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The Department of History of Kazakhstan

The Department of History of Kazakhstan


The department of the History of Kazakhstan is the brainchild of Independence. The base of the chair coincides with the date of gaining independence. As an independent organization the department of the History of Kazakhstan was formed within Department of CPSU (Communist Party of the Soviet Union). The chair of the History of Kazakhstan was founded on the basis of the Chair of Political History in 1991.
The establishment of the Chair was caused by many reasons. At the first, the development of Kazakhstan as a sovereign state; therefore the problem of objective studying of the History of Kazakhstan in context with the World History was put in the forefront. Secondly, the historical heritage is the basis of civil, patriotic education of the younger generation. Historical science is the main dominant in the development of the foundations of Kazakhstan patriotism and patriotic education of the younger generation. In the third place, history has always attracted considerable attention because of the significance which it has for every society in all the periods of its development. Whether society can learn the lessons of the past and not to repeat those mistakes depends on fully and objectively developing of the history as a science. The powerful tools of the influence on social consciousness are specific examples from the life of famous people: scientists, cultural workers, behavior patterns of the people in difficult and critical periods of the history. Therefore, the study of national history in the process of education plays an important role in the formation of the sense of the Kazakhstan patriotism.

Since 1992, the course of the history of Kazakhstan has introduced in educational institutions as a compulsory subject for all specialties. In today’s world, state significance of studying the history of Kazakhstan, its role in the implementation of priorities of Kazakhstan's society development has increased, when Kazakhstan is developing in terms of accelerated economic, political and social modernization, and the most important task of the community is becoming one of the fifty most competitive countries.


Heads of the Department of History of Kazakhstan:

1991-1996 - the Chair of the History of Kazakhstan was headed by Candidate of Historical Sciences, associate professor Agubaev Nurtai Zhetpisbaevich;

1996-2001 - Doctor of Historical Sciences, associate professor Alpyspaeva Galia Aitpaevna;

2002-2004 - Doctor of Philosophy, associate professor Abdina Ainur Kanapyanovna;

2004-2013 - Candidate of Historical Sciences, associate professor Aubakirova Khadisha Alkeevna;

 2013- present- Candidate of Historical sciences, Bekhmagambetov Umirbay Zholdibekovich.

Studying of the History of Kazakhstan is built on basics of new conceptual approach and requires vast amount of self-study of students. During lectures and seminars students obtain critical thinking skills through interactive teaching methods. Moreover, actively taking part in research work on regional ethnography, regular visits to city museums and arranging discipline Olympiads encourage quality improvement of obtained knowledge.

Department of the History of Kazakhstan allocates staff with intellectual potential ready to teach and prepare future professionals on given sphere. Academic degree holders’ rate of the department is 67%.The average age of lecturers with academic degrees and titles is 41.  Eighteen Professors of the department teach in state language, which is 86%. Selection of teaching personnel is performed taking account individuals with degrees and knowledge, pedagogic and professional experience.


Research activities

Research areas have been developed within the department of the history of Kazakhstan on disciplines with top priorities: historical urban studying of Kazakhstan in XIX-XX centuries, social aspects in northern part of Kazakhstan in wild years, Turkic historical and cultural heritage as element of world civilization, problems of feminine phenomenon in the history of Kazakhstan (XVIII-XXcenturies). 150 articles were published by professors of the department during 2012-2016.
Students annually participate in republican scientific and theoretical conference “Seifullin readings” with help of professors of the department. On top of that, under supervision of professors K.V. Dzhumagalyieva and Zh.R. Abisheva students also take participation in international conferences taken part in Russia. During 2012-2016 100 research works have been supervised by Professors of the department.


Research projects

Works on below research topics have been carried out:

  1. Cultural expansion of Akmola, Tselinograd,: maintenance problems and transformations» Supervisor: doctor of historic sciences,associate professor G.A. Alpyspayeva, prepared by– candidate of historic sciences,senior lector Sh.N. Sayakhimova;
  2. «Siberian Kozatstvo and Kazakh in steppein XVIII-XIX centuries» Supervisor: candidate of historic sciences, associate professor Kh.A. Aubakirova; candidate of historic sciences,senior lector K.V. Dzhumagaliyeva;
  3.  «Development of terminology vocabulary in university discipline  «the History of Kazakhstan», Project manager is doctor of historic sciences, associate professor G.A. Alpyspayeva, performer of the project is candidate of historic sciences, senior lecturer Sh.N. Sayakhimova;
  4. «Social processes in northern part of Kazakhstan and it’s influence on socio-cultural environment»,Supervisor:candidate of historic sciences, senior lecturer Sh.N. Sayakhimova; doctor of historic sciences,associate professor G.A. Alpyspayeva, assistant D.S. Mustafa;

Eight applications have been presented by professors of the department to the competition for grant financing by Ministry of education of RoK.

The research study of students is a continuation and extension of the educational process and, therefore, one of the components of the excellence. As part of the educational process the research study performed by students is done in the form of abstracts, research papers containing elements of research.
On the basis of the research study, students of KazATU named after S.Seifullin, under the guidance of teachers of History Department participate in the work of the Republican scientific-practical conference "Seifulin readings” and conferences on the basis of other higher institutions of Kazakhstan every year.


Educational & Methodical activites

The department is completely provided with textbooks and methodical literature in two languages. Student's knowledge is evaluated using following types of assessment control methods: current, intermediate and final examinations, oral questioning, tests and the state exam on the history of Kazakhstan.

During 2012-2016 academic years the following teaching aids were published by the lecturers of the department:  Zh.R. Abisheva - textbook "XX qasyrdyn 20-30 zh.zh. Kazakhstandagy sayasy urdister", A. M. Koskeeva, G.A. Magzumova –"Kazakhstan taryhy boynsha Sozh tapsyrmalari jane adistemelik nurqaular", Sh.N. Sayahimova - "Colonial policy of Russian Empire in the XIX-beginning of the XXth centuries.", B.S. Abdildina, G.B. Baijuma – textbook "Famous historic people", Kh.A. Aubakirova, Zh.R. Abisheva, G.B. Baizhuma published educational methodical complex in history of Kazakhstan for polylingual groups. In 2014, K.V. Dzhumagalieva published the following teaching manuals: "Guidelines for conducting seminars in politology (a textbook for students of all courses)," "Professionally-oriented English for courses "Cadastre ","Organisation of the use of land "," Assessment ".

Educational methodological complex of disciplines "Saken studies" was developed in 2015 by the lecturers K.V. Dzhumagalieva and D.S. Mustafa in Russian language, Zh.R. Abisheva, G.B. Bayzhuma, B.S. Abdildina, B.B. Ensepov in Kazakh language.

In the same year following manuals were published:

  1. O.Zh.Bekmaganbetov, B.B.Ensepov issued a "Kazakh halkynin azattyq kuresi: taryhi men tagylymy".
  2. B.B.Ensepov and Zh. R. Abisheva published a textbook "Kazakh zyalylarinin azattyq kuresi: taryhi men tagylymy".

In 2016 lectureres of the department Zh.R. Abisheva and K.V. Dzhumagalieva had developed educational methodological complex of disciplines for "Modern History of Kazakhstan" in Kazakh and Russian languages, whereas ​​ A.Zh. Gabdulina prepared in the English language for polylingual groups, as well as a textbook by Kh.A. Aubakirova on "History of Kazakhstan".

From 2012 to 2017 the teaching staff of the department has been delivering the following courses:

- History of Kazakhstan

- Saken studies

- Culturology

- The spiritual heritage of the Kazakh people

- Modern History of Kazakhstan

History of the department

The date when the foundation of the department was first established coincides with the date when the Republic of Kazakhstan gained its independence (in 1991).

The first head of the department charing from 1991 to 1996, who had to bear the brunt of the formation period, was associate professor, PhD Agubaev Nurtai Zhetpisbaevich. The most respected veteran workers who made a huge contribution to the formation of the foundation of the department were J. J. Iskakov, A.I. Gubanova, P.P. Golovina, N.Samsonova and A.M. Mukazhanova.

Its crucial to note those lecturers who were first to teach the discipline "History of Kazakhstan", primarily G.M. Kakenova, S.A. Maken, K.O. Kashaeva, R. Khalikov and I. Volovinskaya.

        Young lecturers actively working in the department were R.T. Kabieva, S.V. Zavgorodnyaya, D.B. Shaimerdenova, A.K. Bayanova, B. Oroskhan, E.V. Shelokova, Z.E. Eleshova, A.M. Suleimenov, S.B. Zhainakova, Zh.S. Mazhitova, B.K. Omarova and many others.

Senior technicians of the department, such as N. Maletskaya, M. Birkemelova, A.Isabekova, J. Sadykova, G.Asainova and J. Almenova have contributed to the provision of quality educational and methodological work at various periods of time. Alpyspayeva Galiya Aitpayevna, candidate of historical sciences, managed the department from 1996 to 2001. During this period, major organizational work on introduction into the curricula of other courses and disciplines, such as "The formation of a multi-ethnic composition of the population of Kazakhstan", "The spiritual heritage of the Kazakh people" and "Economic History of Kazakhstan"was held and additionally methodological basis for lecturing of the disciplines was prepared.

From 2002 to 2004 the department was lead by Ph.D. Associate Professor Ainur Kanapyanovna Abdina who revived noticeably scientific life of the department and contributed to the development of its scientific potential with personal example and enthusiasm.

From 2004 to 2013 the management of the department was lead by candidate of historical sciences, associate professor Aubakirova Khadisha Alkeevna. She had carried through an extensive and diligent work on recruitement of scientific and teaching staff and provision of material and technical base for the department, which today allows conducting educational process and intellectual pursuits on the level of the present day demands. Since April 2013 our department has been directed by candidate of historical sciences Bekmaganbetov Umirbaev Zholdybekovich.

International cooperation

Conditions for professional development are created at the university. Special attention is given to teaching staff of the faculty. In 2013 a senior lecturer A. Zh. Gabdulina was awarded with grant “Bolashak” for passing a scientific internship at Reading university in Great Britain, N. K. Demeuova in MSU named after M. Lomonosov in Russia.

In 2014 lecturers of the department U. Zh. Bekmaganbetov, Zh. R.Abisheva,

B. S. Abdildina, A.P. Aliakbarova completed a pedagogical internship within the program “Orleu” (Renaissance). In 2016 within the program “Orleu” lecturer D.S. Mustapha completed an internship on the subject "Modern Pedagogics and Teaching Disciplines in English". In June, 2016 the lectureres of the department participated in the international summer pedagogical internship based on ENU named after L. Gumilev on the topic “The Eternal country is the philosophy of Great Steppe” (H. A.Aubakirova, U. Zh.Bekmaganbetov, Zh. R.Abisheva, B. S. Abdildina, K.V.Dzhumagaliyeva, B. B.Ensepov, D. S.Mustapha, G.B. Bayzhuma). In 2014 the lecturer of the department B. S.Abdildina received certificate for participation in the International scientific seminars on topics "International security regimes" and "Communicative management"

In 2012 the lecturer of the department K. V. Dzhumagaliyeva was awarded with 3rd place for participation in the 1stInternational competition of young scientists of Russia and Kazakhstan on the topic "Historical and cultural heritage of Orenburg region and Cisurals" taken place in Orenburg state pedagogical university.

During the last period the lecturers have taken an active part in various meetings and activities of the international level. So in 2014-2016 the lecturer of the department K. V. Dzhumagaliyeva participated in the work of the international conferences taken place in Russia and RK on the topic: “Russia during the World War I in 1914-1918” at the Russian institute of history of Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow,30.09-03.10.2014; "The first steps in science of the third millennium", Neftekamsk, NF BashSU, on April 2, 2015; "A humanitarian cooperation of Russia and Kazakhstan devoted to the 25 anniversary of CIS formation", a joint conference at KazNU named after  Al-Farabi and Orenburg state university, Almaty, 09.12.2016 (Kh. A.Aubakirova, K. V.Dzhumagaliyeva)

Apart from the fact that the faculty has taken part in international forums, also they participated in round table discussions and scientific seminars, such as:

  1. International forum of national-cultural centers of CICA participant countries «Kazakhstan module of public consent and national unity N.Nazarbayev: Experience in CICA scope» within annual festival national cohesion of Kazakhstan, Astana, 1-3 July, 2015 (Kh.A. Aubakirova, K. V.Dzhumagaliyeva);
  2. Round table discussion «Charlie Hebdo, multiculturalism: from Kazakhstan perspective», organized by department of UNESCO and Assembly of Nations of Kazakhstan in ENU named after L.N. Gumulev, Astana, 16 January, 2015.(Kh. A.Aubakirova, K. V.Dzhumagaliyeva);
  3. International seminar on the topic «Kazakhstan universities in international arena: growing-point»QS Ltd. On Eastern Europe, 14-15January, 2016. (Kh. A.Aubakirova);
  4. Educational program on history of Russia «History of Russian government» (Cultural-historical University), Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg, 15-26 September, 2016(Kh. A.Aubakirova);
  5. Certificate of participation in the seminar “Institutional research and it’s role in academic institutions”, Nazarbayev University,Аstana,October 3, 2016.(Kh. A.Aubakirova);
  6. Participation in International applied science conference on the theme “Historyof the World War II: new data and interpretations” Astana,  28 of April, 2015.(Zh.R.Abisheva);
  7. Participation in International applied science conference on topic «Public administration and public policy in interethnic relations of the Republic of Kazakhstan: formation of management technologies of civic participation in the strengthening of the public consent», dedicated to year of Assembly of Nations of Kazakhstan. Astana, 20 November, 2015. (Zh.R.Abisheva).
Student life

An educational work is certainly an essential aspect of the departments' activities. Department of History of Kazakhstan implements educational activities every academic year in several directions.

At the early stage of the year, first-year-students are taught open lectures on «Constitution – foundation of our state» by the department's lecturers. The main purpose of these lectures is to cultivate in prior school pupils a sense of patriotism and love for their country.  

To enhance the spiritual, moral and intellectual education, teachers of the department conduct various kinds of  events. The cognitive game “Tұғыры биік тұлғалар” (Abisheva Zh. R.), the intellectual competition “In the labyrinths of history”, ( Dzhumagaliyeva K.V.), subject Olympiad “Activities of the national intellectuals in the early XX century” ( Gabdulina. A. Zh., Demeuova N.K.)

The department's academic staff annually give lectures within the framework of the Nazarbayev's  programme article on “Рухани жаңғыру: Болашаққа бағдар”.

Particular attention is paid to the improvement of students' civic activity, the enhancement of their political knowledge, ethnocultural development and education. In this regard, the most effective type of educational work is the ones performed with in clubs. This year, clubs include “Atameken” (leader Dzhumalieva L.T.), “Astana-symbol of independent Kazakhstan” (leader Alpysbayeva G.A., Sayakhimova Sh.N.) and  “Miras” (leader  Ensepov B.B.)

The major aims of these clubs are:

 - Hosting events among students, developing their national consciousness, enhancing the ability to express their ideas freely, participating in the improvement of personal  qualities and increasing  the students  creative potential.

Informative evenings, round tables, competitions of various formats, meetings with interesting people, participation in conferences and excursions in museums are organized as a result of the activities  of these clubs.

Lecturers of the Department of History of Kazakhstan, primarily Dzhumaliyeva L.T., Gabdulina A.Zh. and Demeuova N.K. are also supervisors in the Department of technical and computer systems and in the Departments of professional education. Their work is primarily performed on the basis of the Regulations on supervisors in Academic Groups, approved by the Rector. During the office hours, students were presented with information and analytical materials on  topical issues of the political life ofthe country, directed by the administration of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhsta. Academic staff of the Department of History of Kazakhstan prepared abstracts of office hours on significant dates and public holidays. Lecturers of the department prepared and published  educational materials to help supervisors.

At the end of the 2018-2019 academic year, ATT-18-02 group  leader   Dzhumaliyeva L.T. won the competition "The Best and Active Group".

According to the plan of the department's academic staff, the scientific research  work of the students is carried out by Mustafa D.S.

Addionally, students annually participate in international, republican and regional contests and conferences  under scientific supervisors of Dzhumagaliyeva K.V.,  Abisheva Zh.R., Koskeeva A.M., Demeuova N.K.






Astana,  Zhenis avenue, 62

Department of History of Kazakhstan

Biological Building

Office 2715 – Lecturers office

Office 2702 –Head of department, open hours: 14.30-16.30

Tel.: +7 (7172) 38-23-30