HRTS Partner Organization: The American University of Central Asia

Nov. 6, 2023
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As part of the Human Rights Practice Program's engagement with the Eurasia region, we offer a joint degree with the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. You can read some reflections by Alena Sulaimanova, the first student to complete studies at both institutions. You can also read about the new Human Rights in Eurasia emphasis being offered as part of the Graduate Certificate in Human Rights Practice at the University of Arizona. Below is an excerpt from the AUCA website.

American University of Central Asia

AUCA serves Central Asia, where young democracies are emerging in nation states accustomed to more restrictive forms of governance.  We develop the skills and the attitude of mind that foster sensitivity to the region’s rich traditions and adaptability for its democratic development.

Proud of the success of our 2,500 graduates, on our 10th anniversary as an independent learning community we launched a plan for academic development designed to enable our University to soar to a new level of excellence.

Our distinctiveness derives from our highly strategic location, where peoples from east and west have been exchanging goods and ideas for millennia. Our University is a small but powerful engine of intellectual freedom and critical thinking that fuels education in a caring, corruption-free, student-centered environment.

We treasure Central Asia’s historic role as facilitator of mutual understanding and entrepreneurial ideas. Students and faculty eager to study and pursue their dreams come to us from 25 different countries, including all the Central Asian states, Afghanistan, China, Holland, Germany, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States. Their diverse beliefs, languages and perspectives are openly shared and valued. In this vibrant atmosphere, where the freedom to study is considered a privilege, we design new paths forward for social transformation and international understanding.

You can read more about AUCA on its website.