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Kyrgyz authorities recalling the OSCE Academy’s license

December 25, 2009

At the front doors of the OSCE Academy, 2008

What is going on??? I was shocked by the news that the OSCE Academy in Bishkek may lose its license for the masters degree program in political science! The news says that the State Licensing and Accreditation Inspection decided to terminate the education activities of OSCE Academy, because its MA program has not been held in accordance with the state standards, and that no state-recognized diplomas were given (!). The State Licensing and Accreditation Inspection told media that the OSCE Academy has been giving advanced trainings, but not MA program degree, and that there is not hidden political motive under their decision, but they want to “bring activities of universities in line with the legislation and regulations of the Kyrgyz Republic.”

The decision of the State Inspection to recall the license of the OSCE Academy for the Master’s degree program was assertion of the existing situation per se and was preliminary agreed on with the top management of this university. This decision was accompanied with the indispensable condition to issue the license to this university for supplementary education program (advanced training) in political science.

What the heck is going on? Is it yet another political game the Kyrgyz government is trying to play? There is no need to explain and prove that the OSCE Academy is one the best educational institutes not only in Kyrgyzstan, but in whole Central Asia, because it really is, and it is recognized in the world! Why? ‘Cuz the Academy selects only recognized and high level academics, specialists and representatives of international organizations, who are experts in their fields of studies, with excellent education and experience backgrounds. Every year, excellent feedback of previous students and high demand of the Academy for its staff and students result in high entrance competition. Therefore, in most cases only best applicants become students of MA program of the Academy. And students come not only from Central Asian countries, but also from other CIS states. And most graduates of the Academy are surely better equipped in terms of knowledge than, say, those who graduate from the Academy of Management under the president of Kyrgyz Republic, whose license will never be recalled! I am not hyperbolizing by saying this, cuz I have seen this myself, when I did MA studies in Political Science at the OSCE Academy during 2007/2008 academic year. And I am sure there are a lot of people, who agree with these statements of mine.

Maxim Ryabkov, director of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, told [ru] to Bishkek Press Club that the information about recalling Academy’s license was a surprise for him.

The press press-release [about recalling Academy’s license] was a real surprise for me. It states about the recalling of licenses of 14 universities, and Academy is one of them. No one informed us about termination of education activities of our university. On the contrary, yesterday the Ministry of Education [of Kyrgyz Republic] informed us that our license was valid through June 20, 2009, and it would be prolonged after.

I called the Academy today to get more info about this news. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to talk Mr. Ryabkov. However, the staff of the Academy say the given issue is just the “misundestanding, and the negotiations are going on between the Academy tops and state officials”, and that “the situation will be solved for Academy’s advantage very soon.” Well, lets keep fingers crossed and wait to see what happens.

PS. The OSCE Academy’s lame uneffective userunfriendly web site does not have any info on the issue. And media resonance was practically zero (at least from the foreign media side).

8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 25, 2009 1:43 pm


  2. December 25, 2009 1:46 pm

    Mirsulzhan, I know I am bad at blogging acronyms, what the hell is TIK? 🙂

    • December 25, 2009 1:49 pm

      This Is Kyrgyzstan – TIK!
      May be, it would be much better to say TIFK, and now you know the abbreviation.

      Do you remember the film – Bloody Diamond. They say it TIA – This is Africa!

  3. December 25, 2009 1:51 pm

    Haha, now I got it 🙂 Yes, it is TIFK!

  4. December 25, 2009 3:47 pm

    It is seems like Acedemy staff did not expect such decision from the government .

    • December 25, 2009 6:50 pm

      No, they were shocked by the news. And hell knows who the “top management” is that the state agency made preliminary agreement with. As far as I know there is a board of trustees that manages the Academy’s “top” affairs. Either the state agency is bluffing, or the board of trustees did not trust the info to Ryabkov. Either way sucks I guess…

  5. December 25, 2009 6:45 pm

    Wow, that sucks for those who have put their time and effort into these programs. But good for you, Tolkun, for shining a light on this problem.

  6. December 25, 2009 7:00 pm

    Jim, you are right. The state agency is questioning high status, excellent work, and deep knowledge of so many people who have put their time and effort both working and studying at the Academy.

    I hope they will fix this “misunderstanding” very soon.

    Btw, Marry Christmas and happy New Year, dude 🙂

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