Since its establishment in 1995, CEP Central Asia and Mongolia has expanded dramatically. The program began with three Visiting Lecturers (now called Visiting Faculty Fellows - VFFs) and Eastern Scholars (now called Local Faculty Fellows - LFFs), all based in Kazakhstan. In the academic year 2003-04, the program has 21 Local, 10 SCOUT , and 15 Visiting Faculty Fellows in five countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan). Broader geographic participation has enriched the program and increased its impact. As one of the few international organizations represented in cities like Dushanbe, Osh, and Samarkand, CEP provides students and local faculty rare and valuable exposure to new teaching methods, ideas, and experiences.

The most fruitful collaboration occurs when motivation on the part of the CEP Fellows meets with enthusiasm on the part of partner institutions. This happens most consistently at the American University – Central Asia (formerly the American University in Kyrgyzstan), Tashkent University, and the National University of Mongolia. However, success and impact are not limited to these institutions. CEP’s bearing is felt across all five countries through Fellows, faculty and student conferences, seminars, and other outreach activities.

In order to address the unique needs of the Central Asia and Mongolia program, CEP’s strategy for the region initiated a cyclical teaching and learning initiative. Unlike the two-year Local Faculty Fellowship program in other CEP regions and countries, a three-year Local Faculty Fellowship program was instituted in Central Asia and Mongolia in 2002. It is designed to provide intensive training that focuses on teaching methodology in the first year, conducting research and teaching research methods in the second, and organizing international academic conferences in the third year.

In the 2002-03 academic year, Faculty Development Fellow Chad Thompson and Resource Fellow Mary Schweitzer led intensive workshops on interactive and student-centered teaching methods. In the 2003-04 academic year, Faculty Development Fellow Donnacha O’Beachain is facilitating a chat room on teaching in the social sciences, and Resource Fellow Roxane de la Sablonniere is scheduled to present workshops on research methods to all the Local Faculty Fellows in Central Asia and Mongolia.

Students in Central Asia reap the benefits of their CEP education as they pursue their studies in the West. They have gone on to both undergraduate and graduate study at prestigious universities including: the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, USA; Bryn Mawr College, USA; Indiana University, USA; and Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Within the CEP network, students from Central Asia and Mongolia have continued to participate and perform well, and have earned prizes and awards at a number of regional and international academic events.

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