Institute trains specialists with knowledge of modern methods and techniques in the field of mining and metallurgical engineering, mineral extraction, geodesy, surveying, land management, cadastre, materials science and technology of new materials. Training is conducted on the basis of a foreign approach, the best world practices and recent scientific achievements.
The Institute was founded in 1934 as Kazakh mining and metallurgical institute and Institute’s further history is inextricably linked with the history of KazMMI-KazPTI-KazNTU development. In 2001, Mining and Metallurgical faculties were merged into Mining Institute and Metallurgical Institute, and in 2003, there were formed Mining Institute and Institute of Metallurgy and Printing. In 2011, O. A. Baikonurov Mining and Metallurgical Institute (MMI) was established.
During XX and within the twenty years of XXI century, mining and metallurgical faculties of the higher educational institution provided the mining and metallurgical industry of Kazakhstan with the best personnel. Among Institute graduates are laureates of State Awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Halyk Kaharmany, Kazakstannyn Enbek yeri, ministers, deputies of Parliament Senate and Parliament Majilis, akims, presidents of mining companies.
Students take internship in production companies with whom there are cooperation agreements. Institute has strong links with production that allows not only to teach students the skills needed directly at the future workplace but also to implement dual education and research projects owing to the current production problems are solved. Institute’s main strategic partners are "GeoStroyInvest" and "Kazakhmys" corporations, JSC NNC “Kazatomprom”, "Kazzinc", "Kazferrostal", "Kazakhvzryvprom", Polymer Materials and Technologies Institute , "Globopak, “Kazchrome", “KazMinerals”, "Aluminum of Kazakhstan", "Kazphosphate" "ERG", "Interrin", "Leika Geosystems Kazakhstan", "Almatymetrokurylys.”