American University of Central Asia - AUCA - ELIRA TURDUBAEVA




Ph. D. in Communication, Institute of Social Sciences, Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University



2005 – 2007 

Masters Program in Communication, Institute of Social Sciences, Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University



1999 – 2004 

Bachelors Degree in Communication, Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University



1988 – 1999

School Gymnasium No.14



Additional Educational Courses


March-August 2004


4-20 July, 2004





May, 2007


June-August, 2007


November, 2008


23-24 November, 2009


29 November-5 December 2010


26-29 May, 2010


16-26 August, 2016



International Journalism Standarts 

Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)


“News School” 



American University Central Asia

Journalism Program


Training on Effective Public Relations, Public Relations Association Kyrgyzstan, American University Central Asia

Effective Communication and Innovative Methods of Teaching, Educational Course for Journalism Teachers, Institute for Public Policy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan


Training on Economic Journalism, Bishkek Press Club

Seminar on Convergent Media, Internews Network Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek


Training on Journalism Ethics, Bishkek Press Club




Fall Session of CRC (Curriculum Resource Center)

Curriculum Development Center of Central European University, Budapest, Hungary


Reform of Journalism Curriculum of the Ministry of Education of Kyrgyz Republic, Media Project of Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan


Training on Data Driven Journalism, UNDP, Montenegro


Practical Skills 









Marketing Communications Department, DBR Media Holding, Istanbul, Тurkey, July 2003


Head of Public Relations Club, Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, 2003-2005

Correspondent for Student Newspaper “Manas” , Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, 2003-2005

Civic Involvement Projects, Media Relations, Bishkek Education Foundation, 2003

Member of Organization Commitee of Conferences



Work Experience

-PR Manager, Public Foundation “Peremena”, May-September, 2004

- Program Maker, Radio “Manas FM”, Program “Dialogue” (Conversations on Economic, Political, Social and Cultural Issues with guests, in English), February-September 2007

-Research Assistant, Faculty of Communication, Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, 2004-2009

-Research and Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Communication, Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University-at the moment

-Teaching instructor at American University in Central Asia, Mass Communication and Journalism Department, 2010-2013 Fall Semester

Course: Mass Communication Theory

PR Consultant, bmi (British Midland International) in Kyrgyzstan

Country PR Representative (part-time job) for Action Global Communications, Cyprus - May 2010- May 2014

Department Chair, Journalism and Mass Communications Department, American University of Central Asia, September 2014-

Department Chair, Television, Cinema and Visual Arts Department, American University of Central Asia, September 2016-




1. “Civil Society in Kyrgyzstan”, International Seminar “Democracy Across the Borders”, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, February 2003, Almaty, Kazakhstan September 2003

2. “Analyzing Public Relations Model in Kyrgyzstan”, 1st International Symposium Communication and Media Studies in the Process of Social and Cultural Interaction, Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, Bishkek,  8-10 June 2005

3. “Online Journalism in Kyrgyzstan: Problems and Perspectives”, 1st International Symposium Communication and Media Studies in the Process of Social and Cultural Interaction, Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, Bishkek,  8-10 June 2005

4. “Media and Demoracy in Uzbekistan”, Central Asia Security 2nd International  NATO Seminar  American University of Central Asia

24-25 Аpril, 2006 

5. “Manipulative Influence of Media During Parliamentary and Presidential Elections and 24 March 2005 Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan”, 1st International Symposium “Globalization and New Media Politis”, Girne American University, North Cyprus, 2-4 Маy 2006

6. “Media in Kyrgyzstan in the Process of Globalization”, National Scientific Conference “Development and Perspectives of Journalism in Kyrgyzstan”, Kyrgyz-Kuweit University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 18 Маy, 2006

7. “Media globalisation and localisation: International flow of programmes on Kyrgyz TV channels”, International Conference “Internationalising Media Studies: Imperatives and Impediments” University of Westminster, London, UK, 15-16 September 2006

8. “Media and Peacebuilding: Mapping the Possibilities of Media in Kyrgyzstan, 2nd NATO Central Asia Summer Schoo,l 23-24 September 2006
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

 9. “The Value of Public Relations”, 1st National Conference “Public Relations in Kyrgyzstan: Theory and Practice”, Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, Bishkek , 23-24 November 2006

10. “The Influence of Global Media on Local Audience: The Brazilian Telenovela”, International Conference “Media Events: Globalization and Cultural Change”, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany, 6-7th July, 2007

11. “Television Soap Opera, Ethnicity and Girls' Interpretations”, “First Regional Conference (FRC)”, Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), 4-7 August, 2008, Kyrgyzstan

12. “Profile of Public Relations in Kyrgyzstan: Mission, Function and Objective”, “12th Annual International Public Relations Research Conference ”, Miami, USA, 11-14 March, 2009

13. “Police Public Relations in Bishkek”, International Public Relations Conference, Lefkosha, Cyprus, 14-15 April, 2009

14. “Developments in Contemporary Public Relations Curriculum”, National Conference, ISBN 9967-410-59-0, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 6 November, 2009

15. “Applicability of the Generic Principles of Excellent Public Relations in a Different Cultural Context: The Case Study of Kyrgyzstan”, “13th Annual International Public Relations Research Conference ”, Miami, USA, 10-14 March, 2010

16. ‘Innovative Methods of Teaching and Developing Syllabus’, 10-11 June, 2010, International Academic Conference, ISSN 1561-9516, Karakol, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan

17. ‘Police-Public Relations in Bishkek’, International Congress of Sociologists, Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, 21-24 September 2010, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

18. ‘The Profile of Public Relations Profession and Practice in Kyrgyzstan’, Public Relations Sector and Education in Kyrgyzstan, J. Balasagyn Kyrgyz National University, March, 2011

19. ‘Graduate Education in Communication Discipline in Kyrgyzstan in the process of Globalization: Case Study of KTMU’, Graduate Education and its Future in the light of Global Developments 1st International Education Sciences Congress, 13-14 April 2011, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

20. ‘Representations of June Events in Kyrgyzstan in Media’, International Academic Conference ‘Studying Conflict and Violence in Central Asia’, 14 May, 2011, American University Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

21. ‘New media in protest mobilization: the case of April 7 uprising in Kyrgyzstan’, (forthcoming publication), Media, Communication and Democracy: Global and National Environments, International Conference of EU Center at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 31 August-02 September 2011.

22. Book Chapter «Kyrgyz-Turkish Cooperation in the sphere of Education», «The Role and Perception of Turkey in Kyrgyzstan», Bishkek 2012, ISBN 978-9967-26-857-9

23. “Second International Symposium Media & Mass Communication”, 10–14 September, 2013, Burgas, Bulgaria.

24. “2013 International Academic Conference”, September 16-19, 2013 Naples, Italy.

25. “Communicating with voters in social networks: the case of 2011 Presidential Elections in Kyrgyzstan”, “International Conference meeting on Human and  Social  Sciences issues (ICHSS 2013)” 20-22 September 2013, Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, ISSN 2039-9340, Rome, Italy.

26. “Political parties’ and interest groups’ uses and gratifications of SNS in Kyrgyzstan”, 9th International Academic Conference, International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences, April 13-16, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.

27. “Engaging stakeholders strategically through social networking: How political parties and interest groups are using Facebook in Kyrgyzstan”, III International Communication Symposium “Strategic Communication Management”, 3-6 June 2014, Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  

28. “Political Parties’ Social Network Site Using Patterns and Political Participations in Kyrgyzstan”, “Digital Publics: New Generation, New Media, New Rules”, 21st international Public Relations Symposium, BLEDCOM 2014 - July 4 & 5, 2014, Bled, Slovenia.

29. “Social Network Site Users and Political Participation in Kyrgyzstan”, “Region as a Frame: Politics, Presence, Practice”, Political Communication Research Section, IAMCR Hyderabad 2014 Conference, 15-19 July, 2014, Hyderabad, India.

30. “Political Parties and Interest Groups Members' Patterns of Social Network Site Usage in Kyrgyzstan”, Vol. 6, no. 1/2014 STYLES OF COMMUNICATION, pp. 170-190, ISSN 2065-7943.

31. “Local Media Use and Democratic Processes in Central Asia: Case Study of Kyrgyzstan”, ICA Łódź Regional Conference ‘Expanding Communication: Old Boundaries and New Frontier’, 9-11 April 2015 in Łódź, Poland.

32. “Analyzing Gatekeeping in Kyrgyzstan: Levels of Analysis, “Communication Across the Life Span”, 65th Annual ICA Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico - 21-25 May 2015.

33. “Social network site usage and political participation in Kyrgyzstan”, “Protest Participation in Various Communication Ecologies: Meanings, Modalities and Implications” 24-26 June, 2015, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy.  

34. “Public Perception of NATO in Kyrgyzstan”, “Embracing Opportunities” National Communication Association 101st Annual Convention, November 19-22, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

35. “Kyrgyz press and influence of Russian media”, “Communicating with Power” 66th Annual ICA Conference 9-13 June, 2016, Fukuoko, Japan.

36. "(Re-) building collective memory and commemoration in
post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan: Analysis of Media Coverage of the "Urkun" Uprising",
ICA2016 Annual Conference “Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward”, 27-31 July, 2016, Licester, UK















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- Travel Subsidy Award, IAMCR 2016, International Association for Media and Communication Research, Travel Award for Emerging Young Researchers from Developing Countries, Leicester, UK.

-Travel Subsidy Award, ICA2016, International Communication Association, Fukuoka, Japan.

-Travel Subsidy Award, IAMCR 2014, International Association for Media and Communication Research, Travel Award for Emerging Young Researchers from Developing Countries, Hyderabad, India.

-“The Best Corporate PR Project”, Second Award, XV Competition of Young Journalists, Aydin Dogan Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey, 2004

-National Competition Among Journalism Students “Freedom of the Press in Kyrgyzstan”, 1st place, 2003

-International Debate Championship, 2nd place, American University in Central Asia, Bishkek 2003


Foreign Language

Kyrgyz– mother tongue, Russian– second language, English – free, Turkish– free

Technical Skills

MS Оffice/ SPSS / Adobe Illustrator /Adobe Photoshop /Adobe Premier /Adobe After Effects /Adobe inDesign/ Corel Draw / Sound Forge




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