American University of Central Asia - AUCA - Student Initiative Development Program

Student Initiative Development Program


Student Initiative Development Program (SIDP) was introduced at the American University of Central Asia in 2015 as a part-time program supported by Bard College. In 2017 the Program went full time. The purpose of SIDP is to develop leadership potential and professional skills among students, supporting them in the implementation of their civic engagement initiatives through consultation, individual mentorship, and different pieces of training and workshops. SIDP aims to develop Civic Engagement Culture and increases Sense of Agency among AUCA students since, as future leaders of the region, they will have to deal with complex social problems.



To provide each AUCA student with the knowledge, skills, resources, and support needed for the development of student-led community-based projects that address social, economic, environmental, and educational challenges in the region.


  • To inspire students to develop community projects that make an impact;
  • To teach students project management skills for successful implementation of community projects, including project proposals, grant applications, budgets, and reports;
  • To provide students with the necessary tools for effective and successful academic and professional careers that impact communities locally, nationally, and internationally.



Get Things Done Your Way!


SIDP Key Activities

Individual Consultations



Personal & Team Trainings



Group & Personal Brainstormings



Meeting Field Experts



Organizing Contests



Get Engaged Conference




SIDP Advisory Committee Members

Nurzhamal Karamoldoeva

Executive Director at Center for Civic Engagement

Instructor at Television, Cinema and Media Arts Department

Daniyar Karabaev

Assistant Professor and Head of Liberal Arts and Sciences Program

Sagynbek Orunbaev

Instructor at Applied Geology Department

Philippe Boizeau

Assistant Professor at Applied Geology Department

Head of Environmental Sustainability and Climate Science Department


Aliia Iusupova 

Student Initiative Development Program Coordinator




Our Contacts

Student Initiative Development Program


Phone: +996 (312) 915000 ext. 115

Room: 110




American University of Central Asia
7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720060

Tel.: +996 (312) 915000 + Еxt.
Fax: +996 (312) 915 028
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