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International accreditation ACBSP (USA) / Institutional and specialized accreditation IQAA (Kazakhstan)

International Accreditation

International accreditation

In order to quickly integrate the country's higher education system into the international educational space in a dynamically changing world, it is necessary to increase responsibility for the quality of educational services provided. The most common pathway for providing quality assurance in higher education is accreditation.

Описание: Преимущества международной аккредитации

Accreditation of educational organizations is a procedure for the recognition by the accreditation body of the compliance of educational services with established requirements and standards in order to provide objective information about their quality and confirm the existence of effective mechanisms for their improvement. (Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On Education" // Kazakhstanskaya Pravda, July 27, 2007).

Accreditation is based on the principles of voluntariness, independence, objectivity, openness and transparency.

According to its structure, accreditation is divided into: institutional, implying accreditation of the institution as a whole (for example, accreditation of a university, an academy, an institute) and specialized, intended for the accreditation of individual educational programs

KAFU's international partners in the USA recommended one of the most respected and recognized international agencies - the Council for the Accreditation of Business Schools and Programs (formerly the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs).

Key advantages of getting international accreditation for KAFU:


  • International recognition, comparability and convertibility of conferred degrees and qualifications in business programs of KAFU.
  • Development of KAFU image and strengthening of competitive advantages of KAFU in the Kazakhstani and international market of educational services.
  • Confirmation of the international status of the university, guarantees of high quality education and services, compliance with international requirements.
  • Expansion of opportunities for cooperation with other universities in the world educational space, in particular with other members of the Association who share the same high standards of quality.

Increasing the confidence of the main stakeholders (potential applicants, students, employers and the community) in the effectiveness and efficiency of KAFU educational programs.

Описание: Этапы аккредитации


  • Obtaining an expert opinion, including one regarding strengths and weaknesses, and recommendations for each standard to improve educational programs.
  • Professional assistance from ACBSP in improving programs, introducing innovations that serve to increase the competitiveness of the university in the educational services market.
  • Improving objectivity of information about the operation of the school and the university as a whole for making managerial decisions by KAFU leadership.
  • Involvement of the entire teaching staff in quality assurance, increasing the degree of their commitment to the values of the university and faculty, as well as the culture of quality.

 Benefits for faculty and staff

  • university management and full-time lecturers of the Department of Business automatically and without additional fees become members of ACBSP and have the right to use information resources, opportunities, as well as relevant rights and privileges.
  • faculty  can participate in the competition for the title of "The Best Teacher". ACBSP prizes 18 awards annually (2 for each of the nine regions). The awards are presented at the annual international ACBSP conference.
  • new professional opportunities - every week ACBSP members receive an information newsletter, which publishes information about new vacancies for administrative and teaching positions at ACBSP member universities (to receive the newsletter one needs to register on ACBSP website).
  • mutual evaluation and opportunities for benchmarking – association member universities conduct joint research, statistical comparisons, share experience and innovations.
  • participation in regional (all participants are divided into 9 regions) and international ACBSP conferences.

Benefits for students:

  • international recognition of the diploma - accreditation confirms the quality and essence of the education received.
  • possibility of transfer to foreign universities - ACBSP members with recognition of credits received at KAFU.
  • simplification of the procedure for enrolling in other foreign universities to continue education in the graduate school.
  • better employment opportunities for graduates and increase in their competitiveness in the international labor market.
  • possibility of membership in international honorary societies (Beta Sigma Delta and Delta Mu Delta).


In 2010, KAFU became the first and the only university in Kazakhstan that received full international accreditation from this Accreditation Council.

Accreditation for a period of 10 years was received for all business major programs of the undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. levels, as well as for MBA for Executives program.


On June 5, 2014, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) was included in the National Register of Accreditation Bodies of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.


In 2021, the Kazakh-American Free University received ACBSP re-accreditation for its business programs without a single condition and comments!

In the period from October 6 to October 8, 2021, the Department of Business of the Kazakh-American Free University successfully passed re-accreditation for the following educational programs of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs:

6В06101 "Information systems";

6В04101 "Economics";

6B04102 "Management";

6В04104 "Finance";

6В04105 "State and local government";

6В011101 "Tourism";

6B04103 "Accounting and auditing";

7M04101.7M04102 "Management";

7M04103, 7M04104 "Finance";

7M06101, 7M06102 "Information systems";

8D04101 "Management";

MBA for Executives.

The status of KAFU accreditation can be confirmed on the official website of the Accreditation Council at in the ‘Regions’ section in the list of region No. 8. Register of recognized accreditation bodies



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