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.
On 25 November, H.E. Mr. Mikko Kivikoski, Ambassador of Finland to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, visited the OSCE Academy. Dr. Alexander Wolters, Director of the Academy, and Ms. Indira Satarkulova, Deputy Director of the Academy, welcomed the Ambassador and presented recent updates and latest developments of the institute.
On 23 November the OSCE Academy hosted the Model OSCE, organized jointly with the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek. This event was held within the framework of the 20th Anniversary of the OSCE presence in Kyrgyzstan and allowed BA and MA students from Central Asia to step into the shoes of diplomats and try to resolve the crisis by reaching a consensus.
From 13 to 19 November the OSCE Academy conducted its annual International Certificate Training Programme in Conflict Sensitive Development. This training is designed for junior and mid-level professionals from civil society, NGOs, international development agencies, and governmental organizations from Central Asia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and the OSCE region and government.
On 15 November Prof. Yoko Hirose from the Keio University, Japan, accompanied by Mr. Naoki Nihei, International Development Expert UNDP in Kyrgyzstan, visited the OSCE Academy and met Dr. Alexander Wolters, Director of the Academy, and Mr. Yazid Suleimani, Associate Research Fellow at the Academy. During the meeting, Prof. Hirose learned about the Academy, its programmes, as well as research activities and publications.
On 14 November students of the MA Programme in Politics and Security met Ambassador Eduard Auer, Head of the EU Delegation to Kyrgyzstan, at the Delegation’s office in Bishkek. During the meeting, Ambassador Auer made a presentation on “European Policy in Central Asia” and discussed the cooperation between the EU and Central Asia, its framework and the EU strategy in Central Asian states.