Vision Aktobe Educational Advising Center (AKEAC) is a leading consulting agency in West Kazakhstan, helping people to choose their career pathways, strengthening personal and professional skills and changing their lives for the better. We are part of the global EducationUSA (EducationUSA Advising Centers) network devoted to academic and professional exchanges between Kazakhstan and the USA. Mission AKEAC is a social enterprise dedicated to the promotion of the overseas education. The AKEAC mission is to ensure open and free access to the information about education in general and to provide accurate, comprehensive, and current advice on educational opportunities available for everyone wishing or planning to study abroad. The AKEAC serves as a one-stop shop for prospective students wishing to get or continue their studies abroad, particularly in the USA. AKEAC strives to provide full, comprehensive, unbiased and timely advice about study abroad opportunities and ensure open and free access to quality education. Values: Professionalism and competence • Striving for enhancing the effectiveness work processes • Adaptability • Striving for experience exchange and partnership Focus on result • Adopting the experience of worldwide leading educational systems • Setting clear goals and objectives Development • Encouraging the introduction of leading and innovative educational practices • Constant professional improvement of the staff

AKEAC was established in Aktobe in 1999. Previously known as the Information Center of Soros Foundation Kazakhstan, the AKEAC today is an independent advising center supported by the U.S. Embassy to Kazakhstan (http://kazakhstan.usembassy.gov/). Being the only education-abroad advising center in the city, we have been helping hundreds of people in English language development and raising their academic and professional level in the recent 15 years. In cooperation with our foreign partners, we promote more than 20 scholarship programs funded by governmental and non-governmental agencies from the USA, UK, Germany, France, Hungary, etc. These programs are open competitions based on knowledge and experience of applicants. AKEAC has also been an active organizer and co-holder of various educational events in the city of Aktobe and in Western Kazakhstan: lectures on education abroad, educational fairs, workshops/trainings for high school students, university students and teaching faculty, educational recruitments with foreign partners. etc.

Ilya Stremoussov Director, EducationUSA Adviser [ilya@akeac.org]
Ilya has been with the EAC for 8 years. He first joined the Center as a volunteer back in 2000 and then he became an IREX representative in Aktobe (2001-2004) as part of IATP & Soros Foundation Kazakhstan joint project. Since 2005, Ilya works full time as a training manager and a standardized testing adviser and trainer. Starting from 2006, Ilya is a co-coordinator of Work & Travel program. Ilya has degrees in Economics, Management and a BSc in International Economic Relations. He had a professional internship visit to the American Councils EIC in St. Petersburg, Russia Ilya also participated in several U.S.-based trainings and conferences, including ‘Destination Indiana’, EducationUSA Training Institute (2012), EducationUSA Forum (2013), and NAFSA (2014). Ilya is keen on travelling around the world, both for work and leisure, and he has travelled extensively around the United States and visited over 20 campuses. Languages: Russian (native), English (fluent) and Spanish (basic).
Talgat Ayapbergenov Adviser (part-time) [talgat@akeac.org]
Talgat graduated from the Aktobe State University in 1997 and KIMEP, MPA Department in 2000. In 1997-1998 he worked for the Agency for Strategic Planning and Reforms of the RK as leading specialist of External Aid Coordination Department. In 2000-2004 Talgat filled the position of the Aktobe Soros-Kazakhstan Information Center director and became an educational adviser. In 2004-2006 he was head of the “Bilim-Central Asia” Advising Center in Aktobe. Talgat has been involved in a number of NGO trainings concerning management, fundraising, mass media communication, etc. He has also received professional ToT training from the Counterpart Consortium (2002), Business Essentials training from USAID (2009). Talgat is an alumnus of the Professional Advising Leadership (PAL) program (2005) and the United States Based Training (USBT) Program for Overseas Educational Advisers (2003). He is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators since 2002. Talgat is an Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program alumnus (2011). Languages: Kazakh (native), Russian (fluent) and English (fluent).
Aigul Kalmaganbetova Educational and Testing Adviser [aigul@akeac.org]
Aigul has been with the AKEAC since March 2013 and she is involved in scholarship program advising and standardized testing. She is reponsible for IELTS and TOEFL test prep and trial testing. Aigul has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and has language training experience. Languages: Kazakh (native), Russian (fluent) and English (fluent).
pizap.com14268549048411 Karlygash Issingaliyeva Cultural Exchange and Language Program Manager [karla@akeac.org]
Karlygash joined AKEAC team in October 2009 as the Educational Travel Manager. She is a professional German as a second language teacher. She is in charge of cultural and academic exchange programs in Germany and the U.S., and language programs abroad. Karlygash speaks four languages: Kazakh, Russian, German and English.
Kseniya Vidunkina Office manager [info@akeac.org]
Kseniya became part of AKEAC in October 2009. She is a recent graduate from Almaty Academy of Economics and Statistics and holds a BSc. degree. Kseniya is responsible for general office administration, direct client and public relations. Kseniya speaks two languages: Russian and English.

AKEAC Partner Orgranizations: Almaty Bilim – Central Asia EAC 83, Masanchi Ave. +7 727 2597620, 2597622 www.bilim.kz Almaty American Councils for International Education ACCELS 20A Kazibek Bi St., 4th floor +7 727 259 88 01 / 02 / 03 Uralsk ROST Educational Center 174, Kerderi street (formerly Surov street) +7 7112 547104 rosturalsk@gmail.com