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AUCA-Bard Program Manager, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The AUCA-Bard Study Abroad Program for North American students is based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan at the American University of Central Asia, the region’s premier university. Opening in Fall 2011, AUCAB is the only program in Central Asia to offer direct enrollment to visiting North American students in broad range of liberal arts courses with special emphasis on Central Asian Studies (as well as Russian as a Second Language). The main goal of the AUCA Bard Study Abroad Program is to provide North American students with a rigorous and rewarding academic, linguistic, and cultural experience that will advance their level of understanding of Central Asia. Since the program is run within AUCA, there are innumerable opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and dialogue.

The Program Manager of the AUCA-Bard Study Abroad Program is a professional, full-time administrator employed year-round by Bard College at AUCA in Bishkek. The Program Manager reports to the Associate Director of the Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE) at Bard College and works hand in hand on a daily basis with the administration of AUCA. S/he supervises the daily running and management of the AUCA Bard Study Abroad Program during the fall and spring semesters and possibly, in the future, the Summer Program.

AUCA-Bard will host approximately 10 students per term initially, beginning fall 2011, increasing to between 20 and 25 North American students each semester by 2013. The Program Manager is responsible for all aspects of the program as well as crisis management and student support services. Specific tasks include supervision of one full-time local staff member, providing student support of all sorts, work on program development, recruitment and admission, accounting, as well as organizing and running program orientations two-three times per year. The Program Manager also acts as a liaison between the IILE and AUCA, including work with AUCA’s President’s Office, Registrar, IT Services, Financial Office, Admissions Office and International Students Office. The Program Manager is expected to hold regular office hours; some weekend and evening hours are required.

The successful candidate will be fluent in Russian, will have experience working and studying in Central Asia, Russia or the former Soviet Union and will hold an American BA degree or higher. S/he will possess a friendly and professional manner, will have significant accounting and budgetary experience, will be familiar with databases, and will have excellent writing and research skills. Accuracy, attention to detail, and comfort with working in a fast-paced environment with a team of committed professionals are crucial. A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the ideals of a liberal arts education and cross-cultural exchange, as well as experience working with young people, are also important. Candidates should have a minimum of one to two years of administrative experience. Salary for the position covers two visits to Bard College each year, one in January and one in August, and is commensurate with experience.

Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three professional references by email to
Subject line: AUCA Program Manager. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to its diversity.

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Coffee Conversations: Kyrgyzstan — Investigative Journalists Delegation, WorldChicago, March 10

WorldChicago Coffee Conversations

Kyrgyzstan and the Current State of Investigative Journalism

In partnership with the International Press Club of Chicago

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 8:30-9:30am

WorldChicago Office, 72 East Randolph, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL

This delegation of 5 investigative journalists will be in Chicago as part of the Open World Program through the U.S. Congress and hosted by WorldChicago.

Come hear from our visiting experts!  Most individuals working in the media agree that freedom of the press in Kyrgyzstan has improved since April 2010. Still, the traditional media in Kyrgyzstan has great challenges in serving as watchdog organizations and performing investigative functions.

Continental breakfast provided.

Cost: Free

Reservations Required: Due to limited seating, advance registration is required.   Please RSVP to Donna Sadlicki or 312-254-1800 x104.

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A Brief Statement from the CESS Board of Directors in Response to the Events in Kyrgyzstan

Below is a brief note from The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) Board of Directors:

As scholars of Central Asia, we are greatly saddened by the recent tragedy in southern Kyrgyzstan. We have all been shocked and surprised by the level of violence and the amount of destruction that took place in the city of Osh and in other parts of southern Kyrgyzstan from June 11-14, 2010.  Although the official number of deaths is listed at 214, informed estimates (including those of the leader of Kyrgyzstan’s Provisional Government) suggest that over 2,000 individuals may have been killed. The United Nations reports that approximately 400,000 Uzbeks have been displaced from their homes, including 100,000 refugees who crossed the border into Uzbekistan.

We express our deepest condolences to all of the families who have lost loved ones, and our concern for those whose lives and livelihoods have been severely disrupted by these events.

We are disheartened by the relative lack of international attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis and political instability. We are also troubled by initial media accounts that attributed the violence to age-old ethnic tensions. This story demands much more sophisticated analysis and attention to a wider set of economic, social and political factors. Journalists and scholars must begin to sort out facts from rumors, and to record the lived experiences of those who have been affected by violence and displacement.

We encourage CESS members with expertise in this region to make an effort to contact the media so that this story will continue to get the attention that it deserves. We also encourage CESS members to participate in forums on Kyrgyzstan which will be held during upcoming CESS conferences in Ankara, Turkey (July 29-30, 2010) and East Lansing, Michigan (October 28-31, 2010).

The Central Eurasian Studies Society Board of Directors
June 28, 2010

Please visit the following for a list of organizations accepting donations to support humanitarian efforts in Kyrgyzstan and English-language articles and audio, video, and photos on the situation in Kyrgyzstan:

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International Program Manager Position, Bard College

International Program Manager, Bard College

Bard College is accepting applications for the position of International Program
Manager. The International Program Manager reports to the Assistant Director
of the Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE). The main focus of
the position is on developing, implementing, and supervising recruitment and
hosting of undergraduate students at two Bard partner institutions: Smolny
College, in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the American University of Central Asia
(AUCA), in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In this capacity, the International Program
Manager is expected to set and meet numerical and financial goals for
recruitment. S/he will play an integral role in assuring the excellence of the
student experience abroad.

The position is based at Bard, with regular travel both within the US and
internationally, including regular visits to AUCA and Smolny. Approximately 50%
of time will be devoted to program development and management of the Bard-
Smolny program and 50% to program development and management of the
Bard-AUCA program.

Building on the successful Bard-Smolny Program at Smolny, the International
Program Manager will:

•    Develop strategic marketing plans and strengthen networking for
Smolny College recruitment, including alumni networking and liaison with
faculty and staff at key sending colleges and universities in North America.
Smolny currently sends ca. 25-30 U.S. students to Smolny every semester,
plus 30 to its Summer Language Intensive.
•    Assist the Asst. Director of IILE in supervising and assuring the
excellence of the existing Bard-Smolny program at Smolny, including designing
recruitment materials, maintaining the website, and updating manuals, etc.
•    Create and manage a program for visiting North American students at
AUCA, beginning with the Fall Semester 2011. This includes assuring the
availability of needed facilities, staff, and arrangements at AUCA.
•    Develop and implement a recruitment plan for AUCA, including needed
materials (website, print publications), in cooperation with AUCA and with IILE
recruitment staff, beginning in Spring 2010 (with the first students attending
AUCA in FS 2011).

Depending upon experience, the International Program Manager will also have
the opportunity to assist with the creation and administration of other IILE
initiatives at Smolny and AUCA, including curriculum development and review,
public relations, and fundraising, to administer direct student and faculty
exchange programs between and among Bard, Smolny, and AUCA, and to
manage the budgets of all programs for which s/he has direct administrative

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and names of three references to Subject line: IILE Program Manager – 10006. Review of
applications will begin immediately. Bard College is an equal opportunity
employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to its

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and names of three references to Subject line: IILE Program Manager - 10006. Review of 
applications will begin immediately. Bard College is an equal opportunity 
employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to its 
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Eurasian Regional Language Program in Osh, Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz, Uzbek), Deadline: April 1

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS invites
applications for the 2010 Eurasian Regional Language Program for language
study at our growing language center in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.

Applications for the Fall 2010 and Academic Year 2010-2011 programs are due
April 1st, 2010. See for
applications and more information.

The Eurasian Regional Language Program in Osh provides graduate students,
advanced undergraduates, scholars, and working professionals intensive
instruction in Uzbek and Kyrgyz. Participants may enroll in semester,
academic year, or summer programs. Courses are designed to strengthen
speaking, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in Uzbek or Kyrgyz.

Program features include:
*Core language courses focusing on grammar and lexical studies, phonetics,
vocabulary development, and conversational skills;
*Area studies, literature, and culture classes for advanced students;
*Classes conducted in small groups of three to six students or in private
*Native-speaking faculty with extensive experience teaching foreign students;
*Homestays with local families;
*Undergraduate or graduate credit from Bryn Mawr College;
*Pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.;
*and logistical support provided by local American Councils offices.

Applicants with at least two years of college-level instruction in Kyrgyz,
Uzbek, or Russian are eligible to apply to the program.

Substantial fellowships are available through American Councils from U.S.
Department of State (Title VIII) and U.S. Department of Education
(Fulbright-Hays) grant support. Recent program participants have also
received fellowship support from the National Security Education Program
(, the Benjamin A. Gilman International
Scholarship (, and the U.S. Department of
Education Title VI (FLAS).

American Councils also offers intensive language study programs in Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,
and Ukraine. For more information on these programs, visit

Questions can be sent to

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IREX: Virtual Cultural Exchange Program with Kyrgyzstan

A message to educators from IREX about a virtual cultural exchange project between the US and Kyrgyzstan:

My name is Swathi Balasubramanian and I work at the International
Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) in Washington, DC and in particular,
on a program that connects youth in the United States with youth
overseas through educational online projects and discussions.  I am
contacting you to see if you would be interested or if you know of
educators who would be interested in participating in our projects that
connect classrooms in the US with classrooms in Kyrgyzstan.  In brief,
our projects take place in English on monitored forum boards, where
students discuss a variety of issues, from their hometowns and national
traditions to current events.  We are willing to work with teachers on
developing projects that match their curriculum goals.

Our program – Global Connections and Exchange (GCE) – Kyrgyzstan – is
funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In the past, IREX implemented this project
in Uzbekistan and in Turkmenistan.  Through online discussions, students
learn about their partners’ culture, educational system, national
cuisines, hometowns and opinions on current events.

In addition to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, this year, for the first
time, we will be conducting online projects with schools in Kyrgyzstan.
We are currently looking for the teachers who would be interested in
doing online projects starting this fall and continuing throughout the
academic year. Here’s a link to one of our projects that focused on art
& diplomacy for your reference:  We would prefer to
conduct shorter, 3-4-week projects, but would be happy to implement
several projects with the same classroom(s).

Also visit:

Our online projects employ various technologies but all the online
projects are either hosted on our forum board or on our
closely-monitored social networking (ning) site. Usually, all you need
to have are access to computers and an internet connection to
participate in our projects.  I’ve attached a factsheet with more
information about our program in Kyrgyzstan.

If you are interested in participating in our projects, please contact
me via email at (or or by phone at 202-628-8188 x140, and I
would be happy to share with you more details about our projects and
information on how to enroll.  Please feel free to forward this email
and information to any interested teachers you may know.

I look forward to hearing from you and to hopefully working with you and
your students.


Swathi Balasubramanian
Program Coordinator, Civil Society Division

International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)

2121 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037
T: +1 202 628 8188 x140
F: +1 202 628 8189

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