On 7-8 September 2013 the OSCE Academy in Bishkek held its 2nd Alumni Reunion of the Master of Arts in Politics and Security and of the Master of Arts in Economic Governance and Development.
The reunion gathered about 80 graduates of the Academy coming from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Poland and Russia. The two-day long forum included sessions on professional development, network-building and community service. The graduates of the first years of the Academy’s operation, now being experienced professionals in international organizations, government institutions, research organizations and so on took a chance to share their experience and knowledge with the recent graduates.
The reunion overlapped with the Academy’s regional security seminar, and the alumni had a chance to take active part in the panel titled “Managing Values and Interests: Key Security Challenges in Central Asia in 2013” with speakers Dr Muratbek Imanaliev (Institute for Public Policy), Dr Shahrbanou Tadjbaksh (Science Po and UNRCCA) and Dr Pal Dunay (Geneva Centre for Security Policy).
The Alumni Reunion provided a valuable opportunity for active alumni of the Academy to meet new members of the network, establish personal and professional contacts and discuss further development of the alumni network.
By supporting promising youth in Central Asia and wider region, the OSCE Academy seeks to build capacity, through the creation of a network of young leaders and initiate an innovative the OSCE values oriented discourse. As of September 2013 the overall number of graduates reached 219.