International Summer School - 2012
From August 12th to 26th 2012, the Third International Summer School entitled “Parliamentarianism as a medium for conflict prevention in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. Ideas, reality, and the prospects of a political experiment” took place. The event was organized by the university of Eihstaedt (Germany) together with the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), International University of Central Asia (Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan) with the support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Among the participants of the Summer school were students from Germany, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.
Despite the fact that IUCA is relatively young, we can see that its prominence is growing on an international level. This is shown by the meeting of the participants of the International Summer School on the 24th-26th of August.
During this meeting, real political topics and the cultural and institutional qualities of the Central Asian countries were discussed. The students were able to apply in practice their theoretical knowledge that they received in a final role-playing game “The parliamentary democracy” that was held at IUCA.
The participants especially liked the opening session led by the President of IUCA John Clark and Vice President Nuria Kutnaeva. They asked a lot of questions and got interesting answers.
Students from neighbouring countries noted the hospitality and agreeable atmosphere of our university. They asked about the possibility of getting master’s degrees at IUCA.
Tamara Giorgobiani from Georgia shared her impressions with us:
In the beginning I would like to thank German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the organizers of the Summer school 2012, Bishkek for giving us this great opportunity to study the question - Parliamentarianism as a Medium for Conflict Prevention. The lectures and debates were led by different professors and the question was studied from different perspectives. It created highly interesting and exciting atmosphere in our classrooms and led to animated debates about this issue.
It was my first trip to Central Asia and I have only positive feelings about it. At the Summer school we had the chance to live in Bishkek, at Issyk-Kul Lake, and here in Tokmok. Each place has its special charm.
The mountains around Bishkek and Issyk-Kul Lake impressed me! Georgia is also a mountainous country, but your mountains are near where the people live and one has the feeling that you can reach them in 10 minutes. I am in love with the houses in Tokmok, one or two story buildings, with wooden doors, wooden ornaments on their roofs and wooden windows.
I am really excited about the Kyrgyz people. They are nice, warm and hospitable.
During the opening session at IUCA, led by Mrs. Kutnaeva and Mr. Clark, while they were explaining how the University works and which courses are taught, the question which I asked myself was how could I move to Tokmok and to study at IUCA at least one semester. I am still thinking about this issue and I hope one day I will have the chance to do this
At the end, the participants of the International School expressed their thanks to Marina Tsoy, Antonina Zikova, university President John Clark, and Vice-President Nuria Kutnaeva. Alsotheyvoicedtheirhopetocomeback.
International Summer School - 2010
On July 18-31, 2010 Kyrgyzstan hosted the Second International Summer School "Regionalism and Security", organized by the University Otto-von-Guericke, Magdeburg (Germany), in cooperation with the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and the International University in Central Asia (IUCA) and with the assistance of DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst).
After strong selection 22 students from 8 countries of Central Asia and Caucasus were chosen out of 250 applicants from all over the world. We are pleased that three IUCA students were able to enter the number of participants in the summer school. During the summer school, professors from Germany, Great Britain and the United States marked the high level of training and erudition of the IUCA students.
IUCA hosted the International Summer School for two days, on July 30-31. Organizers of the event decided to set up the simulation game on regional security in Central Asia and Caucasus in IUCA.
Students expressed the view that IUCA is an extraordinary university, noting the atmosphere of friendliness and comfort inside the university. Some students were interested in studying at IUCA and raised questions about the possibility of obtaining the master’s degree in IUCA.
Arsen (Armenia): On the wall there was an IUCA schedule of exams for students. I noticed that there was a strong emphasis on learning languages. And you give not only English, that goes without saying, and other European languages, but also (that it is very important) - the Chinese language. Having visited Bishkek for 2 weeks, I’ve noticed that the Kyrgyz language is not actively used as Russian. So I was pleasantly surprised that IUCA is trying to remedy this situation by introducing much of your official language. My attention was particularly attracted by the schedule of the International Relations program. It is interesting that you teach topical and interesting courses taught in other European universities.
Participants of the Summer School were very pleased by the session of the IUCA vice-president, John Clark, who delivered a lecture on "The Role of Turkey in Central Asia and the Caucasus”.
The organizers of the Summer School have expressed deep gratitude to the IUCA administration for assistance in organizing a summer school in IUCA at a high level, and personally, to Olga Dyukareva, Eugenia Bakholdina, Olesya Fai, Nasira Imanalieva and Andrew Sharton.
Here you can see other pictures from the International Summer School at IUCA.
Int'l students complete summer course on regional security in Bishkek
An international summer course on Regionalism and Security, took place in Kyrgyzstan’s capital July 18-31 to encourage students from Central Asia and the South Caucasus region to explore regional conflict resolution and negotiation processes.
The initiative was designed to enable political science and international affairs students and young professionals from the region to gain a deeper understanding of conflict prevention at the supra-national and national levels.
Seminars were conducted by lecturers from Germany, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan and also included special discussion panels with participation of the local and international experts to cover issues regarding energy politics in the Caspian Sea region, current developments in the negotiation processes over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and border delimitation challenges faced by the Central Asian states.
A Kazakh participant, Nurlan Tussupov, said, “indeed, the South Caucasus and Central Asia could be considered as distinct and defined as parts of different security complexes, however, there are certain political and social-cultural dimensions that make these two as a part of one structure. The main point is that by deepening understanding of the common problems we could find the possible ways to overcome existing difficulties in the region.”
The students also participated in a simulation game in which they established a regional organization and analyzed security challenges.
A participant from Azerbaijan, Nazim Mahmudov, said that, “by representing a different country during the simulation games we became more familiar with the national and foreign policy objectives of each others’ country, which enabled us to think out of the box and break the existing stereotypes.”
Student Gulzat Kangeldiyeva praised the program, saying, “the program provided students not only with theoretical background, at the same time, simulation games helped us to feel the atmosphere of negotiation processes and to participate in the decision making process.”
Participants came to Bishkek from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to take part in the program, financed by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented within the framework of Conflict Prevention in the Region of South Caucasus and Central Asia, a German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD, program. The event was organized by the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg in cooperation with the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and the International University of Central Asia in Tokmok.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
March 2010: Call for applications
The Summer School on Regionalism and Security is designed to enable students to gain a deeper understanding of conflict prevention at the supra-national and sub-national levels in South Caucasus and Central Asia. Throughout the course students will explore the concept of region and dynamics of regional formation, the relationship between regionalism and security, as well as external perceptions and influences on regional developments and various security issues in South Caucasus and Central Asia. To complement lectures and class discussions, the course includes a simulation game which will address one of the security concerns in the post-Soviet space.
Course Language: English
Credits: 4 credit points
Costs: Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the programme
Who can apply?
The summer school is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students from political science, international relations, sociology or other related disciplines, living and studying in South Caucasus and Central Asia.
How to apply?
The application, which must include:
- CV (in English)
- Performance record/transcript of grades (in English or in Russian)
- Letter of interest of 300-400 words (in English)
- Essay of 500-700 words addressing the question: What factors facilitate and/or hinder regional cooperation in South Caucasus/Central Asia? (in English)
The summer school is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs