Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University is the first higher educational institution in the country with 90-year history.The opening of the Kazakh State University was officially held on October, 1928 by the decision of the Council of People`s Commissars of the Kazakh ASSR March 23 of the same year.
University was renamed the Kazakh State Pedagogical University in 1930 and the name of great Abai was awarded to it in 1935.October 25, 1990 the first Kazakh University was reorganized into a “university” status, and its name was changed into the Kazakh State Pedagogical University named after Abai (Kazakh State Pedagogical University). This coincided with the independence of Kazakhstan at that time. On September 26, 2003 by the Decree of President N.Nazarbayev No. 1201 the University was renamed into “Kazakh National Pedagogical University named after Abai (KazNPU)” and acquired the status of “national”.
On September 24, 2007, Abai KazNPU won international awards, such as “United Europe” and “European Quality” within the framework of the Leadership Program of the XXIst Century at the Oxford Summit of Leaders of Higher Education (Great Britain). And in 2007 the university was awarded the President`s Prize “For Achievements in Quality”.