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Structure of Higher Education System


The education system is regulated by the Government. The Government is responsible for the development and implementation of the education policy. The rectors of national HEIs are nominated by the President of the Republic. Higher education is open to citizens who have completed general secondary, technical and vocational education or further education. Higher education institutions in Kazakhstan are national research universities, national higher education institutions, research universities, universities, academies or institutes. Conservatories, higher schools and higher colleges have a similar status. Since 1993, the number of higher education institutions has increased due to the setting up of non-state (private) universities.

Stages of studies

University level first stage

Undergraduate level

Bachelor’s degrees are conferred after four years of studies.

University level second stage

Graduate level

Master’s degrees are conferred after...

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