On November 3, 2016, over 80 people, including 26 professors of Batken State University, representatives of the United State Agency for International Development (USAID), Collaborative Governance Program/East-West Management Institute, Batken-based SCOs, Batken Oblast Education Board, and students of Batken State University participated in the ceremony of opening the new Nonprofit Management (NPM) Resource Center at Batken State University. The Public Union “Association of Nonprofit Management Educators” in collaboration with the USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) and Batken State University launched the NPM Resource Center at Batken State University, which is the 4th NPM Resource Center in a network of NPM Resource Centers established at Kyrgyz National (2013), Osh (2015), Naryn (2016) and Batken (2016) State Universities as a result of collaboration between the USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP), Consortium of Universities that was formed in 2013 with CGP support and the Ministry of Education and Science to develop standards for NPM programs and courses, and the Association of NPM Educators that was established in March 2016.

A network of NPM Resource Centers serve as a platform for NPM education and resources, guest lectures, conferences and discussions and serve as a bridge for information and to cover existing gaps, share resources, and provide adult learners/civil society practitioners with access to a spectrum of knowledge on NPM.

Photo 1 BSU Ribbon Cutting Rector BSU Director DG USAID Director ANPME IMG 0294

(From left to right) Rector of Batken State University Abdivap Zulpuev, Director of Democracy and Governance Office at USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Cory Johnston, and Director of the Association of NPM Educators Zainidin Kurmanov cutting a ribbon to inaugurate the NPM Resource Center at Batken State University

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Director of Democracy and Governance Office at USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Cory Johnston making opening remarks at the ceremony of inauguration of the NPM Resource Center at Batken State University

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(From left to right) Professor Zainidin Kurmanov, Executive Director of the Association of NPM Educators and Professor Abdivap Zulpuev, Rector of Batken State University signed the Letter of Intent to promote cooperation in the field of Nonprofit Management Education

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Director of Democracy and Governance Office at USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Cory Johnston highlighted the significance of the newly-launched Resource Center at Batken State University for professors, students and communities of Batken Oblast to get connected with other regions, to stay abreast of events and developments happening across the country

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Rector of Batken State University Abdivap Zulpuev had a meeting with Director of Democracy and Governance Office at USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Cory Johnston (center), Professor Zainidin Kurmanov, Executive Director of the Association of NPM Educators (left from Cory), Coordinator of NPM Resource Center at KNU Yris Beybutova (right from rector)

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A memory photo of five leaders: (from left to right) Coordinator of NPM Resource Center at KNU Yris Beybutova, Rector of Batken State University Abdivap Zulpuev, Director of Democracy and Governance Office at USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Cory Johnston, Project Management Specialist at USAID/KR Office in Osh Muhtar Irisov, and Senior Program Officer at CGP/EWMI Ruslan Moldokasymov after the meeting with the rector in his office