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KIMEP University
Kazakh: «ҚМЭБИ Университеті» АҚ («QMEBI Ýnıversıteti» AQ)
Russian: АО «Университет КИМЭП» (AO «Universitet KIMEP»)
KIMEP University logo
MottoCommitted to Excellence; Education to Change Society (former)[citation needed]
TypePrivate, non-profit
PresidentChan-Young Bang
Academic staff
203 total
84 terminally qualified[1]
Students2,737 (undergraduate)
584 (graduate)
108 (non-degree)
ColorsBlue      Burgundy      Gold     

KIMEP University (formerly: the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research) is an institution of higher education in Almaty, Kazakhstan. KIMEP is a private, non-profit university offering credit-based, North American-style bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree curricula. Most classes are taught in English.


President Nazarbayev speaking at KIMEP during a conference on privatization in 1992.

KIMEP was founded in 1992 under the instructions of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. KIMEP's campus in south-central Almaty occupied the premises of the former Central Training School of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan. It was among the first private institutions of higher education founded in the former Soviet Union. Nazarbayev appointed Chan-Young Bang, his former economic advisor president, as the institute's first executive director.

The first MBA and MA in Economics programs were launched in 1992 and the MPA program began enrolling students in 1993. The first class, consisting of 81 MBA and MA students, graduated from KIMEP in 1994.[2]

In 1998 the International Executive Center was created with the help of McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In 1999 KIMEP introduced its first four-year bachelor programs in Business Administration and Social Sciences. 424 students enrolled in the undergraduate program.[2]

In 2001 KIMEP became the first institution in Central Asia to implement an American-style course credit system for all academic programs. This system gives students flexibility to choose their courses and instructors.[3]

Over the course of the decade, KIMEP launched new master's degrees, a Doctor of Business Administration program, a leadership certificate and many professional programs. Enrollment increased by a factor of ten. The campus saw significant renovation, including a new library, new academic building and gym.[2]

In 2000, Chan-Young Bang became president of KIMEP, a position he holds today. In 2004, KIMEP became a private, non-profit educational institution, with a 60% stake held by Dr. Bang and a 40% held by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.[4]

On 2 April 2008, President Nazarbayev visited the KIMEP campus, toured the newest buildings and met with students.[5] In 2008 the institute awarded nearly 600 bachelor's degrees and 152 master's degrees.[6]

In 2011, the Bang College of Business received regional (level II) accreditation from the Asian Forum on Business Education. According to a statement on KIMEP's website, "the award confirms that KIMEP is two to four years from achieving the ‘gold standard’ of global business school accreditation – AASCB and EQUIS. This is in line with KIMEP's own strategy to achieve this recognition in the next three years."[7]

On February 8, 2012, KIMEP received confirmation from the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan that its status has been changed. The institute would now operate under the name KIMEP University. This change was effective January 26, 2012, when the ministry officially accepted the new charter of the university and issued a new certificate of state registration.[8]


The KIMEP Admissions Department accepts applications to all its academic programs on a rolling basis. Undergraduate admissions decisions are based on the KIMEP entrance exam, which is held throughout the year in cities across Kazakhstan. The Admissions Department also considers students’ academic performance at previous institutions and the results of the KIMEP English Examination Test. A decent level of English is required for admissions, but most students do not obtain full proficiency until after they begin their studies.[9]

KIMEP's financial aid has rapidly grown since 2004. In 2010–2011, KIMEP offered nearly four million dollars in combined internal and external scholarships. Internal funding amounted to 2.3 million dollars.[10] 100 percent of applicants for the 2010-2011 year who applied for aid and demonstrated need and academic achievements received financial assistance.

Another 60 million Kazakhstani tenge (US$408,163) is given to students who work on campus as office assistants. Another form of financial assistance at KIMEP is placement in the KIMEP Dormitory, which offers highly favorable rates to students from outside Almaty.[11]

Financial aid is available to undergraduate and graduate students. Merit scholarships are granted to students in all degree programs.[10]


Divisions and programs[edit]

An aerial view of KIMEP campus

KIMEP has three traditional academic colleges and two learning centers:


The Bang College of Business (BCB), named after President Chan-Young Bang, offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Business Administration. The dean of BCB is William Gissy, professor of Economics, former editor-in-chief for the Proceedings of the Academy of Economics and Finance.[12]

The College of Social Sciences (CSS) offers bachelor's and master's degrees in four fields: Economics, Public Administration, International Relations, and International Journalism. The college also administers KIMEP's general education program. The dean of CSS is Shahjahan Bhuiyan, a former visiting fellow at Oxford University and an expert in public policy, public administration, governance, public sector reform, social capital, knowledge management, solid waste management, and community development.[13]

The School of Law offers a Master of Laws (or LLM) in International Law and an undergraduate LLB law course, which launched in 2011–2012. The acting dean is Joseph Luke. Dr. Luke has more than 15 years of experience in Central Asia, and he has worked on international projects with USAID, Counterpart International Community and Humanitarian Assistance Program, and the American Legal Consortium for Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

Learning Centers[edit]

The Language Center administers the English language foundation course, which most students must take upon entry to KIMEP. The Language Center teaches courses in English, Russian, Kazakh, Chinese, Korean, German, French, Spanish, Turkish and other languages. It offers a master's degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages (MA in TESOL).[14] First-year undergraduates at KIMEP take interdisciplinary courses from the Language Center as a part of the general education program.

In addition, KIMEP has an Executive Education Center (EEC), which offers dozens of certificate courses and professional development programs to adults and professionals in Almaty. It offers courses to high school students preparing them for the KIMEP entrance examination, delivers KIMEP's Leadership Development Program, and coordinates KIMEP's Executive MBA with BCB.[15]


In 2012, the Independent Quality Assurance Agency of Kazakhstan (IQAA) named KIMEP the best humanitarian-economic university in Kazakhstan.[16]

This followed a strong showing in rankings from the National Accreditation Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of RK, where four KIMEP programs came in first, and one came in second:[17]

  • 1st place – Accounting and Audit
  • 1st place – Economics
  • 1st place – Public Administration and Governance
  • 1st place - International Relations
  • 2nd place - Journalism

KIMEP's BSc (which was classified as an Accounting and Audit program in the rankings) was one of the three highest-rated programs in Kazakhstan, receiving 929 out of a possible 1000 points.

License and attestation[edit]

KIMEP has a license to offer academic programs from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic (MES) of Kazakhstan.[18] The last visit of an attestation commission from the Ministry, on April 14–16, 2008, resulted in KIMEP being awarded five-year attestation for all degree programs. Despite a disagreement with the MES over administrative issues in September 2010, KIMEP continues to run under a fully operational license.[19] KIMEP students are issued state diplomas along with their KIMEP diplomas.[20]

KIMEP is in the process of applying for accreditation at international accreditation agencies. The Bang College of Business has received regional (level II) accreditation from the Asian Forum on Business Education, making KIMEP the first academic institution in Central Asia to receive this honor. The Department of Public Administration received unconditional accreditation from the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation,[21] another first for Central Asia. The American Communication Association[22] granted conditional accreditation to KIMEP's journalism and communication programs, with full program accreditation a possibility following a one-year review.

KIMEP has the following specialized memberships:

  • Department of Public Administration: member of NASPAA, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Bang College of Business: member of AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; member of AFBE, Asian Forum on Business Education; member of American Chamber of Commerce


The Olivier Giscard d'Estaing Library at KIMEP

KIMEP's campus in south-central Almaty occupies the premises of the former Central Training School of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan. It includes three main academic buildings, a library, sports center, dormitory, various fields, benches and other facilities.[23]


The Olivier Giscard d'Estaing Library (OGEL), named after the founding dean of INSEAD and supporter of KIMEP throughout its early years, has the largest English-language collection in Central Asia (approximately 64,000) in addition to large Russian and Kazakh collections (approximately 36,000 total). The main collection specializes in publications on business, social sciences, law and languages. It offers KIMEP students access to dozens of major electronic libraries and electronic resources. The library has space for studying, an electronic resources laboratory and a large computer room. OGEL librarians have created a major database of reference materials on Central Asia, which they continually update.[24]

Sports Center[edit]

In November 2010, KIMEP opened a new Sports Center. The 325-square-meter facility includes a basketball court, two fitness rooms and a yoga studio. All the technology is state-of-the-art and imported from South Korea. Beginning in 2011, the Sports Center offered a variety of curricular and extra-curricular courses to students. Students have free access to the facility, which will be open six days a week.

ExxonMobil Media Center[edit]

In October 2009, KIMEP launched a media laboratory for its journalism students. The facility was named the ExxonMobil Media Center after ExxonMobil Kazakhstan, which donated US$44,000 to pay for the center's equipment. The digital equipment enables students to work with internet publications, digital photography, cinematography, sound, editing, and advertising.[25]

Student life[edit]

KIMEP currently enrolls about 3,500 students. The average age of enrolled bachelor's degrees students was 19.5. Roughly 50% of KIMEP students come from outside Almaty.[26] There are students (including exchange students) from more than 25 countries, including the United States, Spain, South Korea, Tajikistan, India, China, Peru, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.[18]

The KIMEP Students Association is a student-elected body to represent the interests of students to the administration. The KSA participates with full voting rights on all management committees, typically holding around 30 percent of seats on each committee. The KSA is also responsible for organizing and providing funding for all student clubs at KIMEP. Adlet Zhanatkanov was president of KSA in 2009-2010 and Mansur Khamitov is president in 2010–2011.[27]

There are more than 30 student clubs at KIMEP, including the Kimep Fasion Industry, eClub (Entrepreneurship Club), KIMEP Times, Kimep Voice, Future Business Group, KIMEP Film Society, Intellectual Debate Club, Math Club, Luca Accounting Club, Zhas Kenes Charity Group, CrEAteam and KVN. In addition, there is a weekly English Club run by native speakers.

The Leadership Development Program invites guest lectures from the business, politics and academia in Kazakhstan and around the world to speak to students about personal development, leadership and other issues. The certificate-granting program gives students the chance to hear speakers such as Keith Gaebel, the managing partner of Central Asia and Caucasus at Ernst & Young, Ilya Urazakov, Kazakhstan broadcaster and businessman, and Karel Holub, general manager of Nokia Corporation for the South CIS.


A citywide survey in 2010 awarded KIMEP for having the best dormitory in Almaty.[28]


So far[when?] KIMEP has graduated 7,816 alumni. The KIMEP Alumni Association organizes events and networking for alumni of all programs. KIMEP alumni tend to work in the private and public sectors. According to a 2010 study, nearly 90% of KIMEP graduates had full-time employment within three months of graduation.[18]

Notable alumni include:

Faculty and research[edit]

The New Academic Building at KIMEP

KIMEP has over 200 faculty members coming from more than 40 countries. KIMEP has 84 instructors with terminal degrees, 77 of which have PhDs. This is the highest such concentration of any institution in the CIS.[18] KIMEP professors come from a wide variety of background and their combined research output has steadily increased over the past few years.

KIMEP espouses “student-centered” education. All instructors maintain office hours during which they are available to meet personally with students. Classes are meant to include class discussion and critical analysis of subject matter.

Research focuses on issues critical to Central Asia's long-term development. Last year, KIMEP faculty members attended more than 100 conferences and published more than 110 articles and books.[18]

Notable faculty members include:

  • Amin Aloysius Ajab, Chair of the Economics Department, economics and development scholar, former Deputy Director and Head of Training at the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP)[29]
  • Zhuldyzbek Abylkhoznin, a famous scholar of Kazakhstan History;
  • John JA Burke, widely published scholar, former Rector and Professor of Law of the Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia[30]
  • Nadeem Naqvi, former chief economist at the World Bank Johannesburg. Dr Naqvi is a full-time faculty member at KIMEP University starting from 2013.
  • John Dixon, public policy scholar, published in over 29 books and refereed in over 150 articles[31]
  • Zhenis Kembayev, scholar of Public International Law, Law of the European Union and Constitutional Law of Kazakhstan, expert in the field of regional integration theory and regional integration processes in the post-Soviet states[30]
  • Gavin Kretzschmar, PricewaterhouseCoopers Chair of Accounting, co-serves as Director of Finance and Risk at the University of Edinburgh, formerly the Finance Director of Standard Bank (SA) Retail[12]
  • Kanat Kudaibergenov, mathematician[32]
  • Tomas Balco, an internationally recognized tax expert and founder of the Central Asian Tax Research Center at KIMEP[33]
  • Roman Podoprigora, frequent consultant to the Supreme Court and Ministry of Justice of Kazakhstan; Deputy Chair, Financial & Tax Law Research Institute, since 2008.[30]
  • Vassily Voinov, statistician, major developer of extensions of khi-square distributions[12]

Partner universities[edit]

KIMEP has active partnerships with more than 95 universities. One third of these universities are ranked in the top 100 by the Times Higher Education Supplement. Last academic year, 175 KIMEP students enrolled in study abroad programs, while KIMEP hosted more than 300 international students.[34] Some of KIMEP's partner universities are:

KIMEP has established several dual degree programs with leading universities outside of Kazakhstan.[35] This includes:


Academic building of KIMEP

In 2006 certain former faculty members published letters accusing the university of corruption and cronyism.[36] In a letter to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the former faculty members claimed contracts and salaries were "compromised" at the institution.[36] Former faculty published another letter in the opposition newspaper Respublika[37] which accused several administrators of professional misconduct and lack of qualifications.[37] The letter addressed the awarding of KIMEP tenders to USKO, a company chaired by Dr. Bang.[38]

Responding in the same newspaper, Bang claimed that the accusations by the former faculty were not true. He noted that in 2006, 95% of KIMEP employees said they would recommend the school as a good place to work.[37] He said four faculty members were regrettably fired because "their actions did not correspond to the mission and goals of the institute".[39] He noted that those faculty members who left KIMEP voluntarily usually did so for personal reasons or because their time in Kazakhstan had come to a scheduled end.[37] The letter also pointed out that out of eleven on-going or recently completed construction projects at KIMEP, only two were done by USKO, and that all such projects at KIMEP are examined by an independent committee.

In September 2010, the Ministry of Education and Science issued a decree showing an intention to suspend KIMEP's license for six months.[40] The Ministry cited technical issues such as student-teacher ratio, classroom sizes and the templates of diplomas for the suspension. KIMEP filed an appeal against the suspension in Astana and continued to operate. Observers pointed out that the university had been operating for almost two decades and suggested that the sudden emergence of this problem after such a long period was politically motivated.[41] Two weeks later, the Ministry fully reinstated KIMEP's license, stating that all violations had been resolved.[42] Zhansit Tuimebayev, the Minister of Education and Science who had issued the suspension of KIMEP's license, was moved to a different government position and replaced by Bakhytzhan Zhumagulov.[43]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] KIMEP Fact Book 2011
  2. ^ a b c History of KIMEP KIMEP Official Website
  3. ^ FAQ About KIMEP, KIMEP website
  4. ^ KIMEP news, KIMEP website
  5. ^ President Nazarbayev visits KIMEP KIMEP Official Website
  6. ^ Quick Facts KIMEP Official Website
  7. ^ [2] Archived 2011-12-28 at the Wayback Machine Bang College of Business Awarded AFBE Accreditation
  8. ^ [3] KIMEP Certificate of State Registration and Updated Charter
  9. ^ How to Apply, KIMEP website
  10. ^ a b Financial Services Official KIMEP Website
  11. ^ Dormitory Official KIMEP website
  12. ^ a b c
  13. ^ [4] Shahjahan Bhuyian profile
  14. ^ [5] Language Center, Official KIMEP Website
  15. ^ CCE, KIMEP website
  16. ^ General Ranking of Kazakhstani HEIs (in Russian: Генеральный рейтинг вузов Казахстана-2012, Kazakhstanskaya Pravda, July 10, 2012 Archived January 12, 2013, at
  17. ^ The National Accreditation Center (2012). Kazakhstan Higher Education Institutions: 2012 Subject Tables. The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ a b c d e License and Accreditation Official KIMEP Website
  19. ^ KIMEP's License Reinstated
  20. ^ Who is Eligible for a State Diploma? KIMEP website
  21. ^ EAPAA Website
  22. ^ ACA Website
  23. ^ Mainpage Official KIMEP Website
  24. ^ Library, KIMEP website
  25. ^ News, KIMEP website
  26. ^ Studying at KIMEP, KIMEP website
  27. ^ KSA, KIMEP website
  28. ^ Best Dorm in Almaty Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine Zhasorda Youth Parliament
  29. ^ Economics Official KIMEP Website
  30. ^ a b c Law Faculty Official KIMEP Website
  31. ^ John Dixon Official KIMEP Website
  32. ^ [6] Official KIMEP Website
  33. ^ [7] CATRC Website
  34. ^ KIMEP International Relations Office
  35. ^ KIMEP Dual Degrees
  36. ^ a b MacWilliams, Brian (September 1, 2006). "Former Employees Criticize Conditions at Institute in Kazakhstan". The Chronicle of Higher Education., additional copy can be found here.
  37. ^ a b c d "Archived copy" Попытки изменить КИМЭП изнутри не увенчались успехом… (in Russian). Respublika. September 11, 2006. Archived from the original on April 19, 2008. Retrieved January 26, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  38. ^ USKO International Archived 2007-10-07 at the Wayback Machine
  39. ^ "деятельность указанных преподавателей не соответствовала миссии и целям института", Respublika.
  40. ^ Бурдин, Виктор (2010-09-21), "Министерство образования и науки - КИМЭП: Лицензию на стол!", Время, retrieved 2010-10-13
  41. ^ Lillis, Joanna (2010-09-21), "Kazakhstan: Trouble Brewing in Cutthroat World of Academia",, retrieved 2010-10-13
  42. ^ License Reinstated
  43. ^ Education News

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