History of the University

History of the International Humanitarian and Technical University

The International Humanitarian and Technical University at the very beginning of its history was registered as the LLP of South Kazakhstan University (certificate of LLP 8046-1958) on 04/08/1998.

In 2003, an agreement was concluded between the Defense Ministry and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the establishment of a joint higher education institution with the participation of the Moscow State Open University (MSOU, Russia, Moscow), as one of the founders, as a result of which South Kazakhstan University was renamed the International Humanitarian -Technical University (IHTU, Kazakhstan, Shymkent), licensed and certified in 2003 by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan (№000364, order №315 of 04.04.2002).

In 2018, the university passed institutional accreditation for the period from May 21, 2018 to May 21, 2020.

In 2018, the Regional Innovation Institute of the Regional Social Innovation University joined the International Humanitarian and Technical University, and the university became one of the major universities in the Southern region. The founders of the university are academician M.Zh.Zhurynov and professor, doctor of pedagogical sciences, honored coach of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zh.K.Onalbek.

Since 2018, the rector of the university is associate professor, Ph.D.            Y.I. Kistaubaev.

The university provides high quality and a wide range of educational services, introducing new learning technologies and expanding the base of scientific research. University graduates freely compete in the employment market, successfully working in the most advanced ranks of the educational system in Kazakhstan and abroad. The history of the formation and development of higher education has nearly 20 years of its existence.

Currently, IHTU (state license AB №0137473 and university code – 137) trains professional specialists for educational organizations, industrial enterprises, research and socio-cultural institutions, in the field of economics in a two-level system: undergraduate – 24 specialties and masters degree – 6 specialties.

The International Humanitarian and Technical University is one of the leading universities in the training of future professionals. The university uses advanced technology of international level, innovative methods, corresponding to modern requirements of education and science innovations.

A higher educational institution adhering to the principle that a confident step into the future begins with the education of an educated specialist and introduces the best practices of world universities into the educational process by strengthening international relations. Training is conducted in three languages (Kazakh, Russian, English). The teaching staff of 60% is academicians, doctors and candidates, associate professors and professors. The university has the winners of the grant “The best teacher of the university” of the MES of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor Zh.K.Onalbek-2013, Ph.D., Associate Professor E.I.Kistaubayev-2014, Ph.D. candidate of chemical sciences, associate professor A.Zhylysbaeva-2009,2015, candidate of economics, associate professor M.Uskenov-2009, doctor of biological sciences, professor A.N. Khalila-2008, candidate of agricultural sciences G.B.Kylyshbaeva-2009,  candidate of agricultural sciences, associate professor A.Y.Kydyrbaeva-2018

Currently, the university has 5 faculties, 9 departments and the department of military training. The material and technical base is well developed for training specialists. There are 6 educational buildings, a student dormitory, medical facilities, canteens, libraries, sports and assembly halls.

For full-time students there are tuition discounts: for orphans from 20% to 100%, to large families – 30%, to «Altyn Belgi» holders – 25%, the direction of the regional akimat – 100%, for full payment of tuition fees – 10%, having a certificate of UNT from 90 to 100 points – 10%, more than 100 points – 20%.

Universiade 2017 winners study at the university: B.Inkarbek, winner in freestyle acrobatic sport, A. Ospanov, world champion in fights without rules, winners of 2018 Universiade, S.Emelyanov, T.Emelyanov, T.Haydarov, I.Golendov, O.Ananchenko and others.

International cooperation is dynamically developing in a number of main areas, corresponding mainly to the objectives of the Bologna probcess.

Graduates of IHTU have high professional competencies that allow them to quickly adapt to the changing conditions of the labor market, and, as a rule, are highly employed.

The purpose of the main activity of MSTU is to help students discover their own potential, develop the ability to learn all their life, ensure the leading positioning of the institute at the republican and international levels. A higher educational institution adhering to the principle – a confident step into the future begins with educating a qualified specialist, an educated generation, introducing the best practices of world universities into the educational process by strengthening international relations, strives to become an educational institution known not only in Kazakhstan, but also in the international space.


  • Professional skill
  • Leadership
  • Activity in creativity and innovation
  • Stimulating students and staff
  • Democratic spirit and corporate culture
  • Efficiency
  • Mutually beneficial cooperation and partnership
  • Order
  • Continuous development and training
  • Politeness and humanity
  • Respect
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