On a mission to positively impact the lives of 1 billion youth

in the SCO region by 2050

Our Story

SCOLAR stands for Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Leaders with Aspiration and Respect for one another.

SCOLAR Network (SCO Countries Youth Platform) was founded in April 2017 as a grassroots community to bring together young people from the SCO region. Later, we received support from the SCO Secretariat and SCO Business Council Secretariat. Today SCOLAR serves as a platform to strengthen connectivity, promote empathy and dialogue, create social impact and contribute to the development in the SCO region.

Our values

We believe in the shared traditions, civilizational history and values of our neighboring countries. This is why SCOLAR takes the “Shanghai Spirit” principles as a guide in its mission to strengthen the role of youth in developing their countries and the Eurasian region as a whole. The “Shanghai Spirit”, as a combination of the founding principles of the SCO, includes mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development.

Our projects

SCOLAR aims to support university students and young professionals from the region by pursuing projects & establishing connections with relevant stakeholders. The goal of our projects is to find creative solutions to the challenges young people face. Our anchor projects include “Model SCO” intellectual game, “Agora: SCOLAR Vision” youth conference and educational project SCOLAR Academy. These projects bring together thousands of people, including students, graduates, private sector, media representatives, and other organization.

Why the SCO region?

SCO Countries Placeholder
SCO Countries
1 %

of the world population

1 %

of Eurasian landmass

1 %

of the world GDP

1

median age across member states

Recognition of SCOLAR Network

Read what SCO countries’ leadership say about SCOLAR.

SCOLAR Network was highlighted by the Ministers of Education of the SCO member states as an important youth-led initiative. They supported the idea of establishing similar youth organizations in other SCO countries to create a common platform for dialogue and exchanges among young specialists and students, as well as their engagement in the development of their respective countries and the region.

– 17 October 2018, Astana, Kazakhstan

“Model SCO” was supported by the Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) of the SCO Member States in 2018 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Meet our team

Olim R. Alimov

Co-founder
Olim R. Alimov is a China and SCO region expert specializing in policy and trade. Olim is the Head of Beijing’s Office of the United Center for Business Cooperation under the SCO Вusiness Council Secretariat (UCBC). A graduate of Peking University with a Master’s degree in International Relations, Olim has lived and worked in China for 12 years. He is a co-founder of a Beijing based advisory and management firm Shanghe House. His hobbies include documentaries, basketball and procrastination.

Victoria Khu

Co-founder and President
Victoria Khu is a Russian born Chinese, Co-founder and President of SCOLAR Network. Victoria is a TEDx speaker and a member of Global Shapers community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. She is inspired by the energy generated through the cross-cultural connections between the young people, and strives to contribute to the regional development through building educated and empathetic communities. Victoria has received MA from Tsinghua University in Journalism and Communication. She enjoys dancing, baking and learning Spanish.

Sanaa Ganbat

Content Creator
Batsanaa Ganbat, from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, holds a Master’s degree in International Politics from Beijing Language and Culture University. Since 2018, she has served as the Media Head of SCOLAR Network. With nine years of experience in Beijing, she is passionate about live music, singing, travel, photography, language learning, and social media. Batsanaa is dedicated to positively impacting young individuals, fostering language acquisition, and spreading good vibes.

Shikha Thapa Magar, Ph.D

Chief Community Officer (CCO)
Shikha Thapa Magar, from Nepal, holds a PhD in Agronomy from Hebei Agricultural University. She is Chief Community officer at SCOLAR Network. She is the Founding Curator of SCOLAR Kathmandu Hub, the first hub outside China, focusing on empowering Nepalese youth, enhancing leadership skills, and fostering connections with SCO countries. Shikha has actively volunteered in environmental, educational, and disaster relief projects.

Olesia Ermakova

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
Olesia Ermakova is the CMO of SCOLAR, a Beijing-based youth initiative uniting young SCO leaders for professional growth and regional connections with China. She studied at Beijing University and the University of Communications of China. Over 10 years, she volunteered for the UN, and her goal is empowering youth. She is involved with Tencent THINC Fellowship and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, promoting advanced technology and sustainable development in China. In 2020, she spoke at the UN Conference on Biological Diversity COP 15 in Kunming.

Liu Ruina / Olia

Administrative Director
Liu Ruina / Olia is from China. She has graduated from Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University in Russia with a Master’s degree in Financial Management. She was an assistant manager of the development department of the Network Television Center at the Central Committee of the Komsomol, and the Founder of the Ouliya Russian-Chinese translation studio. She joined SCOLAR in September 2021 as a head of administrative affairs and CEO assistant. Olia is responsible, passionate about education and culture and is ready to contribute to youth cultural exchanges!

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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 comprises 18 countries:

• 9 member states: India, Iran, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan;
• 3 observer states: Afghanistan, Belarus, and Mongolia;
• 14 dialogue partners: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bahrain, Cambodia, Egypt, Kuwait, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates