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The American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in cooperation with Bard College and with the financial support of the American people provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched building renovations for the new AUCA Technical School of Innovation, a new educational project of AUCA aimed at preparing students and professionals, in a variety of fields, with strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The new school will allow AUCA to prepare a significantly higher proportion of Bishkek-based students for college-level work at AUCA, eliminating much of the remedial education that holds students back in their first year. Graduates will think critically, gain new skills, and understand the nature of global technological transformations and their implications for social and economic growth in the region.
“We are thrilled by this building project,” said Jonathan Becker, executive vice president of Bard College and acting president of AUCA. “The result will be a wonderful space that will serve as the home of AUCA's new technical school, but also as a venue for continuing education and masters programs that serve the entire Bishkek community. We are extremely thankful to USAID for their continued support.”
An on-site ceremony on February 20 included AUCA and government officials, as well as contractors involved in the project design and construction. Each participant laid a brick where new energy-efficient windows will be placed. The new building will include modern classrooms, a conference hall, lounges for students and faculty, a fully equipped dining room, and a first-aid station. The fully accessible building will also be equipped with energy-efficient utilities, and include solar energy collectors on the roof. In addition to the Technical School of Innovation, the building will house the Center for Lifelong Learning, and AUCA master’s degree programs. The interior of the building will be completed in August, with programs opening in the new building in September for the start of the fall semester.
Officials attending the launch ceremony included:
The American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in cooperation with Bard College and with the financial support of the American people provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched building renovations for the new AUCA Technical School of Innovation.
Brothers at Bard has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation to support their academic enrichment mentoring program for young men of color. Bard College students volunteer as “big brothers” or mentors to students in grades 9–12 at Kingston High School. Each academic year, Brothers at Bard works with 15–20 students, holding development workshops and team-building activities to promote academic excellence, college readiness, and overall positive life choices.
Brian Mateo, assistant dean, Bard Center for Civic Engagement, and director of strategic partnerships, Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program, will moderate a human rights panel at the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) 2019 Global Engagement Summit on Friday, February 22, at UN headquarters in New York City. Panelists will discuss how rights advocates on a diversity of issues—including criminal justice, the SDGs, LGBTI equality, and asylum—have strategically used UN institutions, tools, and mechanisms to generate change.
Bard College is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018–2019 Fulbright U.S. students. Each year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top-producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.
Six students from Bard received Fulbright awards for academic year 2018–2019. “We are extraordinarily proud of our Fulbright Scholars, who are studying chemistry in Ireland and Islamic radicalization in Kosovo, and teaching English in Argentina, Malaysia, Georgia, and Germany. They epitomize the intellectual engagement, global awareness, and curiosity about the world that is the hallmark of a Bard education,” said David Shein, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Studies.
“We thank the colleges and universities across the United States that we are recognizing as Fulbright top-producing institutions for their role in increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “We are proud of all the Fulbright students and scholars from these institutions who represent America abroad, increasing and sharing their skills and knowledge on a global stage.”
The Fulbright competition is administered at Bard College through Dean of Studies David Shein ([email protected], 845.758.7045), and Assistant Dean of Studies Kaet Heupel ([email protected], 845.758.7454).
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 390,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,900 U.S. students, artists, and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research abroad each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.
The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. scholars, teachers, and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research, and teach foreign languages.
For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.
Brian Mateo, assistant dean, Bard Center for Civic Engagement, and director of strategic partnerships, Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program, will moderate a human rights panel at the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) 2019 Global Engagement Summit, which takes place Friday, February 22, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at UN headquarters in New York, NY. Panelists will discuss how rights advocates on a diversity of issues—including criminal justice, the SDGs, LGBTI equality, and asylum—have strategically used UN institutions, tools, and mechanisms to generate change.
· H.E. Mr. Milenko E. Skoknic Tapia, Permanent Representative of Chile to the UN
· Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Alliance of Families for Justice
· Sam Brinton, Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs, The Trevor Project
· Kelly Razzouk, Director of Policy and Advocacy, International Rescue Committee
The Global Engagement Summit brings together over 1,500 grassroots organizers and world leaders to discuss some of the world’s most critical issues. To learn more about the Summit, please click here.
You can watch the event live on http://webtv.un.org. Please follow the UNA-USA’s social media platforms to stay updated.
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