On June 1, 2017, the inauguration ceremony of a new NPM Resource Center took place at Talas State University (TalSU). This is the sixth NPM Resource Center opened by the Association of NPM Educators with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP). Similar centers already exist at universities in Batken, Osh, Naryn and Bishkek. These centers have hosted over 70 guest lectures, 12 professional development workshops, and developed the syllabi of 5 NPM courses.

The first vice rector of the TalSU, Melis Turgunbaev, faculty and students, representatives of the state bodies of Talas Oblast, USAID CGP and civil society organizations took part in the inauguration ceremony.

In his opening remarks, prof. Melis Turgunbayev thanked the USAID CGP and the Association of NPM Educators for the trust and support in establishing the resource center. He noted that the newly opened center will greatly promote NPM education at TalSU and will expand the capacity of university faculty in raising awareness and qualifications in promoting NPM education. Students and faculty at TalSU will constantly receive up-to-date information on CSO activities not only in Talas Oblast and the Kyrgyz Republic, but also from other regions.

The vice rector of TalSU and the director of the Association of NPM Educators signed a letter of intent on cooperation after the ribbon-cutting ceremony that opened the new NPM Resource Center.

Following the Center’s inauguration ceremony, 20 professors and faculty members of TalSU took part in the “Training for Trainers” on syllabi of NPM courses conducted by Chynara Ashymova, Project Coordinator of the Association of NPM Educators, Gulyayna Syidanova, Director of the Association of NPM Educators and Aisalkyn Ukuyev, Coordinator of the NPM Resource Center at TalSU.

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Vice Rector of Talas State University Melis Turgunbaev (center), USAID CGP Deputy Chief of Party Ruslan Moldokasymov (to the right), Gulaina Syidanova-Mavigoz, Director of the Association of NPM Educators (to the left) are given the honor to cut a ribbon to inaugurate a new NPM Resource Center at Talas State University

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Vice Rector of Talas State University Melis Turgunbaev (left) and Gulaina Syidanova-Mavigoz, Director of the Association of NPM Educators (to the right) signed a Letter of Intention to collaborate further on advancing NPM education at Talas State University

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Vice Rector of Talas State University Melis Turgunbaev (center), USAID CGP Deputy Chief of Party Ruslan Moldokasymov (to the right), Gulaina Syidanova-Mavigoz, Director of the Association of NPM Educators (to the left), faculty and students, representatives of the Education Board, state administrative bodies of Talas oblast, representatives of USAID Collaborative Governance Program, and civil society organizations participate in the inauguration ceremony.

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Deputy Director of USAID Collaborative Governance Program Ruslan Moldokasymov makes opening remarks at the inauguration ceremony of the NPM Resource Center at Talas State University

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Professors and faculty members of TalSU at the “Training for Trainers” on syllabi of three NPM courses conducted after the Center’s inauguration ceremony