History is a witness of the past, the light of truth, the living memory, the teacher of life,the messenger of antiquity. Cicero
Each epoch sets its objectives and requirements before the country. In Kazakhstan agriculture based on socialist property and collectivism was developed in the 30-s of the last century. Realization of these objectives required qualiﬁed cadres. Due to this it was decided to establish higher educational institutions of agriculture. Almaty Zoo-Veterinary Institute, established in 1929 as Veterinary Institute in accordance with the resolution of Council of Peoples Commissars of RSFSR is the ﬁrst agricultural and the second higher educational institution in Kazakhstan. The Institute was oﬃcially opened in October 1, 1929.
The Institute was housed in the building of the former all-boys gymnasium in Verny (nowadays Aiteke bi, 28). The Faculty of Veterinary became the basic division of the Institute which included the following departments: zoology, botany, physics and mathematics, inorganic and analytical chemistry, physiology of farm animals. Prominant scientists Prof. I.V. Saikovich (microbiology), Prof. I.G. Vasilkov (botanics), Prof. V.V. Averburge (histology and embriology), Prof. V.A. Kler(zoology), Prof. V.V. Kellerman (physics and mathematics), Prof. M.P. Kalmykov (animal physiology), academician Pavlos’s student, B.A. Dombrovskii (anatomy), who arrived from Kiev together with the group of teachers, N.L. Karavayev, invited professor from Omsk, and others contributed a lot to the establishment of the departments.
Later Veterinary Institute was reorganized into Veterinary-Zoology Institute in accordance with the resolution of the Kazakh Regional Committee Bureau. The Institute’s ﬁrst Director was scientist- microbiologist I.V. Saikovich and successive directors L.M. Atayants (1930–1932), S. Arginshiev (1932–1933), M.T. Unusov (1933–1934), E.V. Baigaskin (1934–1936), A.F. Antipenko (1936–1937), A.Y. Dzerjinskii (1946–1951), F.M. Mukhamedgaliev (1951–1958), G.K. Konakbayev (1958–1963), M.A. Ermekov (1963–1972), Z.K. Kojebekov (1972–1983) and K.S. Sabdenov(1983–1996) guided the Institute through its formative years.
In 1933 the Institute was renamed into Almaty Zoo- Veterinary Institute. Kazakh intelligentsia played a key role in enhancing the Institute prestige. They were M.O. Auezov, Academician of Science Academy, Kazakh SSR, writer of world name, Laureate of Lenin Prize, who taught Russian and Kazakh in the Institute, Professors A.A. Ermekov and Kh.N. Nurmukhambetov, Associate Professors M.D. Zholdybayev and T.A. Akhmetov, Instructors M.Zh. Zhienkulov, S.B. Byasilov, Kh.A. Abishev, R.A. Bukeikhanov, B.A. Beremzhanov, T.K. Chumbalov, A.M. Gabbassov, S.O. Omarov, K.D. Dilimbetov. Academicians S.N. Vyshelesskii, V.A. Balmont, D.A. Zykov, F.M. Mukhamedgaliev, N.U. Bazanova, Z.K. Kojebekov, Members of Academy of Science, SSSR, All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences named after V.I. Lenin and Academy of Science, KazSSR and Correspondent Members M.A. Ermekov, A.K. Roslyakov, A.M. Murzamadyev, I.N. Nechaiev, M.M. Toishibekov, T.S. Saidullin lectured and conducted research in the Institute. In 1979 Almaty Zoo-Veterinary Institute was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of the Labor for worthwhile contribution in preparing specialists.
Kazakh Institute of Agriculture was organized in 1930. There were 2 faculties in the Institute: ﬁeld irrigation and fruit and vegetable science. The ﬁrst graduation was held in 1933 and 51 agronomists and 27 specialists on vegetable science, totally 78 people, among them 20 Kazakhs got higher education. Directors O.K. Jandosov (1930–1932), Kh.D. Churin (1932–1937), N.M. Beketov (1937–1939), S.S. Syzdykov (1939–1940), A.I. Sembayev (1940–1941), D.A. Andryanov (1941–1943), A. Jumatov (1943–1959), A.I. Dorofeev (1960–1961), E.B. Taibekov(1961–1963) and Chancellors Kh.A. Arystanbekov (1963–1981), T.T. Tazabekov (1981– 1985), B.P. Shakh (1985–1992) and E.J. Jumabekov (1992– 1996) contributed a lot to the formation and development of the Institute. Kazakh Institute of Agriculture became one of the major and leading agricultural institutions in USSR. This was due to the hard work of academic staﬀ of that time. Contributions of academicians R.A. Eleshov and S.B. Baizakov and professors A.A. Auezov, A.K. Koishibayev, M.J. Sabirov, B.D. Duisenov, J.K. Korgasbayev who were in oﬃce as Vice-Chancellors for academic activity at diﬀerent periods should be specially noted. In 1971 Kazakh Institute of Agriculture was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor for considerable contribution in preparing specialists.
In 1996 a new institution- Kazakh State University of Agriculture was founded on the basis of two oldest higher education institutions of Kazakhstan – Almaty Zoo-Veterinary Institute and Kazakh Institute of Agriculture. The University’s ﬁrst rector was assigned Academician K.A. Sagadiev, a prominent ﬁgure of higher education and science of the republic.
On the 5-th of July, 2001 Kazakh State University of Agriculture was given a special status in accordance with the Decree of Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the University became Kazakh National Agrarian University. Special status, in its turn increased its prestige and imposed responsibility for training qualiﬁed specialists. To correspond its status, Kazakh National Agrarian University pursues the tradition to enhance specialist training quality by using innovative and advanced methods in teaching process.
In 2001 Tlektes Isabayevich Espolov was appointed the Universty’s rector according to the Order No. 58 HC dated July 12, 2001 by Ministry of Education and Science. Professor Espolov T.I, Academician of NAS of the RK, Doctor of Economic Sciences is an alumus of Kazakh Institute of Agriculture. All these years in oﬃce T.I.Espolov is conducting a great number of work directed to strengthen material-technical base of the University, integration of science, education and practice. His successful leadership resulted in the introduction of education quality management system, development of quality ensure system conception, strategy for development and working out the model for increasing the University’s competitiveness till 2020. Under the Chancellorship of Academician Tlektes Espolov, the University joined Bologna Process thereby entered the European educational space, realized training of specialists on Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels, introduced credit technology of teaching, established cooperation with many overseas universities. At present, the University community under his guide is aiming at achieving education quality of world level.
In 2014 The University was accredited by the National Board of Accreditation for 5 years.
KazNAU is a Member of 8 International Consortiums:
1. Magna Charta Universitatum;
2. Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture.
3. Consortium of Agriculture Universities in Middle Asia and South Caucasus.
4. Council of Leading Agrarian Universities’ Chancellors in CIS.
5. Ministry of Science and Research “Eurasia-Paciﬁc Uninet”, Austria.
6. Vishegrad Universitiies Association (2013)
7. VETistanbulGroup Congress.
In 2013 the University ranked at 7th in overall Kazakhstan according to World Universities Academic Ranking by European Research-Industrial Chamber and among Universities’ web-portal is at 8th place.
In 2014–2015 KazNAU is ranked 4th among technical universities of the country by the results of Independent Kazakhstan Agency on Education Quality. The University is in the top 30 leading universities of the country and occupies 11th place based on agriculture specialties according to the results by Independent Agency on Accreditation and Ranking.
Global ranking: 67th in the Central Asia – QS World University Rankings, September 2015.