Kazakh-British Technical University

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Kazakh-British Technical University
Kazakh: Қазақстан-Британ техникалық университеті
Russian: Казахстанско-Британский технический университет
PresidentKenzhebek Ibrashev

Kazakh-British Technical University, or KBTU is a research and educational institution located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It was founded in 2001.[1]

About KBTU[edit]

KBTU’s research is focused in the main sectors of the Kazakhstani economy – oil and gas, information technologies, banking and finance, and telecommunications.

KBTU is the first and only Kazakhstani university with internationally accredited IT programs by the U.S. agency, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). It is also the first and only Kazakhstani university to receive an international accreditation for its Oil and Gas programs in the UK by the Institution of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), UK .

Quick Facts:

  • The only English-language oriented Technical University in Kazakhstan
  • 100% classes are taught in English
  • 79 foreign faculty members (30%)
  • 1800 Bachelor’s students, 270 Master’s students, 70 Ph.D. students


The idea to establish KBTU belonged to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had a number of meetings with official representatives of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This activity resulted in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two states in November 2000. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and RK President Nursultan Nazarbayev became patrons of the university. The university was established by Resolution No 1027 of the RK Government dated August 3, 2001, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the RK Ministry of Education and Science and the British Council. On behalf of Kazakhstan, the founder is the RK Government and the authorized agency the RK Ministry of Education and Science.

The university’s development has been actively promoted by the President’s Administration, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Ministry of Finance, the State Agency for Strategic Planning, the Embassy of Kazakhstan to the UK, and the Educational Foundation of N. Nazarbayev. Four of these bodies are represented on the KBTU Board of Directors. On the British side, KBTU partners are the British Embassy to Kazakhstan with the British Council as its main representative. Consultation services are provided by the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University, both situated in Aberdeen, the “oil capital” of the UK, Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and the University of Westminster in London. All these universities offer advanced training courses in Oil and Gas and in Business Administration. Moreover, they are in the education market for the oil and gas industry.

KBTU sponsors include: KazMunaiGas, KazTransOil, Kazakhstan Chinese Pipeline, Tengizshevroil, BG Group, BP, HSBC, Agip KCO, Kazakhstan Petroleum Association, Karachaganak Petroleum Operating, Repsol, Shell, Chevron Texaco, Schlumberger, Halliburton, PetroKazakhstan, Lloyd’s Register, Invenys, Statoil, KazEnergy, and Total S.A..

International links[edit]

Dual-degree diploma programs with:

Student exchange programs with:

International Partners:

  • In 2009 KBTU was awarded the “Affiliate Center” status by the University of London
  • In 2011 KBTU became an official affiliate University with the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School
  • Partnerships with more than 30 universities worldwide

KBTU Scientific and Technological Resources[edit]

2 affiliated Chemical Research Institutes:

Institute of Oil and Gas

Oil & Gas and IT Industrial Institute

20 Scientific Research Centers and Laboratories, including Material Science and Oil and Gas Research laboratories

Scientific Laboratory of Nanotechnology

Supercomputer IBM Blade Center, integrated with 70 research institutions in Europe and the USA


Bachelor’s Programs Master’s Programs Ph.D. Programs
Faculty of Oil and Gas Industry

Faculty of Chemical Engineering

  • Chemical Technologies of Organic Substances

Faculty of Information Technology

School of Applied Mathematics

International School of Economics

Business School

Kazakhstan Maritime Academy

Faculty of Oil and Gas Industry

School of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Information Technology

Business School

  • M.S. in Financial Analysis
  • MBA (Oil and Gas, Finance, General Management, Aviation Management)

Innovation Education Department

  • Digital Media Technologies


  1. ^ "Kazakh-British Technical University Home Page". Kazakh-British Technical University. Retrieved 28 December 2014.

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