The first online meeting between the project team and the Academy of Civil Service under the President of Turkmenistan (AoCS) was organized on 3 April 2020.

The participants of the meeting – Mr. Folkert Milch, the Project Team Leader, Mr. Eduard Zakarchenko, Key Expert 2 and Ms. Ivelina Dilovska, the Project Director discussed with Mr.Babakhan Berdiev, the Project Coordinator and the international experts Ms. Tatyana Zaytseva, Ms. Annika Jaansoo, and Mr. Todor Tanev further work in the development of the core modules of the Master’s in Public Administration program (MPA) for the AoCS.

As Mr.Berdiyev informed the participants that the Academy is planning to launch the MPA program on 1 September 2020, Mr. Milch emphasized that at this stage, it is very important to continue the work on the finalization of the remaining modules of the MPA program, such as Strategic Planning, Management Psychology, Human Resource Management and Research Methods in Social Science.

Mr. Milch proposed that responsible experts finalize the above-mentioned modules by the end of April 2020 and then the project will find a way to communicate and discuss the final developed curricula with the respective international experts and counterparts from the AoCS, using online communication platforms.

The idea of conducting online sessions was welcomed by the Project Coordinator. He said the MPA working group meetings could be organized in such a way. In addition, he proposed to conduct online trainings/workshops in the regions of Turkmenistan with the participation of the international experts.

As the first step in connecting with the regions and checking the quality of the connection at a local level, Mr. Berdiyev invited to the session Mr. Bayram Jumayev, the head of the department of the State Energy Institute of Turkmenistan in Mary. The Project Coordinator proposed to plan future online training sessions on Human Resource Management under the facilitation of the project senior expert Mr. Harry List with that institution, as they have all the required equipment and proper internet connection.

As a result of the online meeting, it was agreed that the EU funded project “Support for Public Administration Capacity Building in Turkmenistan” continues with the finalization of the MPA program, which is planned to be started in September 2020 with 100 students.

The project also plans to support the Academy in developing and financing the promotional and visibility campaign for the future MPA program.