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Kazakh-British Technical University

59 Tole bi Avenue Almaty,
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Kazakh-British Technical University, or KBTU is a research and educational institution located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It was founded in 2001.

KBTU’s research is focused in the main sectors of the Kazakhstani economy – oil and gas, information technologies, banking and finance, management and telecommunications.

KBTU is the first and only Kazakhstani university with internationally accredited IT programs by the U.S. agency, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

KBTU Business School is awarded the prestigious international accreditation, ACBSP (The Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs). The following KBTU programs are now ACBSP Accredited:

Undergraduate: Finance, Management;

Graduate: MBA in the Oil and Gas, MBA in Leadership, MBA in Finance, Financial Analysis, Supply and Project Management. '

Quick Facts:

·         100% classes are taught in English

·         International faculty representing many cultures

·         KBTU hosts Central Asia's only marine academy, The Kazakhstan Maritime Academy (KMA)

Unique Features:

a) KBTU has exceptionally strong, live links with business and industry. Business leaders sit at the University’s Advisory Board.

b) Businesses advise on course design and content that is tailored to the industry needs. Many companies provide student grants and later hire KBTU graduates.

c) Teaching staff also includes a large number of professionals who work for business and industry at international IT brands and oil and gas industry.

d) Italy's energy giant Eni is working closely with KBTU. Eni professionals teach master's degree program in petroleum engineering. A new master's degree program in facility management will be launched in cooperation with Eni.

g) KBTU has several scientific institutes and labs where scientists do research and also teach KBTU students.


The idea of creating Kazakh-British Technical University was conceived by the former President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is now the leader of the nation. Further discussions on the establishment of the University were held during President Nazarbayev’s official visit to the United Kingdom in November 2000. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the officials of the two countries on enhancing cooperation in education, science and technology fields.

The Kazakh-British Technical University JSC was established by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on August 3, 2001 under Decree No. 1027 and in accordance with the MoU signed between the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the British Council. The Ministry represented the Kazakh Government as the founder of the KBTU, while the British Embassy in Kazakhstan and the British Council represented the British side.

Since 2005, KBTU is awarding double undergraduate degrees in partnership with the University of London. Under the program students receive London School of Economics and Political Science and KBTU degrees while studying at the KBTU in Almaty.

International partnership ties

Dual-degree diploma programs with:

·         London School of Economics, UK

·         Shanghai Polytechnical University, China

·         Ufa State Oil and Gas Technical University, Russia

Student exchange programs with:

University Campus Suffolk, UK, University of Furtwangen, Germany, University of Leicester, UK, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, Kozminski University, Poland, Sejong University, South Korea, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation, Malaysia, Technological University of Malaysia and others.

International Partners:

·         In 2009 KBTU was awarded the “Affiliate Center” status by the University of London

·         In 2012 KBTU became an official affiliate University with the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School

·         Partnerships with more than 50 universities worldwide



University Highlights

Kazakh-British Technical University is one of the top universities in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It is ranked #751-800 in QS Global World University Rankings 2021.

Total students - 2,762


International students - 31


Total faculty staff - 285


Total students - 2,762


International students - 31


Total faculty staff - 285

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