In the center of Almaty, at the intersection of Tole bi and Akhmet Baitursynov streets, a 13-storey building of the main building of the Almaty Technological University stands, within the walls of which more than 50,000 people have received higher education for fifty-seven years of its history. Graduates of ATU now work in all corners of the Republic of Kazakhstan and foreign countries, gratefully remembering their “alma mater”.

And it all started like this…


May 10. By the orders of the Ministry of Food Industry of the USSR and the Ministry of Higher Education of the USSR No. 155/548, the Alma-Ata branch of the Institute for the Improvement of Managers and Engineers was transferred to the Ministry of Higher Education of the USSR and reorganized into the Alma-Ata branch of the All-Union Correspondence Institute of Food Industry. Ivanova E.F. 1966 was appointed Director of this Branch


June 4. By Order of the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR No. 1501, the Alma-Ata branch of the All-Union Correspondence Institute of Food Industry was transferred to the Government of the Kazakh SSR for inclusion in the Dzhambul Technological Institute of Light and Food Industry.


August 11. By Order of the Council of Ministers of the Kazakh SSR No. 1365-r, the Alma-Ata branch of the All-Union Correspondence Institute of Food Industry was renamed into the Alma-Ata branch of the Dzhambul Technological Institute of Light and Food Industry (AF DTILPP).


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


May 7. By the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 573, the Alma-Ata branch of the Zhambyl Technological Institute of Light and Food Industry was reorganized into the Almaty Technological Institute (ATI).


August 18. By the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 1192, the Almaty Institute of Technology was reorganized into a non–profit organization – Closed Joint Stock Company “Almaty Technological University” (CJSC “ATU”).


December 15th. On the basis of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Joint-Stock Companies” No. 415-P dated May 12, 2003, by the decision of the General Meeting of Shareholders (Minutes No. 14), the closed joint-stock company “Almaty Technological University” was re-registered into the Joint-Stock Company “Almaty Technological University”.

ATU is one of the leading higher educational institutions in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, which has been training specialists and scientific personnel for more than 60 years for the food, processing, textile and light industries, the service and hospitality industries. ATU has been present on the educational services market since 1957 and in recent years has been systematically implementing the principles of the Bologna Declaration, actively integrating into the global educational space and becoming more and more recognizable in the world. Since 2005, ATU has been operating a Quality Management System (QMS) certified for compliance with the requirements of international standards ISO 9001 — 2008. The effectiveness of the ATU QMS has been confirmed by independent audits conducted by the Certification Association — the Russian Register — a member of the international certification network IQNet.

1958-1969: Director of the Alma-Ata branch of the All-Union Correspondence Institute of Food Industry, the first director of the Alma-Ata branch of the Dzhambul Technological Institute of Light and Food Industry, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor Baymendin Khazhetden.

1969-1973: Director of the Alma-Ata branch of the Dzhambul Technological Institute of Light and Food Industry, Candidate of Technical Sciences, Associate Professor Dzhumagulova Laura Imamgazievna.

1973-1986: Director of the Alma-Ata branch of the Dzhambul Technological Institute of Light and Food Industry, Candidate of Chemical Sciences, Associate Professor Eskairov Mahu Eskairovich.

1986-1993: Director of the Alma-Ata branch of the Dzhambul Technological Institute of Light and Food Industry, Candidate of Technical Sciences Sagyndykov Kenes Kurmanbekovich.

1993-1994: Director of the Alma-Ata branch of the Dzhambul Technological Institute of Light and Food Industry, Doctor of Economics, Professor, academician of the NAS RK Mamyrov Nurgali Kulshymanovich.

in 1994, the last director of the Branch became Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Professor Kulazhanov Kuralbek Sadibayevich, who later headed the Institute formed on the basis of the Branch.

These years have become the history of the formation of one of the leading universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan — Almaty Technological University. But, as you know, any educational institution functions fruitfully, first of all, thanks to the people who have worked and are working in it. In this regard, the work of many who worked at the university, including the heads of the Almaty Technological University at all stages of its formation and development, is invaluable. Today we remember with gratitude the names of the directors of the AF DTILPP, who worked at one time for the benefit and prosperity of the university.

Since 1987, the Alma-Ata branch of the Dzhambul Technological Institute of Light and Food Industry, having merged with the General Technical Faculty of the DTILPP in the city of Alma-Ata, began to train specialists in the light and textile industry for the Yuri Gagarin garment factory, the Karaganda Hosiery Factory, the Alma-Ata Carpet Factory, the Alma-Ata Cotton Mill.

ATU is a collective member of the International Association of Universities; the International Student Exchange Association; the Club of Rectors of European Universities; the International Bibliographic Society; the Union of Eurasian Universities; the Internet Consortium.

The activities of ATU are highly appreciated by various international and national structures:

The University is accredited by the Independent Kazakhstan Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (Certificate IA No. 0084 dated 25.12.2017 for a period of 5 years from the NCAOKO Agency; awarded an international award in the nomination — EUROPEANQUALITY (European quality) and Gold Medals of the International Foundation for High Quality in Business Practice (Switzerland) and the Association for the Promotion of Industry (France).In 2019 according to the results of the National Business Rating, Almaty Technological University entered the TOP 100 (Gold), with the assignment of the status of the Leader of foreign economic activity.Specialized educational programs of the University have received international certificates of quality recognition from the Agency for Accreditation of Educational Programs in the Field of engineering, Computer Science, Natural Sciences and Mathematics — ASIIN (Germany). This agency awarded the honorary badge — Euroengineer — EUR-ACE to four bachelor’s educational programs of ATU. The remaining bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees have been accredited by independent rating organizations — NAOKO and NAAR (Independent Accreditation and Rating Agency), which are full members of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).In the QSUniversityRankings: EasternEurope&CentralAsia 2019 ranking, ATU is among the TOP 300 universities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; in the national ranking, it is among the top 5 best technical universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Every year the specialized educational programs of ATU take the first places in the National academic rankings of educational programs.Specialists are trained in the state and Russian languages in 26 bachelor’s degree programs, 25 master’s degree programs and 13 PhD doctoral programs.

In accordance with the requirements of the National Qualifications Framework of the Republic of Kazakhstan and in accordance with the requests of employers, Graduate models have been developed for all bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Since 2012, Applications to the diploma of the European standard (DiplomaSupplement) have been issued to graduates.Academic mobility of students and teaching staff is implemented, including through two-degree educational programs, international academic exchange programs (ERASMUS+, DAAD, etc.).In connection with the implementation of multilingual education at ATU, a concept for the development of multilingual education has been developed, aimed at creating a continuous multi-level phased multilingual training of undergraduate students, qualified teachers with academic degrees have been attracted, having experience of studying and working abroad, the language competencies of teaching staff conducting classes in basic and specialized disciplines have been determined.

In order to adapt the educational system to the digital generation through the active and effective use of innovative educational technologies, the dissemination of innovative pedagogical experience and ensuring the image of ATU in the national, European and global educational space, the Center for Innovative Educational Technologies (CIOT) was established in ATU in 2019 as part of the international project “Modernization of Higher Education in Central Asia through New technologies (HiEdTec)”. To disseminate the results of the project to other universities, the “Concept of adaptation of education to the digital generation” was developed and approved. The concept is recommended by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan for use by higher education institutions as a guide for the digital transformation of education. The concept was developed in English, Kazakh and Russian and will be transferred to each university of the Republic of Kazakhstan.


The CIOT website has been developed and launched — . Active learning classes are equipped. The ATU educational platform hosts online teaching staff courses using interactive and digital technologies.

Currently, the contingent of students at ATU is 7165 people, including 6790 bachelors, 291 undergraduates, 84 doctoral students. In the 2018-2019 academic year, the number of graduates amounted to 1186, 1253, of which 865 people were employed, which was 69.0%.

The contingent of teaching staff of the university is represented by doctors of sciences — 50 people, PhD doctors — 49, candidates of sciences — 136, masters — 170. The number of teaching staff includes 2 academicians and 2 corresponding members of the NAS RK, 12 academicians and 2 corresponding members of other academies, the number of holders of the state grant “The best university teacher”: 2017 – 3. 2018 – 3.2019 — 4. The share of teaching staff with academic degrees and titles is 55.0%.

ATU successfully implements the program of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the invitation of leading foreign scientists to give lectures and consultations for students in the master’s and doctoral PhD programs. So, in the 2018-2019 academic year, 53 professors from universities in Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Belarus and Bulgaria visited ATU to conduct lectures, seminars, master classes and consultations on topical issues of the food, processing, light industry and hospitality industries under the program of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Guest lectures”.

Data on advanced training of teaching staff in recent years indicate that sufficient attention is paid to this aspect of activity at the university and from year to year the number of teachers who have passed advanced training is growing: 2016-2017 academic year — 336 (80.4%), 2017-2018 academic year — 405 (84.9%), 2018-2019 academic year — 411 (84.9%). ATU also pays great attention to the exchange of experience of teaching staff in educational institutions of foreign countries, the conclusion and implementation of contracts for the continuation of joint work in the field of science and technology. Over the past three years, 121 ATU professors and lecturers have completed international internships in Bulgaria, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, Turkey, Spain, Montenegro, Korea, India, UAE, China, Italy, Germany and neighboring countries.

The university’s research activities are aimed at developing competitive scientific developments, assisting in the implementation of the country’s industrial and innovation strategy, improving the quality of higher education through innovation and the introduction of research results and new technologies.

It should be noted that more than 60% of Kazakhstani doctors of sciences and 45% of candidates of sciences and PhD in the field of food and light industry work at the university, which emphasizes the powerful scientific potential and leading positions of the university among the universities of the Republic. Recognition of the University’s leadership in this direction is the establishment of the Technical Committee for Standardization No. 67 “Technologies and Food Products of the New Generation” at the University by order of the Committee for Technical Regulation and Metrology of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2008, which is a full member of the International Technical Committee ISO TC 34 “Food Products”.

Dissertation Councils for the defense of doctoral dissertations for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the fields of sciences “Technology of the food industry” and “Technology of light and processing industry” are successfully functioning at ATU.

The expansion of fundamental and applied works, their full support and stimulation are one of the main directions of the university’s scientific policy, focused on the implementation of scientific and technical programs and projects of national importance, which are of priority importance for the region and the state.


The formation of scientific research directions at the university is conducted in accordance with the state strategy of industrial and innovative development of the country. The university has identified 7 main areas of scientific research:

Advanced equipment and technologies for processing raw materials for the production of environmentally friendly food;

Biotechnology and nanomaterials in the agro-industrial complex;

Resource-saving safe textile technologies for the production of light industry products;

Design concepts and methods of designing light industry products;

Information and communication management of technological processes;

Sustainable development of domestic tourism;

Innovative mechanisms for managing the economy of food, light industry and hospitality enterprises.

According to the Plans of international and republican scientific and scientific and technical events, 4 international and 1 republican scientific and practical conferences with international participation are held annually in ATU:

the International Scientific and Practical Conference “Innovative development of food, light industry and hospitality industry”;

VIII International Scientific and Technical Conference “Kazakhstan Cold 2019”;

Scientists of the University have been conducting applied research in recent years on the processing of bast fibers, the development of technologies for the production of non-woven building materials based on them, and the improvement of equipment for the production of long bast fibers. Within the framework of cooperation and joint activities between ATU and the Sachsen-Leinene Scientific and Production Union.V. (Germany) a joint I International Scientific and Practical conference “Sustainable development of the production of new fibers and textiles” was held, in which participants from Germany, Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan showed great interest.

In 2019, together with Bashkir Agrarian University (Ufa) and Saratov State Agrarian University, an international scientific and practical conference “Food: production, safety, quality” was held.

During the period 2015-2019, 59 funded projects were implemented at the University (taking into account the ongoing research), of which 1 in the framework of the Project “Stimulating productive innovation” supported by the World Bank and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In addition, research was conducted on 242 initiative topics in accordance with individual work plans of teachers.

The total amount of funding for the last 5 years for these projects and programs amounted to 375,935,700 tenge.

The main guidelines for assessing the quality of research is the publication of their results in international journals indexed in the databases ClarivateAnalytics and Scopus. In 2019, university scientists published 307 articles in journals included in the mentioned rating databases (29-in the ClarivateAnalytics database (ThomsonReuters), 89-in Scopus, 189 — RSCI).

To assess the publication activity of a particular organization by analytical and rating agencies, their profiles on information platforms are analyzed. Currently, 363 publications by 397 authors are presented in the profile on the Scopus and WebofScience platforms, mainly in the following branches of science: Engineering; MateialScience; Business, ManagementandAccouning.

The National Center for State Scientific and Technical Expertise (NCGNTE) together with the Department of Science is currently working on the creation of a university profile in the ClarivateAnalyics WebofScience database.

In 2019, the university scientists published 198 articles submitted to the RSCI.

The Hirsch index (h-index) refers to the main scientometric indicators. At the university, the number of scientists with the Hirsch index is 124.

The number of security documents received for scientific developments of scientists and specialists of ATU in 2019 amounted to 38 units.

The university has been publishing the scientific journal “Bulletin of Almaty Technological University” since 2012, which is included in the List of scientific publications for publishing the main results of dissertations in technical sciences. The journal is registered at the International Center for Registration of Serial Publications (UNESCO, Paris, France) with the assignment of the international number ISSN 2304-568X. Vestnik ATU is included in the list of journals of the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI).

International relations are developing within the framework of more than 149 contracts and agreements with leading universities and research and educational centers. The University implements a policy of active involvement of faculty, staff and students in international projects and programs for the implementation of joint scientific and educational programs with universities of the far and near abroad and is an active participant in international programs and initiatives of the European Union: Tempus, ErasmusMundus, FP7, DAAD, BOLASHAK, IAESTE, within which over the past five years More than 120 undergraduate and graduate students of ATU studied and interned abroad, and over 70 foreign students took summer courses at ATU.

In order to expand the international exchange of experience, information and ideas, scientific-practical and scientific-methodological conferences, seminars, exhibitions, competitions are held annually at the university. Over the past 5 years, more than 30 scientific-practical and scientific-methodical conferences, training seminars, round tables of various levels have been held at the university.

Educational work. The priority areas of educational work at the university are: the education of patriotism, the formation of a common political and legal culture, the development of socio-political activity, increasing the level of civic participation and leadership skills, spiritual and moral education, the formation of a healthy lifestyle, support for talented youth. Educational work at the faculties is coordinated by the deputy deans of the faculties for educational work and advisors. The faculties have organized the activities of information and propaganda groups, round tables, conferences dedicated to the Messages of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev to the people of Kazakhstan. University students are active participants in the socio-political life of the southern region of the country. In the educational process, the widest range of forms and methods of work is used: individual conversations of curators, curatorial hours, days of departments in dormitories, meetings with outstanding representatives of science, culture and sports, collective visits to museums and theaters, involvement of young people in various clubs, circles and interest sections. As a result of the planned complex events, students of the Almaty Technological University occupy leading positions in the cultural, mass and sports life of the city.

The university has created all conditions for the comprehensive development of the student’s personality, the formation of an active life position and the realization of intellectual and leadership abilities, the continuous development of students’ creative abilities, familiarizing them with the achievements of national and world culture; the education of intelligence; the establishment of a cult of morality, high artistic taste; the formation of value orientations, patriotism, stable moral principles and norms.

At the moment, 4% of the total number of students take part in the work of public organizations.

A system of rewarding students and employees for achievements in various fields of activity has been organized and operates, and measures are being taken to maintain corporate culture. Every year, excellent students and students from low-income families are awarded grants by the rector of ATU.

Material and technical base. The University has modern resources, their content provides the conditions necessary for the provision of high-quality educational services. The university has 3 educational and laboratory buildings with a total area of 37,805.3 sq.m., the area of physical education and sports facilities is 4211.26 m2.

Nonresident students are provided with places in 5 student dormitories, with a total area of 24,704.2 sq.m., in dormitories there are residential sections equipped with a bathroom and a sink, showers, laundries, utility rooms equipped with electric stoves, recreation rooms with televisions and computers with Internet access.

There is also a museum of the history of the University, an editorial and publishing department with modern equipment.

There are educational and remote portals that contain educational and methodological and educational and administrative information for students and teachers.

The university’s focus on the informatization of education has determined the development strategy of the Scientific Library, which, having traditional reading rooms (5 units), subscriptions for the issuance of literature (3 units), Electronic Resource Centers (2 units), electronic catalogs, book depositories, provides information support for the educational process and scientific research.

Today, the total area of the library is (1780.9 sq.m.), the number of seats (550 units), the volume of the book fund (930,000 copies).

Every year the library registers more than 400 thousand visits, issues up to 900,000 copies of books, magazines, newspapers. More than 250 titles of Kazakh and Russian periodicals are issued.

The library generates its own electronic resources and integrates licensed external resources into a “Single catalog” based on the automated library system “MARK-SQL” (172,361 entries), such as EBSCO-USA, ZNANIUM-Moscow, LAN-St. Petersburg, UNIVERSITY EDUCATION-Saratov, ID “GREBENNIKON” -Moscow, RMEB, RNTB, RSE on PCV Gylym Ordasy — Kazakhstan and ongoing training seminars on the methodology of searching in electronic information resources of the Database provide users with the opportunity to work in their personal account from anywhere, including from mobile devices. see The library has 95 computers connected to the Internet, 2 scanners (planetary book scanners), 2 screen hanging projectors, barcode equipment, etc.

The library is constantly in search of new technologies and methods of work aimed at helping the educational process, the education of students. The events “Days of the Department in the Scientific Library”, “Ask the librarian” effectively work to improve the interaction between the educational units of the university and the Scientific Library, the relevance lies in highlighting new technologies used in the National Library of ATU, providing information about the library’s resource innovations and various services.

Currently, the university is transitioning from a classical university model to a Smart University model. The basis of this transition was the work on the creation of a unified educational space of the university based on digital technologies. A secure corporate network was designed and built on the basis of the fiber-optic network, which allowed to unite the entire computer park, all workplaces and all employees and students of the university. The design of the network was carried out taking into account the possibility of its further scaling and modernization. The system of control, access control and video surveillance is being adjusted and modernized. The formation of this system is the first step towards the deployment of the Smart Infrastructure system.

An electronic document management system has been implemented and put into operation, which has made it possible to increase the efficiency of business processes: the number of employee movements between buildings has decreased, the transparency of working with documents has increased, and the workflow technology has accelerated.

Connection with the region. The scope of ATU’s presence extends to all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Consumers of the university are all branches of the economy and social sphere of the region for which the university trains specialists. The university is the main “supplier” of personnel for enterprises of the food, processing, light industries, as well as the hospitality industry.The external challenges that the university takes into account when determining the development strategy also include the tasks of the development of the region. In the regional and global economy, the Almaty region is positioned as an international financial, tourist and sports center, a center of transport, logistics and trade services of national and subsequently international importance. The main tasks of the region, correlated with the tasks in the field of vocational education, include: improving the training of specialists with higher and secondary vocational education, the development of applied research and design developments in this sector of industry, ensuring social partnership between business, government and education in the process of adapting the population to the requirements of the economy, certification and accreditation of higher educational institutions operating in the region in the relevant specialized international associations of educational institutions.

Teachers and staff of the university take an active part in the life of society, in the development of culture and science of the city, region and region. The main forms of such participation include:

participation of teaching staff in regional and regional commissions in various fields of education, industry and economy;

providing advisory assistance to organizations and industries;

organization and participation in sports and wellness events of various scales;

coverage of the university’s activities in the mass media of the region and the republic;

participation in the activities of the society for environmental protection;

cultural and educational work of creative teams of the university.

Transformation of the university into a research university. The process of transformation of ATU into a research university provides for the introduction of a new learning model that provides for the generation of knowledge, conducting a wide range of research, an effective system of training and retraining of personnel for high-tech sectors of the economy, a well-established system of commercialization of scientific results. The formation of a modern innovative structure is one of the most important directions of the university today, which will allow the university to achieve the status of a research university. The university has sufficient potential to transition to the status of a research university.