Al Farabi University

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Al Farabi University
founding January 15, 1934
Sponsorship state
place Almaty
country KazakhstanKazakhstan Kazakhstan
Rector Ghalymqayyr Mutanov
Students 16,931
Employee 2,000
Networks IAU

The Kazakh National Al-Farabi University ( Kazakh Әл-Фараби атындағы Қазақ ұлттық университеті , Russian Казахский национальный университет имени аль-Фараби ) is a university in Kazakhstan's Almaty . It was founded in 1934 as one of the first universities in Central Asia and what is now Kazakhstan. It is named after the Islamic scholar and philosopher al-Fārābī . In university rankings, the university regularly takes first place among the best universities in the country.


The building of the Alma-Ata high school, where the university was located in 1934

The university was founded on January 15, 1934. On that day, she started teaching with 54 students. At first it only had a biological and a physical-mathematical faculty , both of which were housed in the historic building of the city's former high school. The Faculty of Chemistry was founded on September 1st. On December 2 of that year the university was named after the Soviet state and party official Sergei Kirov and has since been called the Kazakh State Kirov University .

In 1937 the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Foreign Languages ​​and the Faculty of Philology were established. In February 1938 an academic council was established at the university, giving the institution the right to award degrees. In 1941 the Faculty of Journalism was created through the incorporation of the Kazakh Communist Institute of Journalism. In the following years, further faculties arose at the university: in 1947 the Faculty of Geography and in 1949 the Faculty of Philosophy and Economics . The law faculty was established in 1955 when the previously independent legal institute was incorporated into the university. In 1958 the university moved to a new building in the center of the city, in which the government of the Kazakh SSR previously resided.

As the university continued to grow and a growing number of students had to be accommodated, new premises had to be found. The then rector Asqar Sakarin , who had previously also been the education minister of the Kazakh SSR and deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers, campaigned intensively for the construction of a new university campus . In 1966 it was decided to reserve a 70 hectare site in the south of the city for the construction of teaching buildings.

In December 1970, the Council of Ministers made the decision to start building the first phase of the university complex. In April 1971 the foundation stone was laid for the main building on the new campus. At the beginning of the 1980s, several student residences, the buildings for the faculties of biology and geography and other farm buildings were put into operation. The 17-story university administration building was the tallest building in the city at the time. In the 1980s, the staff already consisted of 1180 employees and more than 100 doctors and professors. In 1971 the university was awarded the Order of the Red Labor Banner .

After the collapse of the Soviet Union and Kazakhstan's independence in 1991, the university dropped the name of Sergei Kirov, which it had borne since 1934. Instead, it was named in honor of the Muslim philosopher and scholar Abu Nasyr ibn al-Farabi . The realization of the second phase of the campus has also been postponed. On July 5, 2001, it was raised to the status of a national university and the name was changed to Kazakh National Al-Farabi University . In 2005, construction of the second phase of the university campus was resumed, following which further faculty and commercial buildings were built.

In 2016, students made Al-Farabi 1 , a small satellite that was launched on an Indian rocket on February 15, 2017 .


Today's university consists of 14 faculties:


The Al-Farabi University campus is located in the south of Almaty, right next to the botanical garden and Esentai Park with the Esentai Tower . The entire site has an area of ​​37,000 square meters. One of the most famous buildings on the university campus is the Student Palace. The theater has space for 1620 people. The sports complex was opened in 1987 and is one of the best sports facilities at a university in Kazakhstan. There are also 16 student residences in the immediate vicinity.

Web links

Commons : Al-Farabi University  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Times Higher Education, accessed August 26, 2019.
  2. ^ List of IAU Members. In: International Association of Universities, accessed August 4, 2019 .
  3. About Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. QS World University Rankings, accessed on August 26, 2019.
  4. a b c Путеводная звезда казахского образования. Qazaqstan Tarihy, accessed August 25, 2019 (in Russian).
  5. a b Как строили КазГУград. Express-K, accessed August 25, 2019 (Russian).
  6. Al Farabi University: Faculties (English)

Coordinates: 43 ° 15 ′ 8.7 ″  N , 76 ° 55 ′ 36 ″  E