On June 24 the OSCE Academy and CABAR.asia, a project of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Central Asia, jointly organized an international online discussion on the “Implications of COVID-19 on Climate Change”. The main questions targeted the pandemic's impact on climate change and how economies will be able to catch up and grow without affecting the environment.
On June 24 the OSCE Academy had its second virtual alumni workshop on "Preparing an Application and Preparing for Interviews with International Organizations" led by the OSCE Recruitment team – Mr. Gustavo Araujo, Chief Recruiter and Head of Talent Acquisition; Saltanat Tursungazieva and Pavel Nalimov, from Talent Acquisition Team.
During the studies at the OSCE Academy, aside from being taught by excellent lecturers and professors, students have an opportunity to meet many experts and practitioners, who join the classes as guest lecturers. Distance learning allows to break geographical borders and expand the circle of experts. On 16 June students of the MA Programme in Economic Governance and Development met experts from the OSCE in Vienna - Mr. Daniel Kroos and Ms. Giulia Manconi.
From 15 till 19 June students of the MA Programme in Politics and Security met seven experts within the module “Migration and Human Trafficking” taught by Dr. Daniel Leitch. One of the first Guest Lecturers was Ms. Raushan Bolotalieva, Academy alumna of 2011 and currently the National Programme Manager at UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Kyrgyzstan, who presented the activities of the UNODC in the field of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants.
We would like to present a success story of Danat Tumabayev from Kazakhstan, an alumnus of the OSCE Academy MA Economic Governance and Development, class of 2017. Today, Danat is working as Zhas Orken specialist at the subsidiary of Sovereign Wealth Fund «Samruk-Kazyna» JSC, which initiated a contest amongst the graduates for participation in the two-year Zhas Orken program that aims to attract and prepare future executives and top managers.
On 15 June the OSCE Academy organized its first alumni online practical workshop titled “The Art of Storytelling for Researchers”. It was conceived as part of our annual Alumni Survey, where our alumni shared their desired topics or practical skills they would like to enhance or use for their professional development.
On 11 June Ms. Niva Yau Tsz Yan, the OSCE Academy’s Associate Research Fellow, participated in online expert discussion on "The Great Powers in Central Asia: China, Russia, and the United States" organized by the Foreign Policy Research Institute (USA).
Another success story of our alumna from Afghanistan in our recurrent Alumni Spotlight series. This time MA Programme in Politics and Security graduate of 2013, Hafasa Issa talks about how her professional journey was unfolding after graduating from the Academy. She is currently working for the UN as a Human Rights Officer in Afghanistan and does an important job of promoting access to justice for women, fostering human rights protection across Afghanistan and dealing with the elimination of violence against women.
On 4 June Associate Research Fellow of the OSCE Academy Dr. Asel Doolotkeldieva participated in the online roundtable “From COVID on: Testing Resilience in Central Asia” organized by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.
A story of success of the Politics and Security Programme graduate of 2018 Khurshed Abduqodiri, where he talks about how the Academy contributed to his professional growth and his continuous ties with the alma-mater. Khurshed is currently working as an Advisor to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Regional Project Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change in high mountainous regions of Central Asia, which is being implemented in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.