Kazakhstan Ministry of Education revokes licenses for dozens of college programs

In a recent press release, the Ministry of Education of Kazakhstan announced the discontinuation of dozens of college (колледж) programs. Since the beginning of 2022, the Ministry has revoked licenses for 133 specializations and 164 qualifications offered at 57 colleges. Subpar training quality, inadequate staffing, and lack of demand were cited among the reasons for the cancellations. According to Education Quality Assurance Committee Chairman Ernur Dauenov, the reduction in programs will enable colleges to focus more resources on "in-demand" and specialized vocational tracks.

Programs offered at colleges in Kazakhstan are typically vocationally or technically oriented and are usually 3-4 years in duration. Most require the Certificate of Basic Secondary Education for admission, but students can also be admitted based on the Certificate of Secondary General Education (requiring fewer years of study). Credentials awarded by colleges provide access to employment or advanced standing in related programs in the specialization.

For more information about program specializations in Kazakhstan, see Order No. 500 "On approval of the classification of specialties and qualifications of technical and professional, post-secondary education". 

To search vocational programs, see the TVET register of institutions maintained by the Independent Kazakhstan Quality Assurance Agency in Education (IQAA).



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