UNT alumnus Tolkunbek Abdygulov has been named head of the Economy and Strategic Development Department at the Office of the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The Kyrgyz Republic is located at China's western border and was previously part of the Soviet Union. The country has about 5 million people in 200,000 square miles.
Abdygulov earned a master of public administration degree in 2007 from UNT and was the recipient of a prestigious U.S. Department of State's Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship, which supports master's level studies for emerging leaders in Eurasia.
UNT is among the top Texas universities awarding the largest number of master's degree for city executive jobs, which include assistant and city managers, administrators, and deputy city managers. Other top universities producing graduate degrees for city executive positions are Texas Tech, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M and the University of Kansas.
In 2009, Abdygulov was acting state secretary of the Ministry of Economic Regulation of the Kyrgyz Republic. He was responsible for managing the work, strategy and staff of the ministry.
Also in 2009, Abdygulov, a John Smith Memorial Trust fellow, served in the Department of Economic and Social Policy within the administration of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic. The main function of the department is to assist the president in all economic and social issues by developing policies and monitoring and supervising their implementation.