History of the Correspondence-and-Distance faculty begins in 1958 when at the Karaganda Polytechnic Institute was opened Correspondence Department, carrying out training of engineers on the mining specialties. An experienced teacher, candidate of technical sciences., associate Professor A.N. Lebedev (1958-1965) headed the department.
In the development of distance faculty have made a significant contribution to working at different times of the Dean: Kritsevy F.N., Bozhenov A.S., Intykov T.S., Malybaev S.K., Legkih B.M., Zhautikov B.A., Kyzyrov K.B.
The successful work of correspondence faculty associated with the name of the former vice-chancellor of absentee-evening teaching professor Daniyarov A.N., who oversaw this area of work for 20 years.
Part-time studies developed with the University in areas of expanding the range of specialties, strengthening human and material-technical base and increasing the intake of students. If at first dominated mining specialty (2-3 specialty), then in 60 years, have developed engineering, construction and transportation profession.
In the 60-70s of XX century in connection with the rapid development of industry organized general technical faculty (GTF) KarPI in Balkhash, Dzhezkazgan, Kokchetav, Petropavlovsk and Tselinograd. Graduates of the GTF, having received an initial higher education continued their studies, mostly by correspondence, in KarPI and other universities. Subsequently, a number of GTF have been reorganized into subsidiaries with day, evening and correspondence education, and in the 90 years served as the basis for the establishment of regional universities.
Regional general engineering departments and branches connected with the activities of deans: Horoshev O.V., Loner L.I., Igibaev T.M., Zhaysanbaev N.A., Utenov E.S., Bishkenov K.B., Kolobochkin M.S., Tusupbaev M.D., Smagulov Z.M., Shmanov M.N., Toktamysov M., Zhakenov G.K., Aytkozhin K.A., Bikbaev I.U., Nechesov L.V., Orazov K.O., Baygarinov A.B., Timchenko V.B., Kovalenko J.V., Shevelev S.Y., Fedotov G.P.
Training engineers in the Karaganda and industrial centers of Central and Northern Kazakhstan on the basis of the Karaganda Polytechnic Institute let in a short time meet the needs of industrial enterprises in the specialists with higher education among young workers and to develop logistical, training and methodical and personnel base for the creation, in a subsequent, independent schools in the cities of Temirtau Zhezkazgan, Balkhash, Kokshetau, Petropavlovsk, which is currently developing successfully and have an important role in the rise of regional economies.
In September 2008, in order to optimize the management and development of a unified training and methodological basis for correspondence courses using distance education technology decision of the Academic Board of KSTU number 3 of 20.09.2008, on the basis of correspondence faculty and the Faculty of Contemporary Education Faculty was established in correspondence -distance Learning. Glotov B.N. headed the faculty.
Faculty of Contemporary Education was originally established as a Department of accelerated training in October 1994. Its creation was due to the requirements of the transition of Kazakhstan to market economy. Changing the infrastructure sectors of the economy and labor market situation has led to what many citizens became necessary to obtain higher education in a shortened time frame. This allowed us to meet the needs of production in the required experts and citizens’ needs in basic education for the implementation of full employment. Formation of the faculty associated with the name Ph. D., Associate Professor, G.I. Valshteyn (1994-1997).
From 1997 till 2001, Associate Professor N.A. Danyarov headed the faculty. During this period, the number of specialties, which are trained has increased from one to six, significantly increased the contingent of listeners.
From July 2001 till September 2008 Dean of the Faculty was candidate of technical sciences, Associate Professor B.N. Glotov. Revival and development of several sectors of the economy of Kazakhstan has given rise to the need for retraining in the field of mining, geophysical, transport, construction and engineering sections.
In accordance with the decision of the Academic Council on September 10, 2010 and the Order of the Rector KSTU № 651 of September 15, 2010 “About reforming the structure of the University” Faculty of correspondence-distance education was reorganized into the Institute of Distance Education (IDE).
The candidate of technical sciences, Associate Professor Glotov Boris Nikolayevich was appointed director of IDE.
In accordance with the Order of the Rector KSTU № 910 of December 02, 2010 “About the change of names” by the decision of the Academic Council on November 6, 2010 (protocol № 3) Institute of Distance Education (IDE), renamed the Institute of Correspondence and Distance Learning.
In accordance with the Order of the Rector of KSTU №43 dated 28 January 2014 «On changes in the structure of the University» guided by the Model regulations of the organization of higher and postgraduate education, approved by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated may 17, 2013. no 499, and the decision of the Academic Council of the University of 21 January 2014 (Protocol №5) Institute of correspondence and distance learning (CDI) was renamed into the Faculty of correspondence and distance learning (CDF).
Education for Correspondence and Correspondence -distance forms is a topical solution to the issue of obtaining quality higher education and holds a worthy place in the educational niche not only in Karaganda, but throughout Central – Kazakhstan region.
Prospects for the development of the faculty of Correspondence and Distance Learning are to provide access to higher education for citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan and other countries regardless of their geographic location and socio-economic position in the spectrum of specialties to ensure the needs of the region.