Wetskills-Kyrgyzstan 2018

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Wetskills-Kyrgyzstan 2018

October 15, 2018 - October 26, 2018

About The Event

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Wetskills tackles Water & Irrigation challenges in Kyrgyzstan

The World Bank funded project ‘National Water Resources Management Project (NWRMP)‘ in Kyrgyzstan asked Wetskills Foundation to set-up a Wetskills Water Challenge in Bishkek. This Wetskills will be dedicated to the NWRMP project’s Central theme: ‘How to organize and finance the Water and Irrigation Sector in Kyrgyzstan in a resilient way for a sustainable future’. Its is not only water, there will be a focus on irrigation as well. 

This first Central Asian event will be organized in the green, post-Soviet and changing City of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan and its inspiring surroundings. Field trips will be organised to some main water and irrigation areas, meetings and discussions with people in the field and farmers and a visit to the beautiful Ala-Archa National Park with glaciers.

To all who are interested in experiencing the large range of water and irrigation challenges and solutions in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia: this is your chance! The Wetskills Foundation and its partners invite Bachelor, Master, PhD students and recent graduates (up to 5 years working experience) in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia and from over the world to apply for this great Wetskills Water Challenge programme. Are you passionate about water and irrigation challenges and excited to work in mixed teams for transdisciplinary water solutions? Register on this website now!

Wetskills Foundation works together with four Kyrgyz universities in the field of Water and Irrigation: Kyrgyz National Agrarian University (KNAU, also local host of this Wetskills event), Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University (KRSU), Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture (KSUCTA) and American University of Central Asia (AUCA).

Application Deadline

Deadline for application and selection: 30 September 2018 (for international candidates, last positions left, on a first come first serve basis) and 30 September 2018 (for Kyrgyz and Central Asian candidates).


Participation costs includes accommodation, programme costs, supervision, some social activities, field trips, working locations, presentations by experts and the final and awarding event at the Kyrgyz National Agrarian University. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses (like plane tickets and some local travel), meals during working days and other personal costs.

There are three categories of participation fees (note: due to the World Bank project, the fees are considerably lower than other Wetskills events):

  • Kyrgyz participants: local transport, daily costs
  • Central Asian participant: travel and local transport and daily costs
  • International participants: travel, local transport, daily costs and a participation fee of € 175,-

During past editions participants often successfully arranged financial compensation for their Wetskills participation from their university or employer. We therefore strongly encourage applicants to inquire about funding opportunities to compensate the costs (university mobility funds, travel allowance etc.).

What do you get?

A unique learning experience where you will tackle real-world water challenges!

  • You will increase your skills in: international cooperation; problem solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teamwork, networking and presenting (pitch & poster);
  • You will get the opportunity to connect with other international water students/young professionals;
  • You will visit Bishkek and surrounding: water-related, natural and cultural sites and meet water professionals and farmers in the field;
  • You will learn, network and experience more about the Kyrgyz and Central Asian irrigation and water challenges, the main stakeholders and organizations, contemporary issues and current business opportunities;
  • You will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.

More information

For more information about participating in this event, Kyrgyz candidates can contact Mr. Bakyt Askaraliev (local host of the Kyrgyz National Agrarian University, abtajbakyt@gmail.com). International candidates can contact Ms. Machtelijn Brummel (Wetskills Foundation, machtelijn.brummel@wetskills.com)  and/or Mr. Frank Tibben (Wetskills Foundation, frank.tibben@wetskills.com).


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Registration deadlines

International candidates: 30 September 2018 (last positions left, first come, first served)

Kyrgyz/Central Asian candidates: 30 September 2018 (contact person: Bakyt Askaraliev)

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October 15, 2018
October 26, 2018
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Machtelijn Brummel
Frank Tibben
Bakyt Askaraliev
Johan Oost
Johan Heymans


Kyrgyz National Agririan University
68 Mederova St
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan