In a day-long political discussion and presentation on “Traditions of Rule of Law, Good Governance and Consultative Government in the Turkic World,” students at UVU were able to learn more about the traditions of the Western world government.

This conference is part of a three-part symposium with UVU as its first stop, followed by Washington, D.C. and Kyrgystan.

“This conference will give our students more chances to continue with scholarly research,” said Dr. Baktybek Abdriseav, UVU professor in the history and political science department. “This is just the first step to be involved more, to get in more deeply and work more professionally.”

The events on Friday began with greetings from Governor Huntsman, Senator Bennett, UVU Interim President Liz Hitch and other political officials.

Presentations and discussions were presented by people such as Dr. Frederick F. Starr, chairman of the Institute of Central Asia and Caucasus at John Hopkins University, and lunch was with Senator John Valentine, former president of the Utah State Senate giving the key address.

Danielle Butler, the Honorary Consul of the Kyrgyz Republic to Utah, gave the dinners key address. Students’ paper presentations done beforehand were also recognized at the event.

Senior UVU political science students competed and presented papers on governance issues on the conference’s subject matter. The first place winner won a trip to Central Asia with second, third and fourth place winners awarded a trip to Washington D.C. to participate in events and research on the topic.