CASPIAN STATE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING NAMED AFTER SH. YESSENOV (CSUTE)
Caspian state university of technologies and engineering named after S. Yesenov was founded in 1976. It was originally founded as a general technical department of Kazakh Polytechnic institute named after V.I. Lenin. It is the only university in the Mangystau region, which is located in the city of Aktau, on the shore of the Caspian sea. Aktau is the “sea gates” of Kazakhstan and has an international sea trading port. The university provides educational services on 37 bachelor, 15 master and 5 doctorate programs. Academic staff includes 372 teachers, 298 of whom are full-time (80%). It includes 9 doctorate degree professors (“full professors”), 148 teachers with science degrees (50%), among whom are associate, assistant, research associate and adjunct professors/lecturers) and 1 PhD. The university facilities include 3 campuses, libraries, sports centre with swimming pool and 2 gyms, 3 dormitories, refreshment points, medical facility, production-training base, ‘Oil and gas business’ educational and methodological centre, educational television studio, department branches located in region’s large companies’ production facilities. The university’s academic structure is based on five main schools: “Social sciences and Humanities”, “Oil and Gas”, “Pedagogical training”, “Transport and Construction”, “Economics and Law” and 20 departments, including the department of “Military training”. As part of the implementation of state trilingual teaching program subjects on various specialties are taught in English. The school of “Economics and Law” includes “Tourism” bachelor’s degree program, which was opened in 2008. The following courses are taught under the aforementioned program: ‘Foundations of tourism and regional studies’, ‘International tourism geography’, ‘Tourism management’, ‘Foundations of tourism studies’, ‘Museology’, ‘Science of excursioning’, ‘Active tourism techniques and tactics’.
University academic staff as well as students actively participate in various regional tourism development programs. For example, in 2014 university had been one of the initiators of ethnographic expedition My country forever, the main purpose of which was encouraging interest in cultural heritage of the region among the youth. Moreover, university staff has also been actively participating in Expedition +362 project, aimed at promoting ecotourism in Mangystau.