The Kazakhstan Maritime Academy (KMA), located in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is an initiative by Tengizchevroil (a consortium of oil companies), the Kazakh British University and the STC Group. The KMA was founded to meet the increasing demand for well-educated and qualified seafarers for the growing tanker fleet operating in the Caspian Sea, the Black Sea and other seas.
As leading international maritime educational institute, the STC Group has built an international track record regarding the development and establishment of maritime institutes and educational programs. In 2011, the STC Group won the international requested tender and took the lead in the development of the maritime education of the KMA. The KMA academic program started in August 2012. The STC Group is responsible for the four-year educational program and the advanced simulators. All nautical and technical courses are delivered in English and taught by STC teachers. Furthermore, the STC Group is developing an extensive train-the-trainer program to educate local teachers.