From 13 to 23 January the OSCE Academy hosted a group of nine MA students from the Kazakh-German University in Almaty, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, for a short research stay within the framework of cooperation between the OSCE Academy and Kazakh-German University.
On 12 December, Dr. Asel Doolotkeldieva, Post-Doc Researcher at the OSCE Academy, delivered a Public Lecture “To Bring the State Back: Mining Conflicts and Struggles for Political Participation and Social Justice in Kyrgyzstan.” During the lecture, Dr. Doolotkeldieva reviewed mining industry and mining governance in Kyrgyzstan.
On 12 December, the OSCE Academy organized the Leadership Development Workshop for alumni from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan of the MA Programmes working in managerial positions. This one-day intensive training was divided into two sessions. The first part was on gender mainstreaming in management strategy led by Ms. Gulnara Ibraeva, a prominent sociologist and expert on gender issues, where Ms. Ibraeva and the participants discussed basic concepts of gender equality, gender equity and gender mainstreaming in an interactive format.
On 13 December 46 students of the MA Programmes in Politics & Security and in Economic Governance & Development received their degrees and graduated from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Dr. Alexander Wolters, the Director of the OSCE Academy welcomed the members of the Diplomatic Corps, partners and donors as well as parents and friends of the graduates and gave an overview of the last 16 months that students spent at the OSCE Academy.
On 11 December, Ms. Nazik Mamedova, Junior Scholar at the OSCE Academy, delivered a Public Lecture on "Women in STEM in Kyrgyzstan: portrayal in the Mass Media Versus Advocacy Efforts." During the lecture, Ms. Mamedova provided an overview of the work of women in STEM (abbr. science, technology, engineering, math) in Kyrgyzstan by reviewing the most relevant research publications and statistical data available on the topic, as well analyzing implemented initiatives in this area.
On 10 December, the OSCE Academy conducted a workshop on “Strategies of Academic Survival: Writing Approaches and Publication Strategies,” led by Dr. Abel Polese, Senior Research Fellow at Dublin City University, Ireland. The workshop is based on his book: “The SCOPUS Diaries and the (il)logics of Academic Survival: A Short Guide to Design Your Own Strategy and Survive Bibliometrics, Conferences, and Unreal Expectations in Academia” and is targeting young researchers, post docs and PhD students to help them to design writing and publication strategies.
On 2 December, Ms Niva Yau Tsz Yan, Junior Research Scholar at the OSCE Academy delivered a Public Lecture on "Operation Reality of the Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia." During the lecture, Ms. Yau provided data on BRI policy and BRI projects implementation in Central Asian states from China’s perspective shown through governmental documents.
In November-December 2019 Dr. Anja Mihr, DAAD visiting professor at the OSCE Academy participated in a number of international academic events and taught several courses in different countries.
On 26 November, the OSCE Academy conducted a round table titled “Dialogue on Migration” as part of the Seminar on analytical writing in Kyrgyz language, which was held from 4 to 8 November at the OSCE Academy. Participants of the training presented their papers on topics related to Migration, Agriculture and Changes in rural areas. Mr. Akylbek Tashbulatov, Director of the Centre for Support of International Protection, Mr. Nurlan Sagynaliev, Head of Migration Department under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic and Ms. Gulkayir Apasova, Head of the Department of Gender Issues, Ministry of Labor and Social Development, attended the event and discussed current situation on migration in the country, as well as gave their points of view on the papers of the training participants.
On 26 November, students of the International University of Central Asia (IUCA) visited the OSCE Academy and listened to presentation by Ms. Kalbiu Argynova, Librarian/Archivist on how to work with online library catalog and use the electronic databases. Furthermore, the students had a chance to take a quick tour around the Academy and to learn more about its MA Programmes.