University of Central Asia, Central Asian Faculty Development Programme: Ten new scholarships awarded in 2012
The Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) of the University of Central Asia (UCA) is pleased to announce its 2012-13 scholarship recipients for doctoral studies at leading universities around the world. Ten scholars from the region, have received scholarships to attend doctoral programmes at universities in Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom; seven in the sciences and three in the social sciences.
CAFDP scholarships are awarded to qualifying candidates, who are interested in an academic career at UCA, and are based on partnerships with universities in Asia, Europe and North America, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). With support from DAAD, this year, UCA was able to select three additional candidates from mountain areas of Northern Pakistan and Afghanistan with close ties to Central Asia, and diversify the pool of future faculty. “UCA is delighted to welcome these bright young scholars to the CAFDP network of more than 40 Graduate Fellows and alumni and we welcome the talent and commitment they bring to the Programme and UCA in the future.” said Dr Urmat Tynaliev, Manager of the CAFDP.
CAFDP Graduate Fellows admitted in 2012 (from left to right): Maqsad Suriev, Anel Kulakhmetova, Aisulu Abdykadyrova, Madina Junussova, Farukh Sharopov, Rizo Saboiev, Muhammad Jawad Shahibzada. Absent: Muhammad Afzal Gulzar, Nargiza Sarkulova and Ramzan Ali
2012-13 CAFDP Graduate Fellows:
Aisulu Abdykadyrova (Kyrgyz Republic) received her Diploma of Specialist (with honours) in Socio-cultural Service and Tourism from Issyk-Kul State University, and her Candidate of Geographical Sciences from the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic. Aisulu taught courses on tourism at Bishkek Humanities University and Kyrgyz National University. She has published widely, and received a grant from the Erasmus Mundus academic mobility programme for post-doctoral research at the Free University of Brussels. Aisulu will pursue doctoral studies in Mountain Tourism at the University of Alberta, Canada, and will conduct research on the recreational potential of Issyk-kul oblast in Kyrgyzstan.
Anel Kulakhmetova (Kazakhstan) received her first degree in International Economics from the Eurasian Institute of Market, Kazakhstan and her Masters in International Development from the University of Denver, USA, as a Fulbright Scholar. Anel worked with UNICEF Kazakhstan and ILO-IPEC as a national consultant on child protection and child labour monitoring, with Counterpart International as a regional reporting coordinator, and conducted research on protection mechanisms for working children in Central Asia at Justus-Liebig Universitat Giessen, Germany. She will study Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK, investigating child protection mechanisms and child labor in the globalized world, particularly child-friendly models of development for countries in transition, with a focus on Central Asia.
Farukh Sharapov (Tajikistan) received his first degree in Chemistry from Tajikistan National University and his Candidate of Science in Chemistry from the Chemistry Institute of the Academy of Sciences, Republic of Tajikistan. Farukh was a leading researcher at the Institute of Chemistry named after V. I. Nikitin at the Academy of Sciences, a visiting researcher at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany and Alabama University, USA, and he taught bioorganic and physical colloid chemistry at Medical State University named after Abuali ibn Sino, Tajikistan. Farukh will study chemistry at the Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg, Germany and will investigate the chemical composition and biological activity of essential oils from aromatic plants growing wild in Tajikistan.
Madina Junussova (Kazakhstan) received her undergraduate degree (with honours) in Architecture and Urban Planning from Kazakh State Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering, and her Candidate of Architecture by decision of the Control Committee in Education and Science under the Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan. Madina has extensive experience as a consultant for government and international institutions on urban and regional planning, environmental protection and architecture. Madina will study public policy at Carleton University, Canada and will research Kazakhstan’s border territories and their role in regional economic integration.
Maqsad Sariev (Tajikistan) received his degree in Chemistry with distinction from Khorog State University. He taught crystal chemistry and laboratory courses on organic chemistry. In 2007, he joined the Research Institute of Chemistry named after V.I. Nikitin of the Academy of Sciences, Republic of Tajikistan, as a research assistant in the pharmacology laboratory, where he conducted research on the synthesis of new derivatives of bile acids and their pharmacological properties. Maqsad will study in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Siegen. His research interests lie in the area of modern branches of chemistry, including nano- and microchemistry
Muhammad Afzal Gulzar (Pakistan) received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Applied Geology from the Institute of Geology, University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, and a Diploma in Geographic Information System (GIS) from the Pakistan Institute of Modern Sciences, Peshawar. Muhammad served as a geologist in the Pakistan Stone Development Company/Pakistani Ministry of Production, has experience in base metal and dimensional stone exploration in Pakistan, and was involved in the discovery of gold and copper potentials in Baluchistan, Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan with government and multinational organisations. Muhammad will study geology at Technical University of Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany and research hydrothermal alteration in the Melang Zone, Shigar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan.
Muhammad Jawad Shahibzada (Afghanistan) received his Bachelors degree (with honours) in Biotechnology from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. He worked as a research laboratory intern in the Livestock and Dairy Department at the Veterinary Research Institute in Peshawar, where he studied animal biotechnology, molecular biology and microbiology. He was also trained as a medical technologist in the clinical laboratory at the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul. Muhammad will study molecular bioengineering at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany.
Nargiza Sarkulova (Kyrgyz Republic) received her Bachelors (with honours) and Masters degrees in Computer Science from International University of Kyrgyzstan. Nargiza has been a software developer at University of Central Asia since 2009, where she supported the development of both institutional systems and research tools. Nargiza will study advanced computer science at the University of Cambridge, UK and her research will focus on the use of mobile technologies in the provision of ‘telemedicine’ to remote Central Asian communities that have little access to medical care.
Ramzan Ali (Pakistan) received a Bachelors in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Punjab, a Bachelors in Mathematics and Physics from Allama Iqbal Open University, a Master of Science and a Master of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics from Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan. He has published widely on applied mathematics, particularly fluid dynamics. His research interest include biomathematics, relativity, magneto-hydrodynamics, differential equations, geo-fluids, and Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluids. Ramzan will pursue doctoral studies in applied mathematics at Heidelberg University, Germany, researching modeling and multiscale simulation for non-linear interaction in wave propagations with convection of the physical phenomena.
Rizo Saboiev (Tajikistan) received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Applied Mathematics from Khorog State University. He also received his Candidate of Mathematics and Physical Sciences from the Institute of Mathematics, Tajikistan. Rizo has worked as an Information Technology Instructor at the University of Central Asia in Dushanbe and as a Monitoring and Evaluation Data Manager for the United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID). Rizo will study mathematical programming at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany, and through his doctoral research, aims to develop mathematical models with dynamic multicriteria optimization problems to apply to improving agriculture in Tajikistan.