SCOLAR Network
SCOLAR Network

Mission 2050: Impact 1 Billion Youth in SCO Region

Discover our community of empathetic young leaders driven to make a long-standing social impact in the 21 countries of our region.

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About SCOLAR Network

Education | Culture | Entrepreneurship

Our platform, affiliated with the SCO Secretariat, brings together young leaders from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) region to strengthen connectivity, promote dialogue and create social impact through projects in three key fields: education, culture and entrepreneurship.

Our Projects

Discover our flagship projects that connect youth across the SCO region and serve our mission.

Model SCO

Our unique game that cultivates mature & empathetic decision-makers.


Our "marketplace of ideas", AGORA is a forum which brings together young talents and industry stakeholders to generate ideas for regional development.

SCOLAR Academy

SCOLAR Academy offers short-term educational programs to boost essential skills through project-based learning.

Join a hub!

Want to become a SCOLAR? Find a hub in your city or start your own!


We work closely with institutions, companies and organizations which share the same vision of empowering youth and giving back to their society.

SCOLARs' stories and feedback

Read about SCOLAR members and alumni experience.

Being part of SCOLAR has taught me how our identity as a region is not only profound but also gratifying. SCOLAR has nurtured a new generation of youth to focus on value addition over individual gain. As hubs gain momentum and impact in the SCO region, I am confident through SCOLAR youth can play an increasingly proactive role in developing the "Shanghai Spirit", and working together.

Zoon Ahmed Khan, Pakistan

I always had a strong desire to be part of something bigger than myself. I think SCOLAR is a perfect place where such a diversity of nations and cultures can grow together side by side not only as professionals, future leaders but also as individuals and friends. SCOLAR helped me to become a better version of myself.

Kemal Kalimov, Kyrgyzstan

At SCOLAR, I met true friends. I cherish my memories with Model SCO, where I represented my country, Tajikistan. SCOLAR offers a promising future for the youth of the SCO countries, especially since this young but already accomplished organization plans to open and develop hubs in all SCO countries. The networking is just beginning.

Azim Radzhabov, Tajikistan

Through SCOLAR I have learnt teamwork and met peers from different countries. I can say with certainty that during my studies in China, being introduced to SCOLAR and joining in, was one of the most wonderful experiences in my life.

Sayed Neamatulla Arifi, Afghanistan

Membership at SCOLAR was one of the best things in my life. Within there I have learned so much positive experience that could be enough for three life times: I have initiated and organized youth conferences, traveled to amazing cities, met the best minds in Eurasia and found true friends!

Odil Gafarov, Uzbekistan

One of the best ways to broaden the knowledge is to surround yourself with smart and ideas driven people like the ones in SCOLAR. I enriched my experience in different cultures, had the opportunity to attend highly prestigious events and learnt how the organizations like SCO work.

Anastasia, Russia

It's not everyday that you get a chance to make an impact in international relations which could have larger than life implications not just for one country but for many. SCOLAR gives you that opportunity and more.

Tabrez Mas, India

In 2018 I joined this energetic and loving family and met wonderful young people. I have learned insights, which left me the most unique memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Today this family is getting better and bigger, I sincerely wish SCOLAR a bright future!

Yuhui Du, China

My journey with SCOLAR has helped me understand the SCO region and bestowed with the future perspective to grow together with other youth and build dialogue, trust, respect and mutual understanding, which are the core principles of the “Shanghai Spirit”.

Shikha Thapa Magar, Nepal

Frequently Asked Questions

A bit more about SCOLAR and why we do what we do

SCO is the abbreviation of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. LAR stands for Leaders with Aspiration and Respect for one another

SCOLAR Network (SCO Countries Youth Platform) is affiliated with the SCO Secretariat. SCOLAR is not a structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. It is an independent platform that operates under the non-profit principles. SCOLAR is headquartered in Beijing, China.

The “Shanghai Spirit” consists of the six principles that the SCO member states adhere to in joint activities: mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, mutual consultations, respect for cultural diversity and desire for common development.

Anyone from 20 to 35 years old with citizenship of one of 18 SCO countries can become a member of SCOLAR Network. The “SCO Family” countries are India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka.

If there is a hub in your city, you can contact the curator and clarify the time of the next recruitment. Usually the recruitment happens 1-2 times a year.

If there is a hub in your city, you can contact the curator and clarify the time of the next recruitment. Usually the recruitment happens 1-2 times a year. If there is no hub in your city of residence, you can apply for establishment of a hub by sending your resume and a proposal for hub establishment with a vision and tentative plan for upcoming 3-4 events to the following email: We will contact you within two weeks. See more details in the “Hubs” section.

The official languages ​​of the SCO are Russian and Chinese. Since 2017, English has become an additional working language. To join SCOLAR, you need to know one of the three languages ​​listed above.

Get In Touch With Us

We are happy to answer any further questions, discuss hub opening, collaboration, partnership or just get to know you!

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a permanent intergovernmental international organisation, the creation of which was announced on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai, China, by Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It was preceded by the Shanghai Five mechanism.

The SCO Charter was signed during the St.Petersburg SCO Heads of State meeting in June 2002. This is the fundamental statutory document which outlines the organisation’s goals and principles, as well as its structure and core activities.

The historical meeting of the Heads of State Council of the SCO on 8-9 June 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, granted the status of a full member of the Organization to India and Pakistan.

The SCO’s main goals are as follows: strengthening mutual trust and neighbourliness among the member states; promoting their effective cooperation in politics, trade, the economy, research, technology and culture, as well as in education, energy, transport, tourism, environmental protection, and other areas; making joint efforts to maintain and ensure peace, security and stability in the region; and moving towards the establishment of a democratic, fair and rational new international political and economic order.

Proceeding from the “Shanghai Spirit”, the SCO pursues its internal policy based on the principles of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, mutual consultations, respect for cultural diversity, and a desire for common development, while its external policy is conducted in accordance with the principles of non-alignment, non-targeting any third country, and openness.

The Heads of State Council (HSC) is the supreme decision-making body in the SCO. It meets once a year and adopts decisions and guidelines on all important matters of the organisation. The SCO Heads of Government Council (HGC) meets once a year to discuss the organisation’s multilateral cooperation strategy and priority areas, to resolve current important economic and other cooperation issues, and also to approve the organisation’s annual budget. The SCO’s official languages are Russian and Chinese.

In addition to HSC and HGC meetings, there is also a mechanism of meetings at the level of heads of parliament; secretaries of Security Councils; ministers of foreign affairs, defence, emergency relief, economy, transport, culture, education, and healthcare; heads of law enforcement agencies and supreme and arbitration courts; and prosecutors general. The Council of National Coordinators of SCO Member States (CNC) acts as the SCO coordination mechanism.

The organisation has two permanent bodies — the SCO Secretariat based in Beijing and the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) based in Tashkent.

Thus, currently SCO has 18 countries: 

  • 8 member states: India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan; 
  • 4 observer states: Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia; 
  • 6 dialogue partners: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey, and Sri Lanka.