December 11, 2017
On December 11, the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Sapar Isakov honored AUCA with a high state award - the Order of Dostuk. Andrew Wachtel, the President of AUCA has received it.
The Order "Dostuk" is a sign of distinction for a special contribution to the development of the educational, social, spiritual and intellectual potential of our country.
“First of all, I would like to thank the faculty and students of AUCA. You are the foundation of our country. I am proud that in Kyrgyzstan, we have a university that operates throughout Central Asia. Each AUCA alumna is the strongest personnel. I was convinced of this: several members of my team are AUCA alumni. In the future, many graduates from AUCA will work in different ministries and departments, setting up their work. There is a tumar in center of the Order of "Dostuk" depicted. It's an amulet. Let this tumar protect AUCA!” - Sapar Isakov said in his welcome speech.
The decree on awarding such honor to AUCA was signed in Independence Day of Kyrgyzstan - August 31, 2017 - by Almazbek Atambaev, the president of Kyrgyz Republic at that time.
“When creating the university, the idea was laid that AUCA is not only for students, but for the whole country and goes beyond the university to participate in the public, social and cultural life of Kyrgyzstan. Awarding AUCA by the Order of "Dostuk" is a sign that the government of Kyrgyz Republic has marked our activities. And I hope that this is the first, but not the last, award, and understanding that AUCA plays a unique role in social life, investing its own "brick" in the education of Kyrgyzstan,” concluded the president of AUCA Andrew Wachtel and noted that the best gift even in the era of “digitalization” is a book.
After what Andrew Wachtel presented to the Prime Minister an encyclopedia Britannica.