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.
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. Further, students also discussed these topics with Mr. Ulan Shamshiev, an independent expert on Migration and TIP, Mr. Micah Savidge from the U.S. State Department's International Narcotics and Law (INL) enforcement affairs, Ms. Aida Isabekova, Trafficking in Persons coordinator for the INL, Mr. Kibreab Habtemichael, an External Professor at the Applied University of Darmstadt, a final semester PhD candidate at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer and the Head of Integration Office in Germany, Mr. Meder Dastanbekov, Country Coordinator for Kyrgyzstan, Winrock International, Safe Migration in Central Asia Project, and Ms. Rachel Gershuni, International expert on Criminal Justice Response to Trafficking in Persons.
The COVID-19 crisis forced all educational institutions to adjust to a new reality and shift to distance learning. The OSCE Academy's reaction to this challenge was immediate and both MA Programmes continued their studies in line with their curriculum.