2019 OSCE Academy in Bishkek Summer School Programme
Deadline: June 15, 2019.
The OSCE Academy in Bishkek is a public foundation, established in 2002 between the Kyrgyz Government and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE Academy promotes principles and values of the OSCE through post-graduate education, professional trainings and intellectual exchange. Its highly demanding MA Programmes in the fields of “Economic Governance and Development” and “Politics and Security (Central Asia)” annually enrol up to 60 young professionals from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, on a competitive basis.
In particular this Summer School is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills on the following courses (on one of the offered blocks):
1. The Mathematics for Economists course discusses the basic matrix theory and differential calculus of multivariate functions. Specifically, the following topics are covered: matrices and their applications to linear equation systems, ordinary and partial derivatives, total differential, Taylor’s Theorem, indefinite and definite integrals, unconstrained and constrained optimization methods. All concepts are illustrated with economic applications.
2. The Probability and Statistics course introduces the fundamental concepts and tools of probability theory and statistics indispensable for modern economic analysis. Specifically, the following topics are covered: discrete and continuous random variables and probability distributions, their properties and numerical characteristics, sample statistics, sampling distributions, hypotheses testing, fundamental estimation and inferential statistical methods, including the maximum likelihood, method of moments and least squares methods. All methods are illustrated with computer-based economic examples, using the Stata software.
3. The Academic Writing course raises awareness of the style, form, and organizational structure of academic writing in English. Specifically, the course is aimed to help improve the quality of student essays by analyzing various stages of the writing process through analyzing model texts and identifying their elements.
1. The Introduction to Research Methods in Social Sciences is designed to aid incoming graduate students and advanced undergraduate students to prepare for their independent research projects. The course introduces students to the diversity of research methods, the logic and relevance of each method, the conceptual building blocks and the philosophical foundations of social research. It will help students gain a critical understanding of why, how and what can be pursued in a project of social research; understand what basic elements, categories and issues need to be identified in any research design; become aware of what challenges and debates might attend any particular approach to research; understand the rationales, instruments and logic in a variety of most popular methods of social research.
2. The Academic Writing course raises awareness of the style, form, and organizational structure of academic writing in English. Specifically, the course is aimed to help improve the quality of student essays by analyzing various stages of the writing process through analyzing model texts and identifying their elements.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Final year students, BA, MSc Diploma in Economics, International Relations, Political Science or related fields.
• Advanced level of English.
• Citizenship of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
1. Full tuition fee waiver.
2. Stipend of 300 euros per four weeks.
3. Round trip travel to Bishkek.