MAHRS, The Master of Arts in Human Rights and Sustainability

Coordinated by the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Master Details

The GC Central Asia - Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences with specialisation in Human Rights and Sustainability Programme (MAHRS) is a new graduate programme at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and the eight postgraduate initative of the Global Campus. It is a transdisciplinary programme that bridges international law, social sciences, and humanities.
MAHRS primarily focuess on and operates with Central Asian (CA) countries, namely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as Afghanistan, and Mongolia. These seven countries are core to the Academy’s educational outreach and research as stipulated in the Charter of the OSCE Academy.
The Master's Programme in Human Rights and Sustainability will be the first in Central Asia. Learning and applying human rights, governance and sustainability principles and norms, as stipulated by international and regional Human Rights Regimes and the 2015 SDGs (Agenda 2030) will
be the key content of MAHRS, directed at young scholars and professionals and graduate students that aim to be active in related spheres of public administration, CSOs or IGOs.
Venue: OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Start: September 2023
Co-Funded: European Union and OSCE Academy in Bishkek
Partner Universities in Central Asia:
- KIMEP University, Kazakhstan
- National University of Mongolia, School of Arts and Sciences
(more partnerships with universities in other Central Asian countries are being negotiated)
Duration: 2 years (120 ECTS)
Number of students per cohort: around 20-25 from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as Afghanistan, and Mongolia (+2-3 students out of the region but within OSCE)
The first and second terms are dedicated to the core theoretical and applied International Law and Sustainability Courses (42 ECTS). As part of the specific collaboration of MAHRS with the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice, joint sessions and guest lectures are offered during the first term, both online and offline, to enhance the student learning experience.
In the third and fourth terms, students undergo internships and conduct independent research projects (30 ECTS). The fifth term focuses on
thematic Clusters & Mobility at Partner Universities and Thesis Writing, Research Seminars & Thesis Supervision by Partner Universities (12 ECTS).
The sixth term is dedicated to the master thesis preparation, thesis defense, state exams and graduation (20 ECTS). During the seventh term students are requested to implement their individual works.