On 14 November 2023 the Board of Trustees of the OSCE Academy held its regular meeting in Hofburg, Vienna under the chairmanship of H.E. Ambassador Alexey Rogov, Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek. Although the meeting was conducted in a hybrid format, thus, providing an open opportunity to observers to witness a crucial for the Academy event, but it was also the first meeting for the past several years, which gathered the members of the Board of Trustees in person and allowed face-to-face participation of the representatives of the delegations of EU, Finland, , Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Norway and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, and the United Kingdom, and representatives of Austria, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy's, Italy, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan joined online. Ms. Adelina Marku, Deputy Head of Mission, OSCE Chairpersonship of North Macedonia and Ms. Catherine Fearon, Deputy Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre delivered their introductory remarks and expressed their support of the Academy’s activities.
Dr. Indira Satarkulova, Acting Director of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek presented a comprehensive overview of the programmatic developments of 2023, including the achievements attained in running the existing three Master’s programmes in Politics and Security, Economic Governance and Development and in Human Rights and Sustainability; Bachelor’s programme in Economics. Board members were introduced to the recent developments achieved by the OSCE Academy in implementing series of its professional trainings, research & publications activities, joint projects carried out in partnership with varies research, think tanks and educational institutions and organizations. Board members welcomed updates on alumni activities and accomplishments and learned more about the newly established international and regional partnerships, and discussed other issues. In the second part of the report Dr. Indira Satarkulova presented information about the Academy’s current and forecasted financial standing.
Members of the Board of Trustees praised the work of Dr. Satarkulova in her capacity of the Acting Director and underlined the tremendous work done by the Academy’s team via empowering excellent learning through experience and developments, continuing to achieve academic excellence in the region, demonstrating professional scholarly impact, sustaining regional and global enlargement with existing and new partners in support of the Academy’s efforts to strengthen a truly regional academic and educational centre.