AUCA-USAID Building the Future project 2016-2019
About the USAID Building the Future project
American University of Central Asia provides a unique model for higher education in the Kyrgyz Republic based on traditions of liberal arts education. It particularly emphasizes high quality, interactive teaching and supports writing and critical thinking skills among students, thereby effectively preparing university students for the wider scope of opportunities in the future.
AUCA got support from USAID-Central Asia in 1) granting scholarships annually for eligible AUCA applicants and students, 2) enhancing research capacity of faculty through research grants and extensive trainings on conducting research and publishing, and 3) achieving and maintaining accreditation for the Business Administration program to ensure long-term development and growth of the program.
University-based research capacity is a vital component not only in the supply of policy-related knowledge, but also potentially in the generation of demand for that knowledge. Whereas NGOs and other commercial and semi-commercial suppliers of policy-relevant knowledge depend on the existence of a market for their products, universities have a key role to play in the generation of demand by virtue of their unique role in the education of decision-makers. With USAID support under the Building the Future project, AUCA will provide extensive training for faculty members and administer over 20 faculty-led research projects, publishing reports both on a local and international level.
Nowadays AUCA is mostly an undergraduate level teaching than a research based university. It implies the low visibility of faculty research activities and very small number of publications in worldwide renowned databases. There are only 17 publications of AUCA faculty/staff in Scopus/Elsevier database for the last five years. However, the successful participation of AUCA in Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) ranking requires at least 100 publications in Scopus/Elsevier for the last five years. AUCA is already in the list of top QS EECA University Ranking, occupying the 106th place in 2015, the only university from Kyrgyzstan to be listed in this ranking. In order to improve its position in QS EECA ranking AUCA needs to intensify the publication activity of faculty members and that requires an increased funding of research projects within a coherent research development policy. In order to produce the articles that could be published in high impact international reviews and, by this way, contribute to the international academic attractiveness and visibility of AUCA an additional funding to research projects have to be allocated.
In all aspects of this program and beyond, AUCA will encourage the equal participation of men and women. AUCA will comply with the requirements of USAID as listed in NFO RFA-176-16-000004.