA and the only Kazakh musical collective which got onto the pages of the All-Union monthly current affairs, literary- musical audio magazine “Krugozor1”.


Branches of the main departments were opened on the basis of the large mining –metallurgical plants: the Balkhash copper-smelter, the Ust-Kamenogorsk zinc-lead plant, the Leninogorsk polymetallic mill, etc. as well as in a number of research institutes of AS of KazSSR.

1970 KazPTI was named after V.I. Lenin.

The faculty of technical officers was established where the specialists of mining and metallurgy, oil and gas, geological, power and construction industries of the USSR undertook an internship and attended retraining courses.


The graduate of the year was Kazbek Valiyev, a climber and the first Mt.Everest Kazakh summitter, “The Snow Leopard”, Master of Sports of International Class, Honored coach of Kazakhstan in mountaineering.

Kazbek Valiyev
Legendary roped team: Kazbek Valiev and
Valery Khrishchaty
Communism Peak, 9 times summitted by
K. Valiyev. Photo taken in 1982

Based on the power faculty of KazPTI, Almaty Power Institute (at present Almaty University of Power and Communication) was created.

Almaty Institute of Energy and Communications

For the first time in the history of KazPTI, the foreign students from Cuba, Vietnam, Cameroon and Syria began to study at the faculties of automatization and computer sciences, geological-prospecting and mining. The special faculty for the foreign students studying in KazPTI was opened.

The Cuban students in Almaty, 1978

Based on the architectural and construction-engineering faculties of KazPTI and the Almaty branch of the All-Union Extramural Construction-Engineering Institute, Almaty Architectural and Construction Institute was founded in Alma-Ata.

26 JULY 1984

In recognition of training the qualified specialists and development of the scientific research, KazPTI named after V.I. Lenin was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor.


By now, more than 1100 people were employed at the Institute. These included 1 academician, 10 corresponding members of AS of the Kazakh SSR and 5 Lenin and State prizewinners of the USSR. The first steps towards the Kazakh language teaching were taken at the Institute that marked an important stage in the history of the higher education institutions in Kazakhstan. In five years, the Institute submitted 746 applications for inventions, 411 positive decisions and 4 patents were received. The research work of 8 scientists was recognized by the Council of Ministers of KazSSR with K.I.Satpayev awards, 4 scientists were elected as corresponding members of AS of KazSSR. 19 employees of the Institute defended their Doctoral theses while 145 defended their Master’s theses.


The students KazPTI took part in the December events, which became the first step towards the independence of Kazakhstan.


The scientists of the Institute conducted a specialized and complex ecological-engineering-geological and groundwater survey on a scale of 1:20000 in the Eastern part of the Aral See region. The results of the research data subsequently became the basis for the full range of activities that were initiated to save the Aral Sea.


The results of XIIth five-year plan:
New trends were developed in the field of geology and hydrogeology including the use of the magnetic fields interpretation results of the marine section of the Peri-Caspian Lowland. Such unique work was carried out for the first time and was unrivaled throughout the world.

1990 Kazakh Polytechnic Institute organized the Department of the Kazakh Language.
Ye.M. Shaikhutdinov

In the field of geology, a contract-based complex work involving the interpretation of seismic and aerospace data for preparing the publication of gravimetric maps of Kazakhstan was completed.
The study of higher molecular compounds in Kazakhstan was pioneered by Yerengaip Malikovich Shaikhutdinov, Rector of the Kazakh Polytechnic Institute, whose fundamental and applied works were widely recognized. He implemented the process of multi-level training of specialists; due to this, the Institute obtained the status of the University.


Kazakh National Technical University conducted scientific-research work taking into consideration the economic situation, the scientific potential and basic scientific trends. The formed new scientific schools and trends were aimed at establishing the theoretical foundations and identifying technological recommendations for the development of higher technologies. The department “Labor Protection and Environment” of the Mining Faculty started to train specialists in the industrial ecology.
In the middle 1990s, the contract-based works were carried out together with enterprises:
SJSC “Yuzhneftegaz”,
Center of Ore management NAC “KATEP”,
JSC “Zheskazgantsvetmet”,
Pavlodar Aluminum Factory,
Karmetcombinat and others.
158 contract-based researches were carried out in 1992; in 1993 there were 90 contract-based projects; in 1994 – 44 contract-based projects; in 1995 – 22 contract-based projects and in 1996 – 12 contract-based projects.


KazPTI was reorganized into the Kazakh National Technical University (KazNTU).
The technological faculty to train engineers for developing chemical, oil-processing, metallurgical industry and the printing enterprises in the Republic of Kazakhstan was formed and it introduced the following education programs: “Polygraphic Machines and Automated Complexes», «Chemical Technology of Inorganic Substances», «Chemical Technology of Higher-molecular Compounds», «Technology of Polygraphic Production», «Chemical Technology of Organic Substances». In the same year the scientific journal of the University (Vestnik of KazNTU) was first published.


The Republican Center for Retraining and Professional Development (RCRPD) of engineers and teachers in technical disciplines for higher educational institutions was created at the University. The University became the main higher educational institution for major foreign companies operating in Kazakhstan such as Siemens and Schlumberger. The cooperation with Universities from England, Italy, Canada, Japan, Finland and Germany was initiated at the University as well. The University actively participated in the European Tempus-TACIS program.


KazNTU became the only higher education institution in the CIS that was admitted to the Association of the Technical Universities of Russia. Six scientific-training manufacturing complexes were formed at the University. These were: geology and mining; oil and gas; mechanical engineering, technology and ecology; automation and informatization; metallurgy; power engineering and communication.


Ten academicians of AS of RK and seven academicians of the various International Academies work at KAZNTU.
The first graduation of environmental engineers in the specialty “Applied Ecology” took place this year.

K.I. Satbayev

For its meritorious contribution in training the technical specialists of the country, KAZNTU was renamed after the outstanding scientist-geologist and academician Kanysh Imantayevich Satbayev.
Kanysh Imantayevich Satbayev was a world famous scientist and one of the founders of the Soviet metallogenic science and the founder of the Kazakhstan school of metallogeny, Doctor of geological and mineralogical sciences, Professor, academician of AS of the Kazakh SSR, full member of AS of the USSR and first President of the Academy of Sciences of the Kazakh SSR.
Kanysh Imantayevich Satbayev who had the unique human qualities, brilliant organizing talent and an ingenious mind was an example of selfless service to the people and Motherland. He gained fame not only as an outstanding organizer of Kazakhstani science but also as the geologist who found the Ulytau-Dzhezkazgansky field of copper, which at the time of its opening, was the world’s largest copper field. The work and the career of Kanysh Imantayevich Satbayev is closely connected with the development of our University.
In 1926 Kanysh Imantayevich Satbayev graduated from the Institute and received his qualification as a mining engineer. He was sent to the Atbasarsky multicorporate enterprise of nonferrous metals to become the head of the geology department. In 1927 he was elected as a board member of this trust. In 1941 at the initiative of Zh. Shayakhmetov, the 2nd secretary of the Central Committee of Kazakhstan, Kanysh Satbayev was posted to Alma-Ata. He was appointed as the director of the Institute of geological sciences and Vice-Chairman of the Presidium of the Kazakh branch of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (KazBAS of the USSR).
The scientific research of Kanysh Satbayev covers mainly such industries as geology, history and culture. Kanysh Imantayevich was not only an outstanding scientist, but also the practicing engineer with great work experience. He emphasized the continuity of geological science and investigation, considered the major objective the creation of the theoretical base for practical geology and engaged in the development of scientific basis of forecasting fields.


Six institutes were formed. These were: Institute of Art and Science named after A. Mashani; Engineering and Economic Institute; Institute of Informatics and Information Technology; Institute of Geology and Oil and Gas Engineering; Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Technology and Ecology; Mining and Metallurgy Institute named after O.A. Baykonurov.
Nine Dissertation Councils for the defense of doctoral theses in fourteen specialties and two separate Councils for the defense of candidate theses in three other specialties were created.
The course «Satbayev Studies» was added to the educational programs. The K.I. Satbayev Award for outstanding merits was instituted, and, ever since, it has been given to the most deserving students annually.
The presentation of the international company «Schlumberger», Tempus-TACIS programs, the European Foundation for education and scientific academies were held in K.I. Satbayev KazNTU.

5 july 2001

K.I. Satbayev KazNTU was given the special status.
The First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev with heads of universities of the republic

The university was included into a guild of 500 leaders of European higher education institutions. Also it signed the Great Charter of the Universities “Magna Charta Universitatum” in Bologna (Italy); thereby, the University entry into the zone of the European higher education has been legally issued.
The university was included in a consortium of the leading technical educational institutions of the European Union, became a member of the international association of Solan Energy scientific and technological center as well and was a part of a consortium of educational institutions of the USA. The training of specialists in the architectural and construction profile has been resumed this year.


In 2006 the Institute of Construction and Ecology was organized on the basis of the Ecological and Economic Institute of KazNTU, which was renamed as the Institute of Construction, Architecture and Ecology in 2007 and in 2008 again was renamed as the Institute of Architecture and Construction with assignation of the name of T.K. Bassenov.
The opening of the Kazakhstan-French education center for training specialists in the field of power, electric engineering and the maintenance of automated systems took place.


The company Chevron declared their cooperation with K.I. Satbayev KAZNTU, the only higher education institution from the former Soviet Union and according to Chevron, granted this distinction along with 16 leading universities of the world, such as Cambridge university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the Southern University of California, the University of Calgary, etc.


The visit of representatives of the Colorado Mining training school took place. The guests made a number of presentations and discussed a plan for developing cooperation with the faculty members as well.


Training in the Bachelor’s degree program in the own experimental curricula started. Training at the university was run according to the three-tier system of higher and postgraduate education (Bachelor’s degree program – Master’s degree program – PhD doctoral studies).


The academic mobility program for students, undergraduates and the academic teaching staff at the university was successfully implemented with partner higher education institutions from the USA, the EU, the CIS and Asia.


KazNTU became the only higher education institution from Kazakhstan included in the project conducted by the Thomson Reuters agency for institutional assessment of higher education institutions around the world.


K.I. Satbayev KazNTU entered the top-800 list of the best higher education institutions of the world in ranking by the British research agency QS.

19 DECEMBER 2014

The Republican State Institution “K. I. Satbayev Kazakh National Research Technical University” (KazNRTU) was restructured as a nonprofit joint–stock company (NJSC).


JSC “STC“Parasat” and the following leading research institutes such as LLP “Institute of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology named after U. M. Akhmedsafin”, LLP “Institute of Geography”, LLP “Institute of Physics and Technology”, LLP “K.I. Satbayev Institute of Geological Sciences”, JSC “Institute of Metallurgy and Ore Beneficiation” joined NJSC “K.I. Satbayev KazNRTU”. On the instructions of the Head of State, Nursultan Nazarbayev, two of the leading technical universities in the country, KBTU and KazNRTU, were merged into one. I.K. Beisembetov was appointed the Rector of the joint institution.

Rector of K.Satbayev KazNRTU Iskander Beisembetov
at the meeting with the First President of Kazakhstan
Nursultan Nazarbayev
The chief production director of JSC “NAC
Kazatomprom” Baurzhan Ibrayev and Rector of K.Satbayev
KazNRTU Iskander Beisembetov

JSC NAC “Kazatomprom” and NJSC “K.I. Satbayev Kazakh National Research Technical University” concluded an agreement on cooperation in the fundamental and applied research in the field of atomic and alternative energy and training specialists. The International Research Educational Center for the Atomic Industry was established.
K. I. Satbayev KazNRTU broke into the top 600 best universities in the ranking list for the best universities in the world (QS World University Rankings).
Scientific projects were implemented utilizing financial resources to the sum of 421,195 thousand tenge that were mobilized for this purpose.


On September 1st, the contract for the fiduciary management of 100 percent proportion of shares of KBTU between JSC NC “KazMunayGaz” and K. I. Satbayev KazNRTU reached its end. Since then, the two universities have been developing as the independent scientific- educational institutions.


K. I. Satbayev KazNRTU undertook a rebranding procedure and changed its name to Satbayev University. A specialized Institute of digital technology for the development of artificial intelligence was created.
The university was ranked 415th place among the 800 best universities in the world in the international QS World University Ratings thus becoming one of the three best universities in Kazakhstan.
The 910,233 thousand tenge allocated for research was completely utilized on the research works related to industrial processes.


JSC STC “Parasat” was redefined as the Satbayev University Technology Commercialization Center. Its main goal is the commercialization of scientific and scientific-technical contributions of university scientists within the industrial sector by promoting innovative products to the market and identifying and analyzing technical and technological problems, as well as the needs of the real economy.


“The International Center for Field Analysis and Development” was established in collaboration with Baker Hughes and General Electric Company.
Satbayev University and JSC “ArcelorMittal Temirtau” created a joint venture “Satbayev University & ArcelorMittal Temirtau Gas Production” (LLP “SUAMGas”) to implement a project for exploration and production of coal methane in the Karaganda region.
SU sustained the growth of commercialized projects and concluded 202 business contracts worth 1,080,485 thousand tenge with industry leaders of economy.

SU broke into the top 100 (settling at rank 50) best universities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia according to the rankings published by Quacquarelli Simonds (QS) universities.
In the period from 2016 to 2018, SU was ranked between 411 and 420 among the 800 top universities in the world. This marked an extraordinary increase of more than 100 places over the previous year and the university was awarded the first place in the nominations “Leader in Reputational Rating experts” and “Leader in the reputational assessment of employers” by the Independent Agency for Quality Assurance in Education.


Satbayev University gained the first place among the universities of the country in terms of funds won on a competitive basis for conducting research projects (7,467 million KZT for 3 years). The amount is 1.74 times more than it was in 2015 and indicates the high scientific, technical and research potential of the university. More than 70% of the 3,900 employees of SU and its subsidiaries and affiliates are involved in research and development activities.
At its inception and during the initial stages of its institution, the benchmark for the university was in its capacity to train specialists in geological exploration, mining of deposits and the industrial application of mined minerals. While this was appropriate when the economy of Kazakhstan was resource-based and heavily dependent on mining, the current focus is on Research and Advanced development for Digital Kazakhstan, reflecting present-day realities. Two aspects of the institution that have been strengthened are real applied projects and improvement of the quality of education, which stays apace with worldwide trends. T\The trends such as digitalization and the increasing importance of the English language are likely to have a permanent impact in many fields besides education. The rector of Satbayev University, I. Beisembetov, acknowledged these points and spoke about them at the meeting with the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, N. Nazarbayev, on February 5th.

29 MARCH 2019

The ice arena of the Sport Palace named after Baluan Sholak hosted a friendly hockey game between the Polytechnic University alumni and the team “Delta”. The participants and spectators at the match were top managers of Satbayev University, honoured production workers, businesspersons, sportsmen and eminent public figures.


Chief of the Rector’s Office of Satbayev University
Berik Mukhtybayev is on the ice
10-11 APRIL 2019

Satbayev University welcomed the participants of the Third Annual International Innovative Forum of BIM Technologies aimed at implementing the digital technologies in practice for the cities planning and building. The International Academy of Architecture, the Institute of Architecture, Construction and Energy named after T.Basenov (a partner of Satbayev University), and the International Company Autodesk were the organizers of the event. Topical issues related to “Contemporary tendencies in sustainable development of town planning systems»; «Smart city and digital technologies»; «Cultural heritage as a factor of sustainable development” were analyzed during the forum. Experts in the field of architecture from Central Asia, Russia, Germany, Italy and Belgium demonstrated their achievements.

11 APRIL 2019

Satbayev University within the frame of Satbayev’s Readings held the International scientific-practical conference “Innovative technologies are the keys to successful decision-making of fundamental and applied issues in the ore and oil sectors of economy”. The conference was devoted to the topical problems of the country development in spheres such as engineering, construction, high technologies, machine building and education. During the conference 600 reports were presented. Teachers, students of Satbayev University and guests from other Kazakhstani cities took part in the sectional meetings of the conference.

12 APRIL 2019

The flowers were laid at the monument of K.I. Satbayev to the accompaniment of a brass band in a solemn ceremony held at Satbayev University campus. The participants of the ceremony were outstanding scientists of Kazakhstan, foreign guests, university staff and students who expressed their appreciation and honored the memory of the great son of the Kazakh Steppe, scientist-geologist and founder of the Academy of Science of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic – K.I. Satbayev. The representatives of Satbayev University took part in a solemn meeting devoted to the “Day of Scientists” which took place in the Academy of Science of Kazakhstan. More than 500 people including academicians and scientists of Kazakhstan, Vice-minister of Education and Science of the RK Ph.N. Shakypova, members of the national scientific Councils were present at this event. During the final part of the solemn ceremony the following awards were presented to the scientists.
A solemn congratulatory program was held at SU, where rewarding of sponsors and employees took place. For services to the university the KazNRTU administration awarded the anniversary medals to their patrons, most of whom are the graduates of the legendary “Polytech”. In their turn, for active participation in training the qualified specialists, the ALE “The Republican Association of Mining and Mining-Metallurgical Enterprises” (AMME), the Nuclear Society of Kazakhstan rewarded the university workers with Certificates of Appreciation and breastplates.
The festive events of the day ended with a grandiose gala-concert performed by the laureates of the 54th festival of artistic creativity “Spring of KazNRTU”.

Gala concert dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the academician K.I. Satbayev and the 85th anniversary of Satbayev University
23 MAY 2019
Satbayev University received the status of Technical University of Kazakhstan No. 1 according to the IQAA rating.

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Satbayev University

In January 1994, the KazPTI named after V.I.Lenin was transformed into the Kazakh National Technical University (KazNTU), which was entrusted with the functions on the training personnel for the country in a multilevel structure, adopted in the world practice, as well as the development of the curriculum and training programs in the technical specialties.

By the decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan of September 22, 1999, for the special merits in the training of the engineering and technical personnel of the country and in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of an academician Kanysh Imantayevich Satbayev, the Kazakh National Technical University was given the name of this outstanding Kazakhstani geologist.

In 2001, a special status was given to the university by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.A. Nazarbayev, and in 2014, the university achieved the category of “National Research Technical University”. In 2017, KazNRTU named after K.I. Satpayev was renamed to Satbayev University.

As of today, Satbayev University has: 10 institutes, 6 research institutes, 27 departments, 3 scientific and educational centers, 114 educational and research laboratories, 11 scientific laboratories, 2 training grounds. Satbayev University holds leading positions in national and international rankings and is an associate member of 9 associations and consortiums in the field of education, science and technology. More than 50% of staff members have academic degrees. Educational process is carried out according to the credit system.

Satbayev University
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