On 7 November 2023, the 26th meeting of the Academic Council of the International Institute of Central Asian Studies (IICAS) was held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
According to the protocol, the welcoming speech by Dmitry Voyakin, director of IICAS, was followed by the election of the chairman, vice-chairman and reporter. The participants ceremonially welcomed Mr. Enkhbat Avirmed, the newly appointed representative of Mongolia to the IICAS Academic Council.
The meeting included a report on the Institute's activities and achievements over 6 years (2018-2023), the implementation of the research programme and the secretariat's work in 2022-2023. The members of the Academic Council studied carefully the financial performance, the analysis of the main budget and some budget-related forecasts for 2024-2025.
Among the most important aspects were the proposal of candidates for the position of IICAS director for 2024-2027 and the discussion of grant applications for 2024-2025 on the basis of points awarded.
The recommendations given by the members of the Academic Council and preliminary conclusions will be presented at the upcoming session of the General Assembly scheduled for 14 November 2023 in Tashkent.
The Silk Road International University of Tourism and Cultural Heritage rendered active support within the framework of the signed memorandum of understanding for research cooperation in organizing and holding the meeting by kindly providing premises and necessary equipment.