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Dear applicant!

Welcome to the Kazakhstan Maritime Academy.

The KMA educates and trains young men and women to become internationally recognized qualified navigators and marine engineers. These highly skilled merchant marine professionals can work anywhere in the world, either at sea or on shore. Our graduates can perform a wide range of professional duties in areas such as shipbuilding, chartering, laws of the sea, shipbuilding management, repair and maintenance of ships, as well as in related technical areas such as energy supply, energy management and application of renewable energy resources.

Historically, maritime professions have always been in demand. Maritime professions are often highly paid and have bright career prospects. Seafarers work on passenger and fishing vessels, bulk carriers and ferries, tankers and container ships. Our graduates do not always work at sea; there is a huge demand for our specialists on shore as well. The crew of a ship includes several different specialists: Marine engineers, and Deck officers. To become Ship's Captain is the main goal of each graduate. Education in Nautical Sciences is required to obtain this position. Marine Engineers, in turn, are the direct organizers of the vessel's energy supply and auxiliary machinery; they keep vessel's engine in the right modes, control and regulate electrical equipment, and much more. KMA graduates work as Deck Officers, shipbuilders and manage maintenance of the ships, ship electricians, mechanics, Chief Officers, and Chief Engineers.

Dmitry Kovtunenko 


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.