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At the moment the university has S. Sadvakassov Agrarian-Economic Institute and five faculties: philology and pedagogy; natural sciences; history, jurisprudence, art and sports; engineering and technology; distance learning. Training of specialists is carried out in 53 bachelor's degree programs, 28 master’s degree programs, 6 specialties of PhD-doctorate. The university also opened a multi-disciplinary college for pedagogical and economic specialties, eight branches of departments and four testing sites at the university.

To date, we have five thousand students, 728 of them study under the state program "Serpin-2050".

Educational work in the university is presented as entire and all round complex activity. The Committee of Youth Affairs (CYA), student council, student maslikhat, student assembly "Atameken" and other youth organizations are actively working here.

The status of Kokshetau State University involves fundamental and applied research in various fields of science. Scientific research work in our university is conducted on 150 initiative topics. There is a significant potential for scientific developments ready for commercialization, and ten scientific projects developed by scientists of our university which were included in the catalog of promising scientific achievements.

For the purpose of activization of research activities and expansion of a circle of applied tasks the scientific institute of a research of the region and new scientific laboratories are opened: The Euroasian center of sustainable development the NOOSPHERE of Vernadsky, laboratory of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, laboratory of wind power made from composite materials, research laboratory of agroinnovations, laboratory of linguistics. In many respects, thanks to this, our students traditionally take prizes in republican and international competitions of scientific works.

On September 2010 Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University signed the Great Charter (Bologna Declaration). The university systematically builds a strategy of integration into the world of educational and scientific information space. Among the partners of the university there are more than fifty leading scientific centers of different regions of the world; leading foreign scientists are invited too.

The program of academic mobility is actively implemented in the university, within the framework of international exchange programs Erasmus, DAAD, IREX, LOGO and TEMPUS.

Teachers and students of the university are trained and study in universities in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Britain, the United States and Russia, under the presidential program "Bolashak" and others. By the number of implementation of European projects, KSU ranks the fourth place among the universities in Kazakhstan.

In 2009 in the frame of the program "Leaders of the XXI century" the university was awarded the international award "Millennium" for the effective use in the professional sphere of advanced modern technologies, the development and implementation of extraordinary, progressive solutions. In 2015 the university has entered into the European and Eurasian Association of Universities. At this time, jointly with Dostoevsky Omsk State University were implemented five two-degree educational programs for magistracy.