SCO: Summarising results of contest for best research paper

The results of the contest for best research paper on the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation have been summarised at the SCO headquarters in Beijing. The contest marked the 15th anniversary the SCO Charter and the 10th anniversary of the signing by SCO member states of the Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation.

The contest was dedicated to the historic SCO summit in Astana on 8-9 June 2017. Its theme was The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: Development and Prospects in the Context of SCO Expansion.

Several dozen papers were submitted by university students from the SCO states aged from 20 to 24.

Members of the research paper council reviewed the works in several stages and noted the growing interest in the SCO results and prospects. The papers were divided into three groups:

1. Works on the contest's subject in general;
2. Works that reviewed cooperation between a specific SCO member and the Organisation that failed to conform to the required subject;
3. Works that touched upon bilateral relations alone and co-authored works on a narrow subject that failed to conform to the assignment.

In all, most works were commendable: Writers touched upon current issues and cooperation within the SCO, analysed the existing projects and tried to outline new approaches and proposals for interaction within the SCO. At the same time, most of them did not pay enough attention to working with sources, logic of narration, composition, and scientific form of articles.

The council decided to pick three best works from the first group and announced the following winners:

Sun Xu Han, a third-year student at Beijing Foreign Languages University, China;

Viktoria Gulyants, a third-year student at Pyatigorsk State University, Russia;

Ulugbek Abdusalamov, a fourth-year student at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Uzbekistan.

The winners will soon receive certificates signed by SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov and valuable prizes.

The council expressed gratitude to all participants in the contest and to the National Coordinators of the SCO member states for their assistance in holding the contest.

The SCO Secretariat plans to carry the tradition of the contest for the best research paper on the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation into 2018, and invite students enrolled in a master's programme to take part in addition to third- and fourth-year students. The competition terms will be published on the website in early February 2018. Good luck!

Since 2016, the SCO Secretariat has held the student contest in SCO member states for the best research paper as part of the SCO — Our Common Home programme.

SCO Ministers of Education supported the contest in the final document of their Sixth Meeting on 20 October 2016 in Dushanbe, and noted that its regular holding will contribute to expanding and strengthening knowledge of the history of the establishment, advancement, and development prospects of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.