Shakarim University was established in 1995 as a result of integration of Pedagogical, Veterinary and Technological Institutes. The University inherited long and rich history of those educational institutions.
Being formed in 1934, Semipalatinsk Pedagogical Institute was one of the oldest in Kazakhstan. Semipalatinsk Veterinary Institute was opened in 1952 and Semipalatinsk Technological Institute dated back to the opening of Semipalatinsk branch of Dzhambul Technological Institute in 1963.
By Kazakhstan Republic Government Regulation of 13 November, 1995 and Decree of the Ministry of Education of 1 February, 1995, No. 304, “Semey” State university was established on the basis of three higher educational institutions integration – Pedagogical, Veterinary and Technological institutes.
According to Kazakhstan Republic Government Regulation of 22 September, 1999, No. 1436, “Semey” State university was renamed as Shakarim State University of Semipalatinsk.
Governmental Regulation of 14 February, 2000 and Decree of the Ministry of Education and Science of 15 February, 2000, No. 129, established the former State financial institute as another integral part of the University.
In February, 2004 Semipalatinsk State Pedagogical Institute came forth as a stand-alone educational institution. In 2013 Shakarim State University of Semipalatinsk and Semipalatinsk State Pedagogical Institute were integrated into Shakarim State University of Semey.
The University trains the specialists of the broad spectrum of acclaimed professions in the areas such as socio-humanitarian, natural, technical, agricultural sciences, business and law on the basis of multilevel preparation of more than 40 Bachelor, 30 Master and 5 PhD programmes.
The University closely co-operates with Institutions of Higher Education of Russia, Germany, Republic of Belarus, the USA, Japan, Great Britain, China, Hungary, Turkey, Poland, Slovenia, the Baltic states, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan. Academic mobility programs give opportunities to the students of Shakarim State University to study at the universities of the USA, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Czech Republic, South Korea.
The students of Shakarim State University can demonstrate all their talents and creative abilities participating in the debate clubs «Congress», «Parasat», «Club for the Cheerful and Quick-witted» (KVN), fashion studios, Kazakhstan Students Alliance, «Enactus» team and many other youth organizations.