The Institute trains geologists, oil workers, miners, surveyors, and surveyors with knowledge of modern methods and techniques in the field of prospecting and exploration of all types of minerals, in the field of mining engineering and surveying, as well as modern programs for processing and interpreting geophysical data. Graduates become specialists in ore and oil Geology, Geophysics, hydrogeology, drilling, mining engineering and surveying.
Nowadays Kazakhstan ranks sixth in the world in terms of natural resources. Of the 110 elements of the periodic table in Kazakhstan depths holds 99, 70 explored, and 60 are used. The profession of geologist, Geophysics, petroleum and mining engineering one of the most popular in the country, and as a diversified gives you the opportunity, if necessary, to make a transition. Among the graduates of the Institute are mayors of districts, regions, and presidents of oil and mining companies.
The Institute founded in 1934 when the geological exploration Department was opened during the creation of the Mining and metallurgical Institute. In 1949, the Department of Geophysics was opened, which became one of the main departments in KazGMI. In 2000, the Institute of Geology and oil and gas engineering was established on the basis of two existing faculties – geological exploration and petroleum. In 2006, the Institute was named after a prominent public figure, geologist Karatai Turysov. In 2011, as a result of the restructuring of the University, the two institutes were again merged into one with the preservation of the scientist's name and the Institute of Geology and oil and gas named after K. Turysov was created. In June 2019, as a result of optimization of the University, the Institute has renamed the Institute of Geology, oil and mining named after K. Turysov with the inclusion of the departments "Mining" and "surveying and geodesy" in the Institute. Since March 5 of 2020, Кanay Rysbekov, academician of the National Academy of mining Sciences and of the International Academy of Informatization (IAI), candidate of technical Sciences, associate professor, is a director of the institute.
The Institute has 6 graduate departments: "Geological survey, prospecting and exploration of mineral deposits", "Geophysics", "Geology of oil and gas", "Petroleum engineering", "Mining", "Surveying and geodesy".
The Institute has more than 120 teachers. Among them, there are 11 doctors of science, 24 candidates of science, 20 doctors of philosophy (PhD) and 34 masters.
Currently, the Institute has licenses for training specialists in higher and postgraduate education in 46 educational programs and specialities, including 13 undergraduate, 18 masters and 15 doctoral programs. Training of specialists in all educational programs of higher and postgraduate education is conducted in three languages. All educational programs are reviewed by employers, professional associations, and graduates.
From the 2019-2020 academic year, the Institute trains specialists in the following new bachelor's degree programs: "6B07202, 6B05201-Geology and exploration of mineral deposits", "6B07201-Oil and gas and ore Geophysics", "6B07204 – Petroleum engineering", "6B07205 – Mining engineering", "6B07303, 6B07304 –Geospatial digital engineering". The Institute also trains specialists in the following new groups of master's degree programs: M121 – Geology, M116 – Mining engineering, M109 – Oil and gas and ore geophysics, M115 – Petroleum engineering, M088 – Hydrogeology and engineering Geology, M091 – Seismology, M120 – surveying, M123 – Geodesy, M128 – Land Management and doctoral studies: D121 – Geology, D116 – Mining engineering, D115 - Petroleum engineering, D109 - Oil and gas and ore Geophysics, D091 – Seismology, D088 - Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, D123 – Geodesy.
The Institute has a powerful material and technical, scientific, educational and laboratory base, equipped with modern innovative infrastructures and all the necessary innovative technologies for use in the educational process. There is a unique mineralogical centre for the study of material composition at the micro-level and a rich mineralogical Museum.
The educational process is combined with research work, where students have the opportunity to participate in funded research projects. Faculty, students, undergraduates, and doctoral students actively participate in the Institute's funded research projects. The Institute has a Council of young scientists. The Council of young scientists promotes the continuous professional growth of young scientists of our Institute, their professional level, their active participation in research and innovative developments.
There are active student communities, such as "Society of petroleum engineers "(SPE)," United society of Geologists "(USG) and" Society of Geophysicists Researchers " (SEG). Communities work at the international level, where experts from leading oil and geological exploration and mining companies of regional and international level, scientific and practical conferences, intellectual games, and professional training.
At the Institute, international activities are carried out at the proper level. The Institute maintains close ties with institutions in the USA, Europe, Russia, etc. Students have the opportunity to complete practical training, scientific internships and study under the system of double-degree education.
Students take their practical training in geological, oil and mining enterprises with which there are cooperation agreements. The Institute also has a Karatau training ground for students of geologists, where a field training geological practice is conducted to strengthen students 'theoretical knowledge in the disciplines of "General Geology" and "Structural Geology", as well as the acquisition of skills in drawing up geological maps.