image/svg+xml Map of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Map of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) A blank map of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and countries fully surrounded by the EHEA. Every country has an id which is its ISO-3116-1-ALPHA2 code in lower case. Members of the EU have a class="eu", all EHEA countries have a class="europe", non-EHEA countries have a class="nonehea". Image based on https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blank_map_of_Europe_(with_disputed_regions).svg by Júlio "Tintazul" Reis and Marian "maix" Sigler. Made by Colin Tück, EQAR, 2017 Released under CreativeCommons Attribution ShareAlike (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/).
  • Governmental membership
    Kazakhstan has been a Governmental Member of EQAR since August 2012.

    Read more: all Governmental Members of EQAR

  • General information on higher education

    Higher education in Kazakhstan is offered by institutes, academies and universities. Institutes and academies cater for specialised education in a limited number of subject areas, while universities have a broader range of subjects.

    The legal framework for the higher education system follows the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the 2007 Law on Education (last amended in 2020).

  • National external quality assurance requirements

    Responsibilities within the national external quality assurance system are shared between the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) and accreditation bodies included in the National Register 1. MES is responsible for licensing, state attestation and monitoring compliance with national legislation while quality assurance agencies conduct institutional and/or specialised (programme) accreditation.

    After they have been licensed and successfully passed the accreditation by one of the registered quality assurance agencies, higher education institutions and programmes are also included in a national register (National Register 2 and National Register 3 respectively). State credentials can be issued only for those students who have completed studies in a HEI and for programme that are included in these registers. In addition, only educational institutions included in the Register will receive state educational grants.

    • Programme Accreditation

    • Institutional Accreditation

  • Cross-border quality assurance

    In Kazakhstan higher education institutions may choose a suitable EQAR-registered agency.

    Yes, Kazakh higher education institutions can choose for their mandatory external quality assurance an EQAR-registered agency.

    • Eligibility requirements for foreign agencies: Foreign agencies have to be listed in the national Kazakh register. To be listed, agencies need to be registered in EQAR and to also meet the following requirements: to have the status of a legal entity in the organisational and legal form of a non-profit organisation; to be a full member of the international network of quality assurance; to have the resources necessary to fulfil the obligations on accreditation of educational organisations, educational programs; to have the necessary staffing; to have accreditation standards (regulations) that establish requirements for the accreditation procedure.

    • Conditions for the agencies’ work (e.g. criteria to be used): own criteria.

    • Recognition of reviews carried out by foreign agencies: automatic.

    Read more: countries where higher education institutions may choose a suitable EQAR-registered agency

  • European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes

    In Kazakhstan the European Approach is available to higher education institutions.

    Read more: countries where the European Approach is available to higher education institutions

Registered agencies operating in Kazakhstan