USAID Building the Future project

About the USAID Building the Future project (2016-2019)

The American University of Central Asia provides a unique model for higher education in the Kyrgyz Republic based on the traditions of liberal arts education. It particularly emphasizes high quality, interactive teaching and supports writing and critical thinking skills among students, thereby effectively preparing university students for the wider scope of opportunities in the future.

AUCA got support from USAID-Central Asia in

  • granting scholarships annually for eligible AUCA applicants and students
  • enhancing the research capacity of faculty through research grants and extensive research and publishing
  • achieving and maintaining accreditation for the Business Administration program to ensure long-term development and growth of the program.

University-based research capacity is a vital component not only in the supply of policy-related knowledge but also potentially in the generation of demand for that knowledge. Whereas NGOs and other commercial and semi-commercial suppliers of policy-relevant knowledge depend on the existence of a market for their products, universities have a key role to play in the generation of demand by virtue of their unique role in the education of decision-makers. With USAID support under the Building the Future project, over three year period AUCA provided extensive training for faculty members and administered over 20 faculty-led research projects, publishing reports both on a local and international level.

Before 2016 AUCA was a mostly teaching-oriented institution rather than a research-based university. It implied the low visibility of faculty research activities and a very small number of publications in worldwide renowned databases. There were only 17 publications of AUCA faculty/staff in Scopus/Elsevier database before 2016.

In order to improve its position in Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) universities ranking, AUCA, aims to intensify the publication activity of faculty members.

This strategic objective has been partially addressed by the USAID Building the Future project, implemented by the American University of Central Asia from September 2016 to September 2019.

Presentation – Building the Future


*This project was made possible by the generous support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the American University of Central Asia and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.


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