History  Semey Medical University began September 1, 1953 with the opening of medical faculty, who were enrolled  the first 320 students. All the years of the existence of high school graduates  began  more  than  25 thousand people  who  are  working  successfully in Kazakhstan  and  abroad.  Including  3  of academician, deputies of the Parliament of Kazakhstan,  6  people  worked  rectors of medical  schools,  14  heads  of regional health  departments  and  other  prominent figures of science and practice. 

Over  the  past  few  years  to  improve the organization  of  the  educational  process developed  a  scientific  medical potential, stronger material and technical base. University became known in the country and the world, is developing   intensively. Since 2009, it was granted the status of University.  Now  it  is  a multi-Medical University, educational and cultural center in the East Kazakhstan   and Pavlodar regions.

In  order  to  achieve  high  goals  at the University   employs   more   than   1,500 professors, teachers, staff and  physicians. Every  year  more  than  600  students  are students  of University, the total number of students  exceeds  4,000. The   university foreign students from India, Pakistan, China, Mongolia, and Russia.

A brief history of the University:

September 2, 1952 – by the order #22611-P of the Ministry of health of USSR and in execution of decree of the Ministers of USSR, medical institute was established in the Semipalatinsk region of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic.

1953 – first 320 students were enrolled at the university. There were only 10 departments during the first years of existence: Foundations of Marxism-Leninism, biology, anatomy, histology, non-organic chemistry, physics, foreign languages, Latin, physical education, biochemistry and organic chemistry.   

1957 – by the decision of the Ministry of higher and secondary education of USSR, the university was designated as the II (second) category university.  

1959 – first class of the university. 275 were awarded medical diplomas.  

1960 – T.K. Raisov, B. Zhumabayev, Zh. Bazarbekov, A. Korpeshov, G. Kanafyanov and other students established youth theatre “Zhas Dauren” under the auspices of Beken Zhumanov.

1963 – Honored scientist of Kazakh SSR, professor T.A. Nazarova was appointed as the Rector of the university.

1963 – Pediatrics faculty was opened. Assistant professor I. Tureckiy was the first dean of the faculty.  

1964 – the main building of the university and 400-beds hostel #4 were put into service.

1971 – primary specialization after the 6 years of study (internship) was started.

1976 – due to the huge number of scientific activities, interdepartmental experimental laboratory was created at the university. E.N. Shatskiy was the first head of the laboratory.  

1976 – Vice-rector for scientific work B.H. Khabizhanov was the initiator of patent department.

1982 – M.Mametova museum was opened under the auspices of the assistant professor of the department of CP USSR Anna Ptuschenko.

1984 – professional development faculty was opened in Pavlodar.

1993  - 156-flat house was built for university’s staff. In 1998-2001, divisions, services and departments were computerized. 4 IT rooms were opened, including 1 room with 33 Internet.-connected computers.

1993 – First scientific-practical conference “Ecology. Radiation. Health” was held. The main topic of the conference was “Health of population living in radiation regions”.  

1998 – For the first time in Kazakhstan, training of foreign students in English was started. Students from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sudan have the possibility to study in English at Semey State Medical University.

1998 – regional hospital became the part of the university and its own clinical site (multi-field hospital with 510 beds, dental clinic, training family hospital.   1999 – Republican magazine “Family doctor” and newspaper “Medicine for Everyone” were issued.

2005 –first certification of quality management system by SGS “Medeu consulting” certification agency (Kazakhstan) (certificate # СН05/0671) 

2008 – the work on international registration of “Science and Healthcare” journal was started.

2009 – Certification agency “Total Quality Certification Services International” (KAZAKHSTAN) approved the compliance of quality management system of the university with the requirements of international standard ISO 9001:2008 and issued the certificate №KZ172-QC.

2009 – Within the frameworks of the program “Development of higher education by using innovation technologies” 10 teachers were studied abroad. During that period, 3 simulation rooms (in medical center, emergency hospital and maternity clinic #2) were opened to improve practical skills.

2009 – robot-simulator for improving clinical skills was purchased. That was the first robot-simulator of this sort in CIS countries.    

2009 – the university was ranked 1st in the field of implementation of science development and reforming concept in Kazakhstan.

2010 – Bologna Declaration was signed by the rector Tolebay Rakhypbekov.

2011 – At the VI Summer Universiade of Kazakhstan, SMU was among 10 top-ranks among 85 HEIs and was ranked 1st among medical universities

2011 – the university introduces Excellence Model by European Foundation Quality Management.

2012 – the university was awarded the certificate “Committed to excellence” by EFQM

2012 – first 349 graduates of general medicine faculty. First 48 graduates of “public health” specialty finished their study. Public health groups with English language as the medium of study were opened.

2012 – Monographs were issued in the foreign publications for the first time: “Financial management in healthcare” (T. Rakhypbekov), “Adrenal thyroid system and low-dose radiation influence on the organism” (S. Tapbergenov), “Ethnic features of cerebral stroke” (T. Khaibullin). “Medical education and professional development” (Special edition, The journal of Russian medical teachers) 

2012 – for the first time in Kazakhstan, the university was awarded the certificate within 10th Congress of Asian Network Quality
2012 – 30th anniversary of M.Mametova Museum

2012 -  after introducing EFQM model, it was integrated with existing quality management system

2012 – the university was awarded by Asian Education Leadership Awards in nomination “The best medical educational institution”, Dubai, UAE

2013 – LLP “Certification Center InterCert” audited the university, based on the results of which it was awarded the certificate № KZ.7500207.07.03.00077 of 25.06.2013 

2013 – after analyzing validation report, the university achieved 4-star level of EFQM Excellence Model

2013 – Cardiac surgery department and endovascular laboratory were opened at the Medical Center for the first time in Semey ever. Open-heart surgery, coronary angiography and stenting were performed independently for the first time. Cooperation agreement was signed between Semey state medical university and Scientific cardiac surgery center of Astana

2013 – first republican aytys was held under the auspices of “Zhyrdaua”

2013 – At the VII Summer Universiade, the university was among 5 top-ranks among 135 HEIs, 35 of which have physical education faculties. SMU of Semey was also ranked 1st among medical higher education institutions. SMU was awarded the diploma, medal and the cup of ME RK following the results of the Universiade.  

2013 – 60th anniversary of Semey state medical university 

2013 – According to the State republican ranking program for awarding leading entities in the field of Kazakhstan economics “Kazakhstan Leader 2013” in nominations “Assets and liabilities index”, “Profitability index” and “Liquidity index”, the university was ranked 3rd among all Kazakhstan universities in and 1st among medical universities of the country (2011-2012).     

2013 – 2014 – EKR Wrestlers Aibek Nugumanov and Muhit Tursynov won the republican tournament “Kazak Barysy 2013” and “Kazakhstan Barysy 2014”   

2013 - 2014 – Semey medical university was ranked 2nd (bachelor programs) by the Republican rankings of the Independent Kazakhstan Agency for Quality Assurance in Education

2014 – Teacher of the department of physical education of Semey medical university Muhit Tursynov became the winner of the Republican tournament “Kazakhstan Barysy”  

2014 – university was included in the list of the best universities of CIS countries by the principal member of IREG Observatory, International ranking agency “Expert RA”

2014 – Semey medical university was accredited for a period of 5 years

2014 - Institutional National Accreditation by the National Agency for Accreditation and Rating

2014 – the university entered to the “Republican inter-university electronic library” (http://lib.kazrena.kz). The contract for creation of electronic library with database full-text resource “Springer Link” and Web of Knowledge   (Thomson Reuters) was signed.

2015 – the university has 5 grants for 2015-2017 financed by the Ministry of education and science of the Republic of Kazakhstan (total amount: 87 000 000 tenge)

2015 – project “Advance of Science and Healthcare journal to the world rating citation bases, including Scopus”. Journal “Science and Healthcare” was included in the list of Russian Science Citation Index, e-library, Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, international database Global Health, CAB Abstracts

2015 – Entry to Association of Indian Universities

2015 – Specialized National Accreditation of 5 bachelor programs, 7 residency, 4 master’s degree and 2 PhD programs by the National Kazakh Agency for quality assurance in education

2015 – International science-practical conference “20th anniversary of family medicine in Kazakhstan”

2016 – department of pharmacology and evidence-based medicine was assigned the name of the professor M.N. Musin

2016 – Astana room with students’ and teacher’s interactive desk was opened.  

2016 – Training simulator for mastering cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills was purchased.

2016 – 30th anniversary of M. Mametova museum

2016 – Seminar by Vidjay Kumar FRCS, MRCGP, DLS (Great Britain) within the International scientific-practical conference of young scientists “Science and health”

2016 – Cooperation agreement with Saint Louis University was signed

2016 – International accreditation of 9 educational programs

2016 – master-class “Innovative diagnostic and treatment techniques in traumatology and orthopedics” by professor D. Kuldjanov  

2016 – Visit of expert group from Saint Louis University (USA) – strategic partner of SMU

2016 – Visit of Canadian Ambassador to Kazakhstan sir Shawn Steil

2016 – Flashmob: “We are for nuclear-free world”

2016 – First International scientific-practical conference: «Жастар арасында салауатты өмір салтын насихаттау және жоғары дәрежедегі спортшыларды дайындаудың қалыптастырудың ғылыми-тәжирібелік аспектілері» dedicated to 70th anniversary of professor A.K. Kulnazarov

2016 – visit of Swedish Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Kazakhstan sir Christian Kamill   

2016 – the university was ranked 2nd in “Kazakh kuresy” tournament

2017 - trilateral agreement between Semey medical university, Regional oncologic dispensary and Emergency hospital was signed

2017 – first chemistry Olympics in SMU 

2017 – Doctor of Medical Sciences, professor Yersin Tursynkhanovich Zhunussov was appointed as the rector of Semey state medical university

2017 – Preparation course “Medical Foundation” was opened  

2017 – Workshops on emergency medicine and 3H patient sorting were held by Sadiye Youlcu (Turkey)

2017 – first independent admission of Indian applicants

2017 – visit of UN delegation disarmament programme

2017 – department of biochemistry and chemical disciplines was named after professor Salavat Orazovich Tapbergenov

2017 – our students were included in the list of deputies of the youth maslikhat of Semey

2017 – 80th anniversary of professor M.T. Aliakparov

2017 – cooperation agreement between Louis University hospital, Pavlodar branch of SMU and HA of Pavlodar region was signed  

2017 – academic mobility of students in Vilnius University

2017 – cooperation agreement between Asfendiyarov Kazakh national medical university and Semey medical university was signed  

2017 – cooperation agreement with Karaganda state medical university was signed

2017 – training of SMU faculty members (academic mobility) at Saint Louis University Hospital within strategic partnership

2017 – SMU teachers’ and physicians’ on-site visits to the regions for population examination  

2017 – multi-disciplinary groups’ on-site visits to Tarbagatai, Boroduliha, Abay and Beskaragai regions