AUCA Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) marked its official opening

AUCA Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) marked its official opening

June 10, 2019

AUCA Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) marked its official opening on May 30, 2019 by hosting local and international organizations and AUCA community to get acquainted with the CCE mission, goals, and plans and ways to get involved.

Representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, UNFPA, East West Management Institute, National Democratic Institute, PeaceNexus- Kyrgyz Republic and others were in attendance. The event also gathered members of AUCA Board of Trustees, staff, faculty, and students.

With civic engagement and community service being at the core of AUCA values, the university established the Center to foster a society in which citizens work together to improve their communities for the greater good.

The center will focus on working in three areas:

  1. Student engagement;
  2. Faculty engagement;
  3. Research to serve engagement.

To learn more about the CCE, please click HERE

After the formal part of the launch, guests were invited to join the poster session at which students and faculty of the university presented their implemented projects and answered questions. Students were able to chat and network with guests about their projects and future plans.  


Bakai Abdykul uulu presented his project “Gavel Investment Moot 2019”, which is supported by U.S.Embassy Bishkek within C5+1 Youth Council program.

Jonathan Becker, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Director, Bard CCE speaking about civic engagement as an international phenomenon.

Chingiz Shamshiev, Vice President of AUCA & Director, AUCA CCE speaking about philosophy of civic engagement at AUCA.

Meghan McCormack, Executive Director, AUCA CCE spoke about Center’s three focus areas in detail and concentrated on the process of working with CSO and NGO partners to create a win-win for both parties involved.