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National ranking of leading universities in Kazakhstan – 2023

  Sholpan Kalanova, President of the Independent Agency for Quality Assurance in Education - Rating (IQAA-Ranking), Professor, Doctor of Education.


IQAA-Ranking held the national ranking of the leading universities of Kazakhstan 2023 for the fifteenth time.

The ranking methodology is approved by international experts in the field of higher education at the conferences of the International Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence (IREG) and constantly being improved based on the proposals of universities and experts in the field of higher education. Namely this year, for the most effective assessment of the research and publication activities of universities, the criterion for the ratio of the number of citations to publications was replaced by the h-index (Hirsch index). More details about the ranking methodology can be found here.

Traditionally, the results of the institutional ranking were published by categories of universities: multidisciplinary, technical, humanitarian-economic and pedagogical. Due to the fact that Abay Kazakh National Pedagogical University has the status of a national university and works in various areas of training (pedagogical, humanitarian, economic, science), the agency decided to transfer the university to the category of multidisciplinary universities.

As part of the study, the agency conducted a survey, which was completed by 700 representatives of government agencies and the private sector, 500 academic experts and more than 1,000 students and graduates of universities. The most active participants among the representatives of the ministries were Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, etc., as well as the akimats of Akmola, East Kazakhstan, Zhetysu, Kyzylorda, Ulytau and other regions. In this regard, we express our sincere gratitude for their robust participation.

In addition, IQAA-Ranking includes evaluation of educational programs of universities, which has been held since 2013. This year, it is presented in the context of 150 groups of educational programs. In addition, the agency has prepared a ranking of universities in Kazakhstan on scientific publications and websites. The results and methodology of all ratings are available on the website of the agency.

The results of the National Ranking of the Leading Universities of Kazakhstan - 2023 were published in "Kazakhstanskaya Pravda" newspaper, issue of July 14, 2023.