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".


33 years on the education market, the oldest private university in the country, the first business university 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 RK, best teachers and in-demand graduates.


Key values of the University:


2 Diversity and inclusion


Integrity and openness

Team spirit and synergy


AlmaU today

At AlmaU there are 8 Schools and 2 Centers: Graduate School of Business, School of Management, School of Economics and Finance, School of Policy and Law, School of Digital Technologies, School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, School of Hospitality and Tourism, School of Media and Film, Urban Center, Center for Creative Industries.


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.


Accreditations and rankings

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

Re-accreditation of Association of MBA's (AMBA) for a maximum period of 5 years. MBA programs of AlmaU Graduate School of Business are the only ones in Central Asia and Kazakhstan accredited by AMBA, UK, 2016.

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.

Kazakhstan MBA program of AlmaU Graduate School of Business "Financial Engineering" has successfully passed international accreditation in Global Association of Risk Professionals 

CEEMAN European institutional re-accreditation in quality of business education, 2017

Top business school with significant international influence” ("4 Palme branches"), included in the top 250 best business universities in the world according to Eduniversal international ranking agency (France), 2008 -2021

International certification by ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) of "Accounting and Audit" bachelor program, United Kingdom, 2016.

Accreditation as a subject of scientific activity of the Ministry of education and science of the Republic of Kazakhstan,  2017

National program accreditation of Independent Kazakhstan Quality Assurance Agency in Education (IKQAAE) Kazakhstan, 2019

National program accreditation in the ranking of the Independent Accreditation and Rankings Agency (IAAR), Kazakhstan, 2016

Certificate of conformity of Quality Management System of University to requirements of ISO 9001:2015 international standard.


 Recognition in Kazakhstan


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.



 Recognition in CIS


Ranking of global business schools in Russia and CIS countries - 2021

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.


International Recognition


AlmaU MBA program are in the top-250 in QS World University Rankings: Global MBA Rankings 2022 and top-35 in QS Global MBA Rankings: Asia 2022.  Double Degree EMBA program is in the top-25 in QS World University Rankings: EMBA Rankings: Joint programmes 2021


AlmaU was ranked 601-800 in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021


TOP - 5 MBA and Masters programs in Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking, France, 2021


TOP - 300 the best business schools in the world, according to Association of MBA's (AMBA), United Kingdom, 2021



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

TOP - 3 the best business schools in the geographical area of Central and South Asia *, according to Eduniversal International Ranking Agency, France, 2017, 2019


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", "UNlimited opportunities" 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, Kyzylorda, Shymkent, Ust-Kamenogorsk and Aktobe. 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.