Central Asian Studies Institute (AUCA)

Introduction

The Central Asian Studies Institute is a research and academic unit of the American University of Central Asia, established with the mission of promoting the study of Central Asia locally and internationally. The Institute pursues this goal by encouraging and supporting individual and group research projects, organizing seminars and conferences, publishing a scholarly journal and by developing academic programs focused on Central Asia.

For centuries Central Asia has been a crossroads for the movement of peoples, goods, and ideas between Europe, West Asia, South Asia, and East Asia. With the end of the Soviet rule, the region has regained its political, economic and cultural diversity and stands again as a key player in a tightly knit global community. By bringing together local and international researchers, fostering a synergy between students, faculty members and visiting scholars and by privileging multidisciplinary and comparative research projects, the Central Asian Studies Institute aims to produce innovative and responsible knowledge on ongoing processes in the five Central Asian republics (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan).

Established in 2011, the Central Asian Studies Institute is a non-profit academic research unit accountable to the President of the American University of Central Asia. The director of the Institute works in close cooperation with the members of the international advisory board to develop academic partnerships in all fields of study related to Central Asia and with the members of the steering committee in order to encourage and facilitate academic research within the American University of Central Asia.

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Master of Arts in Central Asian Studies

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Kyrgyzstan Bishkek

The program is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of past and present social, political, economic and cultural processes in Central Asia and an overview of the various academic disciplines that have shaped the production of knowledge on the region. Graduates of the program will be prepared to enroll in social science PhD programs with a focus on Central Asia or to move seamlessly into careers in government, diplomacy, international organizations, development, journalism, or into any other field that requires solid area expertise and knowledge of a local language. [+]

Study Central Asia in Central Asia with the CASIThe Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI) at the American University is currently accepting applications for the Master of Arts in Central Asian Studies (MACAS)in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Master of Arts in Central Asian Studies The program is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of past and present social, political, economic and cultural processes in Central Asia and an overview of the various academic disciplines that have shaped the production of knowledge on the region. Graduates of the program will be prepared to enroll in social science PhD programs with a focus on Central Asia or to move seamlessly into careers in government, diplomacy, international organizations, development, journalism, or into any other field that requires solid area expertise and knowledge of a local language. The Program The Master of Arts in Central Asian Studies offers students a unique opportunity to acquire a degree that meets Western standards of education without ever leaving Central Asia. Courses are conducted entirely in English and supervised by Western faculty. Those who successfully complete the program will have a solid grounding in Western academic writing, research, and critical thinking, skills that are highly valued in any context. Take the next step in building your future today by applying to the program. Central Asian Studies Institute The program is hosted by the Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI) of the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. AUCA is an international, multi-disciplinary learning community in the American liberal arts tradition. Since its foundation in 1993, the University has proven its distinctiveness by encouraging and maintaining intellectual freedom and critical thinking. Capitalizing on its location and on its international faculty and student bodies, AUCA is determined to become the best teaching and research university in the region and a center of excellence in research on Central Asia with an increasing presence of international scholars and graduate students. Towards this end AUCA established a Central Asian Studies Institute in 2011. By bringing together local and international researchers, fostering synergy between students, faculty members and visiting scholars and by privileging multidisciplinary and comparative research projects, the Central Asian Studies Institute aims to produce innovative and responsible knowledge on the ongoing processes in the five Central Asian republics (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) and on regions bordering them. Students enrolled in the MA degree program in Central Asian Studies become part of a vibrant academic and research community and are offered the possibility, through an ongoing series of meetings, lectures, seminars and round tables, to meet key political actors and experts and to get in touch with a variety of visiting scholars. [-]