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Rector of the American University in Bishkek about life in Kyrgyzstan

Andrew Kuchins

61 years old, hometown — San Francisco, President of the American University in Central Asia


Rector of the American University in Bishkek about life in Kyrgyzstan


About moving to Kyrgyzstan

Last May I became President of the American University in Central Asia. I moved to Bishkek with my wife.

Before I taught at a US University for four years.

My arrival was amazing. Before Christmas, I had dinner with the former Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan, a close friend of mine. He said he was looking for a new President at AUCA. I've known the previous President since he was a young graduate student at Berkeley.

During a fifteen-minute conversation he said: "Andy, you're going to be a great President." I made a quick decision and talked to the Board of Trustees. In January, we looked at the University, and in February we already signed a contract. Everything happened quickly and unexpectedly.

I visited Kyrgyzstan for the first time in 1994

I was bored in Washington. I knew I needed something new. I am a specialist in the Russian region and Eurasia, and I am interested in Central Asia. I wrote a dissertation on Soviet-Chinese relations. Therefore, moving to Kyrgyzstan was a good decision for me. I consider this University one of America's best projects in Central Asia.

This was not my first visit to Kyrgyzstan. I visited Kyrgyzstan for the first time in 1994, and then in 1995. I also visited in 2014, my colleague and I wrote a report on a large project. So I knew a lot about Central Asia.

About people

People in Kyrgyzstan are open, good-natured, proud of the country, and their land. They value history and nature.

Kyrgyzstan is a unique place. Most of all, I communicate with people from the University. However, I also met musicians, because I play the accordion and sing. We founded our own Bishkek Blues Doubles band, and we play blues. I think we are the only blues-band in Bishkek. Our guitarist is also an American, a professor at one of the universities. And the bassist with drummer are local guys.

It's amazing that 30 years later I started playing in a band again. We play in a local bar, and some students and professors came to listen to us.

An interesting incident happened to me. The first day I performed on stage, and then I started dancing. Someone made a video, posted it online, and it went viral. Newspapers and the Internet said that the new President was dancing in front of the freshmen, and he is a cool President. I just maintain this atmosphere at the University. Our motto is to work hard, play hard.

About the work

Since March 30, I have been working remotely. The University has successfully switched to online education. The professors and students have adapted well. I hope that we will open again before September. In the summer, I plan to teach a course with a Professor from Princeton.

We work hard to predict how many students will come in September. I want to expand the University and attract more international students. We are actively promoting the University in India and China. At the moment, 70% of students are residents of Kyrgyzstan, and 10% are from Afghanistan.

We plan to become a regional leader in analytics and teaching methods. We want to build a new building and provide it with currently not available equipment in Central Asia. This is done in order for professors to come and conduct research here.

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Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful country. Here is a magnificent nature: lakes, mountains, snow peaks. 90% of the area is mountainous. I see mountains every morning when I look out the window. This is unbelievable.

I would like to see more tennis played in Bishkek and more golf fans.

Talking about local food, I like meat. I'm not a fan of horse meat, but I like the pilaf that my wife cooks. There are also many good restaurants in Bishkek where I like to eat.

It's amazing that 30 years later I started playing in a band again

I want our children to come to us. I would take them to the mountains, there is a good restaurant, a lot of entertainment for tourists.

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