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Details for American University of Central Asia

Participant Status

Advanced

Type of Organization

University

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate

Location

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Website

http://www.auca.kg

Sign Up Date to PRME

29 Aug 2016

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

Not Available

Letter of ​Commitment (2016)

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Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

We require courses on business ethics and corporate social responsibility in both the undergraduate and MBA programs. We also include a discussion of stakeholder analysis in faculty development workshops focused on the case study and other teaching methods.

In addition to academic offerings, students have extracurricular activities such as ENACTUS and SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) that also discuss stakeholder interests and social entrepreneurship. We are also offering our students the chance to engage in social entrepreneurship with the launch of a student investment fund that will be controlled directly by a council of students and a faculty adviser.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

AUCA worked with Kumtor gold mine to produce a new Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development. In addition, we have formal agreements with World Bank IFC to provide financial counselling services to potential micro finance borrowers around the country. This initiative engages both our students and faculty and sends them to 15 locations in the country. A trained student team will also provide these free financial advisory services via an IFC call center based at AUCA. We also have an agreement with UNHCR for faculty to serve on advisory committees and to provide counselling and feedback to refugees on their business plans. The services for refugees are provided on a pro bono basis and we have a faculty member tasked with community outreach activities to actively search for ways AUCA faculty and students can continue to benefit our community in ways beyond providing quality education.

For academic research, we are working on both case studies and academic research in the field of entrepreneurship. We plan to launch a research institute centered around one of our identified fields of excellence in social entrepreneurship and development. This institute will pursue both policy and academic research related to poverty alleviation and will coordinate with and invite visiting faculty from abroad to assist in these efforts.

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