Institute of Natural Sciences and Geography
The history of the institute (faculty) begins with the first days of the existence of Abai KazNPU, that is, since 1928. The first departments (botany, chemistry and zoology) were opened at the Institute. In 1933, it became the first among other universities in the country to admit the first students in the specialty of geography. In 1936, the department was transformed into an independent faculty. In 1955/1956, both faculties merged into the Faculty of Natural Geography. In 2014, in accordance with the Bologna Declaration, it was transformed into the Institute of Natural Science and Geography with the aim of joining the leading innovative universities.
The Institute was graduated by well-known figures of science and education in the country and the world, including academicians and corresponding members of the Academy: A.S.Beisenova, A.I.Sembayev, I.V.Seversky, B.A.Birimzhanov, L.K.Klyshov, A.B.Bekenov, R.E.Eleshov, E.A.Mambetkaziev, M.K.Kukenov and others. Some graduates of the faculty were awarded high state awards: the title «Hero of the Soviet Union» was awarded to K.Kamzin, «Halyk Kaharmany» - M. Taipov.
To date, the Institute of Natural Science and Geography has 1,936 full-time and part-time students, 159 undergraduates and 110 doctoral students. The Institute employs 143 faculty members and 23 teaching and support staff. Among the teaching staff there are 2 academicians of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 23 doctors of Science, 53 candidates of Science and 13 PhD doctors. Among the teachers of the institute are the holders of the state grant «The best teacher of the University», the winners of the republican competition for the best textbook, author groups of domestic textbooks of a new generation in chemistry and biology, geography for secondary schools. The teaching staff of the Institute annually participates in the organization and holding of city, regional and republican subject Olympiads, closely cooperates with the republican, Almaty city and regional institutes of teacher Improvement, Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools of Almaty.
The leading teachers of the Institute are the authors of textbooks and textbooks of updated educational content, including monographs - 15, textbooks for secondary and higher educational institutions-70, textbooks in English - 33, textbooks-41, electronic textbooks-5, articles published in scientific journals with an impact factor-65, articles published in journals of far and near abroad, articles published in KKSON journals, and in other scientific journals - more than 500 and have 14 author certificates.
Currently, the Institute is actively working on obtaining a double-degree education and academic mobility, improving the level of qualification of teaching staff. The departments of the Institute closely cooperate with universities and research institutions of the MES system of the Republic of Kazakhstan, universities of the CIS countries and far abroad (USA, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, China, Turkey, etc.).
Today, the Institute of Natural Science and Geography has 3 groups of educational programs: «Chemistry», «Biology» and «Geography, Environment and Services». The Institute trains highly qualified specialists in 30 specialties. Today, the training of specialists at the Institute of Natural Science and Geography is conducted in Kazakh, Russian and English in all forms of education. 9 specialties of the institute were internationally accredited by NAOKO (independent agency for Quality Assurance in Education) on December 28, 2020. In the national rankings, the Institute`s specialties occupy leading positions.
The Institute has a scientific and methodological center of geography and ecology under the leadership of Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, winner of the State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Doctor of Geographical Sciences, Professor Beisenova A.S. The herbarium fund of more than 4,000 different flowering plants of Kazakhstan has been collected in the educational group «Biology». In the educational groups in «Chemistry» and «Biology» there are complex educational and research laboratories. The material base of the departments is equipped with textbooks and teaching materials in Kazakh, Russian and English. Theoretical knowledge will be continued by pedagogical and field practice.
For students, undergraduates and doctoral students, all conditions are created not only for studying, but also for doing scientific research, sports, going on trekking and excursions, and leading a healthy lifestyle.
The Institute of Natural Science and Geography trains specialists in bachelor`s, Master`s and PhD doctoral programs:
050010, Republic of Kazakhstan
Almaty, Dostyk аve., 13