NARXOZ University is one of the leading economic universities in Kazakhstan, established in 1963, which currently has more than 7.000 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 90.000 Alumni.
Based on the self-assessment report and site visit to NARXOZ University in May 2016, it was acknowledged that NARXOZ University provides excellent and relevant education offerings and research activities. With regards to excellence in education, the university is a leading higher education institution in Kazakhstan in 6 academic specializations (Economics, Finance, Accounting, HRM, Statistics and Business education). It should be highlighted that the university’s educational programs were top rated by the Independent Rating of Universities in the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2016. Moreover, in the general ranking of universities in the category “Economics and Business” NARXOZ University was ranked as the second one in 2016 (among fifty-one Kazakh universities). NARXOZ University is also highly innovative in educational process and technology. There are numerous activities targeted at innovations, such as: master classes, Business incubator for students (first commercial incubator in Kazakhstan), development of e-learning and blended programs, MOOCs integration into teaching, flipped classroom, competence based approach, diploma project instead of theoretical thesis for undergraduate study programs, increased internationalization.
In connection to excellence in research, it was recognized that the university provides impact based research and the research activities are clearly a value within NARXOZ University, both academic and applied. In the last 5 years, 55 monographs have been prepared and published, citation index of the university’s publications is rapidly growing, the university has its own scientific journal - NARXOZ Bulletin. Generation of intellectual property rights is another indicator showing R&D progress of the university. The university namely received 26 IPRs in the period from 2011 to 2015.
With regards to relevance, the university is a very socially responsible institution which is fully aware of the needs of its environment and responds to these needs with relevant educational offerings and research activities. Serving to society is one of the university’s key priorities which was during accreditation site visit demonstrated by the University’s numerous activities, such as: scholarships for disadvantaged students; advanced examination centre as a tool to combat plagiarism; integration of ethics in curricula of study programs; university reaches out to kids living in the neighbourhood with cultural and sport programs; close cooperation with the corporate world, local and international society; majority of students find employment immediately after graduation.
Based on these findings, CEEMAN Accreditation Committee on 8 July 2016 awarded NARXOZ University the International Quality Accreditation.
“CEEMAN IQA accreditation is very important for NARXOZ University, which aims to become the best and most innovative economic university in Central Asia. It is a proof of recognition by international academic community and a clear signal to students in many countries that NARXOZ offers high quality education. CEEMAN IQA accreditation allows to accelerate the process of university internationalization and to advance the path to excellence in education and research. During the accreditation process we received very powerful recommendations that will make execution of NARXOZ strategy even more effective. And now, as a full member of the CEEMAN family, we can benefit from and contribute to mutual exchange of ideas, experience and best practices.”
Dr. Krzysztof Rybinski, Rector of Narxoz University