Innovative UCA Debate Programme Recognised at Regional Conference

Date: 23 October 2015
Other languages: Русский язык |
The University of Central Asia’s Aga Khan Humanities Project’s (UCA AKHP) innovative cross-debate programme was recognised at the 2nd regional conference of the Association of Asian Higher Education Institutions, Kyrgyzstan-Asia 2015: Scientific Breakthroughs in a Cross-cultural Environment,  in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Republic on 4 September 2015.
The Project’s cross-debate format provides a framework to facilitate rigorous and systematic debate by students and young scholars. Representing UCA AKHP, Shokirjon Mahmadov presented the format, highlighting how the approach is aligned with new multi-disciplinary educational trends that build a range of skills.
UCA's  Shokirjon Mahmadov presenting the AKHP debate format, highlighting how the approach is aligned with new multi-disciplinary educational trends that build a range of skills.
“This debate framework requires both the teacher and the student to conduct deep research into a topic to identify most appropriate material. It helps develop skills that are topical and needed in the region,” said Natalya Nikolaevna, Head of the KRSU Department of Innovation in Science and Education.
The presentation received the award for Best Scientific Presentation. The moderator concluded that UCA’s debate format combines subjects such as philosophy, history, economics, statistics and sociology, while creating opportunities for students to strengthen their comprehension and analytic aptitudes, build their presentation, debating and decision-making skills, and apply this learning under pressure to various cultural contexts. 
“With its focus on cross-disciplinary innovations, the conference provided a perfect venue to share our new debate methodology and receive valuable feedback from regional colleagues and peers,” said Pulat Shozimov, Faculty Development Manager, UCA AKHP.
Active discussions between participants from Central Asia and Russian Federation via an online forum.
The conference was designed to encourage Asian youth to develop international cultural, humanitarian, educational and sporting projects; to facilitate scientific, educational and cultural cooperation among universities in Asia; and to develop a network of Asian universities focussed on cooperation in the fields of science and education.  Conference sessions focused on education, scientific breakthroughs and leaps in a cross-cultural environment, leaders of the 21st century, social projects and sports.
Organised by Kyrgyz-Russian Slavonic University (KRSU), with support by the Association of Asian Universities, the conference was attended by 200 representatives of leading universities in Russia (Altai), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Mongolia and China, including students, teachers and scholars. Additional universities from the Russian Federation participated via an online forum
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