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AUCA Magazine October 2010


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American University of Central Asia,
formed in 1997, is dedicated to improving
the quality of education it offers by adding new curricula, new programs, and new services to equip its graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to this rapidly changing and developing region and the world beyond.

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AUCA Magazine October 2010

  1. 1. AUCA Magazine American University November 2010 of Central Asia Tilek Mamutov`05 and Aijan Jumukova`07: In Love with AUCA Karlygach Nurmanbetova11:Andrew B. Wachtel: Elnura Osmonalieva06: Giving Back to theOpening New Doors Life Through a Camera Lens Community
  2. 2. American University of Central AsiaThe Writing and Academic Resource Center (WARC)The Writing and Academic Resource Center is here to help students and faculty to conceive ofwriting as a mode of thinking and learning itself: to use writing to engage and explore difficult texts and ideas in the classroom, to use writing to promote classroom discussion, and to use writing to think on the page and try out ideas.The Center will offer one-on-one tutorials for students in writing, mathematics, and study skills. It is a place to try out ideas and get feedback in a supportive atmosphere. AUCA offers US accredited degrees through a partnership with Bard College Visit us on the web or write to us for more information about how you can get involved in this dynamic learning community:
  3. 3. CONTENTS 10 Discover Earth Day at AUCA 23 Cholponbek Jumashukurov02: Conquering Corporate America 25 Chyngyz Jamankulov02: A New Star in Banking Sector 30 Alina Murzaeva07: In Perpetual Motion 32 Tilek Mamutov05 and Aijan Jumukova07: In Love With AUCA 36 Nurdin Djumaliev08 and Temirbek Chodurov08: More Than Successful Enterpreneurs 38 Social Research Center (SRC): 14 "Muslim Community in Kyrgyzstan: Social Activity at the Present Stage" Andrew B. Wachtel: Opening New Doors04 Copy Editor’s Note and Publication Team05 Welcome from the President06 American Diplomacy06 First Iaido Festival in Kyrgyzstan07 Unsung Stories from Africa07 RFE/RL08 Using Writing to Learn: On the New Writing Academic Resource Center11 26 Elnura Home of the Angel of Earth12 The Heart of Naryn Osmonalieva`0620 Natalia Slastnikova: The Way to Success Life Through21 Karlygach Nurmanbetova11: a Camera Lens Giving Back to the Community
  4. 4. Copy Editors Note AUCA Magazine American University of Central Asia, formed in 1997, is dedicated to improving the quality of education it offers by adding new curricula, new programs, W and new services to equip its graduates ith a new president with the knowledge and skills necessary and an energetic, to contribute to this rapidly changing andfresh approach, the Alumni developing region and the world beyond.Association renews its missionto empower the AUCA com- Publication teammunity in Bishkek, in the Kyr-gyz Republic, and around the Editor-in-Chiefworld. Kemel Toktomushev During the next year, theAlumni Association will meet Copy Editorsand hear ideas from any alum- Sven Staffordnus who wishes to share ways Madina Sarkulovathe Alumni Association canwork better for AUCA Alumni. Contributors We have already had two Aida Alymbaevasuccessful meetings, and plan Alexandra Revinato have many more. Ideas from Aliona Kimyour classmates included: small- Jamby Jusubalievaer, more frequent alumni events, Kemel Toktomushevan alumni advisory council, more access to career services, Martin Ossewaardemore consistent communication, and DVDs of initiation. Medina Kuldaeva As a result of alumni comments, on October 15th we Mohammad Aliminvited alumni to meet the architect of the new campus, see his Peg Peoplespresentation and ask questions about the construction process.This was followed by a Brain Ring competition between classes Pictureshere at AUCA. Over 20 alumni competed among former class- Emil Akhmatbekoves and current AUCA students, although we were not able to AUCA Archivesdetermine which class was the smartest. Design and layout AUCA is undergoing major changes, and we want alumni Emil Akhmatbekovto be involved. We are working on plans for a new campus, weare developing a new Central Asia Institute to bring scholars AUCA Magazine is published by thefrom across the world to Bishkek, and we are expanding our American University of Central Asiacontinuing education and community outreach programs. These programs and projects will not be possible without You may send your correspondence to:alumni support and input. Our students need your guidanceand expertise. In Bishkek people lament that their country is AUCA Magazinenot as great as it could be. AUCA students and alumni are the American University of Central Asiapeople who are out in the world to lead this transformation. If 205 Abdymomunov St.,you want to see the Kyrgyz Republic succeed, come back and Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720040help us succeed. You can help move AUCA forward, opening Tel./Fax: (996 312) 66-45-64doors in Central Asia and beyond. E-mail: On the cover: Sven Stafford Tilek Mamutov05 and Aijan Jumukova07 Director for Special Projects4 AUCA Magazine*November 2010
  5. 5. President’s ColumnWelcome From the President W elcome to AUCA, an exception- ally dynamic liberal arts uni- versity in the heart of Central Asia’s most livable city. With over 1,500 graduates around the world embodying the transfor- mative power of the liberal arts approach to learning, we look confidently to a future of further innovation, collaboration, and outreach. We are about to release a new set of strategic goals that charts our ambitious course for the next five years. This plan anticipates expansion of our curriculum to encourage all of our students to take an active role in their education from a new freshman seminar program to their origi- nal senior thesis research; the creation of a world-class research and teaching Institute for Central Asian Studies that will bolster our reputation as a vital center of scholar- ship on a region in transition; redoubled efforts to further internationalize our insti-tution by attracting more highly qualified faculty and students from around the world; and expandedfacilities, including a new residence hall and main campus building to improve our attractiveness andincrease our capacity to facilitate high quality learning and develop a new generation of leaders andentrepreneurs. Central Asia has historically served as a vital crossroads for the exchange of technology, ideas andculture along the old Silk Road. Once again the region is rapidly emerging as a crucial link betweeneast and west, north and south, and our website, an important outpost along the new electronic SilkRoad, will provide you with a window into one of the most dynamic institutions in Central Asia. Asyou browse through our site you will not only learn about our demanding programs and student-centered learning approach, you will meet the students and faculty that make this place so special.We hope you will get a sense of the incredible AUCA spirit that pervades the halls and classrooms.It’s a unique atmosphere that results when you gather the most driven and imaginative students andfaculty from the region in one place and, balanced with a culture of academic honesty and high ethi-cal standards, you give them the freedom to explore new worlds, question assumptions, develop newperspectives, and follow their passions. If you are not fortunate enough to walk down our halls and see this for yourself, visit our web-site often to watch us as we continue to grow, spread our wings and soar to new heights of academicinnovation. Andrew B. Wachtel President AUCA Magazine*November 2010 5
  6. 6. University UpdateAmbassador Tatiana C. Gfoeller Practitioners of the Iaido artAmerican First Iaido FestivalDemocracy in Kyrgyzstan On September 23, 2010, the U.S. Ambassador On September 4, 2010, AUCA studentsto the Kyrgyz Republic,Tatiana C. Gfoeller, gave participated in the first Iaido festival in Kyr-a public lecture at AUCA on American democ- gyzstan, organized by the Shiseikan Iaidoracy. Tatiana C. Gfoeller was sworn in as the U.S. Club. Iaido is a Japanese martial art that teach-Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic on August es smooth, controlled movements of drawing22, 2008. a sword in reaction to a surprise attack. The A member of the Senior Foreign Service, festival took place in the main hall of the SportAmbassador Gfoeller joined the Department of Palace.State in 1984. She most recently served as the Con- "Iaido is the art of instant exposure andsul General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. use of samurai sword, which differs from oth- In her opening remarks, Ambassador Gfoeller er types of martial arts by its grace and reli-stated, “In a sense I envy you because you have gious meditation. In Kyrgyzstan, the art of Iai-more liberty to decide the future of your nation do has been developing since October 2007,"than we do at the moment. I encourage all of you explained Aida Abdykanova, Chair of Anthro-of voting age to be active and vote at the coming pology and concurrently one of the organizersparliament elections.” She then continued her of the festival.lecture, discussing various aspects of democracyfrom the perspective of American history and, inparticular, the role and influence of Thomas Jef-ferson and Alexander Hamilton. After the lecture there was a lively discussion,in which every student was able to openly expresshis or her thoughts on the issue, make comments,and ask questions.6 AUCA Magazine*November 2010
  7. 7. University Update Supporting children from Ghana Dr. Jeffrey Gedmin RFE/RLUnsung Storiesfrom Africa On September 16, 2010, the Anthropology On September 6, 2010, AUCA studentsDepartment hosted remarkable guests – an of the Journalism and Mass Communicationsinternational team with an extraordinary mis- Department had the privilege of meetingsion of exploring Kyrgyzstan’s pastoral life, world-class media professionals Dr. Jeffreywith a particular focus on camels. “Why cam- Gedmin, President and CEO of Radio Freeels?” was the question most often asked of the Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), and Abbasteam’s leader, Sebastian Lindstrom, who also Djavadi, Associate Director of Broadcastinghappens to be an experienced traveler and film at RFE/RL. The students had an opportunitymaker, and the founder of Light for Children, to discuss various issues such as moral stan-an NGO working with HIV-affected children dards, confidentiality, objectiveness, and inde-in Ghana. pendence of information. His answer was revealing, “Camels are the After the event, Svetlana Verchenko,subject of our research for many reasons. First, a participant in the meeting, expressed, “Iour foundation ( believe such meetings and open conversationsis focused on unsung issues from all over the with professionals are very important. We getworld pursuing mainly relief purposes. Camel a chance to listen to those who successfullyis a very unique and special animal due to its implement in real life what we are now learn- www.auca.kgvery nutritious milk and products (cheese, fer- ing in theory as students. It is very motivatingmented milk), which have a high potential of and encouraging to me, a future journalist andbringing relief to those who live with AIDS.” reporter, to talk and listen to such people. I was The students of the Anthropology Depart- once again reassured that I made the right deci-ment had a chance to talk to the explorers, sion in choosing my specialization and futureshare their ideas and views about issues of career. After talking to them, I believe manypreserving nature, taking care of people, and stereotypes about journalists, especially in ourdeveloping new approaches to solve the great country, were broken. All of us were able to seechallenges of the modern world. an example of professional reporters at work.” AUCA Magazine*November 2010 7
  8. 8. University Update Using Writing to Learn: On the New Writing and Academic Resource Center Education requirements come into the first year in which all gradu- The Writing and Academic Resource effect. This year sees the introduc- ating seniors will write a senior Center (WARC) comes with the new tion of First Year Seminar: The thesis—a capstone project to their challenge to AUCA to make writing Pursuit of Wisdom, a year long liberal arts education. To support a more rigorous component of the liberal arts course in which all these new endeavors and to help undergraduate curriculum. first year students read, discuss, insure the potential success of T evaluate, and begin to define the each student, AUCA is establish- his academic year, concepts of wisdom, knowledge ing and opening a new Writing 2010/2011 brings many and freedom—not only for them- and Academic Resource Center changes to AUCA. As a selves in relation to each other, but this University President steps in also through such works as Dos- The Writing and Academicto lead AUCA forward, and a new toyevsky’s “The Grand Inquisi- Resource Center (WARC) comespartnership with Bard College in tor,” Plato’s Republic, Confucius’ with the new challenge to AUCANew York takes form, so do new Analects, and Simone Weil’s Grace to make writing a more rigorouscourses begin and new General and Gravity. The year also marks component of the undergraduate curriculum. To help meet this goal and to help meet the needs of stu- dents as they face the challenges of writing in First Year Seminar, as well as in their disciplines, the Writing and Academic Resource Center will offer one-on-one peer tutoring, group workshops, and a variety of resources and support (both online and off) as students develop their writing and analyti- cal skills across the disciplines. In short, the Center will be a place where students will not only be able to try out their ideas but receive help in organizing them as well. As the fall semester begins, the Center has been seeking nomi- nations by faculty of potential peer tutors, interviewing tutors, final- izing space arrangements, and developing a series of workshops that will begin in mid-September to train new tutors in peer tutor- ing pedagogy. These workshops will focus on training tutors to help their peers through the writ-Peg Peoples leading a writing workshop ing process—from understanding8 AUCA Magazine*November 2010
  9. 9. University Updatean assignment, generating ideas the Center needs to beand a thesis, to drafting and revis- a resource for studentsing, and finally, to learning how and faculty. All too oftento proofread and edit one’s own as teachers and stu-writing by learning how to iden- dents, we conceive writ-tify common grammar and Eng- ing as what we do afterlish as a Second Language errors. we have read this text,Regardless of what stage a writer after we have discussedis at, a peer tutor will help the these ideas, and after,writer move to the next stage in we have thought aboutthe writing process. Our goal is to this topic and organizedhave tutors working in the Center our ideas about it. Butby early or mid-November. At that the goals of the Writingtime, the Center will offer not only and Academic Resourcedrop-in hours but appointments Center are to help notscheduled in advance as well. only students, but fac- Center tutors are selected ulty as well—all of us-not only on the basis of their writ- to conceive of writinging skills, but also on their ability not simply as a productand desire to help others think or an outcome of havingthrough and organize their ideas. thought, but as a modeThese students along with other of thinking and learning Chynara Ryskulovainterested students in the spring itself: to use writing towill take a semester long course engage and explore difficult textsin Tutoring Pedagogy, a course to and ideas in the classroom, to use The goals of the Writing and Academicbe offered each spring to ensure writing to promote classroom dis- Resource Center are to help not onlyAUCA has a strong pool of tutors cussion, and to use writing to think students, but faculty as well—all ofeach year to support the Writing on the page and to try out ideas us—to conceive of writing not simplyand Academic Resource Center’s and thus develop greater flu- as a product or an outcome of havinginitiatives. And if anyone has ency, dialogue, and independent thought, but as a mode of thinking andgotten the impression so far that thought. In this sense, writing is learning itself.the Center will offer tutoring only one of the most democratic learn-for writing, think again. This fall ing tools we can use in the liberal offer resources and workshopswe are also collaborating with the arts classroom. for faculty on integrating writ-Math Department to identify and The evidence of recent ing into the classroom, on creat-train tutors to help their peers as research suggests that using writ- ing revision friendly assignments,they fulfill the new General Edu- ing as a mode of learning helps and on sequencing assignmentscation Math requirements. Along students become more reflective to help build the analytical writ-with writing tutors, math tutors and flexible thinkers, and provides ing and thinking skills needed inwill work closely with their peers teachers as well with a range of individual disciplines. Already,in one-on-one sessions to devel- strategies to help students struc- we are working closely with Firstop understanding of concepts, ture and understand their own Year Seminar faculty to integrateto identify and articulate areas intellectual development. Writing writing into the classroom, as wellof difficulty, and to help stu- integrated not only into our syl- as beginning to dialogue and offerdents understand and complete labi but also into our teaching also assistance to faculty planning andassignments, as well as review asks us as teachers in the liberal teaching the Senior Thesis Semi-for exams. We are drawing on arts to re-think what classroom nar. But we don’t want to stopstudents across the disciplines— work is for—it asks us to define here, we invite all faculty to stopto assure all AUCA students that our goals, make our expectations by, introduce themselves, andif they feel they need to work transparent, and design teach- share their needs, concerns, and www.auca.kgwith someone in their discipline ing practices that foster inquiry, ideas, and to learn about ways inon a specific assignment, there’s a dialogue, and reflection. More which writing can be integratedtutor who can assist them. reflective students, as the logic of into their teaching. The Writing and Academic education goes, will make moreResource Center is not only for reflective citizens who are morestudents though. If writing is truly likely and able to participate in by Peg Peoplesto become a rigorous component and contribute to a larger democ-of the undergraduate curriculum, racy. To this end, the Center will AUCA Magazine*November 2010 9
  10. 10. University Update E arth Day is a world- happen entered our campus wide movement too. The Earth Day Working for a more liveable Group considered postpon-world, which has recently ing the event, but decided thatgained footing in Kyrgyz- sharing our message of co-stan. This year, a committed operation and hope with thegroup of 4 AUCA teachers, AUCA Community would beover 20 students, and 3 AUCA better. So, with some adjust-Clubs, with marvellous assis- ments, the programme wenttance from the AUCA Stu- ahead. Even now, in the begin-dent Affairs Office and from ning of a new academic year,local environmental NGOs, the movement goes on becauseorganised AUCA Earth Day the nations of the Earth and,for the second time. indeed, of Central Asia need to While most activities around unite in order to care for theirthe world are centred in the week world and its people.of 22 April (the original Earth Day, So what went on at thesee below), we had our first activi- AUCA campus on Earth Day?ty, a successful day of tree planting, The art class had a poster com-on 2 April. A group of 12 enthu- petition for the best expression Martin J. Ossewaardesiastic students made their way of the Earth Day spirit. The post-to a medical clinic, opposite the ers were up in Bravo for most made a plea for more environ-Physical Culture Institute, to clear of that week and the three best mental awareness in the businessthe garden of stones and plant a ones were awarded a prize. community, which IBC is tryinghedgerow in close co-operation There was a forum with to promote through various ini-with the cheerful clinic staff. representatives from civil soci- tiatives. Finally, Mr Ruslan Isaev Unfortunately, days later ety, who explained why they highlighted in words and imageswe saw very different scenes were working for a better, green- how Camp Ala Too helps ruralin the streets of Bishkek, and, er world within their sphere of communities improve their liv-understandably, fears and influence. Ms Indira Zhakypova ing conditions and the environ-worries about what else might (NGO Milieukontakt Interna- ment by reducing unnecessary tional) shared her energy spending. passionate story The afternoon programme about bringing featured a debate by the Debat- safety to rural ing Club on the potential of communities in green job creation and the role of Southern Kyrgyz- government in that, as well as a stan from harm- treat of environmentally friendly ful leftover pesti- snacks made of local ingredients cides, despite the and presented with a minimum cold indifference of (recyclable) packaging. of administrators We from Earth Day Work- and law enforce- ing Group want to wish you all ment agencies. Mr a fruitful and sustainable year! Kuban Ashyrku- lov (International Business Council) by Martin J. Ossewaarde10 AUCA Magazine*November 2010
  11. 11. Field ResearchHome of the Angel of Earth According to an ancient myth other better. There was a good topic was “Bride Kidnapping inKarakol is the place where the environment with different ethnic Karakol”, Ilona’s topic was “Lan-angel of earth lived and, because groups that we did not appreciate guage attitudes in Karakol: bar-of its natural beauty, many foreign- during our four years of study riers, stereotypes and linguisticers and locals spend their summer together. We experienced differ- racism”, Alim’s topic was “Impacttime there. It is indeed worthy to ent cooking, languages, cultures of Gift Exchange on relationshipsspend time where the people are and traditions from each other, and social-political life in Kyrgyzreally hospitable, educated and instead of only our research. People”, Aizhamal’s topic wastolerant. Finally, we learned how to col- “Investigating Everyday Islam The long journey from Bish- lect and organize research data. I in Karakol”, Dastan’s topic waskek to Karakol has taken us more do not call this field-work ‘work’, “Presentation of Kyrgyz Culturethan three years of study at AUCA. but rather the best time I had at to Foreign Tourists” and finally,This journey was supported by the AUCA in my four years.” Tynchtyk’s topic was “Impact ofanthropology department in July Nevertheless, field work External Migration in Social life2010. The purpose of this journey was the most significant, prob- of Kyrgyz People”.was anthropological field-work, lematic and complicated chal- “In Karakol I had a greatwhich is a requirement for every lenge for us. Since the interview experience. I got a chance to visitstudent majoring in anthropol- schedule was arranged by our different and interesting places;ogy. The work is conducted indi- professor from 9:00-5:00, every I collected information about thevidually under the supervision of student was alone and busy with activities of tourist firms and localdepartment professors. Our group his or her field-work throughout people, about the presentation ofof seven students (Suraya Shams, the day. Being alone in an unfa- Kyrgyz culture to foreign tour-Aigul Abdurahmanova, Aizhamal miliar region for a foreigner was ist,” emphasized Dastan, one ofMorat, Elona Yubareva, Tynchtyk hard. We were in different places the participants, about his experi-Bakyt Yyly, Dastan Derbishev and such as mosques, universities, ence in Karakol.Mohammad Alim), along with our and bazaars. Having interviews For me personally, this sum-instructor, Togtogulova Mucaram, with different people like profes- mer’s experience has shown mespent our summer doing field- sors, Imams, and shopkeepers another life. It has taught mework in the home of the angel of was interesting. After suffering how to struggle with culturalearth, Karakol. the whole day with these people differences, misunderstanding, Our life in Karakol was awe- we had to reflect on our field- language barriers, and actuallysomely diverse, since we were from work and write a reflective jour- being part of a team. From thisdifferent backgrounds including nal. Every evening after dinner field-work I learned how to cook,Kyrgyz, Kazakh and Afghan. We we had a one-hour meeting with how to conduct an interview, howmade a small and very friendly our instructor. Every student had to find a suitable site, and devel-community. We shared an apart- to talk about his or her challeng- oped my Russian as well.ment, cooked together, cleaned es, progress, and problems faced I think having such an expe-together, worked in a team, and during daily interviews. Addi- rience helped us to see the reallearned to tolerate each other. tionally we had individual meet- world of anthropology. In field-House chores were scheduled for ings with our instructor about our work students are faced with real-everyone, and two people were research. The mistakes corrected ity and must differentiate betweenresponsible for cooking and clean- by our instructor during evening past and modern forms of each day, as well as being busy meetings helped every student to I would like to thank the Ameri-with their field-work for half a improve his or her field-work sig- can University of Central Asia forday. nificantly. The progress and prob- providing us with an opportunity Suraya Shama, a senior in lems with our research and meth- to see society through the lens www.auca.kgthe anthropology department, ods were revealed. Our instructor of anthropology and thank theexpressed that her experience in always guided us and challenged anthropology department for giv-Karakol was really fun and inter- us to come back the next day with ing its students the opportunityesting. She continued, “By seeing even more material. to get experience in anthropologi-different people from a diverse We experienced in the field cal research.region, we learned a lot of infor- more than we expected. In themation which we did not know field, every student had his or herbefore. Also, we got to know each own topic. Aigul and Suraya‘s by Mohammad Alim AUCA Magazine*November 2010 11
  12. 12. Field ResearchThe Heart of Naryn Kyrgyzstan is a country that is rich with heroes, hospitable citizens, indescribable and bewitching nature, folklore, and centuries-old traditions. K yrgyz people have opened up thousandsof high, mountainous valleys July, I received an offer from Cholpon Turdalieva, associ- ate professor in the Anthro-in the Tian-Shan, where they pology Department of AUCA,have dwelled, perfected a to participate in an anthropo-difficult system of life skills, logical project supported bycreated a culture, and spiritu- the Christensen Fund. Thealized a large space. mission of the project was Fascination, impregna- to explore the biological andbility, virginity and mysteri- cultural diversity of Naryn,ousness – words that come aim of exploring and discov- Kyrgyzstan, and based onto my mind whenever I think ering a new Kyrgyzstan for observations, with the helpabout Kyrgyz nature. Majes- myself. The project that I was of fellow students, createtic, unusual, admirable and involved in during summer short movies in order to edu-divine - that is how I would holidays gave me a chance cate others about what wedescribe Kyrgyz culture. The to expend my anthropologi- learned. So far our team hasidea of exploring my native cal knowledge, learn cultural created several movies suchland was born in my heart aspects of Kyrgyz people’s as “The role of sheep breed-long before I was given an lives, and research the nature ing in lives of Kyrgyz peo-offer to participate in an of Naryn. ple”, “Altyn Koldor ”, “Ak-anthropological project that While most of us prefer Muz”, “Beenin Sutu”, “Narynfocuses on maintaining the to do nothing except relax City” and “Kiyiz”. The mov-rich diversity of world biol- during summer vacation, I ies are reflections of what weogy and culture. I dreamed decided to combine rest with observed on our trips. Theyabout traveling around my work. At the beginning of are closely connected with homeland with the Naryn people’s lifestyles, environmental issues of Naryn, and cultural aspects of the Kyrgyz Republic. The other aim of the project was to join young, ambitious, talent- ed, and enthusiastic students from numerous universities in the country together. The project assisted me in broad- ening my horizons concern- ing the biological and cultur- al background of Naryn. Besides students from American University of Cen- tral Asia, there were par- ticipants from universities such as Manas, Naryn State, and Kyrgyz-Slavonic. I was impressed by the students’ Enjoying the open air, while performing traditional tasks deep academic knowledge12 AUCA Magazine*November 2010
  13. 13. Field Research A welcoming host receiving his guestsand extraordinary way of ed a chance for students from pitable citizens, indescrib-thinking. For instance, when a different institutions of high- able and bewitching nature,working day was finished and er education to sharpen their folklore, and centuries-oldwe had free time, we would social skills. traditions. This country ishave absorbing discussions Naryn impresses with its also a great place for study-concerning many aspects of hospitable, open, and friend- ing biocultural diversity andlife. As result of such gather- ly people. Wherever we trav- cultural heritage since it hasings, we had sharp debates, eled, local people treated us a rich history, outstanding,strong arguments, and fiery like we were their closest talented people, and wonder-disagreements. We would relatives. I still remember the ful, untouched nature. I amend up sitting against each women who shared candies glad to have had the experi-other with red faces, shak- with us and wished us all ence of exploring Naryn, get-ing hands, and puzzled facial the happiness in the world. ting acquainted with its peo-expressions. Most important, It seemed like that optimistic ple, and learning more aboutwe ended up gaining a lot attitude toward hardships, Kyrgyzstan. I suggest thatof valuable information and poverty and unemployment everyone travels to Narynknowledge from each other was one of the key secrets some day in order to discover www.auca.kgduring discussions. As it is of local people’s kindness. Kyrgyzstan in your hearts.said, the truth lies in a dis- They never give up; instead,pute. So, improvised discus- they live in harmony withsions helped us develop our themselves as well as with by Medina Kuldaevacritical thinking, reasoning, the amazing Naryn environ-and analytical skills for find- a good answer to a good Kyrgyzstan is a countryquestion. The project provid- that is rich with heroes, hos- AUCA Magazine*November 2010 13
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  15. 15. Interview with the PresidentAndrew B. Wachtel:Opening New Doors Andrew, you have already been all, actually! People seem to have aacquainted with the Soviet Union. reasonable life, which is nice, even ifWhen did you first find out about chaos happens from time to time.Kyrgyzstan, or Central Asia? When I was in the Soviet Union I found online that you werein the 1980s I was very much inter- applying to another university at theested in Central Asia, because it was same time as AUCA.even more exotic and interesting than I was dean of the graduate schoolother countries, and it was quite diffi- at Northwestern University for sixcult to get here because I was Ameri- years ultimately. And after I was oncan. I was in Uzbekistan in 1987, and that job for four years I knew it wasthat was the only chance to come to time to go and try to see somethingCentral Asia during the Soviet times. I else. There are two positions thatwas working as a simultaneous trans- run a whole university: provost, forlator with a photographer; we were academic affairs, and president. It isdoing a book, making pictures and hard to say which position is morewriting journalistic texts. We visited interesting. And Claremont GraduateTashkent and Samarkand. University is a big research university in the U.S. And Kyrgyzstan came later? Actually, four or five years ago, So there were different positionswhile going to Tajikistan, I took the proposed for Claremont and AUCA.opportunity and went to Kazakhstan. I think a vice president or pro-In most respects, Soviet culture was vost has the more interesting job,pretty similar. I don’t find Bishkek because you deal with the day-to-dayvery different from Soviet times, in affairs of the university, and there isterms of peoples’ attitudes towards a lot going on. And a president of www.auca.kgthings they say to you, what expecta- a U.S. University is mostly involvedtions they have, or how you should in external affairs, like fundraisingrespond. It is all pretty familiar. and other things like that. In a small-There is nothing very surprising or er place like here, the president isexceptional. The city itself is very involved in more interesting thingsnice by comparison to most post - and can change things for the better.Soviet cities. It is not as rundown as So I decided it would be worth it tomany others. It is not “rundown” at make a better world here, than be a AUCA Magazine*November 2010 15
  16. 16. Interview with the Presidentpresident of some small col- I’m going to a confer- by the second semester oflege in the U.S. Generally I am ence on Russian poetry of the 2012-13 academic year weknown as a person who comes the 70s and 80s that will take should have and makes things different place next week. I’m finish-in ways that, usually, other ing translations of one poet of What should we adver-people haven’t proposed. that period, and it will prob- tise about AUCA? The April ably be published. I just get events in Kyrgyzstan this Won’t you regret step- up in the morning and write year do not help…ping away from teaching and something. Early morning is We need to do an ad cam-research? Administrative good for writing. paign. Part of it doesn’t dependwork is something else… on us because of the whole I was able to do as much You said at the first meet- issue of what Kyrgyzstan isresearch and study when I ing with faculty that you will like. If the country is totalwas a dean as I did when I study Kyrgyz… anarchy and chaos and peo-was a full-time faculty mem- I’m going to a Kyrgyz ple are shooting each other onber. Research really takes class twice a week. So when the streets, you can advertisetime in American universities I learn it, we’ll see what I can whatever you want, and youand you have to teach a lot. do with it. I think it’s impor- are not going to get anybodyI don’t think administration tant to know the language of to come. But, we’ll proceedis nearly as hard as teaching. the country where you’re liv- under the assumption thatBecause in teaching you have ing. there will be no anarchy andto be inspired every day, you chaos and no people shootingare in front of students, and What are the first steps each other on the streets. Andyou have to be ready and you you will undertake in we will design some kind ofhave to be prepared. If you AUCA? advertising campaign. Thereare in administration you I think first I’m figuring has been a long-term goal ofcan always say I don’t know out the things I don’t have diversifying the student bodywhat to do about this and it to do, because the hardest here, which has been quitecan wait till tomorrow; you part is making sure you have successful. That’s the joy thathave assistants, somebody enough time to do the big students still come from areascan always do something for things. It is easy for me to get outside of Bishkek. But weyou. Administrators have to involved in one more little need another couple hundredmake final decisions, while thing that I can solve. But if I of students from other places,academics have open doors do then I’m not going to have and ideally we need anotherand they can choose the way time to think about what the couple hundred students whoto go… big set of issues is and how to can pay the fee. Those kinds deal with them. What I need of students exist, but to con- Are you planning to do to figure out is how to build vince them to come here issome academic work? Write a new campus, how we will something we haven’t donea book for example. advertise the university effec- yet. What will we advertise? Yes, I will be able to write tively, how we will get more First of all we need to have aa book about Central Asia students from a wider variety better idea of our final prod-and one way to shape reform. of places, how we will make uct. There are huge competi-I wrote a history of the Bal- a more interesting and bet- tive advantages to experiencekans that was published a few ter student body, and how we another kind of educationyears ago. So I am thinking will find more money. than you get as the standardabout making an illustrated in the states or even privatehistory of Central Asia focus- Do you set any delays universities of this region. Soing on culture and society, for the campus construction? we need to take advantage ofwhich would be short and The idea is that we can that, we need to explain thatsweet. Maybe 200 pages of start building in March, and you get what you pay for, andfacts and 150 pages of illustra- then the question becomes is that what you get is a bet-tions. I know that no one has it possible to build a campus ter, more flexible, more cre-ever done this kind of history, in 18 months, so we can be ative education than in A orand it would be fun. ready by September 2012 to B, with more opportunities to move? The answer is maybe, do interesting things. That is Will you work on trans- but also maybe not till Janu- why I have spent a lot of timelations? ary 2013. Certainly, I think thinking about how to sell the16 AUCA Magazine*November 2010
  17. 17. Interview with the Presidentuniversity in a relatively con- competent economists. As educational skills to do that.”vincing way and to whom. long as things don’t change That is what we are selling.For me, it is not enough that too much, they can solveAUCA is a better University problems of economics. That What about fundraisingthan KNU or others… or the is not the kind of student we for the University?best in Central Asia, even. are trying to produce. We are Raising money is aboutI think we should be able to trying to produce someone two different things. Findingfind a particular strength who understands the ways people who have money, get-in some field of research for the economic system fits with ting some access to them, andexample and try to become the other systems in the world then selling them in the world in that field. and not just in solving certain You tell them that they haveThere are a couple of ideas I types of problems - how does an opportunity to be a parthave. Central Asian studies my bank calculate my interest of this incredibly interesting– I don’t think it will be that rate five years forward from experiment to do things inattractive to students from tomorrows soms. The ques- a very different way and tothis particular region, but for tion is who would you rather produce a very different kindstudents from the States andEurope - yes. If you want tohave short-term study abroadprogram, then this is whythey would come to study.Why would they come here tostudy American or Europeanstudies? Central Asian stud-ies can be the research side ofthe university. Because this issomething we are now miss-ing to a great extent. Researchstudy makes the universitybetter, more interesting forfaculty and more importantfor the state. Research doesn’tnecessarily impede the edu-cational process. And you certainly have a Jamby Jusubalieva interviewing the Presidentstrategic vision of the educa-tion AUCA should provide. be? A person sitting in a little of person who will change his The kind of education cubicle figuring out what the world. And if that is excitingwe provide here is based on interest rate will be, or do for you, then it would be greata more flexible type of curric- you want to be doing creative if you help us. To some extentulum. We do that in the U.S. and interesting work? Your I think that the stories you tellwith an idea that it will cre- choice. We want the kind of to the potential students andate more creative types of stu- people who say “I want to be the story you tell to poten-dents. If you go to Moscow prepared for different kinds tial donors aren’t different.State University or Kyrgyz of things. I don’t want to solve It’s pretty much the same. It’sState University you will be standard problems that some- just that students will benefitvery well prepared, and you one is giving to me. I want to from what you give them inwill know a huge amount of be the kind of person who sets a different way than donorsstuff in the one area that you the problems, and I want to will. Sometimes the strategic www.auca.kgstudy, but outside of that you be a person who is in charge position towards your educa-may or may not know any- of motivating other people tion is the key.thing. And they don’t care to solve problems. And notabout the level of flexibility because my “brother-in-law What do you see as a bigor creativity you have. Most is Nazarbaev’s friend”. But challenge in the beginning?people who graduate with because I have the skills to do The biggest problem isan economics degree from that, because I was given the to get the faculty and theMoscow State University are communication, thinking and students all simultaneously AUCA Magazine*November 2010 17
  18. 18. Interview with the President Andrew Wachtel recognizing students for outstanding achievementsaware of what we are trying and the world need done. we are trying to make this ato accomplish here. That’s better place. The only waythe challenge. Because most Andrew, it seems you to do that is to go out and befaculty members (here and are very cool as a boss, what with people, play soccer witheverywhere else) would prob- about hierarchy? them or get yourself involvedably prefer to do their own All organizations are with freshmen during theresearch projects, teach their hierarchical and a univer- orientation week. You haveclasses in the way that is easi- sity is even more hierarchi- to be able to say what youest for them and never think cal. There is a little bit more think. But ultimately, there isabout the overall goals and official authority here than still a hierarchy, because themission of the education in in the U.S. but that’s I think final decision is always minethis university. And most stu- mostly on the surface. In the in the end. But I would ratherdents would like to get their U.S. I think people pretend make people feel relativelydegree with the minimum not to differ with authority, more comfortable than rela-amount of work. Our job is to but I don’t think they differ tively less comfortable. Andpush both students and fac- with authority any less. To sometimes they should forgetulty out of their comfort zone some extent it depends on that there is a hierarchy. I’min order to create a generation how you carry yourself. You trying to meet people withof leaders who can use their have to have everybody feel whom I can have normal con-talents to do what this region we are [in this] together, and versations. As a president of18 AUCA Magazine*November 2010
  19. 19. Interview with the Presidentthe university it is difficult to questions, they soon forget mistake. So the question ishave normal relations with that the president is in the are they trying to get awaypeople, because of hierarchy, room. So I get to watch stu- with something by not doingand you never know what dents’ every day behavior. things in English or could wepeople think. So it is easier to When you come into a place make a better student by mak-play soccer as we did a few where people have been work- ing him/her more bilingual;days ago. Because after some ing with each other for a long to me the answer is yes. Youtime, they forget that I’m a time, you are upsetting their could say that their Englishpresident and they will kick chemistry of work by defini- is much weaker than Russianme in the shins when they tion. And you want to make and we have to set a limit forhave to. things better and you prefer the courses they could take in not to make things worse. Russian, and I could live with I presume they will let that. There are certain subjectsyou score more goals… Let’s tackle a delicate that absolutely should not be That’s the problem. That’s issue. How do you envisage taught in Russian, and I couldnot so pleasant actually. I introducing more teaching live with that too. But to havethink Nikolay Grigorievich in Russian? this blanket feeling that nowill not let me score more I think we should take course should be taught ingoals. He is too competitive this question from the other Russian, because this is some-to let that happen. There is side. The belief is that it is eas- thing bad for the universityalways this question if I could ier for some faculty to teach and because there are 10% ofhurt someone doing some- in Russian and they would the students who don’t knowthing they don’t like, and they rather do this. It is easier for any Russian, I don’t’ find thatdon’t respond, because they some students to learn in Rus- a convincing argument.feel they have to accept it. sian and they would rather doYou will never find an answer that. That’s seen as a problem. Would you teach your-to this question. But outside They are trying to get away self in Russian?the university you can. And it with something, instead of If I teach course of Rus-will take some time. doing something difficult, and sian literature, I will teach it the answer is we should not in Russian. To give the text So it’s not easy to be a let them do that. And I agree of «Великий инквизитор»president?! that in general you should in English is stupid. While, I’d like to get a better feel- not let people take the easiest for example, Plato in Englishing about what our students road, if there is a harder road is fine. I think there has to bewant in the broader sense that they need to take. But I a minimum number of cours-from this world. What do they also think we should figure es for students from Rus-want from life in general and out what students need. Let’s sian speaking backgroundshow can the university work look at our students. 90% of because they need it. I don’tin a way to help them achieve them come from a Russian know how to achieve that.this? The hard part of being speaking background. And We need to discuss first whatthe president of a universi- a big percentage will end up our students need. And thenty is to have normal contact working in Russian speaking we can come up with a plan. Iwith various people, because careers. I know that even if you can think of a variety of waysnobody behaves themselves are from an English-speaking we can solve this. You havein a room like when you are background and you go to to use your brain. This is onenot in the room. The goal is an American university, you of the issues which we havealways to be like you are in a spend 4 years learning how to to think about. We will solveMark Twain novel when you write in English. I know that this problem.can go out and nobody knows students coming here fromwho you are in reality. Then Russian backgrounds can’t Thank you, Andrew, for www.auca.kgyou can watch interactions as properly write in Russian. In your time. We are all look-an unnoticed observer. Ide- so far as we make them write ing forward to continuing toally that would be possible. exclusively in English, we are build AUCA – in all sensesOne fun thing about the Kyr- taking away their possibility – with you, and good luck ingyz classes I take is that stu- to achieve a high level of flu- your hard presidential mis-dents first recognize that we ency in Russian. To me, given sion and learning Kyrgyz!are in one group, but since we that the majority will have toare all asking and answering work in Russian, it is a big By Jamby Djusubalieva AUCA Magazine*November 2010 19
  20. 20. Featured ProfileNatalia Slastnikova:The Way to Success Y ou may ask: what is the best word that describes this woman? The answer: development. She has her own formula for suc- cess, which, as time shows, has turned out to be very effective. “If you want to be successful, be proactive, creative and well prepared”, Natalia Slastniko- va explained. Natalia has two technical degrees, signifi- cant administrative and teaching experience, and is currently the executive director of Lead- ership Development. She came to AUCA 12 years ago, joining the teaching staff, as well as contributing her administrative capabilities. A teacher by vocation, she delivers learner- focused instruction in leadership, teambuild- ing, communication, organizational behavior, career planning and development. She has more than 25-year experience in education. At AUCA she has served on the President’s team by coordinating and performing a wide variety of administrative and support activi- ties. Since 2002 her leadership has been utilized in development and resulted in the creation of the alumni association, annual fund, and par- ent fund. Finally, the advisory board for busi- ness administration program was created with the help of her well-established relations in the business community. Natalia Slastnikova Four years ago Natalia was assigned to develop two new projects: the career center and personal enrichment and professional develop- the continuing education center. These are now ment. well known in the AUCA community, Bishkek She has been engaged in the development and beyond. of multiple career center projects in Kyrgyz- “AUCA was a small entity; there were so stan. More than 20 Career Centers have been many things to do. I just caught an opportu- developed in higher education institutions. She nity. My philosophy is very simple: by develop- is the author of three manuals for students and ing others we develop ourselves”, Slastnikova career centers that are published with USAID said. support. Excellent execution of such projects has left She is always active in the community and a positive impression on the students, potential volunteers her time advising the local AIESEC employers, and many businesses. In less than team, conducting trainings on leadership for four years the continuing education center has high school students in the region and career now served more than 6000 non-traditional stu- trainings for students in other institutions. dents, and its portfolio includes more than 50 Her formula for success accompanies Nata- leading Kyrgyz and international companies. lia everywhere she goes: “If something is unde- The courses and trainings developed by veloped, you always have a chance to develop Natalia, such as effective presentation and pub- it.” lic speaking, management skills, leadership in organization, and career planning are aimed at by Alexandra Revina20 AUCA Magazine*November 2010
  21. 21. Students in ActionKarlygach Nurmanbetova11:Giving Back to the Community L istening to a success sto- ry is always interestingand exciting. Taking this intoconsideration, we would liketo introduce to you KarlygachNurmanbetova. She is a seniorof International and Compara-tive Politics (ICP). Karlygachhas chosen ICP, because it is hermain interest, and also becauseit is a field that can help her tomake a difference in the world.Currently she works as a FLEXalumni coordinator for Ameri-can Councils for InternationalEducation and is an activist forthe Unity Fund at AUCA. “I believe that brilliant andactive young people are the oneswho can change things for thebetter. They are the true treasureof our nation,” reassures Karly-gach. Participation in the FLEXprogram played a crucial role inKarlygach’s decision of whereand what to study. After arrivingback home from the U.S. most ofthe FLEX alumni have a sharpsense of responsibility for mak-ing a contribution to the devel-opment of their country. Her jobwas to lead alumni to implementany of their great ideas, andarrange different kinds of proj-ects and events. It was impor-tant for her to be able to inspirealumni to action, and also to Karlygach helping at the Children Cancer Centerhelp them understand the factthat the program does not end other active volunteers who the very beginning the studentswhen they arrive. In fact, it only helped and joined the Fund. The were implementing only certain,marks the beginning, and it is all Unity Fund would not be able to basic activities. Later, it becamein their hands to get the best out operate without the great sup- a fund. The name UNITY sym-of their alumni experience. port of the initiators and volun- bolizes the unification of differ- This young lady of many teers. Two AUCA students were ent people regardless of their www.auca.kginterests is also actively involved pioneers in this: Nadezhda Pak nationality. Thereafter, manyin charity at the Unity Fund. The and Jennie Jie. Nadezhda Pak, other small range projects wereUnity Fund was initially created a FLEX 2010 alumna, became implemented. But everythingto help the victims of the tragic very active immediately after was done with the support of theevents in Osh. This marked the her arrival from the U.S. Jenny volunteers, many of them AUCAmoment when the youth of Kyr- Jie, originally from China, has students.gyzstan rose to contribute to their always been willing to help Kyr- The academic year has justsociety, and there were many gyzstan in any possible way. In started, but Karlygach and other AUCA Magazine*November 2010 21
  22. 22. Students in Action AUCA Unity Fund teamactivists have already implement- ing young lady? Answering this thing I have, and my native vil-ed many activities (i.e. visiting the question, our guest said that her lage – Kochkor, located in NarynPsycho-Neurological orphanage job brought her to feel this way. oblast, is the best place on thein Belovodsk, the child cancer Before she was just an ordinary planet for me,” says; bringing children from student, concerned with com- “For the small successes IOsh to the Flamingo Park; pur- pleting her homework, doing have achieved up to this point Ichasing medicines for the south). her own business, and nothing want to thank my parents, whoThe Unity Fund members were more. But after her year serving were always there for me, whoactive during the whole summer, as alumni coordinator, Karly- believed in me and my strength.and the momentum helped them gach has realized that everybody They are the people who gave meto continue through the beginning is responsible for those who are so much, not asking for anythingof the academic year. The very first in need, especially children. And in return, and devoted their entireactivities were gathering humani- it is not right to be indifferent lives to my brother and me. Mytarian aid for Osh and Jalalabad, and to stay aside, acting as if friends serve as an example for mewhich was the most important nothing bad is really happening. and also as a great support. Myissue. Many children from Osh She was nurtured by this sense teachers, professors, and eldersarrived in Bishkek for rehabilita- throughout the whole year, and have taught me so much, and Ition, and during this period the is willing to carry it in her heart am still learning and will keepactivists were fortunate enough to in the future as well. learning from them,” Karlygachtake about 100 children to the Ala- Besides university and phi- concluded.Too cinema and to the Flamingo lanthropy, Karlygach has plenty A bright and talentedpark. of other engagements. She enjoys AUCA student, a responsible cit- Karlygach is the type of writing poems and stories; loves izen of her country, and a personperson who believes that every- cooking, which helps her relax of unbelievably kind heart, Kar-one can do their bit to change and gives freedom to her imagi- lygach is an example all AUCAthe world. How did this philan- nation. The thing she enjoys the students can aspire to be.thropy and incredible desire to most is visiting her parents. “Myhelp people come to a charm- parents are the most precious by Aliona Kim22 AUCA Magazine*November 2010
  23. 23. Alumni SpotlightCholponbek Jumashukurov`02:Conquering Corporate America the university was able to gather truly exceptional talent. I hope one day these people will lead Kyrgyz- stan. In terms of education, AUCA gave me a particularly strong knowledge in accounting (Tati- ana Filippovna), macroeconomics, (Munara Artykovna), and manage- ment and organizational behavior (Kamila Dushebaevna). Later in my career I always felt I had solid foundations in these subjects. AUCA is obviously a very important part of my background. It is becoming more well-known as more alumni spread around the globe each year. Though the Amer- ican-style grading system was a big plus, 10 years ago when I stud- ied, it was less known. Therefore, it was important to differentiate myself from fellow students. I was very fortunate. I feel that it played a key role when later applying to these fine institutions. What are your thoughts about success? Can you claim Our special guest and author of What was your experience at you are a successful person?AUCA success story is Cholponbek AUCA? It is too early to tell whetherJumashukurov. He graduated from AUCA was great for me, I I am successful or not. In terms ofAUCA in 2002, majoring in Busi- wouldn’t exchange it for any other my achievements so far, I thinkness Administration, and currently university in the world. I made they were due to a combination ofworks as an analyst at Farallon Capi- my closest and best friends there, a lot of luck and hard work.tal, a private investment firm based including Adilet Dadybaev, Taalai In terms of hard work it hasin San Francisco. He won an FSA Nasirdinov, Kanybek Konok- been important to set the correctFLEX scholarship to study at a high baev, Azamat Ibraimov, Chyngyz long-term direction and be very www.auca.kgschool in the U.S. and afterwards Jamankulov, Bek Chalbaev, Ulan focused and disciplined in execut-entered AUCA. He received his MBA Kojomuratov, and Edil Azhi- ing it.from Harvard University and has baev. I met many wonderful and I have also been fortunate inexperience working in the investment impressive individuals like Almaz having the right mentors at differ-and banking sector. Prior to Faral- Bazarbaev, Asel Kasenova, Aijan ent stages. It is very important tolon, Cholponbek worked at Deloitte Soodaeva, Daniyar Ilebaev, Elnura find and stick with a person, fromand Touche, McKinsey and Goldman Osmonalieva, Mirlan Karabukaev, whom you can continually learn.Sachs. it’s impossible to name everyone, I also keep a list of lessons I learn, AUCA Magazine*November 2010 23
  24. 24. Alumni Spotlightbut I’m not disciplined in actually AUCA? est national debates are on howreading them later. It is a gradual process. As to allocate country’s large reserves In general, I am a relaxed AUCA increases its alumni base and how to more fairly conductperson. There should always be a and the existing base matures, the the hugely popular Kyrgyzstanwork-life balance. I like to party alumni should be able to provide citizenship lottery.and probably did actually party more serious support for the uni-too much during my freshman versity. This will work as long as What do “Harvard boys” doyear at AUCA. AUCA keeps providing a good in their free time? student experience and continues There are probably many And talking about the years investing in keeping alumni con- stereotypes about Harvard andat AUCA – any more fond memo- nected. The support from alumni its alumni. I enjoy spending timeries? should not be limited to partici- with my family, reading books, One of my great memories pation in fundraising activities, watching movies, playing socceris the Halloween party during my but more importantly giving back and watching team sports. I like2nd year, when my friends and I through sharing knowledge and to read as much as possible. Asprepared a scary room, which was experience with current students. I famous investor, Charlie Munger,so popular that it caused a long know some examples of my peers says, reading is the best way toline. We charged a fee to enter and who voluntarily taught subjects become wiser. I have a long list ofwon the best room award, and in AUCA after earning degrees books I want to read.were rewarded with a huge cake. abroad. Over the years my friends Again, my work-life balanceWe used part of the money to buy and I did a couple of presentations is important. Success does nota large bottle of Coke for us. Sweet to current students on the manage- equal happiness. As Ingrid said,memories: fun, cake and soda! ment consulting industry, telecom “Success is getting what you want, sector, retail banking, professional and happiness is wanting what To your mind, what else services abroad and how to apply you get.”makes AUCA a special place? to top MBA programs abroad. First, what I liked most So, whats next for you? Anyabout AUCA is the lack of cor- We also know that AUCA ambitious investment plans?ruption and bribes. It is really became the place where you met I like where I am now. Direc-unique in post-Soviet countries, your wife. Could you kindly tionally, I would like to continueand AUCA is much different elaborate on this? investing in myself and becomingthan some other local universities. I met Saltanat in Bishkek, but a better professional. The threeSecondly, AUCA’s scholarship not exactly at AUCA. We studied best investments in life are yourprogram and admission process there at different times but obvi- education, your health and yourprovided great opportunities for ously still share the same univer- relationships. They all usually paystudents from Kyrgyzstan’s prov- sity background. She studied eco- off well.inces, who usually come to Bish- nomics, and now is continuing herkek with no special social ties to education here in the U.S. Saltanat Anyone you would like toenter better colleges. I saw many has a unique personality, which is thank who has influenced whotalented students from rural areas tough to find; and I am very fortu- you are today?be able to study and excel there. nate that we are together. Yes, professionally I amFinally, AUCA’s care and respect thankful to several people, includ-for students makes it a truly spe- If you had to live your life ing Tatiana Parfenova and Kamillacial place. I remember how the over again, what one thing would Sharshekeeva, my favorite AUCAschool’s administration did every- you change? professors; Julia Mikhailova, mything to improve students’ lives, I would not really change manager at McKinsey; Michaelhow it increased computer lab and anything. There are a couple of Kho, my senior buddy at Gold-library hours so students could mistakes, which I strongly wish I man; and Bill Duhamel, my pre-better prepare for exams, how the had avoided, but they are in the vious mentor and the man whouniversity assigned a special bud- past. introduced me to value investing.get which the student senate could I was also heavily influenced bydistribute for various projects. Your craziest dream? the books, essays, and speeches The Kyrgyz Republic proud- of Stephen Covey, Warren Buffett You are an alumnus now ly entering the list of top 10 coun- and Charlie Munger.and can look back and make tries in the world with the lowestjudgments about education and corruption and crime rates; theits meaning. How do you see best education, healthcare, and By Aliona Kimthe role of alumni in supporting business opportunities. The fierc-24 AUCA Magazine*November 2010
  25. 25. Alumni SpotlightChyngyz Jamankulov`02:A New Star in the Banking Sector AUCA is proud of many ofits brilliant graduates from all overthe world, and every success storyis precious and worthy of attention,because it is our extreme joy to seeour students growing and pursu-ing great careers and achievingnew heights. Chyngyz Jamanku-lov graduated summa cum laudein 2002, and holds a bachelor’sdegree in Business Administra-tion with a concentration in bank-ing and finance. At the moment,Chyngyz is responsible for man-aging credit risk of retail lendingproducts such as personal loans,credit cards and mortgages in hiscapacity as Head of PFS Credit atHSBC Bank. He joined the RoyalBank of Scotland (former ABNAMRO Bank) in 2007 in a lateralmove to broaden his skills andareas of expertise after spendingfive years with Deloitte in inter-nal control and audit advisory. standing professors who shaped for regrets in his life, he quoted aChyngyz recently became a part his thinking. In particularly he famous song “Regrets I’ve hadof HSBC Bank after it acquired the mentioned Tatiana Parfenova, an a few, but then again too few toretail banking assets of the Royal accounting professor, and Chinar- mention…” Another componentBank of Scotland in Kazakhstan. bek Otunchiev, a visiting lecturer of this successful entrepreneur isAs any professional in his filed, he on capital markets. He is grateful to to live with the maxim that eachcan be characterized as a serious, his professors for the example they day he should learn somethingpurposeful, hard-working per- were to him, of loving knowledge new. This is his biggest motiva-son, and at the same time curious and being always willing to learn. tion. If some free time is there, heand fair. Talking about being an AUCA is a keen supporter of Arsenal and His AUCA years were a spe- alum now and what it means, he is always enjoys a chance to watch acial time for Chyngyz and he keeps sure that alumni can promote the good football game. He also likesfond memories of his friends and AUCA brand through their per- taking long walks and havingstudies. He reminisces, “AUCA sonal successes, through passing deep conversations with his wife.provided me with a solid academ- their knowledge and experiences Family and friends are importantic foundation and a close circle of to students as visiting lecturers, or for Chyngyz and he highly valuesfriends. Its excellent reputation assisting them in job related or oth- close relationships with them.helped me get a job at one of the er queries. Last but not least, they Speaking about his plans forbest employers in the market. can directly contribute to AUCA future, our hero says: “I plan, in theUnwavering adherence to its core through participating in fundrais- short run, to continue to work invalues and its vibrant and inspir- ing campaigns. Chyngyz believes retail banking in Kazakhstan and, www.auca.kging culture make AUCA a special it is vital to stay connected and be possibly, in other countries. In theplace. I will always remember an thankful in a practical way to the long run, I would like to return toenergetic and pleasant atmosphere university. Kyrgyzstan and apply my experi-that was always present in the cor- When asked about success ence in risk management in myridors and cafeterias of the univer- and how he would describe it, home country.”sity.” Chyngyz said that it is impera- Chyngyz had the privilege tive to have a clear vision andof taking classes from many out- work hard to make it happen. As by Aliona Kim AUCA Magazine*November 2010 25