Call for Applications

Summer School Programme

13 August - 31 August, 2018

Event venue: OSCE Academy

The OSCE Academy in Bishkek is pleased to announce its pilot preparatory Summer School Programme for applicants from Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia that will be conducted between 13-31 August 2018. While meant as a preparatory course for the Master’s programmes offered at the OSCE Academy – in Politics & Security and in Economic Governance & Development – the School is open for applications from ALL interested young graduates in related disciplines. Choosing between two broad fields of academic inquiry, participants are set to benefit from in-depth knowledge about social research skills or to learn about complex calculus and statistical models, gaining preparation for any future endeavor in the mentioned disciplines. In addition, all participants will undergo training in academic writing (in English) thus developing a necessary skill-set to enter into one of the Academy’s programmes or any other international graduate course.

In particular this Summer School is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills on the following courses:

The Mathematics for Economists course discusses the basic matrix theory and differential calculus of multivariate functions. Specifically, the following topics are covered: matrices and their applications to linear equation systems, ordinary and partial derivatives, total differential, Taylor’s Theorem, indefinite and definite integrals, unconstrained and constrained optimization methods. All concepts are illustrated with economic applications.

The Probability and Statistics course introduces the fundamental concepts and tools of probability theory and statistics indispensable for modern economic analysis. Specifically the following topics are covered: discrete and continuous random variables and probability distributions, their properties and numerical characteristics, sample statistics, sampling distributions, hypotheses testing, fundamental estimation and inferential statistical methods, including the maximum likelihood, method of moments and least squares methods. All methods are illustrated with computer-based economic examples, using the Stata software.

The Academic Writing course raises awareness of the style, form, and organizational structure of academic writing in English. Specifically, the course is aimed to help improve the quality of student essays by analyzing various stages of the writing process through analyzing model texts and identifying their elements.

The Introduction to Research Methods in Social Sciences is designed to give students an understanding of what is social science research and how it is done and presented. It will introduce core concepts and terms in social research, main elements of research design, an overview of the most widely used methods of research, and the reasons and logics of what methods go for what research puzzles. The course will also equip participants with main techniques of organizing, writing and presenting research work.   

Eligibility:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Final year students, BA, MSc Diploma in Economics, International Relations, Political Science or related fields;
• Advanced level of English;
• Citizenship of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and
Mongolia.

Financial Support/Scholarship:
• Full tuition fee waiver;
• Stipend of 150 euros per three weeks for up to 20 participants.

Note: Travel and visa expenses and medical insurance will not be covered.

To apply please, send your CV and motivation letter to summerschool@osce-academy.net by 29 July 2018

 

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