Dear applicant!

At school, you received excellent knowledge and today all the roads of adult life are open to you. There are many worthy professions, and it is very important to make the right choice. If you are filled with emotions, the desire to show all your qualities, get the required knowledge and skills, the desire to travel, then your choice is obvious – this is the Kazakhstan Maritime Academy!

The profession of a seaman is always in demand, as up to 90 percent of goods and cargo in the world economy are transported by sea. Working on passenger and fishing vessels, dry cargo ships and ferries, tankers and container ships is very responsible and therefore we at our Academy are aimed at ensuring that our graduate has all the necessary knowledge and skills in the maritime business.

Our teachers have been trained in the USA and Russia, in the Netherlands and Oman, and they have extensive experience at sea. KMA has unique equipment for practical training, which consists of simulators of the navigation bridge and the engine room of the ship, laboratories of electrical equipment, as well as workshops with real engines of ships.

KMA trains qualified navigators and engineers in programs based on European standards. Our graduates can apply themselves in shipbuilding, chartering, maritime law, shipbuilding management, ship repair and maintenance, as well as in related technical fields such as energy supply, energy management, renewable energy applications and energy resources.

Over the years, our cadets have traveled tens of thousands of nautical miles in international swimming. In practice, they cross the Atlantic Ocean under sail, master commercial navigation on tankers and container ships, and also contribute to the development of the subsoil of Kazakhstan in the Caspian Sea.

I wish you, dear entrant, to successfully pass the competitive exams and become a 1st-year student of the Kazakhstan Maritime Academy!

With respect,

Dean of the Kazakhstan Maritime Academy

Askar Duisenbiyev


Kazakhstan Maritime Academy (KMA) at KBTU is the first and the only Kazakhstani higher educational institution that fosters internationally recognized seafarers.

Our 4-year undergraduate program is offered to Kazakhstani as well as international applicants. Every year up to 32 cadets are enrolled for granted places at the KMA. The study language is English for the whole duration of the program.

State of the art simulators from leading global supplier Kongsberg are provided for practical classes and simulated training. During the course the cadets study in the Netherlands and Kazakhstan. Experienced Dutch lecturers from the largest maritime university in the Netherlands, the STC-Group from Rotterdam, conduct training in marine disciplines and share their rich experience with our students. In the third year of their studies at the KMA, each cadet must spend 12-month at sea. This mandatory apprenticeship is part of international requirements (STCW Convention).

Upon completion, graduates get a bachelor’s degree in respective field and Certificate of Competency (application through Maritime Administration) on Operational level as Officer in charge of Navigational or Engineering watch. KMA’s graduates are competent to work on both Kazakhstani and foreign vessels in international waters and on shore.


Creation of KMA with Tengizchevroil financial support

The Kazakhstan Maritime Academy was established in 2012 at Kazakh-British Technical University in Almaty. It was sponsored by company LLC Tengizchevroil  from the very start.

The prerequisites for the creation of the KMA were directly related to the strategic development of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Transportation of oil and other products across the Caspian Sea from Kazakhstan began several years ago. In addition, Kazakhstan was striving to become a maritime state, both in the Caspian region and beyond. Another important reason that prompted the creation of the Kazakhstan Maritime Academy was the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Merchant Shipping”, according to which, by January 1, 2020, the senior officers (captains, chief officers, and chief engineers) sailing on ships under the Kazakhstan flag must be the citizens of Kazakhstan. The KMA was opened to meet international maritime standards and with the aim to eliminate the shortage of qualified seafarers in Kazakhstan.


Agreement on cooperation with STC-Group – a world leader in maritime educational and consulting services

In May 2012, KBTU signed an agreement with the Netherlands’ STC-Group. Under the Agreement the STC is responsible for day to day management of KMA by providing the faculty and staff among the best maritime professionals of the Netherlands. STC professionals train the cadets and provide consultations on related areas; simulators, engineering workshops and international legislations. They also arrange apprenticeships for KMA cadets on STC Group training vessel the Eendracht during the first year of studies. The STC Group has branches and subsidiaries and representative offices in the Sultanate of Oman, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam, South Africa, and Brazil.