Executive Masters Programme in Naryn

Date: 20 September 2018
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“UCA’s Executive Masters in Economic Policy (EMEP) programme has been a wonderful experience,” said Muhammad Ajmal Khan Karimi. “The teaching is excellent, and the materials and curriculum have been designed in the context of Afghanistan and the work we do there.”

Muhammad works with the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan in the Policy Department and is leading the National Policies Monitoring Unit. Since March 2018, he has been one of 25 participants in the EMEP programme. It is being offered by UCA’ Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) through a partnership with the Ministry of Finance, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (MOF AFG). The initiative is supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), and co-financed by MOF AFG. The programme is designed to equip Afghan civil servants with sound theoretical knowledge and the tools of economic management and policy-making required to tackle issues faced by developing economies.

Muhammad Ajmal Khan Karimi (2nd from left), EMEP student, greeting Ms Naheed Sarabi (right), Deputy Minister of Finance of Afghanistan, to the Naryn Campus in July.

In our work with the Ministry of Finance, most of us are involved in analysing various policies, and are working on projects that are very good economically for the country. This programme has enabled us to learn about new policy analysis techniques, data management, and cost benefit analysis. All of these learnings are mathematically and quantitively useful for our workplaces.” said Muhammad.

EMEP is offered in three terms – two in Bishkek and one at UCA’s Naryn Campus. Muhammad shared how the Naryn Campus was a great environment where students learned, practiced, and enjoyed the beauty of nature. The third semester of the programme will be conducted in Bishkek from the end of September until mid-October. As a final output, each participant will work on a capstone research project that applies their new knowledge to an aspect of their professional work. Like other participants, Muhammad has already started working on his project. He will cover evidence-based research on the national policies of privatisation. 

Inspired by EMEP, Muhammad hopes 
to continue his learning after completing the programme. “The biggest takeaway is the diverse culture and unique learning environment at UCA. We have really learnt a lot, and on behalf of the group, I can say this programme will help us have productive outcomes in our work in Afghanistan.”

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