About Us 2019-10-02T19:31:11+00:00

Student Initiative Development Program (SIDP) was introduced at the American University of Central Asia in 2015 as a part time program supported by Bard College. In 2017 the Program went full time. The purpose of SIDP is to develop leadership potential and professional skills among students, supporting them in the implementation of their civic engagement initiatives through consultation, individual mentorship, and different trainings and workshops. SIDP aims at the development of Civic Engagement Culture and increase Sense of Agency among AUCA students, since as future leaders of the region, they will have to deal with complex social problems.


To provide each AUCA student with the knowledge, skills, resources, and support needed for the development of student-led community based projects that address social, economic, environmental, and educational challenges in the region.


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  1. To inspire students to develop community projects that make an impact;
  2. To teach students project management skills for successful implementation of community projects, including project proposals, grant applications, budgets, and reports;
  3. To provide students with the necessary tools for effective and successful academic and professional careers that impact communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

SIDP Key Activities

Individual Consultations

Group & Personal Brainstormings

Meeting Field Experts

Organizing Contests

Get Engaged Conference

SIDP Advisory Committee Members

Nurzhamal Karamoldoeva

Instructor at Television, Cinema and Media Arts

Daniyar Karabaev

Head of Liberal Arts and Sciences Division

Seth Fearey

Assistant Professor

Zheenbek Kulenbekov

Head of Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Concentration