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Silkroad research center

 is an independent, nonpartisan research center of Ala-Too International University with the mission of conducting an unbiased research and providing practical innovative recommendations.


Perhaps the most lasting legacy of the Silk Roads has been their role in bringing cultures and peoples in contact with each other, and facilitating exchange between them. On a practical level, merchants had to learn the languages and customs of the countries they travelled through, in order to negotiate successfully. Cultural interaction was a vital aspect of material exchange. Moreover, many travelers ventured onto the Silk Roads in order to partake in this process of intellectual and cultural exchange that was taking place in cities along the routes. Knowledge about science, arts and literature, as well as crafts and technologies was shared across the Silk Roads, and in this way, languages, religions and cultures developed and influenced each other. One of the most famous technical advances to have been propagated worldwide by the Silk Roads was the technique of making paper, as well as the development of printing press technology. Similarly, irrigation systems across Central Asia share features that were spread by travelers who not only carried their own cultural knowledge, but also absorbed that of the societies in which they found themselves.

Silk Road Research Center is an independent, nonpartisan research center of Ala-Too International University with the mission of conducting an unbiased research and providing practical innovative recommendations.

We are aimed at promoting and disseminating innovative ideas, democratic and human rights values, fostering the economic and social welfare, and encouraging more open and cooperative international systems.

The Center seeks to bring together a community of scholars committed to expanding the research activities and cumulate academic data in their fields of studies.

The Center is also aimed at providing a platform for discussion for various actors, such as academics, researchers, politicians, members of NGOs, civil society activists, businesspersons, writers, journalists, and others.
Through its seminars, conferences, congresses, publications, books, monographs, periodicals, and articles, the Center raises public awareness and stimulate debate on various public policies and important developments in its fields of study.

With best regards,
Kashif Hasan Khan, PhD
Director, Silk Road Research Center
Ala-Too International University

Email: kashifhasan.khan@iaau.edu.kg

Dear Researchers,

Silk Road Research Center, Ala-Too International University’s one of the premiere centers, is dedicated to promote interdisciplinary research on Central Asia. Our primary aim is to foster an interdisciplinary insight on issues pertaining to the region by bringing together individual scholars, trained in diverse social science disciplines. The Centre encourages interdisciplinary thinking and promotes opportunities for meeting, interaction and exchange of views with scholars from Kyrgyzstan and abroad. In terms of facilitating academic interaction, the Centre regularly organizes international/national seminars, round table discussions, talks and lectures.

We welcome offers of collaboration from universities, institutions and other research centers around the globe. Also, we are open to companies and international governmental and non-governmental organizations’ suggestions and supports for our research activities.

With best regards,
Kashif Hasan Khan, PhD
Director, Silk Road Research Center
Ala-Too International University

Email: kashifhasan.khan@iaau.edu.kg


Research Assistant Internships

Interns at the Silk Road Research Center serve as research assistants or scholar interns for visiting scholars.
Research assistants are undergraduate successful students from universities around the world.
A research assistant typically works 10-15 hours a week.
(The number of hours can be adjusted accordingly to fulfill academic requirements).
A position as a research assistant is particularly appropriate for an undergraduate
student planning to move on to graduate studies, or wishing to develop a deeper understanding of their field of study.


Research assistants spend much of their time searching for information, using
online academic databases or other publications. They often perform other duties, as
well, such as proofreading; editing; critiquing; checking references; compiling bibliographies;
writing literature reviews; summarizing research materials; and helping with software or presentational tasks.
There may be some administrative tasks involved like copying or filing, but such tasks will be limited.
Consequently, a strong sense of responsibility and the ability to work with a minimum of supervision are strong assets.
While at the Center, all interns are encouraged to go beyond their particular
internship responsibilities and to attend center’s panel discussions, conferences, and
other meetings. Interns are also welcome to join staff and scholars during some social events.


Applicants must have at least a cumulative GPA of 70pts.
Furthermore, applicants must be current students. Most interns are at least seniors in
the undergraduate level, though strongly qualified juniors (at the time of application) willbe considered.
Graduate students are also eligible to apply.
Typical research assistants are students of political science; foreign languages;
international affairs; regional studies; economics; public policy; security studies;
journalism and similar disciplines.

Application Process

To apply, applicants will need to submit
a completed Research Assistant Internship Application Form
Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable);
Please send application materials to silkroad@iaau.edu.kg.

Silk Road Research Center of the International Ataturk Alatoo University is recruiting Young Researchers to Young Researcher’s Program.
Young Researcher’s Program enables students to develop full potential of researching and analytical skills.

Required competencies

Core values
• Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving program’s goals
• Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
• Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies
• Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication,
outstanding interpersonal and intrapersonal skills;
• Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive,
trust-based working environment
• Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner,
strong organizational skills; demonstrated time management skills
• Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information draws well founded
• Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
• Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
• Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates friendly atmosphere

Tasks and Responsibilities
It is an exciting opportunity for IAAU students with a keen interest in a research career to develop analytical, critical thinking and writing skills at Silk Road Research Center. Young Researchers are responsible for the activities of Young Researchers Program.

Necessary Qualifications
• be 2-4 year student of IAAU with GPA above 85
• Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft packages;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Russian, Kyrgyz language is an asset;
• Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds.

All interested candidates should send CV and cover letter to Silk Road Research Center silkroadcenter@iaau.edu.kg .


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