On April 30, 2015, four professors representing four Nonprofit Management (NPM) Consortium Member Universities: Nurzhamal Ibraeva from Kyrgyz National University, Zainidin Kurmanov from Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, Chinara Ashimova from Arabaev State University, and Baktygul Maksytova from Osh State University joined Baktygul Ismailova, USAID CGP's Curriculum Development Specialist, in participating in a pre-departure orientation conducted by CGP's Higher Education Officer, Gulshat Maatkerimova. These five individuals traveled on the 2nd of May to Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia to attend a four-week NPM Fellowship Program.

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Participants of the pre-departure orientation in CGP Office with four successful Fellows of the 2nd NPM Fellowship Program organized at Ilia State University in the Republic of Georgia, including: (from left to right) CGP Chief of Party Mark Grubb; CGP's Higher Education Officer Gulshat Maatkerimova; USAID CGP's Curriculum Development Specialist Baktygul Ismailova; Professor Chinara Ashimova from Arabaev Kyrgyz State University; USAID Democracy and Governance Office Director, Ann Hopper; Professor Zainidin Kurmanov from Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University; Associate Professor Nurzhamal Ibraeva from Kyrgyz National University; and Associate Professor Baktygul Maksytova from Osh State University.

 

 

USAID Democracy and Governance Office Director, Ann Hopper, provided opening remarks and highlighted the importance of the NPM Fellowship Program as it pertains to enhancing the academic opportunities for the professors, providing opportunities for new learning experiences, as well as lessons learned from their Georgian counterparts. The Kyrgyz professors will be sharing their own experience in developing NPM syllabi and courses to advance NPM education in Kyrgyz universities. CGP Chief of Party Mark Grubb welcomed the winners of the Fellowship competition and lauded these Fellows as examples of professors who are committed and who have demonstrated that commitment by voluntarily working many extra days and hours to introduce NPM courses in universities of the Kyrgyz Republic. He also shared his insights with the Fellows and challenged them to bring back their valuable experience and work with their other Consortium professors to broaden their strategic visioning on the role of NPM education and building relations of cooperation between civil society, private, and public sectors.

The four- weeks NPM Fellowship Program (May 2-30, 2015) has been organized by USAID Collaborative Governance Program through its grants program in cooperation with Ilia State University in Tbilisi and in collaboration with the East-West Management Institute in Georgia. The NPM Fellows were selected through an open competition among 15 NPM Consortium Member–Universities to audit and participate in the NPM courses at Ilia State University, with support from Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, and the University of Georgia. The participants of the 2nd NPM Fellowship Program will also visit 5-6 leading Georgian CSOs to learn of their experiences and through presentations by the Fellows, to share their Kyrgyz experiences in NPM education and cooperation with Kyrgyz CSOs.

This is the second USAID CGP-funded NPM Fellowship Program designed to enhance and strengthen the academic capabilities of Kyrgyz professors and to provide access to new methodologies for use in NPM education. The first NPM Fellowship was in spring of 2014 with two Kyrgyz Professors from KNU hosted at Johns Hopkins University's Center for Civil Society Studies in Maryland.

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USAID Democracy and Governance Office Director, Ann Hopper, and CGP COP Mark Grubb made opening remarks and highlighted the importance of the NPM Fellowship Program in enhancing the academic opportunities for the professors, providing opportunities for new learning experiences, as well as lessons learned from their Georgian counterparts.

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CGP's Higher Education Officer Gulshat Maatkerimova conducting a pre-departure orientation for Fellows before departure by sharing their travel itinerary, schedule of work, providing guidance re: professors presentations for Georgian counterparts at Ilia State University, Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), and Georgia University.

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Fellows are busy with final preps of the presentation on Kyrgyzstan's mile stones reached while advancing NPM education in Kyrgyzstan to share with the Georgian colleagues.

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CGP's Higher Education Officer Gulshat Maatkerimova two months prior to the pre-departure orientation, was on a business trip to the Republic of Georgia to meet with Georgian partners including representatives of Ilia State University, Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), University of Georgia, and colleagues at East-West Management Institute in Georgia as well as meeting six leaders of Georgian CSOs to develop a four-weeks 2nd NPM Fellowship Program in the Republic of Georgia.