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History of the university

"Creation of our institute of higher education on the Virgin soil was an event of the great importance. It became as if a parent of the higher education in the whole region.
The higher educational establishment was considered as a place of concentration and active functioning of scientific schools.
From the very beginning attraction to complex process of creating the higher educational institution was headed for attracting not just experts in the field of agriculture, but real scientists were necessary"

                                                       M. A. Gendelman


Seifullin Kazakh Agro Technical University is the largest agrarian Higher Educational Institution of Central and North Kazakhstan, the first Higher Educational Institution of Astana.

The establishment of a new educational institution was the answer to challenge of time, the period of developing virgin and long-fallow lands in North Kazakhstan when agricultural experts were necessary for the country. For expansion of training of experts for agricultural production for the northern and central regions of Kazakhstan Akmola Agricultural Institute that included agronomic, mechanization of agriculture and land management departments, was organized by the Decree of Council of Ministers of the USSR on October 3, 1957 and by the order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the USSR on October 9, 1957. 

Первые учебные корпуса

The first academic buildings, 1967 year

Первые учебные корпуса

2015 year

History of the University is a number of its consecutively replacing each other stages of formation and dynamic development. From the institute consisting of only three departments it has turned into the research university, the scientific and educational center of not only the northern region, but also the whole country.        

Первые учебные корпуса

Первые учебные корпуса

Stage 1. 1957 - 1981
Stage 2. 1982 - 1990
Stage 3. 1991 - 2000
Stage 4. 2001 - 2011
Stage 5. 2012 - to the present day

Since 2012, science becomes the main priority in development of activity of KATU. Stage-by-stage transformation in modern research university of the international level in the sphere of agriculture has been set as a strategic goal.

University Faculty

Speaking on May 23, 2013 at 26 Plenary session of Council of foreign investors, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.A. Nazarbayev first offered to create a research university of the international level in the sphere of agriculture on the base of KATU like JSC "Nazarbayev University". This is the starting point of work on reforming of KATU.

Seifullin KATU is reckoned among 10 basic universities of the country which are carrying out personnel training for projects of a state program of industrial and innovative development of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2015 - 2019. Priority sectors for KATU have been determined, they are "Agricultural mechanical engineering"and "Production of foodstuff". A partner of S.Seifullin KATU is the University of California in Davis (UC Davis, the USA), a leading research university of an agrarian specialization in the world and new educational programs are developed side by side with this university.

In addition to that our university actively develops the relations with the known educational institutions of the world. S.Seifullin Kazakh Agro Technical University is a full member of the Great Charter of Universities that is a basis of formation of a single European educational space. Now we have established close partnership relations with more than 20 universities and research centers. Among them there are such countries as the USA, Great Britain, China, Russia, Byelorussia, Germany, Malaysia, Italy, Israel and Mongolia. More than 500 teachers and students of our university improve their knowledge; they take scientific study course in these countries.

By the results of the world universities rating, which was carried out by the agency of QS World University Rankings® 2014/15 S.Seifullin KATU entered a top of 701+ best Universities; is a full member of the Great Charter of Universities, creating a basis for formation of a Single European Educational Space.

AK Kurishbaev at a meeting with the President of N.A.Nazarbayev

Working visit of the Deputy Premier of the RK D.N.Nazarbayeva at the university

A great achievement of our university is the Gold medal n.a. V.I. Blinnikov presented by Eurasian Patent Organization for a big contribution, made to "Inventive and patent branch". It should be noted that at present our university is the only owner of such a prestigious award in our republic.

By the results of an independent rating of National agency of accreditation and rating, based on quality of educational programs, in 2014 30 educational programs of KATU (37% of total number) were included into the three of the best programs of the country. 12 of them won the first place. It allowed KATU to take the 5th place in the national rating of universities and it is the best result in the university history.

Первый механизированный строительный отряд "Сигма"

The first mechanized construction brigade «SIGMA»

Modern University Equipment

Today KATU is the diversified university having its established scientific schools thanks to which the basis of the present faculty is created.

Now 44 chairs work at the university. At eight departments over ten thousand students on 37 specialties of a Bachelor degree, 31 specialties of a Master degree and 14 specialties of Doctoral studies of PhD get trained.  Preparation of polylingual shots on 8 specialties of a bachelor degree, 31 specialties of a Master degree and 9 specialties of Doctoral studies is started.

Lectures 1986 year

 2015 year

Educational process is carried out by 889 teachers, 83 of them are Doctors of sciences and 376 are Candidates of sciences, 18 are Doctors of Philosophy.  Academic degree holders rate of the university faculty makes 53%.

For more than half a century over 60 thousand highly qualified specialists have been prepared for various branches of agro-industrial complex of the country that made and continue making a worthy contribution to the development of economy of the country by their selfless work. The university is rightfully proud of its graduates, among them there are executives of Presidential Administration and Office of the Prime minister, deputies of the Senate and Majilis of Parliament of RK, ambassadors, prominent scientists, candidates and doctors of sciences, Akims of oblasts, cities and regions, heads of the large enterprises and agroformations, experts in various spheres of national economy.

University graduates 1987 year

2015 year


Military training of students 1985 year

 2015 year

Heads of the University at different times


T.G.Dukhov (February 1958 - May 1961) - Candidate of Technical Sciences, Associate Professor


M.A.Gendelman (May 1961 - November 1982) - Doctor of Economics, Professor

K.A.Sagadiyev (December 1982 - November 1990) - Doctor of Economics, Professor

Y.Y.Maul (February 1991 –October 1993) - Doctor of Economics, Professor

B.O.Alimzhanov (October 1993 - October 2004) – Doctor of Agricultural Sciences, Professor

A.K.Bulashev (November 2004 – November 2011) - Doctor of Veterinary Sciences, Professor

A.K.Kurishbayev (since November 2011) - Doctor of Agricultural Sciences, Professor, Academician of Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Names of the University at different times

In 1957 Akmola Agricultural Institute was founded (The Decree Council of Ministers of the USSR No. 1176 on 03/10/1957);

In 1961 in connection with the new name of the city the Institute was renamed into Tselinograd Agricultural Institute (The Decree of Council of Ministers of the USSR No. … on 05/15/1961);

In 1996 the Institute was reorganized into Akmola Agricultural University and was named after Saken Seifullin (The Decree of the Government of RK No. 573 on 07/05/1996);

In 2001 the University received the status of the Kazakh Agrarian University named after S. Seifullin (The Decree of the Government of RK No. 821 on 06/15/2001);

In 2004 on the basis of the Decree of the Government of RK (No. 829 on 03/08/2004) the Republic State Enterprise "Kazakh State Agro Technical University named after S. Seifullin" was created;

In 2007 the university was reorganized into "S.Seifullin Kazakh Agro Technical University" Joint-Stock Company (The Decree of the Government of RK No. 409 on 22/05/2007).

Years of departments foundation 
Agronomic Department – 1957
Land Management Department – 1957
Technical Department – 1957
Department of Correspondence Course 1959
Economics Department 1960
Department of Veterinary Medicine and Technology of Animal Husbandry – 1964 
Architecture Department 1965
Energy Department 1965
Reserve-officer Training Department – 1965
Department of Computer Systems and Professional Education 1985

Conference Hallof 1991 year

Conference Hallof M.A.Gendelman 2015 year


Greening of the campus 1985 year

2015 year