UCA News - Issue 114
On 1 March 2012, the University of Central Asia signed a Memorandum of cooperation with the State Agency of Construction and Regional Development (SACRD) to promote cooperation and implement joint activities for capacity building of municipal employees and to spur regional development.
The Memo's framework allows for a joint action plan to train and develop skills in municipal management, host regional Round Tables, and a national Conference for capacity building, and promote dialogue to develop an effective strategy for improving skills of civil servants.
"Professional training for civil servants is becoming increasingly important, as the Government introduces IT technologies such as e-goverment and we hope to continue our successful cooperation with UCA", said Kanybek Narbaev, Head of the State Agency of Construction and Regional Development .
The cooperation between NALSG and UCA began in 2011 and since then 30 NALSG (National Agency for Local Government) and 15 Heads of the Aiyl Okmoty of Naryn oblast have received one-year intensive training involving 300 hours of instruction in local economic development, municipal service, public administration and pasture management as well as information technologies. During the event, 45 municipal servants were awarded certificates for successfully completing Local Economic and Community Development (LECD).
According to Mamasalieva Taalaigul, Head of Department for Municipal and Personnel Service of the National Agency for Local Government, the professional development training was comprehensive and relevant: "We could choose themes of personal interest so the training helped to significantly broaden my knowledge and more confident to make decisions. Previously, I was responsible for personnel service but after the training I became more versed in economic management."
Sadybakasov Esenbek, Head of Chet-Nura Aiyl Okmoty of Naryn Oblast also noted relevance of the training: "Now I better understand my responsibilities and duties and can be more effective in my service."
The LECD programme was originally developed in 2010 by UCA's School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) for implementation by the Academy of Management under aegis of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic to train young people for the civil service. The training offered in Naryn and Bishkek are supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, part of a grant awarded to the Aga Khan Foundation, Kyrgyz Republic and implemented by UCA and the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme.
"Building capacity of civil servants is an important mission for UCA. We will have a programme in Public Administration and Policy as part of our Graduate School of Development. The School will train civil servants with relevant skills and knowledge to contribute to the development of their country," said Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General, UCA.
Since 2006, SPCE has graduated over 11,000 students from Naryn oblast with professional and vocational qualifications in accounting, entrepreneurship, tourism development and applied languages that have improved their employment and income generating opportunities. The School is Central Asia's first provider of post-secondary, short-cycle education with learning facilities in Khorog and Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Naryn and Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic; Tekeli and Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan; and Faizabad, Afghanistan.