UCA’s Central Asian Faculty Development Programme Announces 2010 – 2011 Awards

Date: 22 July 2010
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UCA’s Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) was established to ensure that academics from Central Asian with top international credentials are strongly represented in the University’s faculty. Through partnerships with universities around the world, CAFDP offers opportunities for Central Asian students interested in academic appointments at UCA to pursue studies at the doctoral and masters level (as preparation for doctoral studies).  CAFDP offers two avenues of support:

Partner Universities Programme: students receive full financial assistance to pursue advanced graduate degrees at UCA’s partner institutions, which currently include: Cambridge Overseas Trust for studies at the University of Cambridge, German Academic Exchange Services or DAAD (for programmes at German universities), National University of Singapore and the University of Exeter.

Individual Funding Scheme: offers individual support to supplement existing funding for students accepted into full-time doctoral programmes in disciplines that are an academic priority for UCA.  

2010-2011 CAFDP Students

Nine Central Asian students have been selected for graduate programmes at partner universities in Singapore, Germany and the UK for the 2010-2011 academic years, and one student qualified for the Individual Funding Scheme to continue his studies in Canada.   

A group of students at pre-departure orientation at UCAFrom left: Kubanychbek Akmatov (Kyrgyzstan), Askarsho Zevarshoev (Tajikistan),Lira Sagynbekova (Kyrgyzstan), Asel Doolotkeldieva (Kyrgyzstan), Diana Kudaibergenova (Kazakhstan), and Zulfiya Bakhtibekova (Tajikistan)

UCA-Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholarship Programme

Diana Kudaibergenova (Kazakhstan) will join the MPhil/PhD programme in Modern Society and Global Transformation, in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. As a recipient of the Nursultan Nazarbayev Studentship, Diana received her first degree in International Journalism and Public Relations in 2007 from the Department of International Journalism and Mass Communications of the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP).  Upon graduating, Diana worked as a journalist and Public Relations manager in Almaty, and began her master’s studies at KIMEP.  In December 2007, Diana was selected as an Erasmus Mundus scholar to continue her studies in Spain. In May 2009, she graduated among the top five students, receiving her Masters degree in International and Intercultural Relations, with a specialization in European Foreign Policy, from Deusto University in Spain. While there, she published papers on identity and regionalism in Europe and Latin America. On returning to Kazakhstan, she worked as a Research Associate at KIMEP, where she also taught in the Journalism Department. Diana is currently researching issues of national identity in Kazakhstan. 

UCA-DAAD Scholarship Programme

Lira Sagynbekova (Kyrgyzstan) will join the PhD programme in Human Geography at the Free University of Berlin.  Lira graduated with honors from the Faculty of Geography and Ecology of Kyrgyz National University (KNU) in 2000.   She went on to successfully defend her Masters dissertation on Geography of External Migration of Population of the Kyrgyz Republic at KNU in 2002. Currently, Lira is enrolled in KNU’s postgraduate (aspirantura) programme and currently teaches in the Faculty of Geography, Ecology and Tourism.  She has researched migration for some 10 years, participated in the Kyrgyz-German project Interaction Human- Environment in Nut-Fruit Forests of South Kyrgyzstan, and   conducted a survey on the problems of migration in Jalalabat oblast.  Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, Lira also conducted surveys among migrants from Kyrgyzstan in Moscow and Moscow oblast of the Russian Federation.  She has published over 10 articles, including one in Central Asian Survey.  Previously, she was a visiting scholar at the Free University of Berlin, Germany and at Moscow State University, Russia.    

Kazakhstan) will join the MA/PhD programme in Mathematics at the Free University of Berlin.  Bibinur graduated with honors from Pavlodar University in 2005.  She then joined the Masters programme in Mathematics at Eurasian National University in Astana.  Through research for her dissertation on Partial differential equations, complex analysis and their meaning for practice, Bibinur investigated and published articles on the theory of partial differential equations and their hyperbolic type. Bibinur has taught courses on mathematical analysis, discrete mathematics, differential equations and algebra for students in engineering-technical specializations on at the Innovative University of Eurasia, Pavlodar.  Prior to that, she worked as an instructor at Kazakhstan and Russian University and the College of Trade and Business, in Astana.

Askarsho Zevarshoev (Tajikistan) will join the PhD programme in Integrated Natural Resource Management at the Technical University of Munich.  Askarsho received his first degree in Biology from Khorog State University (KSU), Tajikistan, where he worked with researchers from the Pamir Biological Institute on natural resource management in the Pamir mountain range.  After graduating, he taught courses in Ecology and Environmental Protection at KSU.  He also served as a Senior Specialist for the Governmental Committee of Land Management, engaging in policy work with the government and international organizations.  He was then awarded his first studentship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and he received his Masters in Land Management and Land Tenure in Rural and Urban areas from the Technical University of Munich in 2009.  Since receiving his Master’s degree, Askarsho has worked as a Land Manager Specialist for the Mountain Society Development Support Programme (MSDSP) in Tajikistan.

UCA- National University of Singapore Scholarship Programme

Kubanychbek Akmatov (Kyrgyzstan) will join the Master of Public Policy programme at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.  Kubanychbek received a diploma of specialist with honors from the Department of International Relations of Kyrgyz National University.  His diploma thesis was a comparative study of the interactions of governmental economic policy-making agencies in Central Europe and Central Asia with international financial institutions.  As an undergraduate, Kubanychbek worked as a Project Assistant for the Regional Cooperation and Trade Facilitation project at the Economic Policy Institute ‘Bishkek Consensus’, where he conducted research and analyzed macroeconomic data on regional trade among the Central Asian countries.  Kubanychbek completed his Masters studies in International Relations at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen in Germany, where he studied political economy and international governance.  Upon completion of his Masters, Kubanychbek taught undergraduate courses in public policy analysis and introduction to political economyat the American University of Central Asia.  He has also worked as a consultant in the Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic.

UCA-University of Exeter Scholarship Programme

Zulfiya Bakhtibekova (Tajikistan) will join the PhD programme in Sociology at the University of Exeter. Zulfiya received her first degree in English and Arabic languages from the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Khorog State University (KSU) in 2001. As an undergraduate, she was an Assistant for the Education Project of Aga Khan Foundation. She then won the Open Society Studentship to study Social Work at Columbia University in New York, and received her Masters in 2005. Zulfiya returned to Tajikistan, worked on UNDP projects, and for GTZ as National Coordinator on Social Protection on an initiative that engages governmental institutions, international organizations and non-government organizations to mainstream the interests of people living below poverty line in Tajikistan in the formulation of policies to reform social welfare.   Her current research interest is the phenomenon of early marriage in Tajikistan.

Asel Doolotkeldieva (Kyrgyzstan) will join the PhD programme in Politics at University of Exeter.  Asel received her first degree from the American University in Central Asia in 2002, through a full studentship from the Open Society Institute.  She went on to earn two Masters degrees - a Masters in International Affairs, and a Research Masters from Sciences Po in Paris.  Asel’s Masters thesis focused on labor migration of the Kyrgyz population to Russia and related policy following the significant collapse of socialist economy in Kyrgyzstan. Asel has published widely and delivered many papers in Europe and elsewhere; in January 2010 she created the Research Group on Central Asia at the Center for the Studies of International Relations (CERI) in Paris, to promote research on Central Asia.  Her doctoral thesis focuses on the development of the Kyrgyz state and society, with a focus on understanding the cycles of democratization, stagnation and authoritarianism in Kyrgyz politics.

Chorbanshe Goibnazarov (Tajikistan) will join the PhD programme in Arab and Islamic studies at University of Exeter.  Chorbanshe graduated with distinction from Khorog State University (KSU) in 2000, specializing in Tajik/Persian Languages and Literatures.  He then worked as an English teacher for doctors and nurses through the Aga Khan Health Service in Ishkashim district, Tajikistan.  Chorbanshe continued his studies in the United Kingdom, receiving his Masters in Muslim Cultures from the Aga Khan University.  His research interests include culture, religion, identity and music, particularly of Muslim civilization and societies in mountainous regions such as Tajikistan. He will continue his research in the areas of social anthropology, ethnography and ethnomusicology.

Elima Karalaeva (Kyrgyzstan) will join the PhD programme in Politics at University of Exeter.  Elima graduated with a Masters of Public Affairs in Public Finance and Policy Analysis from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2007. Her research interests include govern mental finance, budgeting, revenue forecasting, expenditure management, fiscal decentralization and public finance reform in the Kyrgyz Republic. She is an Instructor in the Public Administration (PA) Program of the Business Administration Department at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA). She is also responsible for curriculum development for the PA minor programme.  Prior to joining AUCA, Elima was a senior instructor at various educational institutions in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

Individual Funding Scheme

Pulat Isobaev (Tajikistan) received support from CAFDP to continue in the PhD programme in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada.   Pulat received his Bachelor of Science in Food Engineering from the Middle East Technical University of Ankara, Turkey. After graduation, he worked as a Water Utility Manager for Southern DataStream, a nongovernmental organization active in Tajikistan, funded by the Florida Rotary Club.  He received his Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Bemidji State University, Minnesota, USA in 2008, under the auspices of the Edmund S. Muskie program funded by the United States Department of State. His thesis investigated the degradation of water quality in the Grace Lake area in northern Minnesota.  Pulat began his doctoral studies at the University of Alberta in 2009.  His research is on Optimization of composting technologies.

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