About University



Almaty Management University is an entrepreneurial, socially responsible world-class university.



"We are making the world better through the development of education, research and entrepreneurship".


34 years on the education market, the oldest private university in the country, the first business school of the Republic of Kazakhstan, pioneer of business education in CIS.

History of AlmaU started with a small School of Management in 1988. School, which was the first swallow, turning out managers of a new generation for our young country. In 1996, when the first stage of development was successfully passed, Almaty School of Managers (ASM) was transformed into International Academy of Business. And 25 years after creation, IAB came to the next turn of the spiral leading upwards - Academy received the status of UNIVERSITY. According to a new strategy of AlmaU, in 2014 the university took a course to create a model of an entrepreneurial university.

University achievements – teaching management first Kazakhstan entrepreneurs, first MBA and DBA programs in Kazakhstan, best academic staff and in-demand graduates. The University provides general education on all levels, outreach, upskilling and reskilling, capacity building on various topics in humanities and social science, arts and IT and other important areas, such as, but  not limited to economics, law, technology, human rights, ecology, climate change, sustainability, and so on. 


Key values of the University:


2 Entrepreneurship





AlmaU today

At AlmaU there are 9 Schools, 4 Centers, the Institute for Education Development and  AlmaU Extension (executive education): Graduate School of Business, School of Management, School of Economics and Finance, School of Politics and Law, School of Digital Technologies, School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, School of Hospitality and Tourism, School of Media and Film, AlmaU Sharmanov School of Health Sciences, Urban Center, Center for Creative Industries, Sports Management Center, Language Center.
Classes are conducted in 3 languages: Kazakh, Russian and English, in more than 20 specialties, including: management, finance, marketing, restaurant and hotel business, regional studies, software engineering, business analytics and big data, etc.










University has a continuous system of education:

College — Bachelor — Master programs — Doctoral studies


Short-term programs, courses and trainings.


Social responsibility

Development strategy of AlmaU is aimed at establishing the University as a socially responsible organization which promotes strengthening of positive relations in the society. The University has "Program for supporting rural schools by the country universities", "Limitlessly capable" social project, “Ulytau” cultural and linguistic camp, "ZachOt" contest for media and authors writing on the themes of education, “Charity Wish Tree” social project, from 2015 a new discipline of Service Learning (training through service to society) was introduced for students. Within the framework of the policy of financial support of entrants and students: more than 100 million tenge are allocated annually for grants and discounts for talented youth.  


Representative offices

AlmaU has representative offices in the cities of Astana, Atyrau, Aktau, Aktobe, Kyzylorda, Shymkent. Main direction in the work of representative offices is training of heads of small and medium business on MBA and DBA programs, as well as seminars and trainings.  




Accreditations and rankings

AlmaU is one of few Universities of Kazakhstan, which is recognized and has accreditations and awards of Kazakhstan and international level.


Accreditation as a subject of educational and scientific activity of the Ministry of Education and Science (currently - Ministry of Science and Higher Education) of the Republic of Kazakhstan,  2017


International accreditations

MBA programs of AlmaU Graduate School of Business are the only ones in Central Asia and Kazakhstan accredited by AMBA, UK (2013-2026)

In 2021 the Graduate School of Business and the School of Hospitality and Tourism of AlmaU officially received the results of joint accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and Business Graduates Association (BGA), two of the world's leading organizations in business education (2021-2026)
The Graduate School of Business and the School of Hospitality and Tourism of AlmaU are accredited by Business Graduates Association (BGA) (2021-2026)


IQA CEEMAN - a European institutional accreditation in quality of business education (2010-2022)



National accreditations (institutional and specialized)



Institutional accreditation of an Independent Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (IQAA) for a period of 5 years (2019-2024)

Specialized accreditation of an Independent Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (IQAA) for a period of 5 years (2022-2027)



Specialized accreditation of an Independent Accreditation and Rating Agency (IAAR) (2016-2021)

Specialized accreditation of an Independent Accreditation and Rating Agency (IAAR) for a period of 5 and 3 years (2021-2024, 2021-2026)



QMS compliance certification

Certificate of compliance of the University's Quality Management System with the requirements of the international standard (ISO) 9001:2015 (2019-2022)


Professional certifications 


The MBA program "Financial Engineering" of Graduate School of Business is accredited by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) to pass an international exam on risk management in finance (FRM) (2019-2022)



The undergraduate program "Accounting and Auditing" is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK​​ (2022-2026)



The undergraduate program "Accounting and Auditing" is accredited by Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK​​ (2022-2024)



The School of Management accredited in accordance with the certification procedure according to the rules of the Kazakhstan Project Management Association  (KPMA), meeting the ICB 4.0 standard of the International Project Management Association (IPMA)​ (2022-2023)



AlmaU General MBA program is on #201-250 place in QS WUR: Global MBA Rankings 2023 and #38 in QS Global MBA Rankings: Asia 2023
Double Degree GSB AlmaU / GSOM SPBU EMBA program is #23 in QS WUR EMBA Rankings: Joint programmes 2022

AlmaU is ranked 1001+  in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
Top business school with significant international influence (4 Palmes of Excellence), included in the top 250 best business universities in the world according to Eduniversal ranking agency (France), 2008 -2021



TOP-200 in rating of the best business schools in the world, according to Eduniversal ranking agency, France, 2021

TOP-3 the best business schools in the geographical area of Central and South Asia, according to Eduniversal ranking agency, France, 2017, 2019


Ranking of global business schools in Russia and CIS countries - 2022

TOP-2 – among business schools of CIS, implementing programs of double diplomas with foreign universities, which have "first level" accreditation.

TOP-6 -  among CIS business schools, in terms of the number of partnerships with foreign universities that have "first level" accreditation.

TOP-3 in the national ranking of "the Best humanitarian and economic universities of Kazakhstan", according to the Independent Kazakhstan Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (IQAA), Kazakhstan, 2022



“Significant Impact” nomination on BMDA Awards AlmaU, 2021



Dr. Gulnara Kurenkeyeva - the winner of the CEEMAN Champion Awards in the School Leader of the Year category, 2021

Prof. Aurora Diaz – the winner of the CEEMAN Champion Awards in the Teacher of the Year category, 2022

Prof. Alberto Frigerio – the winner of the CEEMAN Champion Awards in the Responsible Management Educator of the Year category, 2022


Based on the results of «ТОРJARGAN – 2017» authoritative rating Almaty Management University:

  TOP - 1 in "Topjargan" reputational rating of Kazakhstani companies  in "Education" section.

  TOP - 6 in overall reputational rating of the best Kazakhstani companies.