Podcast with Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko

SPA’s Engaged Scholar Podcast

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Can a University be a transformative development catalyst in poor and remote regions? Listen to the fascinating story of the foundation of the University of Central Asia from Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko, who was directly involved in its creation. The University of Central Asia is a private, not-for-profit, secular university, founded in 2000 through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan. With campuses in the poorest and most remote regions, you will learn about how the University was created to build-up and strengthen local capacity and resilience.

Founding a new Institute of Public Administration and Local Government in Ukraine in 6 months. The real story. When Ukraine gained Independence in 1991, there was an imperative to reimagine public governance and create new training in public administration, leaving behind Soviet bureaucracy. Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko was the founder and director of the Institute of Public Administration and Local Government—he shares his experiences swiftly establishing new training for public servants to support the development of the newly Independent Ukrainian state.

Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko, is currently serving as the Advisor to the Rector of the University of Central Asia. Previously he was appointed in the same University as the Dean of the Graduate School of Development (2004-2022). In 1991 he moved from Alberta (Canada) to Ukraine and became the founder and director of the Institute of Public Administration and Local Government.

Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko is a fantastic story-teller and we are grateful he accepted to share his insider’s views and to tell us about his firsthand experience in various countries across this world.

This podcast was recorded in June 2022.

Start- minute 34: History of the creation of the Central Asia University
Minutes 34-51: Start of the story of the foundation of the Academy of Public Administration in Ukraine.
Minutes 51-58: Importance of education and public administration across countries.
Minutes 58-end: How governments can respond to international urgencies and global threats