Session III

January - April 2018

 

 


Innovation Incubator

  • The second cohort of Innovation Incubator took place in February - May 2018 timeframe and included 5 students

  • The course was digital as students connected weekly over Skype with TajRupt's founding chairman Azizjon Azimi who led the cohort from Harvard Kennedy School

  • Topics covered included consumer and producer theory, comparative advantage and international trade, startups and capital markets, digitalization and artificial intelligence

  • Guest speakers included Jeremy Strickland (MBA/MPP candidate at Northwestern Kellogg School of Management and Harvard Kennedy School), Bobur Murvatov (CFO of SpitamenBonk), and Stephen Caputo (TajRupt Board Member)

 

The final research project was conducted on the topic of pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) in Tajikistan as a way of endowing the country with competitive advantage in the economy of the future. As part of the project, students gave a public presentation in May highlighting AI’s long-term impact across agriculture, industry, and services. The team’s recommendation outlined the need for establishing Central Asia’s first AI research laboratory in Tajikistan in order to position the country as a regional AI hub, setting the stone for our AI initiative.


HerStory:

  • 11 students completed the course

  • 10 out of 11 students had no reaction to the term "feminism" prior to enrolling in the course as per the final survey

  • All students had a positive reaction to the term "feminism" after completing the course as per the final survey

  • A lecturer of law at a local university delivered a presentation to students about domestic violence as a violation of human rights

  • A new concept covered in the course was the work of LeanIn on the role of women in the workplace

 
  • A virtual conversation with three female students from New York University Abu Dhabi was held on domestic violence and law

  • Students visited Atlasi Khujand LLC - Tajikistan's sole manufacturer of atlas and adras textiles. The activists learned about the process of silk manufacturing and conducted interviews with employees at the firm

The students conducted a presentation titled "Women's Rights Are Human Rights" in April 2018. During the presentation, they displayed their artwork on the subject of gender inequalities in Tajikistan and spoke about preventing harassment and gender-based violence.


Model United Nations:

  • 11 students completed the course

  • 10 out of 11 students stated in the final survey that their views on global affairs changed as a result of completing the course

  • All students stated that they had positive reactions to democracy and the United Nations at the end of the course

  • Only 1 out of 8 students stated that they followed the news daily before enrolling in the course, while half of the students stated that they followed the news daily after completing the course

  • Majority of students identified globalization and the Sustainable Development Goals as their favorite topics in the final survey

 

A Model United Nations simulation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was held in March 2018. The delegates debated the issue of reducing carbon emissions and ultimately passed a committee resolution with majority of votes.


State of Affairs:

  • 9 students completed the course

  • All students stated in the final survey that their views on journalism and media changed as a result of completing the course

  • Only 6 out of 9 students had a positive reaction to the concept of freedom of the media before enrolling in the course as per the final survey

  • All students had a positive reaction to the concept of freedom of the media after completing the course as per the final survey

  • More than two-thirds of students stated that they followed the news weekly before enrolling in the course, while a majority stated that they followed the news daily after completing the course as per the final survey


Admissions Workshop:

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  • 6 students completed the course

  • 5 out of 6 students planned to study in the United States in the future

  • 4 out of 6 students did not know about The Common Application prior to enrolling in the course as per the final survey

  • All students stated in the final survey that the course was successful in helping them learn about the admissions process in the United States

  • All students stated in the final survey that they felt better prepared to apply to university in the United States as a result of completing the course