UCA signs partnership agreement with National Agency for Local Self - Government of the Kyrgyz Republic
On 18 January 2011, the University of Central Asia and the National Agency for Local Self- Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (NAMSU) signed a partnership agreement to cooperate on improving the knowledge and skills of NAMSU staff and local government personnel.
UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) will develop programmes, courses and learning resources for various topics of local self-government. SPCE will train a pilot group of government personnel and trainers who will then, in turn, use SPCE-developed content to train local government personnel.
NAMSU will offer SPCE the possibility of participating its projects supported by other donors and partners. The Agency’s primary goal is to improve the quality of local government services.
Local Economic and Community Development Programme for NAMSU staff and local government personnel
SPCE developed the Local Economic and Community Development (LECD) programme in 2010 for implementation by the Academy of Management under aegis of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic to train young people for the civil service. As part of its "Promoting Stability and Employment Opportunities in Kyrgyzstan" Programme, SPCE adapted the LECD programme to NAMSU’s and local government bodies requirements.
In February 2011, SPCE launched its LECD Programme in Naryn. Heads of 15 villages of Naryn Oblast, nominated by the Oblast Governor participated in the programme. Since March 2011, SPCE began offering this programme at its Learning Centre in Bishkek. The first intake of 15 students is NAMSU staff. In May, this programme will be launched in the city of Osh for heads of the Osh Oblast villages. The trainings in Naryn and Bishkek are supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, part of a grant awarded to the Aga Khan Foundation, Kyrgyzstan and implemented by UCA and the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP).
The LECD programme covers four major fields of knowledge: local economic development, community development, public administration and IT for government personnel. The curriculum of the programme was jointly approved by the State Secretary of the NAMSU Ms Ulara Narusbayeva and UCA’s Director General Dr Bohdan Krawchenko. Upon successful completion, students will receive a joint NAMSU/UCA professional certificates.
Information technology for government personnel
As the use of information technology increases in the government sector, and as it progresses to electronic document management systems, ensuring adequate IT knowledge and developing tools for assessing IT literacy among government personnel will become crucial. In response to this need, a learning initiative has been undertaken – the ICDL (International Computer Driving License) Programme.
SPCE UCA has developed four modules in Kyrgyz and Russian languages for civil servants: file management, word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. The curriculum applies relevant case studies from day to day work experiences of local government authorities to ensure, it is effective and practical.
After completing the modules, learners acquire the ICDL Certification, which is recognized in all 146-member countries of the ICDL Programme.