IPPA Announcement: Applied Research Design for Beginners

Date: 03 May 2018
The Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), at the University of Central Asia (UCA), announces its training programme in Applied Research Design for Beginners for prospective candidates. The programme commences on May 21st, 2018 at UCA in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, and is targeted towards independent analysts and staff at think-tanks, civil servants, and non-governmental organisations who wish to acquire applied research skills.
This course will teach learners the basics of designing applied research projects. In contrast to academic or fundamental research, that seeks to answer universal questions, applied researchers’ job is to generate answers to solve specific down-to-earth problems that someone is facing using sound evidence and logic. This is a valuable skill increasingly sought after by organizations and employers across all sectors. Course participants will learn: (1) what is applied research, (2) its uses, and (3) how to design applied research projects.

The course will be delivered by Dr Mahabat Baimyrzaeva. Dr Baimyrzaeva is an Associate Professor of Management and Policy at Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California, U.S.A. She holds a PhD from the University of Southern California, an MA in Public Administration and an International Management Graduate Certificate from the University of Hawaii, and a Diploma in International Law from the International University of Kyrgyzstan. Dr Baimyrzaeva is the author of multiple peer-reviewed publications including a book on governance reforms in Kyrgyzstan and globally. She delivers courses and trainings in policy analysis, applied research methods, strategic leadership, governance reforms, and culture change to students and practitioners.

Costs and Tuition Fees
The programme is free of charge for accepted candidates.   

Programme Schedule and Assessment
This is a two-week long, part-time programme that offers flexibility for working professionals. The classes are held three times a week, in the late afternoons, with breaks in between each module.
The language of instruction is English.
Performance assessment includes a research proposal developed by participants based on ongoing learning and analysis.

Admission Requirements
Participants should expect to be challenged and demonstrate self-motivation.

The admission requirements are; 
  • A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent of an undergraduate degree
  • Good listening, speaking and writing skills in the English language
  • Research experience

All reading materials will be provided by UCA.

How to Apply
To apply to the programme, please submit the following documents by May 17th 2018
by mail or e-mail to: 
  • Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia
    138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, 720001, Kyrgyz Republic
  • ippa@ucentralasia.org
    Subject line: Applied Research Design for Beginners
 Applicants will be notified of their acceptance via e-mail by May 18th 2018.
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