The Bolashak Visiting Fellowship Program is for young, mid-career, and senior scholars from Kazakhstan who would like to conduct research at the Central Asia Program hosted at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Elliott School of International Affairs, the George Washington University.
Selected fellows may be in residence at GW for a period from one month to one year. Some may require up to six months of English language training before the fellowship. During their stay, Bolashak Visiting Fellows are closely mentored and guided by CAP members. They are given office space, computer access, and library privileges. They are expected to participate actively in the intellectual life at IERES, which may include talks, conferences, informal discussions, and other activities.
GWU offers two tracks for prospective Bolashak Fellows:
- Individual Fellows: Scholars who want to be in residence at GWU for a period of one month to one year for work on a specific research project
- Non-degree training programs: Scholars, professors, teachers or experts who would like to participate in a 10-week non-degree training program, offered by the CAP, on International Affairs and Public Policy or Education Management. Each Program is offered once a year, usually during the fall.
Abaibek Zhunisov is Associate Professor at Korkyt Ata Kyzylorda University. He is head of scientific projects in the field of agriculture. His main lines of scientific research are in the ecology of agriculture. He has been the recipient of honorary degrees from several public academies of Kazakhstan, and is the author of including 5 textbooks and 35 scientific papers. He has participated in international projects at Japan, South Korea, Germany, and Austria universities.
Aigul Amrenova holds a Master of Technical Sciences and serves as Deputy Director of the Institute of Heat Power Engineering and Control Systems at Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications. Her research interests include managing education, environmental issues, heat power engineering, and the use and development of renewable energy in the Republic of Kazakhstan. She has contributed to 20 scientific articles and is the author of 2 monographs, 2 educational teaching aids, and the holder of 2 patents.
Aigul Yessentemirova holds J.D. and is Deputy Director of the Agency for Recognition and Quality Assurance. She is also an Advisor to the President of Alikhan Bokeikhan University. She has more than 5 years’ experience in the civil service with the Department of Higher Education in the Ministry of Education and Science. Her research interests relate to the study and development of the system of quality assurance in higher education.
Altynay Omirzakova is a senior lecturer in Marketing as well as an international relations coordinator of the Suleyman Demirel University Business School. She graduated with an MA in Corporate Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations from the University of Leeds (UK). Since 2018, she has been teaching marketing courses with real-world applications and helping students to develop their own small-scale enterprises and business strategies.
Ardak Montayev graduated from the Russian Saratov State University with a degree in Economic Sociology and Demography. His main research areas are in economic sociology, demography, and youth sociology. In 2019, he participated in the One Belt, One Road international project of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, working for one year as a researcher at the Center for Central Asian Studies at Dalian University of Foreign Studies in China. Also, as a young scientist, he is the author of more than 25 scientific and educational works, 2 textbooks, and 2 scientific articles in Scopus. Ardak has also received a letter of thanks from the first President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, for his contribution to the social and political life of the country.
Arman Nurmaganbetov is the Head of Internal Administration for the Department of State Fund of Social Insurance of the Republic of Kazakhstan. His scientific interests lie in improving state development in issues related to small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) development. His PhD dissertation focused on an institutional approach to state support for SME development, and his prospective research will include a consideration of formal and informal institutes of business support. His previous research addressed financial and non-financial instruments of SME state support, including consulting on how to register a firm.
Assem Tanzharikova holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting, and a PhD in Economics. She has been a university lecturer for 11 years and works at the Scientific and Educational Department of Accounting and Audit at Narxoz University. She teaches several courses on management accounting, taxation, and financial accounting. Her acadmic interests are in accounting for business performance management and advanced management accounting. She has over 43 publications, including 2 monographs.
Bauyrzhan Kobadilov received his Master’s of Science in Project Management from Stirling University in Scotland, and holds a PhD degree in Finance from the University of International Business in Kazakhstan. His research interest is in the capital structure of business organizations. In 2012, he became a lecturer in finance at Suleyman Demirel College in Kazakhstan. Since 2014, he has worked as a senior lecturer, teaching financial management and accounting at the International University of Information Technology. He is the author of several research articles on financial technologies in banking.
Bibigul Aidarkhanova holds a PhD in Economics. Previously, she served at the Economic Research Institute under the Ministry of National Economy as Deputy Director of the Center for Macroeconomic and Applied Economic and Mathematical Research, working with the Eurasian Economic Commission and other international organizations in the field of macroeconomic modeling and forecasting. Since 2017, she has been working as a professor at the Kazakh University of Economics. Her research focused on studying the macroeconomic development of Kazakhstan, including the factors and structure of economic growth, with a comparative analysis of the economic development of other Central Asian countries.
Botagoz Kerimbayeva, PhD, is Associate Professor of Foreign Philology and Translation Studies at Zhubanov University. She was the winner of the state scientific scholarship by order of the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Her research interests include education management, leadership in higher education, and the digitalization of education. She has contributed to 50 scientific articles, including 7 in the Scopus database, and is the author of 2 monographs, 2 educational teaching aids.
Dina Bakranova received her PhD in Physics with a dissertation on nanotechnology and nano-materials in 2017. She is Deputy Head of the Center of Alternative Energy and Nanotechnologies, and Assistant Professor at Kazakh-British Technical University. She was selected as the winner of the Best Report by Young Scientists at the 4th International Conference on Nano-materials and Advanced Energy Storage Systems (INESS) in 2016, and received the state scientific scholarship for talented young scientists in 2020. Her fields of interest are in semiconductors, solar cells technology, and the structure of thin films.
Elmira Assan graduated from the University of Sheffield (UK) and holds a Master’s degree in International Studies. Since 2005 started duties as a civil servant in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Since 2015 she has worked as the Head of Division of International Treaties and Legislation of the Ministry’s International Cooperation Department.
Gaini Mukhanova holds a PhD in Economics and is Associate Professor and Vice Rector for Science and International Relationships at the Kazakh Academy of Labor and Social Relations in Almaty. Her research interests include education management, implementation of inclusive education models in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, effective cooperation with employers, and fundraising. She has participated in the preparation of 120 scientific articles and authored 3 monographs and 3 textbooks.
Galym Teleuyev, PhD, is Dean of the Law faculty of the International Educational Corporation. He was named Best University Teacher for 2021. His research interests include education management, environmental law, land law, and legal aspects of using and developing renewable energy in the Kazakhstan and foreign countries. He has contributed to 50 scientific articles, including 13 in the Scopus database and 1 in the Web of Science database, and is the author of 4 monographs on legal issues in agrarian cooperation and other environmental issues.
Gulashar Doskeyeva is Professor or Economics at Narxoz University, one of the leading economics schools in Kazakhstan. Her research is related to the economic problems of the social sphere. She has published more than 120 papers devoted to financing issues and resource management in such sectors of the social sphere as healthcare, education, and employment. She has published 5 textbooks and 2 monographs, and was named Best University Teacher for 2015 by the Ministry of Education and Science.
Gulden Manarbek is Head of the Department for Accreditation and Licensing of Educational Programs at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty. She is an expert in the field of quality management in higher education and she has extensive experience in institutional and program accreditation at the university level. She studied at Tsukuba University in Japan as an exchange student and was a visiting scholar at the Dresden University of Applied Sciences in Germany. She holds a PhD in Innovation management. Her research relates to issues of quality management and quality assurance as well as the adoption of business quality management tools in the field of higher education.
Inna Axyonova holds a Master’s degree in biology and is an expert teacher at Nazarbayev Intellectual School. She has completed a professional development internship in England and Singapore. She is an internationally-certified STEM education trainer, being named Best Teacher of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2019 and won the international competition “Innovative information and pedagogical technologies in the IT education system.” She is the author of 3 biology textbooks and is a member of the Kazakhstan Educational Research Association. She has conducted research on the role of Problem Based Learning in developing students’ self-regulation skills. She has produced some 20 scientific publications and has presented research results international conferences.
Lesbek Taizhanov holds a PhD in Economics and is Associate Professor at the International Kazakh-Turkish University. His academic areas of interest include the socio-economic development of Kazakhstan and foreign direct investment in Kazakhstan. He has contributed to 40 academic articles, including 3 in the Scopus database and 20 highly-cited international journals, and is the author of a monograph on the social and economic development of company towns in Kazakhstan.
Mirey Nurgaliyeva Associate Professor of Economics Department at the Kazakh Auto Road Institute in Almaty, where she teaches sophomore- and junior-level courses in management, and she combines her academic career with one in business. As financial director and a stakeholder of the institute, she plays a great role in its development, which experience she draws upon to provide valuable perspectives for her students. Mirey maintains an active research agenda that examines academic faculty in post-Soviet economies transitioning to international standards, along with transitional economies’ changes in academic organizational structure. She holds an MBA from KIMEP University in Almaty.
Olzhas KenzhaliYev graduated from the Kazakh National University Business School in 2011, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Project Management at Satbayev University. Since 2012, he had been working in the Department of Science and Innovations of Kazakh-British Technical University. His main objects were accelerating and attracting funds to incubated projects at KBTU, commercializing R&D projects by selling intellectual properties, or creating start-ups. His main activities include the commercialization of knowledge-intensive software that has been developed by KBTU scientists for oil companies, fundraising to support the university’s research, and contributing to creating new products.
Saliya Tuktubayeva is a teacher-moderator of the Nazarbayev Intellectual School in Kostanay. She has been working in the field of education since 1992. Saliya is part of the leader teachers community of Kostanay and she collaborates with the National Testing Center as a member and expert of the Appeals Commission. She is also the author of 3 methodological manuals for teachers on formatted evaluation and the developer of an electronic test prep manual for students. Moreover, she is a participant of the Online School project. Her area of research interest is the influence of online tools on the motivation of strong and weak students as well as developing recommendations for their future applications in educational practice.
Ugur Choban holds a PhD in Management from the National University of Malaysia and is Assistant Professor and Research Coordinator of the Suleyman Demirel University Business School. He has over 25 years of experience in the education sector. His research interests are in entrepreneurship, social capital, and institutional theory, and his research skills are in conducting interviews and quantitative surveys.
Zhanna Yessinbayeva is head of the Department of Formation of the State Educational Order of the Department of Higher and Postgraduate Education of the Ministry of Education and Science. In this role, she is responsible for regulating the financing of higher and postgraduate education. She also oversees policies related to university admissions and the admission of foreign citizens, including ethnic Kazakhs on scholarship. She oversees issues related to educational finance, and planning the volume of the state educational offering in accordance with the demand for personnel in the labor market.
Aida Baibotanova works at a kindergarten system in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Her research will be devoted to studying the further development of the system of preschool education and training, taking into account and in accordance with best word practice and ensuring equal access to quality education for preschool children. She is also devoted to the study of early childhood development.
Aigul Sarenova serves as the Dean of General Education at Satbayev University, the first and the leading technical research university in Kazakhstan. Over the last few years, she has been dealing with first-year students’ adaptation challenges as the basis for promoting their personal and professional development in a technical university. Her research at CAP will explore academic freedom as a core value in higher education.
Ainur Seilkhan is a graduate student from Abay Kazakh National Pedagogical University (Almaty, Kazakhstan). The topic of her research is environmental education and culture in the Republic of Kazakhstan and higher education institutions. She is an expert on environmental protection and regional environmental issues. She currently manages a project called “Green University” and is working on its implementation in the educational process.
Almaz Kungozhin, PhD in Mathematics, serves as principal of the National School of Physics and Mathematics in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He is participating in the Leadership in Higher Education Management Program through the 2022 Bolashak International Scholarship. At IERES he is studying the American secondary and higher education systems, as well as ways to internationalize Kazakhstan’s schools’ college preparatory programs through use of Advanced Placement (AP) programs.
Alibek Ydyrys, PhD, is a member of the Presidential Youth Personnel Reserve of Kazakhstan, which is a center for talented youth,and Director of the Biomedical Research Centre at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University of Kazakhstan. He has served as an expert on many state commissions, and is a compiler of a test on methods for teaching biology for master’s degree applicants. His research interests include science education administration, the integration of science and education, biomedicine and biodiversity conservation.
Arslan Ivashov is the head of the Distance Learning Department, and assistant professor in the Department of Humanities at Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications. He defended his thesis on the socio-cultural analysis of Kazakhstan’s education system and received his candidate diploma of philosophical sciences from the Academy of Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Arslan will be conducting research on a comparative analysis of how covid-19 boosted online education in Central Asia and in the United States within the Central Asian Program.
Askar Beder is a computer science teacher at the Nazarbayev School of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics in Aktobe, Kazakhstan. Research area of interest: project-based learning, problem-solving in secondary schools in Kazakhstan.
Daniyar Kaldiyarov serves as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the Board and Rector of Zhetysu University in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan. A professor of economics, he has been working in the higher education system since 1985. His research at CAP will be devoted to the study of modern trends in the development of higher education in the context of focusing on the rankings of higher education institutions.
Dina Sabirova graduated from Kazakh State Women’s Pedagogical University in 2005 with a degree in Russian Language and Literature, where in 2007 she completed her master’s degree in Philology. She received her PhD in 2016 from Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University. Dina was awarded the jubilee medal commemorating 25 years of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan. She was the winner of the state scientific scholarship “For young scientists,” for 2017 and named Best University Teacher in all Kazakhstan in 2021.
Dinmukhamed Kelesbayev is Dean of the Faculty Economics, Management, and Law and Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Management and Tourism of Khoja Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University in Kazakhstan. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from Gazi University in Turkey. His research interests include the quality of higher education, quality metrics, customer types in higher education and their classification, the needs of higher education customers, and strategies of higher education management.
Gaini Seitenova is the Head of the Mechanics and Oil and Gas Department at Toraighyrov University (Kazakhstan). She has a PhD in Chemistry and is a professor and postdoctoral researcher at the National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University (Russia). She holds a bachelor’s degree in law, and has completed internships program in Germany, Hong Kong, and Poland. She has engaged in international research projects in the field of petrochemistry and oil refining. Her area of study in the program will be devoted to the role of science in higher education.
Kazyna Bekbenbetova is Director of the Department of Educational, Social Work, and Youth Policy at Kazakh National Pedagogical University, and has over 20 years of experience in education. She has a master’s degree in pedagogy and completed her doctoral studies specializing in Kazakh Language and Literature. She has contributed to 40 scientific articles, including 2 in the Scopus database and 1 in the WOS database, and is the author of 4 curricular guidelines on social development and youth policies in use at Abai University. Her research at CAP is focused on the creation of a gender inclusive program in Kazakhstan.
Madina Yussubaliyeva serves as a senior research manager at D. Serikbayev East Kazakhstan Technical University, where she provides project management on academic and international projects including for the TOEFL test center and international partnerships funded by American Councils, as well as serving as a team member of Capacity building projects funded by the Erasmus+ Program of European Union. She holds a Master’s degree in Management from Kazakh American Free University. Her research at CAP will involve gender-related issues in education and accessibility of university websites.
Mussa Turdalyuly is associate professor in the Department of Software Engineering at Kazakh National Research Technical University. He has a PhD in Information Technology, and has been a researcher on scientific projects such as Kazakh speech recognition, signal processing, etc. At CAP he will be conducting research for his project on “Ethnic minorities inclusion in Kazakhstani higher educations and their limits: Learning from the US.”
Nauzhan Didarbekova is a candidate in Philological Sciences. She se serves as Deputy Director for the National Testing Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. She works on the development and discussion of college admissions regulations, the distribution and awarding of educational grants, and the improvement of external types of assessment. Her research interests include the study of international experience in university admissions, the development of academic integrity in external assessment, and quality training of teachers.
Sabina Manapova holds Bachelor of Education and Master of Technical Sciences degrees from Kazakh National Technical University. She is currently a Senior Manager for the Institute of Distance Education and Professional Development. Her research interests at CAP include postgraduate education in universities in the United States and improving this in Kazakhstani universities. She also would like to develop a distance learning program at the Kazakh National Technical University.
Samal Kazybayeva holds an MA in Psychology from Birmingham University (UK). She heads the International Cooperation Office at Toraighyrov University in Pavlodar. Her research at CAP focuses on the internationalization of higher education and on comparisons between the US and Kazakhstani systems.
Sholpan Kalkabayeva has been working as a methodologist specializing in kindergarten. She holds MA in Humanitarian Science and BA in pre-school education. Her research at CAP is on leadership in management and features of the early-childhood education system.
Erkin Eleussizov is a research projects manager and expert at the Center for Security Programs. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in GeoraphyEcology from Almaty State University. He has experience in the socio-political, cultural spheres, and worked at the Central Asian Agency of Political Research, Central Asian Press Club, CaspianNews Agency, the Center for Anti-Terrorism Programs, and Kazakhstan’s Political Science Association. His research interests include environmental safety and sustainable development. His current research concentrates on the impact of the climate change to the Central Asia.
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