In future, we are planning to develop a program in Agriculture and Medicine. Given the large inputs required, this is a step that must be prepared for carefully. But we do believe that this field could make an important contribution to the development of Kyrgyzstan, and thus is worth the effort it will take.
The team that runs IUCA was instrumental in the foundation of the American University in Central Asia. This team includes the original founder of AUCA, Camilla Sharshekeeva, and its first President, John Clark. Much of the faculty is also from those who were present in the early years of AUCA.
AUCA is now an established institution, thus its founders, seeking new challenges, decided to work on a new institution that would embody the principles of the original AUCA, but break some new ground as well. While the original was in Bishkek, IUCA is in Tokmok, a city of 70,000 that is 60 km. east of the capital. The students that we expect to educate are more likely to be from rural areas or be-ethnic minorities. Thus we are reaching out to people who could not get a Western-style education before.
Tokmok itself was the kind of town that no one thought much of. In Soviet times it was a secret military town with a big air base. It was also thought to be full of people with connections to organized crime. The Mayor of the city and the Governor of Chuy Oblast are now enthusiastically supporting a plan to establish Tokmok as a university city - to be what Dubna is to Moscow or Ann Arbor is to Michigan.
If nothing else, establishing a top-flight university in a small city such as Tokmok is a radical departure, something that tells people that there is something new under the sun, an institution that is going to be different. Certainly, when applicants from the city first encounter IUCA, they are a bit puzzled by it - 'How could such a thing be out there?' But those who make the leap and have joined us have come to love the institution, and are very happy members of our community.
This education includes critical thinking, research methods, and creative approaches in the study of both the theory and practice of the students' disciplines. Underlying all that we do is a devotion to academic freedom and integrity. As many know, the system that most people follow in Kyrgyzstan is inherited from the Soviet Union, which did not stress either of these things. Ours has been a very distinct departure from the old practices, and continues to be seen as groundbreaking.
This last point cannot be stressed enough. The 'business as usual' in Kyrgyzstan is mired in corruption - we have none of it. Most professors and students in Kyrgyzstan are just looking for a safe, conventional approach to their subjects, not new departures that will help people here find a new way of life.
For example, a female student, who is Uygur, a group that generally adheres to very traditional gender roles, is working up a thesis on the need for Uygur women to get out of the house and join the professions. Another student, a male, is studying the geopolitical situation of the Central Asian countries with a view of understanding the gains and losses to be had from a closer association with either Russia or the EU.
Why just IUCA?
Why just IUCA?
Every high-school graduate has to decide: where to study next?
But first you have to answer the questions: what for do you need to study? For the process of study? To get a diploma? To find a job? Probably all these factors are important, and we can give you all of them.
Most likely, you have already seen all our conditions on our website. So, why you have to select IUCA to continue your education?