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 institutes/teams showcased here are at the cutting edge of academia in Central Asia.
The Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI) 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 Education (IOE) is an interdisciplinary academic entity of AUCA – dedicated to teaching, research and advocacy of education at all levels and in trans-cultural contexts.
In 2019 President Andrew Kuchins announced the establishment of the AUCA Presidential Research and Education Fund (PREF), a unique initiative designed to support discrete projects from faculty, students, and staff for research and educational activities through the Office of the President at AUCA. The Fund especially welcomes seed funding for new initiatives at the University, multidisciplinary projects, and those involving AUCA students are strongly encouraged.
TSPC conducts research on migration, sustainable development, and environmental protection, protection of human rights and democratic governance; organizes seminars and conferences devoted to the most important problems of the Central Asia region.
AUCA Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research proposals to ensure that the rights and well-being of human subjects used in the research study by AUCA-affiliated students, staff, and personnel are protected.
The goal of the reviews is to ensure that all possible risks are minimized while the potential benefits are maximized; that human subjects participate on a voluntary basis after being provided with informed consent; that AUCA-affiliated research is conducted in that manner that is ethical and non-maleficent.