IREX/Internet Access and Training Program

Contact: Dr. David J. Mikosz
IREX IATP Central Asian Coordinator

IREX was founded in 1968 by a consortium of U.S. colleges and universities to administer academic and research exchanges between the United States and Soviet Union. IREX's activities have expanded both geographically and topically in the past 27 years. They now encompass not only scholarly exchanges, but also professional development, technical assistance, and policy programs dealing with the Newly Independent States, Central and Eastern Europe, and Mongolia.

In 1995, IREX launched the Internet Access and Training Program (IATP). The IATP provides free Internet to the National Libraries of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, numerous universities, and to all alumni of US exchange programs (currently about 700 dial-up accounts). We also provide free Internet training courses, web hosting and email for NGOs in Central Asia. We currently operate 4 public access Internet centers with plans to open an additional 10 in the coming months.

Uzbekistan Freenet (in English, Russian and Uzbek)
Kyrgyzstan Freenet
Kazakhstan Freenet

Internet Access and Training Program Uzbekistan
Internet Access and Training Program Kyrgyzstan
Internet Access and Training Program Kazakhstan (all in English and Russian).

A print version of much of the information contained in this Central Asian Third Sector Organizations section can be found in Civil Society in Central Asia (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999).

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Last updated:    May 2000