UCA Introduces Innovative Certificate Programme in Mining Policy and Sustainable Development
UCA’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA) is introducing a Certificate Programme in Mining Policy and Sustainable Development.
The programme will be offered at UCA in the Kyrgyz Republic in September – November 2016 and is targeted to civil servants, experts, journalists and civil society representatives involved in extractive industries with an aim of developing a pool of informed professionals who can improve the quality of public discussion about the mining sector.
Admission to the Certificate Programme is intensive and rigorous. Delivered over a eight-week period in Russian and English, the programme will comprise of eleven modules and a colloquium. The modules include in- and out-of-class engagements with experts and a final project tailored to each learner’s professional context. Participants will not be charged.
Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General and Dean of Graduate Studies said this course is critical in promoting knowledge exchange and the sharing of best practices to the mining sector during the programme.
“The mining sector plays a pivotal role in Kyrgyzstan’s development. This certificate programme will equip home grown leaders with the tools and resources they need to contribute to the sustainable development of the mining industry,” he said.
Improving the investment climate is a priority for the Kyrgyz Republic as international mining investment has the potential to stabilise prosperous societies, economies and environments compared to regional investment.
The certificate programme is part of a multi-faceted Mining Policy Initiative, designed to promote an empirically informed public discussion on mining policy that engages government agencies, the media, civil society and the private sector.
In the next phase, participants will produce a published report on Mining and Sustainable Development in the Kyrgyz Republic, to serve as an enduring reference document for decision makers.
The 20-month programme draws on resources within UCA and its partnerships with state and local government agencies, international experts, universities, donor agencies and non-governmental organisations.