From 3 till 28 August 2020 the OSCE Academy conducts its Preparatory Summer School for newly enrolled MA students. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this school is held in the online format. The participants are 52 students from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the USA.
One of the founders of a fundraising campaign to provide oxygen generators to remote areas of Tajikistan, Sabrinisso Valdosh, who is an alumna of the Economic Governance and Development Programme of 2017, makes an important change in her community. She shares a powerful story of how community engagement projects can be of vital significance during the challenging times Tajikistan is experiencing at the moment.
We are publishing a brief story of Muhammad Idrees, a graduate of the OSCE Academy of 2015, Economic Governance and Development Programme, who is a freelance writer and researcher focusing on the social, cultural, political and economic issues of Central Asia and Afghanistan. Muhammad is the author of a book ‘In the Land of the Tian Shan Mountains.’
On 24 July the OSCE Academy had its third alumni interactive workshop on Digital Tools and Challenges Amid the Global Pandemic led by the OSCE AiB alumnus of 2013, Politics and Security Programme, Mr. Rashid Gabdulhakov. The workshop aimed to broaden theoretical perspectives and practical approaches of participants while empowering and encouraging them to generate new strategic knowledge on the subject matter.
On 22 July Director Dr. Alexander Wolters delivered a presentation to the Board of Trustees (BoT) at the biannual meeting that was held in the online format due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting was opened by Ambassador Dr. Pierre von Arx, Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, who presided over the meeting in his capacity of the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. Representatives of the Albanian Chairmanship, Austria, the European Union, Finland, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland, the United States, as well the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and the OSCE Secretariat participated in the meeting.
On 21 July Dr. Rahat Sabyrbekov, OSCE Academy Postdoc Fellow, participated in online dialogue on "Eco-Friendly Cities and Economic Solutions of the Academic Community to Achieve this Goal," as part of the 75 Minutes of Dialogue series organized by the United Nations Academic Impact to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN75).
On 3 July Dr. Mirza Sadaqat Huda, OSCE Academy Postdoc Fellow, participated in a panel discussion on 'Energy Cooperation in South Asia' organized by the Institute of South Asian Studies and the Energy Studies Institute of the National University of Singapore.
Bobur Nazarmuhamedov, a graduate of 2011 of the MA Programme in Politics and Security (Central Asia) from Uzbekistan, shares his story of the professional achievements he reached. He currently works as a Programme Officer at the International Labour Organization (ILO) Headquarters in Geneva. Prior to joining ILO, he has held diverse professional positions in different sectors such as private sector, NGOs, international organizations.
On June 24 the OSCE Academy and CABAR.asia, a project of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Central Asia, jointly organized an international online discussion on the “Implications of COVID-19 on Climate Change”. The main questions targeted the pandemic's impact on climate change and how economies will be able to catch up and grow without affecting the environment.
On June 24 the OSCE Academy had its second virtual alumni workshop on "Preparing an Application and Preparing for Interviews with International Organizations" led by the OSCE Recruitment team – Mr. Gustavo Araujo, Chief Recruiter and Head of Talent Acquisition; Saltanat Tursungazieva and Pavel Nalimov, from Talent Acquisition Team.