Graduate of KPI (now KSTU) Yerlan Koshanov is appointed as akim of Karaganda region

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A graduate of Karaganda Polytechnic Institute (now Karaganda State Technical University) Yerlan Koshanov is appointed as akim of Karaganda region. The new head of region was presented by the President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who was on a business trip in Karaganda at the session of Karaganda refional maslikhat. Prior to this appointment, Yerlan Koshanov – native of Karaganda region, was the head of Prime Minister’s office.

Koshanov was born in 1962 in Dzhezkazgan region, Kazakh SSR. Based on the decision of the Admissions Committee dated 15 September 1979 (protocol №206) was enrolled as a first year student of Zhezkazgan branch of Karaganda order of Labour Red Banner of Polytechnic Institute majoring in “Mining machines and complexes”.

On admission to Institute


Graduated from Zhezkazgan branch of Karaganda Polytechnic Institute majoring in “Mining machines and complexes”, Higher business school at Foreign Trade Academy of the USSR, Kazakh State Academy of Management majoring in “Economics”.

In different years, he held the posts of representative of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Parliament, Deputy head of Prime Minister’s office of Kazakhstan, Vice-Minister of transport and communications of Kazakhstan, Chairman of the Committee of Civil Aviation of Ministry of Transport and Communications of RK, Deputy head of Prime Minister’s office – government representative in the Mazhilis, the Parliament.

Since February 2012, he has worked as the head of Prime Minister’s office.

Yerlan Zhakanovich has huge experience. Starting his work experience as a mechanic in “Zhezkazgantsvetmet”, he was able to head of the Department of Dzhezkazgan Regional Committee LKSMK two years later in 1988, in 1990, he became Chairman of Zhezkazgan Regional Committee on external economic relations. This was followed by a long period of successful administrative experience at the highest national level in the ministries of transport and communications, Parliament of the Republic and the Prime Minister’s office.

Being a mechanical engineer on his first education (Erlan Zhakanovich graduated from Karaganda Polytechnic Institute in 1984), a new mayor was quite familiar with the problems of the industry and professional technical education. In his speech, he repeatedly emphasized the importance of professional training and social assistance of country’s industry.

On graduation of students of Mining and Mechanical Faculty of Institute