September 12, 1997 – the formation of the Kazakh-American University. Initially, the university was located in a building on Panfilov Street, Gogol’s corner, 180sq. m, which was provided free of charge by the joint venture “Rakhat”.
Since the foundation of KAU, the elements of the credit system were present in the educational process. March 1998 – the school received a state license at KAU (No. 0088286), and in September of the same year 173 students began their studies at the school. June 1998 is the first release of KAU. The ceremony was attended by Kazakh officials and guests from various countries. KAU is the first university that introduced the so-called “comments” – monthly reports of schools and the university on student performance and behavior in front of his parents. Then they began to conduct feedback – a survey of students about the quality of teaching of each teacher.
Learning from the experience of American partner universities, the young university created and introduced the Board of Trustees into the organizational structure as early as 2000; Council of customers and expert commission on specialties; Laboratory of Educology; Alumni Association. The experience of the Kazakh-American University was taken into account when drawing up the Rules of the credit system of education, approved by order of the Ministry of Education and Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2005. Each year, KAU from its own funds establishes more than 200 Scholarships scholarships for gifted students from low-income families.
Since 1998, the School was opened as part of the University, and in 1999, the Almaty College of Communications (ACS at KAU) entered.