In the centre of Almaty, on the corner of Tole bi and Ahmet Baytursynov streets the 13-storeyed building of the main case of Almaty Technological University in which within fifty seven years of its history more than 50000 people graduated rises. Graduates of ATU nowadays work in all parts of the Republic of Kazakhstan and foreign countries, with gratitude remembering “Alma Mater”.

And everything began so…


May 10. Orders of the Ministry of the industry of foodstuff of the USSR and Ministry of the higher education. The USSR Almaty branch of Institute of improvement leading and technical officers was transferred No. 155/548 to the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the higher education of the USSR and reorganized into Almaty branch of All-Union correspondence institute of food industry. Ivanova E.F. was appointed the director of this Branch.


June 4. No. 1501 the Almaty branch of All-Union correspondence institute of food industry was transferred by the order of Council of ministers of Russian Federation Union of Soviet Republics to the order of the Government Kazakh to the Soviet Socialist Republic for inclusion in structure of the Dzhambul Institute of Technology of light and food industry.


August 11. The Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic No. 1365-r the Almaty branch of All-Union correspondence institute of the food industry was renamed by the order of Council of ministers into Almaty branch of the Dzhambul Institute of Technology of light and food industry (AF DTILPP).



December 16. Pouring the first concrete under the foundation of the building of Almaty Technological University.



May 7. The Almaty branch of Zhambyl Institute of Technology of light and food industry was reorganized by the resolution of the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 573 into the Almaty Institute of Technology (AIT).



August 18. The Almaty Institute of Technology is reorganized by the resolution of the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 1192 into non-profit organization – Almaty Technological University Closed Joint Stock Company (JSC ATU).



December 15. On the basis of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “About joint-stock companies” the solution of general shareholder meeting (protocol No. 14) the Almaty Technological University closed joint stock company was re-registered No. 415-P of May 12, 2003 in Almaty Technological University Joint-stock Company (JSC ATU).


These years became history of formation of one of the leading higher education institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Almaty Technological University. But, as we know, any educational institution fruitfully functions, first of all, thanks to people who worked and work in it. In this regard, work much working in higher education institution is invaluable, including also heads of Almaty Technological University at all stages of its formation and development. Today we remember names of directors of AF DTILPP with gratitude working in due time for the benefit and prosperity of higher education institution.

1958-1969: Director of Almaty branch of All-Union correspondence institute of food industry, first director of Almaty branch of Dzhambul Institute of Technology of light and food industry, candidate of historical sciences, associate professor Baymendin Hazhetden.

1993-1994: Director of Almaty branch of Dzhambul Institute of Technology of light and food industry, Doctor of Economics, professor, academician NAN RK Mamyrova Nurgali Kulshymanovicha.

In 1994 Kulazhanov Kuralbek Sadibayevich, Doctor of Chemistry, professor becomes the last branch director who subsequently headed the Institute formed on the basis of Branch.


Establishment of Almaty branch of All-Union correspondence institute of food industry was dictated by pressing problems of a national economy of the Republic and all Union of that time. 1957-1958 became a decisive milestone in need of training for branches of light and food industry Kazakh to the Soviet Socialist Republic. Prerequisites of it were requirements of the arising agrarian and industrial complex of the Republic, rapid development of economy of all country. Life in new measurements began, more major problems began to be solved. As the result all told, in Alma-Ata was created the center for preparation of local shots for mill farms, bakeries, macaroni factories, brewing and alcoholic beverage plants, plant of sparkling wines, meat and dairy combines, confectioneries, restaurants and objects of public catering. The first a set in Branch and release made about 400 people of Branch.

Since 1987 Almaty branch of Dzhambul Institute of Technology of light and food industry, having united with All-technical faculty of DTILPP in the city of Alma-Ata, I began to train specialists of light and textile industry for garment factory of Yury Gagarin, the Karaganda hosiery factory, Almaty carpet factory combine, Almaty cotton factory combine.

During this period of formation, significant for Branch and development by head higher education institution – Dzhambul Institute of Technology of light and food industry, Mukhametkaliyev Tasbolat Mardenovich – Doctor of Chemistry, professor who has worked and directed in ATU at various administrative and managerial positions since 2000. ATU employees remembers with gratitude the vice rector of educational and methodical work and international relations, academician, Doctor of Economics, professor Naribayev Kupzhasar Naribayevich who worked from 2002 to 2006.

The 60-s and 70-s are connected in the history of ATU with formation of schools of sciences, its faculty. In the 60-s the teaching staff made 27 people, of them 9 associate professors, 5 senior teachers, 13 assistants. It was also years of acquisition of experience of the organization and management of such staff. By the beginning of the 70-s in Branch 66 people, among them 21 candidates of science, 18 associate professors, 23 senior teachers worked. New chairs were opened: “History of Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), philosophy and scientific communism”, “Political economy”, “Chemistry”, “Physics”, “The higher mathematics and graphics”, “Foreign languages”, “All-engineering disciplines”, “Theoretical and technical mechanics”. These years are characterized also by formation of various directions of scientific researches. The number of specialties of preparation, the contingent of students and, respectively, a number of workers of all categories grew.

The 80-s are most remarkable qualitative and proliferation of the faculty. During this period there is an active formation of educational and methodical base. Teachers go for professional development, study in postgraduate study and doctoral studies in the best higher education institutions of the cities of Moscow, Leningrad, Kemerovo and other cities of the USSR.

Relation of higher education institution with production was gradually established. Those years the first contracts on cooperation with leading enterprises of the city on carrying out on their squares of practical and laboratory researches and work practice started being signed. This tradition remained still. Today ATU has branches of the letting-out chairs at many enterprises, large production companies, scientific centers. 25 heads of the largest enterprises of the country are nowadays members of the Board of trustees of ATU.

With growth of the number of students there was a need for new educational cases. In 1987 the part of chairs of Branch moves to the new high-rise building down the street Komsomol (nowadays to Tole bi), 100. By the beginning of the 90-s ATU I had already three educational cases and one dormitory.On January 1, 1991 3 faculties functioned in Branch: Consumer services, Bakeries and Food productions and 18 chairs.

In the middle of the 90-s the status and, respectively, structure of higher education institution changes. In 1996 AF DTILPP is transformed into Almaty Institute of Technology and Kulazhanov Kuralbek Sadibayevich, Doctor of Chemistry was appointed, who is rector, professor. Since 2015 he has been the President of Almaty Technological University, and Kulazhanov Talgat Kuralbekovich, Doctor of Engineering, professor became the rector of university instead of it. At new institute in the second half of the 90-s four faculties are formed: design and service, technology of bakeries, food technology and economics department. The faculty of professional development and retraining of experts, preparatory office open. Chairs function: Engineering graphics, Physical training, Technology of knitted production, Technology and designing of garments, the Higher mathematics, Physics, Storage and technology of processing of grain, Technology of baking, macaroni, confectionery productions, Cars and devices of food productions, Automatic equipment and computer facilities, All-engineering disciplines, General and inorganic chemistry, Technology of food productions, Economy and organization of production, Informatics and applied mathematics, Social and humanitarian disciplines, Russian and foreign languages.

This period is marked by active adjustment of international relations of ATU with the leading higher education institutions of the near and far abroad. The administration of university signs contracts for training of teachers and employees abroad: “University of fashion” of Mr. Urbino, Italy (Zhilisbayeva Raushan Orazovna, Ualiyev Kakhar Matpusayevich, Zhaungarova Asiya Aliyarovna, Rayeva Dana Muratovna), universities of the cities of Hayderabad and Mysore, India (Oryngaliyeva Nuriya Kuandykovna, Espayeva Klara Sybankulovna, Kenzhebayev Berik Mukanovich). The international exchange of students starts being started. On an exchange in ATU students Semenek Thomas (the Czech Republic, 1998) and Florijan Suess are trained (Germany, 1999). Besides, the university begins reception of foreign students. Young people from Turkey, the People`s Republic of China (PRC), Mongolia who successfully graduated from our university were the first such students.

In essence, the present personnel structure of ATU was created in 2000-2001. The big contribution to worthy development of higher education institution was made working at that time: the first vice rector of university – Doctor of Chemical Science, professor Mukhametkaliyev Tasbolat Mardenovich; the vice rector of educational and methodical work and international relations of university – Dr.Econ.Sci., professor Naribayev Kupzhasar Naribayevich, and also Doctor of Chemical Science, professor Makasheva Gallia Rakhimzhanovna, Dr..Tech. Sci, professor Medvedkov Evgeny Borisovich, Cand.Tech.Sci., associate professor Satvaldinova Amilya Gabbasovna, Cand.Econ.Sci., associate professor Esaydar Urzada Serimovna, Cand.Tech.Sci., associate professor Zaritskaya Nadezhda Evgenyevna, senior teacher Mametova Zukhra Kasymovna and many others. During this period there are changes in structure of university. Now 5 faculties and 21 chairs are its part. In 2005 at university the college of technology and economics training specialists of an average link in a number of the directions of preparation opened.

Considerably the material base of university becomes stronger. ATU nowadays has the developed material, social and information infrastructure. Three educational cases, five dormitories, the covered and open sports constructions, the big assembly hall and combine of food which total area makes more than 70 000 sq.m. are put into operation. Significantly growth is received by library book and information funds, modern laboratories for studies and scientific researches open, broad access to global information networks is provided, the automatic learning management system and administrations of “Tamos University Suite” takes root.

Now in ATU three research institutes function: Scientific research institute on food technology; Scientific research institute on problems of light industry; Scientific research institute on quality and safety of foodstuff with the accredited certified laboratory.

Also educational scientific centers function: The grain center and the center for processing of meat, Scientific laboratory for undergraduates and doctoral candidates. The national RK innovative fund opened in 2011 at university Office of commercialization of scientific and technological development. Mission of Office consists in the organization of effective management of process of commercialization for universities and scientific institutes according to a regional site.

Leafing through pages of almost sixty-year history of Almaty Technological University today, we are once again convinced that our main achievement is today a solid creative collective thanks to which the university reached a present state and has high public and state reputation, and also achieved and continues to achieve wide recognition not only in educational space of the Republic of Kazakhstan, but also successfully leaves in the international educational space.

The Almaty Technological University (ATU) – one of the leading universities in Kazakhstan, which during the last 60 years is training the specialists and scientists for the food processing, textile and light industries, as well as for business sector and hospitality industry. The ATU is the undisputed leader in the abovementioned areas of training in the Central Asian region. The University consistently implements the principles of the Bologna Declaration and in 2010 it was honored to sign the Magna Charta Universitatum (the Great Charter of Universities). By decision of the Council of the European Association of Universities dated 3 April 2014 the Almaty Technological University is registered as an individual associate member of the European University Association (EAU).

The ATU has clearly defined policies and strategies towards the achievement of quality in its core business, in training and retraining processes for the purpose of industrial-innovative development of Kazakhstan as well as in formation of the modern, innovative and entrepreneurial infrastructure typical to the research universities. Here are some of the achievements of the ATU in the last period:

  • Quality Management System ISO9001 international certificates of the international “Moody International Certification” audit of the World Quality Inspection in the UK (2005), International audit agencies “The Russian Register” and “the IQ-net” (2011.);
  • In 2012-2013, the ATU has successfully passed another state certification as well as international institutional accreditationin the Independent Education Quality Assurance Agency of Kazakhstan (IEQAA) and specialized accreditation of educational programs in the International Accreditation AgencyASIIN(Germany) and the Independent Accreditation and Rating Agency (IARA).All 48 educational programs of different levels of university education. have been accredited;
  • In the General universities ranking by the National Accreditation Centerthe ATU is included in top ten of the best technical universities in the country, and on the core food and food processing, textile and light industries specialties the ATU steadily occupiesthe first placein the rating of educational programs.

Scientific and pedagogical staff of the ATU is more than 700 scientists and teachers, including 19 full members of international and National Academies of Sciences, 62 Doctors of Sciences, 167 Candidates of Sciencesand27 Doctors of Philosophy (PhD).The ATU employs about 60% of Kazakh Doctors of Sciences and 40% of PhDs in the field of food and light industry, more than 9,000 students are trained in 22 undergraduate courses, 19 – master courses, 11 – PhDcourses and 17 – in the technological and economic college.22 doctors and candidates of sciences were awarded the state scientific grant for outstanding scientists and young talents.42 employees of the university are holders of the state “The Outstanding High School Tutor” grant.

The main value of the ATU is more than 50,000 trained professionalswith higher education in various sectors of the national economy.The ATU graduates are working today in many countries, hold high posts in the state structures, industrial enterprises and organizations of the real sector of the economy.And most importantly, tens of thousands of our graduates run technological processes in the core sectors of the domestic industry.

The University is actively involved in the European Union Programs: ERASMUS +, FP-7.Within the framework of the international TEMPUS program together with the partners from the Universities of Urbino and Ancona (Italy), University of Copenhagen (Denmark) the training center on fashion design «Gadet» was operating at theATU at the beginning of the two thousandth’s. The standard master’s food safety program was developed as per another TEMPUS project: «Development of Master’s training program on food safety” in conjunction with the University ofprofessional education Van Hall Larenshteyn (Netherlands) and Greenwich University(Great Britain).The University opened the Center for Research and Innovation Development (REDIC) based on the TEMPUS project: “Creating the socially useful universities” together with the partners from the EU countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Lithuania, Spain and Germany).

Evidences proving the effectiveness of the activities of scientists of the University as well as recognition of the ATU and its scientific and educational potential are the following:

  • approval ofthe ATU by the order of RK MES in a capacity of the National Coordinator of the Program of the European UnionF7on the thematic area: ‘Food and Biotechnology» (BIO-NCP);
  • establishment by the Order of the RK MIST of the Technical Committee for Standardization №67: New Generation Technology and Food” at the ATU;
  • establishment of the ATU Research Center and Innovative Development (REDIC) as per the project of the European Union,the TEMPUS-1-2008;
  • more than two dozen gold and 2 silver medals awarded at the exhibitions of the International Forum “Meat and Dairy Industry” in Moscow (from 2008 to 2016.);
  • gold medals of the Russian agro-industrial exhibition of scientific achievements “Golden Autumn” in Moscow constantly awarded starting from 2009 to present;
  • gold medal of the Achievements Fair of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Karaotkel Zharmenkesi” (Astana, 2011.).

ATU is an active participant in the process of internationalization of scientific and educational programs providing the students with overseas summer internships and trainings within the framework of “double-diploma education” project, and for the teaching staff – the foreign scientific qualification improvement trainings. The ATU students and undergraduates are trained at the Technical University of Applied Sciences of Wildau (Germany), at the Academy of Catering and Hotel Business in Poznan city (Poland), at the International R.D.T.Institute (Switzerland), at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), at the University of Chemical Technology in Prague (Czech Republic), at the University of Food Technologies in Plovdiv city (Bulgaria)under the “Double diploma” program. And as per the program: INTER-CULTURE-TRAINING the ATU students have a unique opportunity to undergo the summer professional practice in partner universities in Spain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, South Korea and in other countries.

The University level depends largely on the performance of its basic structural units – faculties and departments. So one of the specialized structural units – Faculty oflight industry and design is developing international scientific and creative relationships with the KITECH» Institute ofIndustrial Technology (South Korea), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Moscow University of Design and Technology and NovosibirskTechnologicalInstitute,TashkentInstituteoftextile and light industryand the Technical University in Gabrovo (Bulgaria).The Faculty staff attends the overseas internships in partner institutions of theRepublic of Korea, Italy, the UK, Bulgaria, Russia and in other CIS countries.

Thefaculty staff actively participates in international competitions and exhibitions.The Faculty gained twogold medals in the “Art” and “WebDesign” categories at the Republican contest “The IXNational Youth Delphic Games”, two diploma in the “Ethnos” and “Evening dress” nominations, Grand – Prix” “Silver Button” and “Sapphire button” at the 15th international “Siberian Couturier” fashion competition (Novosibirsk, Russia), Gold medal at the international “Food market-2014” exhibition,certificate at the international “CentralAsiaFashion – 2013”. All educational programs of the Faculty during the past academic year have successfully passed through the accreditation auditby the ASIIN International Accreditation Agency (Germany) and the Independent Education Quality Assurance Agency of Kazakhstan (IEQAA).Badge of Honor “Eurobachelor in Engineering” was awarded for the educational program:”Technology and Design of the Light Industry Products”.The last program and the program: “Technology and Design of Textile Materials” was ranked as the best as per the National Educational Programs Ranking System.

Interstate Kazakhstan-Korean Scientific and Educational Technology Center as well as the Arts Council were opened on a basis of the faculty. A joint research project: “Development of heat-bearing textile materials” is being conducted under the supervision of Professor, Zhilisbaeva (ATU) and Hwang (“Uniplatec”, South Korea).

The Graduates of the faculty: Aigul Kasymova (“Aigul ‘Kassymova” Studio), Aida Kaumenova (Aida KaumeNOWA Fashion House), Saltanat Baimukhamedovs (“Salta”Fashion House), Zuhra Abitova(“Wardrobe” Atelier), Alena Rivlina (San BellModel Agency), Irina Panyushkina (Look Fashion Salon) took a worthy place in Kazakhstan modeling and fashion sector due to their design talents and professional education.

Our university, as the initiator of training the professionals in the field of hotel and restaurant business, is actively cooperating with leading foreign schools of tourism and hospitality industry in order to train local specialists on a basis of the best world practices.The ATU and the SwissHTMI(Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management) signed a memorandum on joint trainings this year.Thus, the students of the faculty involved in the joint educational program have a unique opportunity to obtain the prestigious European education by studying mainly in Kazakhstan,and become the holders of:

  • HTMI Diplomaon awarded bachelor’s degree in the specialty “Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management;
  • ATU Diploma on awarded bachelor’s degree in “Tourism” and “Restaurant and Hotel Business.”

For the first time the students were enrolled to this international program in 2014. The implementation of this program directly involved the two ATU faculties: Faculty of Food Production and the Faculty of Economics and Business with the specialties: “Restaurant and hotel business”, “Tourism”.

Faculty of Food Production has experience in training specialists as per the “double-diploma education” program in cooperation with the Polish Academy of catering and hotel business as well as with the Technical University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Within the framework of the academic mobility the students are also being trained in the universities of Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Spain and France. International internship for the students is organized at the Faculty annually in well-known technical universities in Europe such as the University of Food Technologies (Plovdiv, Bulgaria), the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Prague University of Chemical Technology and the Mendel University in Brno (Czech Republic).

Internationalization of the education involves a set of measures ensuring the conditionsfor teaching the basic subjects in foreign languages. Therefore, the students of the specialty: “Technology of food products” and “Biotechnology” basic and specialized subjects such as “Microbiology”, “Molecular Biology”, “Biochemistry of food”, “Total industry’s technology”, “Biotechnology of milk and dairy products” “BAS Biotechnology”, “Studying the properties of raw materials and foodstuffs” are provided in English.

All educational programs of the Faculty of Food Production have successfully passed thespecialized accreditation of educational programs at the ASIIN International Accreditation Agency(Germany) and the Independent Accreditation and Rating Agency (IARA).In March of 2014, the ASIIN made a decision on awarding the honorary sign: “Eurobachelor in Engineering” over two educational programs: 5V072700 – Technology of food products;5V072800 – Technology of processing industries.

Note:The project: “European Accredited Engineer(European Accredited Engineer – EUR-ACE) is being implemented in Europe from September 2004 within the framework of the Bologna process, under umbrella of the European Union and aims to create a pan-European engineering education quality assurance system.

Another participant of the joint program withHTMIis the Faculty of Economics and Business has close ties with government agencies, industrial socio-professional associations and organizations, industrial enterprises of Almaty and neighboring areas.Thus, there is a cooperation with the Kazakhstan tourist Association, Kazakhstan Association of hotels and restaurants, tourist agencies (“Amari Tour”, “AssylTravel” et al.), major banks of second level, “Centras Insurance” OJSC, “Accountants and Auditors Association, FM-Consulting, Commercial University, “Damu” Fund, as well as food companies: Adal, Alem-Kense, Almaty-nan, Ararat, Aksai-Nan and others. Leading specialists of the companies and businesses partners conduct the lectures for the student audience and master classes, workshops and trainings, participate in job fairs held in the ATU. The Students of the faculty, as a rule, run the internship at these enterprises and organizations.

It is known that the employment of college graduates under the economy market conditions is a big challenge for both the graduates and higher education institutions. Each university is the subject of two markets: the market of educational services and productive labor market and their work is closely related.The cooperation between these two markets is continuous at the ATU throughout the academiс year. The latest graduates employment data monitoring for the academic year 2015-2016:in general, in the scale of the university employment is 87,1%. The Faculty of Food Production – 88.6%, the Faculty ofLight Industry and Design – 92.7%.According to data of the Faculty of Economics and Business – 78.2% and the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology – 87.2%.Most of those who are not employed are the graduates passing the exams during summer-autumn period for master degree courses at their universities or in other institutions.It should be noted that high employment figures among the ATU graduate is fluctuating every year.

The ATU Departments maintain close contact with leading enterprises and organizations of the republic through surveys and questionnaires sent to the employers and regular feedbacks from them about their graduates.At the same time our employers are constantly involved in drawing up the catalog of elective disciplines in educational programs which significantly increases the demand for specialists.Some part of students is employed with the enterprises (organizations) after their internship at their facilities.The professionals (engineers, designers, researchers, system organizers, programmers) trained by the ATU now constitute the bulk of the engineering and technical personnel of enterprises of the specialized industries.

Our undergraduate program students are trained for work in manufacturing plants and food processing, textile and light industries as well as in engineering companies, specialized or scientific research, engineering and design organizations involved in research and development of modern technology and new production and technological processes.

Thus, all the activities of the Almaty Technological University are based on the concept of a complex continuous professional education corresponding to his leadership position.Without the leadership spirit the university would not be able to train a highly competitive skilled professionals and the University staff is aware of that.