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Agreement of cooperation between Osh State University and University of North Dakota USA

Kyrgyz higher ed leader visits campus

President Charles Kupchella is hosting Mukhtar Orozbekov, rector (president) of Osh State University in the Kyrgyz Republic, for a four-day official visit that will focus on UND’s distance learning and online degree programs.

"We look forward to Dr. Orozbekov’s visit and to a mutually beneficial dialog about distance learning in the Kyrgyz Republic and possible collaborations between our two institutions," Kupchella said.

In a phone interview prior to his trip, Orozbekov, whose doctorate is in technical sciences (industrial technology) and includes expertise in concrete and cement, detailed the key reasons for approaching UND about its distance learning systems.

"We have a Fulbright scholar–Dr. Sabyrkul Kalygulova, dean of the our department of world languages–at UND who is researching distance learning," said Orozbekov. "She told me that UND has a remarkably broad and very well organized distance learning system in place, so we resolved to learn lots more about it because we want to strengthen our distance learning and rural outreach here in Kyrgyzstan."

With 27,000 students, Osh State University is one of the largest higher-education facilities in Central Asia and is known for a rich multicultural environment that includes many ethnic tribal minorities, says Kalygulova, a linguist and philologist who also teaches English.

Kerry Kerber, associate dean for continuing education, and a key player in Orozbekov’s visit, say he’s eager to showcase UND’s distance learning technology and curriculum development program.

"Dr. Orozbekov’s visit presents an opportunity to partner internationally and for us to help improve the distance learning practice at Osh State University," says Kerber, who is organizing the distance learning and online course demonstrations for Orozbekov. The demonstrations will include the use of online and other kinds of distance delivery systems, says Kerber.

Other contacts include Ray Lagasse, director, International programs; Susan Nelson, College of Business and Public Administration; Gerald Groenewold, Director, Energy & Environmental Research Center; Henry Borysewicz, director, UND Aerospace Network and Scientific Computing Center; and Robert Rubeck and Nassar Hammami at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Osh State University participates in University for peace programme.

The University for Peace Central Asia Programme has been generously supported by donor contributions from:

  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Norway (NORAD)
  • Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
  • USAID
  • United States Institute for Peace (USIP)

The University for Peace intends that a number of respected academic and research institutions within the region and across the world shall be systematically involved in an International Knowledge Network on Central Asia so as to mobilise expertise and insight on the urgent issues of conflict prevention and social and economic progress in the region which are the focus of the program. Thus we draw the professors and guest lecturers for our courses, and the experts for our research projects, from top institutions around the world.

Additionally, the University for Peace has developed relationships with universities and civil society organisations in the Central Asia region via trainings, workshops, conferences and research.  These universities and organisations include:

  • Osh State University, Osh, Kyrgyzstan
  • Jalalabad State University, Gender Research Center at Jalalabad State
  • University, Jalalabad Kyrgyzstan
  • Narin State University, Narin Kyrgyzstan
  • Russian-Kyrgyz Slavonic University, Kyrgyzstan
  • Institute of European Civilizations at Kyrgyz National University, Kyrgyzstan
  • Kyrgyz National University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzsta
  • Khujand State University, Khujand, Tajikistan
  • Russian Tajik Slavonic University,Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Tajik State National University, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Center for Strategic Research under the President of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Pedagogical University, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Islamic University, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • State Institute of increasing the qualification of civil servants, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Kulyab State University, Kulyab, Tajikistan
  • Police Academy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Medresse Shaih Muslihiddin, Khujand, Tajikistan
  • NGO Society and Civilization, Khujand, Tajikistan
  • NGO Youth and Civilization, Khujand, Tajikistan
  • NGO Rusht, Kurgan-Tube, Tajikistan
  • NGO Nakukor, Kulyab Tajikistan
  • NGO Fariza, Khujand Tajikistan

IV International festival of documentary films on human rights held in Osh State University

From 25 to 27 October 2010 in Osh was a demonstration of documentary films on human rights within the IV International Festival of Bir duino Kyrgyzstan.

The first day of screenings held in the auditorium of the Osh State University, which were attended by 450 students.
The highest interest had the films "Almaz", "Equestrian, born in Year of the Tiger", "Talykpas ata", "The desire to return home", "Way to the Stars."

Psychological and emotional actively spectators reacted to such films as "The happiness Cradle» and "Salamatsyzby, apa”.
October 26th festival was held at the Theological Faculty of Osh State University – 150 people attended the viewing, from 14-00 at the Osh State Pedagogical Institute with the participation of 200 students.
October 27, the final day of the festival movies and their discussion was held in Osh State University sociology involving 80 people.

 

During the festival days were covered by students of leading universities of the city of more than 880 people attended the faculty of educational institutions, which as well as students participated in the discussion of movies.
Management of these universities have responded positively to the festival in the walls of universities themselves have been actively involved in preparing and conducting this event.

Two years rector of Osh State University Zhumabayev TT she takes an active part in the festival, the deans of theological and legal departments, as well OshSU Rector, Rector OSPI, member of the Osh City Council Isakov, K.
In the Osh State sociology University after the film "Almaz" met with the director and screenwriter E. Osmonalieva. She answered students’ questions about a movie, and gave full information about the film as a whole.

Osh State University & USAID Education Loan Program

Description: 
Increase access to high quality education for talented youth through educational loans;
Improve linkages between students and employers.
Increase access to education for prospective students and access to qualified graduates for prospective employers by:
• providing a loan portfolio guarantee to two local financial institutions making loans to students of universities and vocational schools for tuition costs, which covers potential losses by reimbursing 50% of defaulted loan amounts;
• creating and implementing a mechanism for cooperation among educational institutions, the business sector, and potential employees (borrowers under the student loan program); and
• help to link business sector employment needs/demands with qualified/trained graduates.
The Program cooperates with the below listed educational facilities 

Activities:

  • 1. American University in Central Asia 2. Kyrgyz-European Faculty 3. Institute of Integrated International Educational Programs under Kyrgyz National University 4. Bishkek Humanitarian University 5. Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transportation and Architecture 6. Kyrgyz State Technical University 7. Kyrgyz State Medical Academy 8. Bishkek Academy of Finance and Economics 9. Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University 10. Institute of Mining 11. Academy of Management under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic 12. Kyrgyz Agrarian University named after Skryabin 13. Bishkek Finance and Economics College 14. Bishkek Technical College 15. Bishkek Architecture – Construction College 16. VES #98 17. VES #93 18. VES #5
  • 1. Issyk Kul State University 2. Kyrgyz State Technical University branch in Karakol 3. Issyk Kul Industrial College 4. Balykchy College under KSUCTA 5. VES #22 Balykchy
  • 1. Naryn State University 2. Naryn Pedagogical College
  • 1. Osh State University 2. Kyrgyz Uzbek university 3. Osh Technological University 4. Osh Agriculture College 5. Osh Trade College 6. VES#5
  • 1. Talas State University 2. Talas Medical College
  • Increase access to education for prospective students and access to qualified graduates for prospective employers by: • providing a loan portfolio guarantee to two local financial institutions making loans to students of universities and vocational schools for tuition costs, which covers potential losses by reimbursing 50% of defaulted loan amounts; • creating and implementing a mechanism for cooperation among educational institutions, the business sector, and potential employees (borrowers under the student loan program); and • help to link business sector employment needs/demands with qualified/trained graduates.
  • VES#7 Kyzyl Kiya

Collaboration of Osh State University and University of Montana USA

This three year program was a collaboration between The University of Montana and Osh State University (Kyrgyz Republic). The program helped Osh State’s Faculty of Law develop curriculum and teaching methods based on American models, particularly in clinical training and the integration of theory and practice in the classroom. A two-way faculty exchange program over three years assisted Osh State to develop a mission statement, define relevant and necessary learning outcomes, integrate theory and practice, and assess student performance. The project established the Central Asia Law Institute (www.umt.edu/cali) at The University of Montana to help promote on-going relationships among professional colleagues in the Central Asia and Caspian Basin region. The program was funded by the United States Department of State.

Five Osh State University Faculty of Law members visited UM. They observed UM Law School’s in-house and external clinics, observed classroom teaching, reviewed syllabi and lesson plans for both classroom and clinical education., and participated in seminars on teaching and clinical legal education. They attended lectures in international and comparative law and presented lectures in the Central and Southwest Asia Program and at the Law School.

In 2007, UM law faculty conducted a national conference on legal education in Bishkek.  The well-received conference included the first Russian translation of the US’s Clinical Legal Education Association’s 2007 treatise, "Best Practices in Legal Education.

Osh State University actively participating in Bologna Process of the European Union

The Bologna Process is a European process of reform aims to create a common Higher Education Space by 2010. At present, 45 countries participate in it, with the support of several international organisations. It represents a great effort towards convergence of the higher education systems of the participating countries, and it involves directly all European higher education institutions and their components. The objective is that by 2010 the higher education systems of the signatory countries should be organised in such a way as to guarantee: transparency and readability of educational programmes and qualifications the concrete possibility for students and graduates easily to continue their studies or to find employment in another European country a greater attractiveness of European Higher Education for citizens of other countries the offer of a broad and high quality knowledge base to ensure economic and social development of the partner countries. 

The objective is very ambitious and success will involve other elements besides the Bologna Process. Nonetheless, the Process is intended to prepare and make operative the tools necessary to reach the goals. It is necessary to clarify at the outset two aspects of the Process. In the first place, it is not based on an international treaty which is binding for the governments of the various countries: even though the responsible Ministers have signed documents of various types, each country — and its academic community — adheres freely and voluntarily to the agreed principles, motivated only by the desire to reach a common goal. 

In the second place, the Process does not aim at the ‘harmonisation’ of the European systems of Higher Education, but encourages the preservation of their diversity, albeit within a common framework; and it builds bridges between different countries and educational systems, preserving at the same time their specific characteristics. 

The process is carried out at various levels: international, national and institutional. At the international level there are various methods of collaboration and various structures which contribute to advancing the process. 

First of all, the Ministers of Education of the signatory countries meet every two years to evaluate the results obtained, formulate further indications and establish priorities for the following two years. a greater attractiveness of European Higher Education for citizens of other countries the offer of a broad and high quality knowledge base to ensure economic and social development of the partner countries. 

After the first meeting in Bologna in 1999, the Ministers met in Prague in 2001, a Berlin nel 2003 and in Bergen in 2005. It is composed of representatives of all the signatory countries and of the European Commission. The Council of Europe, the EI (Education International Pan-European Structure), the ENQA (the association of the European Quality Assurance Agencies, the ESIB (the Association of the European Student unions, the EUA (the European University Association), the EURASHE (the association of the non-University Higher Education Sector), the UNESCO-CEPES and the UNICE (the confederation of European industrialists) meetings have the role of consultative members. Lastly, numerous seminars, called “Bologna seminars” are organised each year in various venues in order to discuss the themes connected to the Process, and to examine the obstacles which still subsist and to propose new forms of collaboration. 

The national level sees in each country the involvement of the government, and in particular, the Minister responsible for higher education, the Rectors’ conference or other Associations of institutions of higher education, of student organisations, and in some cases, of Quality assurance agencies, employers’ associations or other relevant associations. 

Many European countries have already carried out the structural reforms of their higher education systems in order to comply with the Bologna objectives, whereas others are preparing to do so: in some cases this means modifying the structure of the qualifications and the organisation of curricula, in others the introduction of ECTS or facilitating student mobility. 

At Institutional level Faculties, Departments, Programme Boards and many other components of the academic world have been involved in the reform process. The fundamental role of the institutions in the Bologna Process must be underlined. It is very clear that without the direct involvement and the convinced participation of academics, who are responsible for the correct application of the European principles at institutional level, it will be very difficult to reach some of the objectives indicated by the Ministers ever since the beginning of the Process. 

The Declaration originally signed in Bologna (1999) had six specific objectives: 
– Adoption of a system of degrees easily understandable and comparable, also through the use of the Diploma Supplement 
– Adoption of a system essentially founded on two principal cycles, respectively of first and second level 
– Adoption of a system of didactic credits such as ECTS 
– Promotion of mobility through the removal of obstacles to the full development of the circulation of students, researchers and administrative staff 
– Promotion of European cooperation in quality assurance 
– Promotion of the necessary European dimension of higher education 

On these principles in the Salamanca message the European higher education institutions, represented by the EUA, expressed their opinion, reaffirming their autonomy, and declaring their complete willingness to follow them. In their turn the students of the ESIB presented the Declaration of Goteborg as their contribution to the next meeting of the Ministers. 

Because of the dynamic character of the Process, the Ministerial Conference of Prague (2001) enriched it with new objectives. In particular The institutions and the students are recognised as full partners in trying to achieve the common objectives; The social dimension of the Bologna process is reaffirmed The principle that higher education is a public good and a public responsibility is reaffirmed. 

The meeting of 40 Ministers in Berlin added another important objective to the Bologna Process: 
Research has a fundamental role in higher institutions in Europe: the European Higher Education Space and the European Research Area constitute the two pilasters of knowledge based society. It is necessary to go beyond the two cycles and include the third cycle, the doctorate, in the process of European convergence. Furthermore, in Berlin, the Ministers decided to evaluate on the subsequent Bergen meeting (2005) the progress made on the three objectives of the Bologna Process identified as priorities: 
– The two cycle system 
– Quality assurance 
– Recognition of degrees and periods of study 

To that end they asked the Bologna Follow-up Group to carry out a comparative analysis of the results obtained in the three sectors by each of the signatory countries and to have carried out a detailed study of two particular themes: 
– Common criteria and guidelines for quality assurance, with a mandate to the ENQA (European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies) 
– A European Qualifications Framework – based on work-load, level, learning outcomes, competences and professional profile – with mandate to the special work group 

In the recent Bergen meeting (19-20 May 2005) the Ministers received the report of the Follow-up Group on the progress of the national reform processes in the three areas identified as priorities, taking note of the progress made and the problems still to be solved. They also received the document of the work group on the Overarching European Qualifications Framework, which includes, among other elements, the “Dublin Descriptors”, promising to elaborate within 2010 of the national frameworks compatible with the common framework. They adopted the criteria and guidelines proposed by ENQA for the quality assurance and accepted the principle of a European Register of Evaluation Agencies subject to annual checks. 

The new priorities outlined by the Ministers for 2005-7 regard: 
– Synergy between education and research and the organisation of doctoral studies The social dimension of the Bologna Process Mobility of students and staff in the area of the participating countries Relations between the European Higher Education Space and the rest of the world. 
– For the London meeting in 2007 mandate will be given to the EUA to prepare a report on the fundamental principals relative to doctoral studies, while the Follow-up Group will present data on mobility and on the social dimension of studies in the participating countries. 
– The Follow-up Group, furthermore, will be asked to continue its analysis of progress made in the various countries with respect to the cycles of studies, quality and recognition, with particular attention to: 
* implementation of the standards and guidelines for quality assurance as proposed in the ENQA report; 
* implementation of the national frameworks for qualifications; 
* the awarding and recognition of joint degrees, including at the doctorate level; 
* creating opportunities for flexible learning paths in higher education, including procedures for the recognition of prior learning. 

At present, the 45 signatory countries of the Bologna Process are: 
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldavia, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Ex-Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Slovakia, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine.Â



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