On June 13, 2017, Madam Sheila Gwaltney, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kyrgyz Republic, within her business trip to Batken Oblast visited Batken State University (BSU). During visit the American guests got acquainted with the leadership of Batken State University and activities of the Nonprofit Management (NPM) Resource Center at Batken State University, opened in 2016 with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program.

The US representatives’ visit started with a conversation in the office of BSU Rector Abdivap Zulpuev, where the guests learned about Batken State University, its structural subdivisions in the towns of Kyzyl-Kiya and Suluktu. The rector noted that BSU pays special attention to international cooperation, as it’s a guarantee of quality education, academic mobility of both university professors and students.

Then the U.S. Embassy representatives visited NPM Resource Center, where they met with professors and students of Batken State University, learned about development and introduction of NPM courses, providing trainings for BSU faculty members on methodological and practical aspects of teaching NPM courses and providing thematic guest lectures by representatives of government institutions, business structures and civil society organizations. The meeting went in a form of an open dialogue and in a friendly atmosphere.

At the end of the meeting, Ms. Sheila Gwaltney thanked the leadership of Batken State University for the warm welcome and noted that cooperation with the universities of the Kyrgyz Republic, providing exchange of students and professors, as well as joint educational projects are of the most interest for the United States. Prior to departure the guests visited the American Corner located at Batken State University.

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Joint picture of students and professors with the U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Sheila Gwaltney and Rector of BSU Abdivap Zulpuev on a memorable meeting

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Rector of BSU Abdivap Zulpuev telling the U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Sheila Gwaltney about BSU and its structural subdivisions

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BSU students availed opportunity and made selfies with the U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Sheila Gwaltney, who accepted such a creative opportunity with a smile 

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Meeting of BSU students and faculty members with the U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, Sheila Gwaltney, and Rector of BSU Abdivap Zulpuev in the NPM Recourse Center at BSU

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Participants of the meeting with U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Sheila Gwaltney had a wonderful opportunity to ask questions, as well as to answer the questions that were of interest to the Ambassador