AUCA is doing research important to Central Asia. Our combination of local and international faculty gives us the ability to carry out local research at world-class standards. Though with diverse missions and goals, the research and technology centers showcased here are at the cutting edge of academia in Central Asia.
The Central Asian Studies Institute is an interdepartmental research unit at the American University of Central Asia, established in 2011 with the mission of promoting the study of Central Asia locally and internationally. The Institute pursues this goal by encouraging and supporting individual and group research projects, organizing seminars and conferences, and by developing academic programs focused on Central Asia.
The Tian Shan Policy Center (TSPC) is an innovative nonprofit, public interest organization focused on research, analysis, and implementation of appropriate and effective public policy in the nations and communities of Central Asia. TSPC specializes in the critical fields of strategic development policy, human rights, and sustainable environment programs, and through its efforts strives to strengthen good governance as the bedrock for efforts to better the lives of the peoples of our emerging countries. The Center seeks to collaborate with international organizations, foundations, national and local governments, NGOs and other civil society organizations and citizen activists, in order to identify best governmental practices and put them into place through this collaboration. In conjunction with this effort, TSPC projects provide opportunities for faculty and students of AUCA to engage in timely policy-relevant research and interact with other researchers and public policy makers.
The Social Research Center was established in September 2005 as a merging the former 'East-West Center for Research & Intercultural Dialogue (CEW)l with the 'Applied Research Center'. The work formerly done within the SRC is now split between the Tian Shan Policy Center and Central Asian Studies Institute. Reports of the former Social Research Center are still available on its website at the link here.
The mission of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology is to foster new and creative pedagogies for the 21st century. We support and encourage reflective teaching practices focusing on student learning and inspired by research. We encourage faculty in their increase of knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to the increasingly connected and technological reality.