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Treasury them.Al-Farabi became the leader among the universities of Kazakhstan in the prestigious European rating "Academic Ranking of World Universities-European Standard" ("ARES").


According to the study of the global rating «UI Green Metric Ranking of World Universities», Al-Farabi KazNU has strengthened its position in the top 200 most environmentally friendly Universities in the world. Compared to last year, Kazakhstan's University has risen 16 places in this prestigious and authoritative ranking 172 among 700 HEIs from 78 countries.



Al-Farabi Kazakh National University was included in the group of 201-250 best Universities of developing countries in the Times Higher Education (THE) authoritative world ranking.

In compiling the ranking of Universities from emerging market economies in 2019, the following indicators were taken into account: effectiveness of scientific and educational activities of Universities; level of teaching staff and research; publication and citation of scientific papers; international cooperation and others.

442 universities from 43 countries are represented in the THE ranking. The top ten included seven universities of China, which took the first four places in the ranking. In the first place – Tsinghua University, second – Peking University, the fifth place was given to the Lomonosov MSU, tenth – National University of Taiwan.


Al -Farabi Kazakh National University is the best amongone the universities of Kazakhstan, and the third amongCIS universities represented in the ranking of the top universitiesin the world according to the rating QS. The position of the university in the ranking of QS – 220 place. 




For the first time, Kazakhstan's University - Al-Farabi KazNU entered the top 220 among the 800 best universities in the world, by moving forward to another 16 positions in the international ranking of QS «World University Rankings». Only two universities in the post-Soviet space have joined this group - KazNU and Lomonosov Moscow State University (RF). 

The President of the country set the task of entering Kazakhstan's universities into the top 200 best universities in the world. KazNU as the leading university of the country, acknowledged in the world space, purposefully works on the realization of this important state task. Over the past five years, the University has advanced in the «QS WUR» rating by more than 400 positions. In the world practice, no University has achieved this growth dynamics! 

As it is known, QS is one of the authoritative and influential universally recognized international agency that for many years has been conducting a global ranking of the best higher educational institutions in the world. 

An important factor in successful promotion of KazNU in this rating was a large-scale structural modernization, results-oriented high efficiency of management and intensive development of a unique infrastructure that has grown by 40% over the past five years. Following the course of transformation into a world-class research university, KazNU is working to create a medical-biological and innovative IT cluster, and the newest supercomputer will serve as its nucleus. 

The world recognition of the University is also connected with a great deal of activity of KazNU as the Global Hub of the UN «Academic Impact» Program on Sustainable Development and its international projects. Among them, the new university model proposed by KazNU - «University 4.0», which is based on a symbiosis of innovation-technological and spiritual-moral platforms.

Today the phenomenal experience of KazNU is being studied by the leading universities of the world, which is an indicator of the University's high competitiveness at the world level. Taking into account the growing role of the leading Kazakhstani University in the global scientific and educational space, the Executive Council of «QS Worldwide» decided to hold a world forum and an international exhibition of universities on the basis of Al-Farabi KazNU in September 2019. Carrying out of the event of such a scale testifies to the growing authority of Kazakhstan and will promote advancement of the country's higher education system in the world. 


KazNU is the First University of Kazakhstan with QS «Four Stars» of Excellence

Based on the results of an independent assessment conducted by QS in 2018, KazNU became the first University in Kazakhstan and the only one in the Central Asian region that is awarded «Four Stars» of Excellence in «QS Stars Development Road map international rating».

Rating from 0 to 5 stars of QS is awarded to HEI’s based on the results of a comprehensive analysis of more than 50 indicators that reflect a wide range of activities of the University and its compliance with high international standards. 

QS Excellence rating of «Four Stars» means that KazNU has a high international reputation and demonstrates leadership positions in the global scientific and educational space. The Stars of Excellence demonstrate the strengths of the HEI and help orient partners and students to choose University.

Thus, in a number of indicators, KazNU is awarded the maximum rating of «Five Stars»: educational services, internationalization, facilities and inclusiveness.

It should be noted that only five universities in the CIS countries have received Four Stars of QS –Al-Farabi KazNU and four Universities from Russia.

KazNU is Recognized as a Socially Responsible University

Al-Farabi KazNU became a member of the prestigious organization «University Social Responsibility Network» (USRN) that unites such famous universities as Manchester University and Cambridge University (Great Britain), Peking University (China), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Washington (USA), University of São Paulo (Brazil) and etc.

Great attention in the world is traditionally given to raising the social responsibility of corporations and business structures. In the formation of a culture of social responsibility, the role of HEI is significant as well. Universities not only offers public goods in the form of educational services and scientific developments, but they also act as a generator of social norms of behavior in society. The mission of a modern higher education institution should not be limited only to the training of qualified specialists, today it is complemented by social responsibility to the society.

This paradigm encouraged leading universities to create a Consortium to strengthen the social role of Universities in addressing the most acute and urgent problems of mankind. The USRN activities are aimed at creating an effective platform for interaction of participating universities in the implementation of social responsibility of universities for the future of modern civilization.

At a special USRN Conference that was held at the University of São Paulo, members of this prestigious organization voted unanimously to a leading Kazakhstani university to be admitted as a member.

KazNU’s experience as the Global Hub of the UN program «Academic Impact» on sustainable development has been presented at the Conference.
The new platform for the development of higher education institutions proposed by KazNU - the University model 4.0 - aroused great interest among the members of the organization. The program for modernization of public consciousness «Ruhani Zhangiru» provides guidance for the implementation of this model. It includes four components: educational, research, innovation-entrepreneurial, spiritual and moral.

Today, the University model 4.0 has already found practical expression in the project «Al-Farabi University Smart City», which is based on a symbiosis of innovation-technological and spiritual-moral platforms.

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University on the basis of the ranking took 186 place among 619 universities in the world, gaining 5089 points. Green Statistics: Setting and Infrastructure (855), Energy and Climate Change (1441), Waste management (774), Water usage (280), Transportation (912), and Education (827).

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University is the top 10 best universities in emerging Europe and central Asia in 2017/2018 year.

International Ranking agency, Quacquarelli Symonds announced its an annual result of the regional ranking called Emerging Europe and Central Asia University Rankings, QS EECA 2018 on October 17th, 2017. . Al-Farabi Kazakh National University was ranked among the top-10 universities by moving forward.

QS EECA University Rankings highlights the leading 251 universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia based on the nine performance indicators. These indicators include the following indictors such as academic reputation (30%), employer reputation (20%), faculty/student ratio (15%), papers per faculty (10%), web impact (10%), staff with a PhD (5%), citations per paper (5%), international faculty (2.5%) and international students (2.5%).

In the top 10 universities, there are three universities from Russia(Lomonosov MSU -1, Novosibirsk State University -2, St. Petersburg State University ) , two universities (Bogazici University -7, Middle East Technical University -9) from Turkey and four universities (University of Tartu -3? Charles University -5, University of Warsaw -, Czech Technical University -6) from Eastern Europe Countries along with KazNU. 

Al -Farabi Kazakh National University is the best amongone the universities of Kazakhstan, and the third amongCIS universities represented in the ranking of the top universitiesin the world according to the rating QS, for the past 2 years. The position of the university in the ranking of QS – 305 place. The position of the university in the ranking of the Naaru (Independentagency for accreditation and rating) -2nd place


KazNU leads the best websites of Kazakhstani universities rating. In 2016 the position of university in Webometrics - is the 1st place in Kazakhsatan (2001-st place in the world)


Al-Farabi KazNU is today the first and only university in the education system of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which isawarded a special diploma of the authoritative international agency “ThomsonReuters" for outstanding achievements in science in 2011”.

According to the results of researches of known international organization GreatValueColleges"al-Farabi KazNU was among 50 most technologically advanced universities in the world, it had taken the 31 place in the rank. It should be noted that the ranking of the Kazakh University is the only indicator not only among the countries-participants of the CIS, Eastern and Central Europe, but also as along with Singapore and Japan represents the entire Asian continent.

On the basis of Al-Farabi KazNU in accordance with the program, proposed by UNESCO,the Central Asian regional hubUNESCO on Sustainable Development was created. UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development was also opened.

The University is a leader in the Republic of Kazakhstan in participation in EU Programmes, TEMPUS, Erasmus Mundus, which allow to adapt fully the basic principles of the Bologna process and to bring the academic policy of the University closer to the European standards. There are 9 TEMPUS projects, 7 projects Erasmus Mundus, and in 3 projects Al-Farabi KazNU is the co-coordinator.

The University in collaboration with international partners is implementing a number of major International scientific and educational projects, such as the "Green bridge generation", which has its dialog platform

In January 2014 Al-Farabi KazNU was entrusted to lead the global hubof United Nations Academic Impact(UN Academic Impact) on sustainable development .


Within the frameworks of the International Consortium UNIFORM Project in conjunction with the University of Tokyo a unique project for the creation and launching of the first in the history of Kazakhstan's domestic nanosatellites is being realized. This development, along with other projects, will be presented at EXPO -2017. On the basis of Al-Farabi KazNU the third stage of the PIT "Alatau» is being implemented. The creation of this scientific-educational and innovation cluster became the basis of "growth points" national innovation system.