The Institute trains specialists with knowledge of modern methods and techniques in the field of mining and metallurgical engineering, mineral extraction, geodesy, surveying, materials science and technology of new materials, chemical processes and industrial ecology. Training is conducted on the basis of foreign approach, the best world practices and recent scientific achievements.
The Institute was founded in 1934 as the Kazakh Mining and Metallurgical Institute and the further history of the Institute is inextricably linked with the history of the development of KazGMI-KazPTI-KazNTU. In 2001, the Mining and Metallurgical faculties were merged into the Mining and Metallurgical Institute, and in 2003, the Mining Institute and the Institute of Metallurgy and Printing were formed. In 2011, the O. A. Baikonurov Mining and Metallurgical Institute(GMI) was established on the basis of the above-mentioned divisions. Currently, the Institute is headed by an academician of the National Academy of Mining Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Candidate of Technical Sciences, Associate Professor Rysbekov Kanai Bakhytovich.
During the XX and twenty years of the XXI centuries, the mining and metallurgical faculties of the higher educational institution provided the mining and metallurgical industry of Kazakhstan with the best personnel. Among the graduates of the Institute – Laureates of the State Awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Halyk Kaharmans, Kazakstannyn Enbek yeri, ministers, deputies of the Senate of the Parliament and the Majilis of the Parliament, akims, presidents of mining companies.
The Mining and Metallurgical Institute named after O. A. Baikonurov conducts training in 9 bachelor's degree programs, 11 master's degree programs and 7 doctoral degree programs.
Currently, the Institute has six graduate departments: "Mining", "Surveying and geodesy", "Metallurgy and mineral processing", "Metallurgical processes, heat engineering and technology of special materials", "Materials Science, Nanotechnology and Engineering Physics", "Chemical Processes and Industrial Ecology". The heads of the departments have extensive experience in scientific and educational activities, work experience and are graduates of foreign universities and the Bolashak program. The departments employ experienced teachers, among whom there are holders of the title "The best teacher of the university".
The training fully meets international requirements. All specialties of the Institute are accredited International Agency ASSIN (Germany), agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan NAAR and NCAOKO. Existing laboratories on the basis the Institute labs and the "Mountain Profile Training Ground" are equipped with modern equipment and working models of equipment. When conducting practical classes, performing sections of the diploma design, CAD elements are used - AutoCAD, SURPAK, DATAMINE, MICROMINE, CREDO, MAPINFO, ArcGIS, etc.
Students take practical training in production companies with which there are cooperation agreements. The Institute has strong links with production, which allows not only to teach students the skills needed directly at the future place of work, but also to implement dual education and research projects that solve current production problems. The main strategic partners of the Institute are the corporation LLP "GeoStroyInvest", Corporation LLP "Kazakhmys", NAC Kazatomprom, LLP "Kazzinc", LLP "Kazferrostal", LLP "Kazakhvzryvprom", Institute of Polymer Materials and Technologies, LLP "Globopak, JSC Kazchrome", KazMinerals, JSC "Aluminum of Kazakhstan", LLP "Kazphosphate" LLP "ERG", LLP "Interrin", LLP "Leika" LLP "Geosystems Kazakhstan"; JSC "Алматыметрокурылыс».
The Institute has strong ties with the Colorado School of Mines (USA), Adam Mickiewicz University of Om (Poznan, Poland), Silesianm Technologically University (Gliwica, Poland), Tomsk Polytechnic University OM (Tomsk, Russia), OM Universityом Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal), Worcester Polytechnic University (USA), NUST Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys "MISIS", Suleiman Demirel University (Turkey), Scientific Institute named after him. Weizmann University (Israel), Ural Federal University (Yekaterinburg, Russia), FGBU Institute of Metallurgy of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia), Lomonosov Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technologies (Russia), LLC PromEnergoMash, Saint Petersburg (Russia).
Within the framework of cooperation, international internships, joint scientific and technical developments of domestic and foreign scientists are conducted, which helps to form new scientific directions that meet the real market needs of the mining and metallurgical complex of the republic.