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Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (Kazakh: Ál-Farabı atyndaǵy Qazaq Ulttyq Únıversıti), also called KazGU or KazNU, is a university in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Named after the Eastern philosopher and scholar al-Farabi, it is one of the country's largest universities.

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
Ál-Farabı atyndaǵy Qazaq Ulttyq Únıversıti
Al-Farabi University - logo - 01.jpg
TypeNational
Established1934
RectorMutanov Galimkair Mutanovich
Students20,000
Undergraduates16,000
Postgraduates4,000
Address
Al-Farabi Avenue, 71
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Campusurban
Websitewww.kaznu.kz

KazNU is the oldest classical university of the Republic established by a 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. According to the QS World University Rankings KazNU takes 207th place in the rating of the best universities of the world.

In 2001, the government classified it as a "national" university. More than 20,000 students, post-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.[clarification needed]

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CampusEdit

The university has its own campus, so-called "Kazgugrad", on land between Timiryazev Street, Al-Farabi Avenue, the "Yessentai" ("Vesnovka") river, and the Botanical Garden. The main building (GUK) is 15 stories tall and hosts the university administration as well as the History, Economics, Law, Philology and Journalism faculties.

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University has the largest campus in Kazakhstan with an area of 100 hectares, in one of the most beautiful areas of Almaty. The education infrastructure of the campus consists of 13 education buildings with a total area of 165,000 m² and scientific laboratories with a total area of 18,940 m².

There are seventeen dormitories on campus and three more faculties: Geography, Biology, Preparatory and International Relations.

The departments of Physics, Mechanics-Mathematics, and Chemistry were formerly in the city; in 2011 they moved to newly constructed buildings on campus.

HistoryEdit

 
Main buildings of the university in Almaty, 1934.

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.

Smart City programEdit

Al-Farabi KazNU opened in 2019 a Two-Diploma Innovative Specialists Training Program - "Smart City." The university is also a member of the "Smart City" International Consortium of Universities. Together with the Universities of the European Union Al-Farabi develops the Master's Program in "Information Technologies for the Smart City" under the "ERASMUS +" project.[1]

FacultiesEdit

  • Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics
  • Chemistry Faculty
  • Physics Faculty
  • Faculty of Informational Technology
  • Biology Faculty
  • Geography Faculty
  • History Faculty
  • Philology Faculty
  • Faculty of Journalism
  • Faculty of International Relations
  • Oriental Studies Faculty
  • Faculty of Political Science and Philosophy
  • High school of economics and business
  • Law Faculty
  • Preparatory Faculty for Foreign Students
  • Higher school of medicine

Partner universitiesEdit

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "KazNU to train specialists for Smart City".

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