Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) is the leading institution of the system of higher education of the Republic of Kazakhstan and one of the top university of Central Asia. The University was celebrated 80 years anniversary in 2014. Today, KazNU counts not only the best Kazakh academics as its alumni, also counts great number of Ministers, Governors, Top Managers, members of Parliament, CEOs of National corporations and Olympic Champions. The KazNU students showed the best results in Beijing-2008, London-2012 and Rio-2016 Olympic Games.
The University was the first among CA universities joined to Global HUB of the UN “Academic Impact” program on sustainability, aimed at support of 10 internationally recognized principles of the UN. Under the UN support, Al-Farabi KazNU has become a part of the worldwide student program-game "The UN Model - the New Silk Road". The university is a member of the following international organizations: the International Association of Universities, European Society for Engineering Education, the international Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience and International Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, and the Indo-US Collaboration for Engineering Education. Also following world-renowned scholars including Nobel Prize winners John Forbes Nash, Finn E. Kydland, Roger D. Kornberg, Christopher Pissarides and Murray Gell-Mann gave series of lectures to KazNU students.
Al-Farabi KazNU is the leader of the National Rankings among the universities of Kazakhstan. The university was the first laureate of the Presidential award of the Republic of Kazakhstan “For achievements in the area of quality” and laureate of the Award of the CIS for achievements in the area of quality and services in the history of the country. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) is ranked within the top 300 of the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, making it Kazakhstan’s highest ranked university. Al-Farabi KazNU is ranked 11th in the EECA University Rankings.
The University has passed as the first State certification and has justified its right to realize academic activity on all specialties at all levels. All undergraduate and postgraduate programs of KazNU accredited by Accrediting Degree Programs such as, ASIIN, FIBAA, AQ, ACQUIN. The university opened in 2015 new faculty that is Faculty of Medicine – Higher School of Public health. Nowadays, Al-Farabi KazNU has 15 schools which offer 82 BA, 102 MA and 63 PhD wide range programs in engineering, natural sciences, humanitarian and social sciences, medical sciences and economics. Also Al-Farabi KazNU covers a wide spectrum of fundamental and applied research which are based at 8 research institutes, 25 centers, 2 National Level Labs and in Regional Technopark.