For four decades, SARSEN AMANZHOLOV EAST KAZAKHSTAN UNIVERSITY has been one of the leading universities in the republic and the USSR.
In 1991, Ust-Kamenogorsk Pedagogical Institute was transformed into the East Kazakhstan State University and became the third university in Kazakhstan - the same age as a sovereign state. Later the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan was named after Sarsen Amanzholov, a scientist, a linguist, and Turkologist.
The university is an active member of the Eurasian Association of Universities. The university is included in the list of 600 world university leaders, united around the Great Charter of Universities to implement the principles of the Bologna Agreement.