Kyrgyz National University
Kyrgyz National University is named after Yusuf Balasaghuni (Kyrgyz language Zhusup Balasagyn atyndagy Kyr Uluttuk Universiteti Жусуп Баласагын атындагы Кыргыз Улуттук Университети) - a public higher education institution of the Kyrgyz Republic, the oldest and largest higher education institution of the republic. Located in Bishkek. The institution was established October 25, 1925 as the Kyrgyz Institute of Education. Since 1928, it was changed into the central Kyrgyz Pedagogical College. From 1932 - Kyrgyz Pedagogical Institute. From 1951 - Kyrgyz State University. From 1972 - Kyrgyz State University (50th anniversary of the Soviet Union). From 1993 - Kyrgyz State National University. From 2002 - present name. The university was awarded the Order of Red Banner of Labor (1982).
It currently has departments for 54 specialties. Approximately 22,000 students (2010), about 1000 teachers (2007). The Rector is Professor, Doctor of Political Sciences Aalybek Akunov (since 2010)
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