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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:17 am    Post subject: UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ASIA (UCA) Reply with quote

Celebrating strong links with Central Asia
16 June 2009

Some of the best graduate students from Central Asia will be able to study at Cambridge thanks to a co-funding scholarship agreement signed last week between the Cambridge Overseas Trust and the University of Central Asia.

The signing last Friday was witnessed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alison Richard, and His Highness the Aga Khan, visiting Cambridge to receive an Honorary Degree later in the day.

Signatories were Professor Bohdan Krawchenko, the Director of the University of Central Asia (UCA), and Michael O'Sullivan, Director of the Cambridge Overseas Trust.

The agreement is an outcome of the strong links established at an academic level with the University of Central Asia by the Cambridge Central Asia Forum (CCAF), the Cavendish Laboratory and others.

It will fund two graduate students each year at Cambridge, and has two main aims - to bring some of the best students from the region of Central Asia to study here, and to assist in the development of the future faculty of the University of Central Asia.

The scholarships are for MPhil degrees followed by PhD research for candidates who reach the necessary standard.

The University of Central Asia was founded in 2000 by the governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan. This is its first collaboration with Cambridge University.

The UCA is currently building its physical plant on three sites in spectacular, remote areas of the three founding countries; its stated aims are to promote the socio-economic development of Central Asia's mountain societies, while at the same time helping the diverse peoples of the region to preserve and draw upon their cultural traditions as assets for the future.

The link between the two universities is highly valued, as is the link with the Aga Khan Development Network, which shares many common aims with the University of Cambridge, in particular the value placed on widening access to further education at its highest level.

CCAF has a long history of contact with various arms of the Aga Khan Development Network. Dr. Saxena of CCAF and the Cavendish Laboratory initiated the contact between Dr Krawchenko and the Overseas Trust, together with Professor Peter Littlewood, FRS, head of the Cavendish.

Also present at the signing were family and staff of His Highness, Sir Richard Dearlove, the Master of Pembroke College, who kindly hosted the occasion in his home, Dr Siddarth Saxena Chair, of the Cambridge Central Asia Forum, and Peter Agar, the University's Director of Development,

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/news/dp/2009061601

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OSCE: Press release issued by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

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"In Tajikistan, Soares took the opportunity to visit several OSCE projects and offices throughout the country, including in Kurgan-Tyube and Khorog.

"Having seen projects such as a Women Resource Centre and a Labour Migration Centre run by the OSCE Office in Tajikistan, I can personally attest to the practical solutions the OSCE is implementing here," he said.

Visiting the future Khorog campus of the University of Central Asia, President Soares commented:

"Through education, energy, health and communications projects, the Aga Khan network is investing in the future of Tajikistan. Such long-term assistance is crucial to developing a secure and prosperous region."

President Soares welcomed co-operation between the OSCE and the Aga Khan Development Network in Tajikistan.

The regional visit by President Soares was intended to support the work of the OSCE field missions in Central Asia and to meet with officials in the region."

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UCA's School of Professional and Continuing Education Teaches Critical Skills for Central Asia Economies
Posted on 29/06/2009

In June, students at the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), Central Asia’s first provider of formal, university-based, non-degree educational programmes, received certificates and awards for a number of disciplines, including accounting, mountain guiding and the teaching of English. The ceremonies in Dushanbe and Khorog also marked several milestones. SPCE’s first graduation in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, was held. The third graduation ceremony at the Khorog campus was also held, with 138 learners receiving awards and certificates – 27 of them from Afghanistan.

Established in 2006, SPCE is UCA’s first operational academic programme. Its mission is to foster economic development in mountainous regions of Central Asia. It offers courses that improve employment and income generating opportunities for youth and adults and professional development opportunities for mid-career professionals

Speaking at the ceremony, the Deputy Minister Mr. Subkhon Ashurov stated: “Although SPCE has existed for only a short period of time, it is considered as one of the best training centres in the country. The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection established National Centres of Adult Education (NCAE) in the regions, and goes step-in-step with UCA’s SPCE, and sees SPCE as a centre for preparing qualified trainers for its NCAEs for the entire country”.

On 8 June, at a ceremony in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, 64 learners received certificates or awards in accounting, Business English, Professional Development and Training of Trainers in Accounting Software. As of June 2009, the Dushanbe Centre had provided training for 650 learners.

Earlier, on 6 June 2009, UCA’s SPCE campus in Khorog, Tajikistan, awarded 138 awards and certificates during its third graduation ceremony in accounting, Business English, English instruction for secondary school teachers, administration of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and general IT skills, as well as certificates for mountain guides and related trekking and tourism certificates.

Since 2006, SPCE Khorog has enrolled over 4,500 learners in over 50 different training courses, including vocational education and training.

The participation of 27 learners from Afghanistan was a highlight of the event: 12 learners received awards for IT courses, one graduated from the English for Business programme, and 14 who participated in SPCE’s new programme “Training of Mountain Guides” were certified as mountain porters. One received the qualification of Alpine Guide 3rd category. Those who received the “Alpine Guide 3rd category certification” are certified to lead climbers in the 5th category of rock climbing difficulty and are trained in safety provisions for crossing rivers and climbs to an altitude of 6,000 meters.

Among the 250 guests participating in the ceremony, held at Dushanbe's “Capital Business Centre”, were the Ambassador of India, Amar Sinha, the OSCE Ambassador, Vladimir Priakhin, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Kim Heung-soo, Aga Khan Development Network Resident Representative Mr. Munir Merali, representatives of the Embassies of the USA and Turkey, members of the Tajik Parliament “Majlisi Namoyandagon”, representatives of the President’s Administration, the Government of Tajikistan, heads of AKDN Agencies, representatives of international organisations, the private sector, civil society organizations and journalists.

The University of Central Asia was founded in 2000 by the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan. The International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University was signed by His Highness the Aga Khan and the Presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, ratified by the respective parliaments and registered with the United Nations.

For more information, please see the University of Central Asia Website.

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Majilis passed ratification of protocol on creation of Central Asian University

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Astana. February 3. Kazakhstan Today - The deputies of Majilis of Parliament at the plenary session passed the bill on ratification of the protocol to the contract between the Republic of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Kazakhstan and Ismaili Imamat on creation of the Central Asian University, the agency reports.

According to the conclusion of Majilis Committee for International Affairs, Defense and Security, the protocol is an integral part of the contract between Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Ismaili Imamat. According to article 1, the term "taxes" used in the contract and the charter of the Central Asian university for the Kazakhstan party means taxes and other obligatory payments to the budget established by Tax Code of Kazakhstan and Other Obligatory Payments.

According to the committee, the protocol was signed in Astana on March 12 and in Paris on May 26, 2008.
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University of Central Asia’s Kyrgyz Campus Completes Critical New Infrastructure

Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, 1 September 2010 - A new three-kilometer diversion of the Naryn State Road constructed by the University of Central Asia (UCA) -- one of several infrastructure projects completed by UCA that are essential for full-scale construction to start -- was formally handed over by UCA to the Naryn Oblast Administration, in the presence of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Roza Otunbaeva, ministers and government officials, AKDN representative Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani and UCA Director General Bohdan Krawchenko.

In a special message to President Otunbaeva, His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of UCA, emphasized the significance of the construction of the US$ 2.5 million Naryn-Baetovo road and its safest possible location.

“This road was of critical importance for the UCA site, as the land that it releases between itself and the river has made it possible for the architects and land planners to site the campus buildings in the most sun-exposed area, and as far removed as possible from the area of the greatest seismic risk,” wrote the Aga Khan.

Other critical infrastructure projects include the significant strengthening of the banks of the Naryn River and the planting of a nursery with over 40,000 trees, which will be part of the landscaping of the campus. Prototypical test buildings are under construction. Once these construction techniques are tested and validated, the construction of the campus will proceed.

Construction works at UCA have been carried out almost entirely by local residents, many of whom received vocational training at the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) of UCA. Over the last four years, in excess of 400 construction jobs have been created by UCA in Naryn. UCA is also completing a three-storey SPCE Town Campus in Naryn. Since its establishment in 2006, SPCE has graduated over 7,500 students in English, accounting, IT, tourism, entrepreneurship and vocational programs. According to a survey of SPCE alumni, 56 per cent attributed their studies as the factor that enabled them to increase their income and secure better jobs.

Established in 2000 under an International Treaty signed between the Governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, ratified by the respective parliaments of the three countries and registered with the United Nations, the University of Central Asia is a unique three-country initiative designed to promote socio-economic development of the mountain communities in the region.

For more information, please contact:

Merim Razbaeva
Attorney, Legal Affairs
University of Central Asia
138-138a Toktogula Street
720001 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic
Tel: +996 312 910822
Email: merim.razbaeva@ucentralasia.org

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October 22nd, 2010
Carleton University Launches Partnership with University of Central Asia
(Ottawa) –

Aga Khan Foundation Canada will host a signing ceremony to launch a partnership between Carleton University and the University of Central Asia to pursue academic development and research.It will be followed by a discussion of the role of Canadian universities in supporting sustainable development in Central Asia.

When:
Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 at 2 p.m.
Discussion at 2:45 p.m.
Reception at 3:30 p.m.

Where:
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

Background:
Earlier this year, Carleton approved funding for two doctoral students to study towards a PhD in the School of Public Policy and Administration over a period of four years. Upon graduation, the students will be offered teaching positions at the University of Central Asia, contributing to capacity-building in the region and a long-term relationship between the two universities.

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For more information:
Lin Moody
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
lin_moody@carleton.ca
613-520-2600 ext. 8705

Jennifer Morrow
Communications Manager
Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Jennifer@akfc.ca
613-237-2532, ext. 107
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Badakhshan Cultural Performance: Afghan - Tajik students host inaugural performance in Khorog

On 29 January 2011, Afghan and Tajik learners from the University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA SPCE) in Khorog, conducted the first ever joint event involving youth from Afghan Badakhshan and Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO).

Organised by the learners themselves, the Badakhshan cultural performance was delivered to a full audience at the newly reconstructed Khorog theatre. Senior Khorog government representatives, scholars from the culture and education departments of Khorog State University, Afghan Consulate representatives, international and local non-governmental organizations, and the local community were present. The event was well-received and tickets sold out beforehand.

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Rahim has experience in advising sovereigns, international institutions and private parties on issues of international law and has published several articles on international law, international institutions, foreign investment, development and international arbitration.

Currently, Rahim is Head of the Legal Affairs Office at the University of Central Asia (UCA). The UCA is the first-ever institution of higher education established and governed by an international treaty. The treaty establishing the UCA was entered into in 2000 by Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and His Highness the Aga Khan. UCA, which has campuses in each of the founding countries, was created to offer an internationally recognized standard of higher education in Central Asia and create knowledgeable, skilled and creative graduates who will contribute leadership, ideas and innovations to the transitioning economies and communities of the region.

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UCA implements transparency and budget reporting training for journalists as part of Kyrgyz government Information Matters initiative

NEWS | 29 April 2011

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On 25th April 2011, University of Central Asia in partnership with the Development Policy Institute, the Alliance for Budget Transparency, and the Kyrgyz Stock Exchange Press Club, launched the first round of training in economic journalism and access to information for journalists in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

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The Aga Khan Humanities Project

Established in 1997, AKHP was created to explore abiding issues facing the individual and society from a multidisciplinary humanities perspective, and to foster the development of critical thinking and academic writing skills.

Inherited from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in 2007, AKHP maintains an extensive network of regional and international scholars, and has established partnerships with universities in all three founding countries.

The Aga Khan Humanities ProjectHumanities courses at AKHP requires active involvement of students into educational process through their own presentations, group discussions, role playing, and other forms of active participation. Such methods respond positively to AKHP�s main goal - developing pluralism and critical thinking.AKHP supports the development of an alternative and innovative undergraduate curriculum in the humanities with several objectives including: to address the ideological vacuum and deteriorating quality of education in the post-Soviet educational context; to promote pluralism and explore the notion of a diversity of cultures; to share Central Asian culture with the outside world, and in so doing, help promote a national and regional identity focused on a “universalistic concern for all humanity”; and to encourage the development of pedagogy and critical thinking skills in ethical reflection, cultural interpretation and aesthetic appreciation.

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UCA partners to organize symposium

http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2011/168695.htm

Central Asia and Afghanistan Women's Economic Symposium

Remarks
Melanne Verveer
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues
Central Asia and Afghanistan Women's Economic Symposium
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
July 18, 2011

Excerpt:

"We also have a wealth of partners represented here today, from leading international organizations, including UN Women, OSCE, EBRD, and IFC, to universities and foundations, including the American University of Central Asia, the University of Central Asia, and the Aga Khan Foundation, to private companies, including Mary Kay, ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, and Chevron. All of you are men and women who possess a reservoir of talent and experience in finance, technology, management and so many other areas. We are pleased that you, as representatives of your institutions and companies, have come together to share best practices and to make this, as Secretary Clinton said, not just a one-time event, but rather the beginning of a meaningful collaboration and a true investment for the future."
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Roundtable on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Southern Kyrgyzstan

12 July 2011, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic - The University of Central Asia (UCA) convened a "Roundtable on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Southern Kyrgyzstan." The event marked the release of "Giving Entrepreneurs a Voice in the Future of Southern Kyrgyzstan." Based on interviews with over 125 entrepreneurs, the USAID-supported report captures perspectives on opportunities and barriers to business development in the country’s southern region. The Roundtable featured a panel discussion on challenges and recommendations for business expansion.

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SPCE Learning Centre, Dushanbe and AKHP hold joint 2011 graduation ceremony

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) Learning Centre, Dushanbe and the Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) hold their second annual joint graduation ceremony on 30 June 2011 at the Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe.

The achievements of nearly 300 graduates of AKHP and SPCE Learning Centre Dushanbe were recognized at the ceremony. SPCE graduates received certificates in Accounting, English for Business, and Information Technology. AKHP graduates of the Humanities in English programme also received certificates of completion for individual courses completed, including Seeking Social Justice and Introduction to Humanities.

The awards ceremony was attended by Mr Mirgan Shahbozov, Deputy Speaker of Tajik Parliament, and other prominent parliamentarians: Jabbarova Marhabo – Head, Committee for Science, Education, Culture and Youth Policy and Khayrinisso Yusufi – Head, Committee for Social Issues, Family and Health; Ilolov Mamadsho – President, Academy of Sciences, and representatives of the President’s Administration, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, and Ministry of Health. The diplomatic community was represented by the Ambassadors of the USA, UK, Germany, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, and representatives of the Embassies of Iran, Russia and France.

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UCA News - Issue 92

NEWS | 04 August 2011

Mountain Societies Research Centre: A New Initiative of the University of Central Asia

The University of Central Asia recently announced the establishment of the University’s first research centre, the Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC). The official announcement was made by UCA Director General Dr Bohdan Krawchenko during the opening of an International Symposium on Pastoralism in Central Asia: Status, Challenges and Opportunities in Mountain Areas, co-hosted by UCA and the National Centre of Competence in Research North-South (NCCR North-South) from 13 – 18 June, 2011 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

The MSRC is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies through sound research on sustainable mountain development and management of their physical, social, economic and cultural assets. The MSRC will generate and disseminate relevant knowledge through sound research; build Central Asian capacity to conduct research relevant to mountain societies; inform the policy and practice of sustainable mountain development through evidence-based research; and serve as a knowledge hub in Central Asia for scholars, development practitioners and policymakers. The MSRC incorporates the experience, expertise, priorities and ideas of stakeholders and partners to ensure the optimal relevance, quality and impact of the Centre’s activities.

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NEWS | 10 August 2011

UCA Mountain Societies Research Centre Co-Hosts International Events: International Symposium on Pastoralism in Central Asia & World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) Events

International Symposium on Pastoralism in Central Asia

The University of Central Asia's (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) and the National Centre of Competence in Research North-South (NCCR North-South) co-hosted an International Symposium on Pastoralism in Central Asia: Status, Challenges and Opportunities in Mountain Areas, 13-18 June 2011 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The Symposium was co-sponsored by Mountain Partnership, which is hosted at UCA, and GIZ.

His Excellency Torogul Bekov, Minister of Agriculture of the Kyrgyz Republic opened the Symposium and highlighted the importance of pastoralism in the development of mountain societies, as well as regional cooperation and Ministry initiatives to promote environmentally-friendly practices. During his remarks, UCA Director General Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, announced the establishment of the MSRC, which is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies through sound research on sustainable mountain development and management of their physical, social, economic and cultural assets.

The Symposium was attended by 140 participants from over 20 countries and different sectors, including herders and rural inhabitants; scientists and academics; policy makers and government representatives; development practitioners and NGO representatives; and media representatives. Pastoralism is a traditional primary source of livelihoods in mountain areas of Central Asia and pastoralists, particularly in fragile mountain environments of the region, face dynamic challenges that require innovative and adaptive solutions. Symposium participants sought to create a deeper understanding of these complex issues and identify measures to positively inform policy and programmes.

The keynote presentation by Dr. Carol Kerven from the Odessa Centre (UK), provided an overview of mountain agro-pastoralism in Central Asia, based on a review paper commissioned by the MSRC, with recommendations for future directions for research in this area to address knowledge gaps and inform policy and practice. Other presentations included Pasture Reform in Kyrgyzstan: Problems and Solutions by Dr. Egemberdiev, Director of Kyrgyz Pasture Department; Development Policy and Practice regarding Mobile Pastoralists in Africa by Professor Leif Manger, University of Bergen, Norway; Theories, Management Practices and Policies by Dr. Yi Shaoliang of the Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan; and information about the Aiyl Demi Newspaper by Ms. Elbegzaya Batjargal and Ms. Jyldyz Mukhametsalieva of the Central Asian Hub of Mountain Partnership, which is hosted by UCA.

Scientific thematic sessions were conducted on issues ranging from Historical and Contemporary Challenges of Agro-pastoral Production to Development Interventions and Central Asian Pastoral Committees. In a special session, UCA Research Fellows Dr.Inam-ur Rahim and Dr. Daniel Maselli presented the MSRC/NCCR North-South Herders’ Manual, which blends traditional and scientific knowledge to provide simple, effective tools for improving animal and pasture productivity in the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.

“The Herders’ Manual has been developed with input from the community and local experts using participatory methods and is designed to support herders, livestock owners, village pasture committees and respective authorities in pasture management and monitoring to improve their understanding and knowledge about sustainable pasture and livestock management,” said Mira Arynova, Coordinator of the Central Asian Regional Office of NCCR North-South, which is hosted at UCA. Participants also participated in a field excursion to Chui and Naryn districts, where they met with herders to learn about current pasture use and management, and the impact of policies and initiatives, such as local pasture user committees.

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) Share Fair on Sharing Sustainable Land Management Knowledge to Respond to Global and Local Issues, and the 15th Annual WOCAT Workshop and Steering Meeting

The World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) Share Fair on Sharing Sustainable Land Management Knowledge to Respond to Global and Local Issues, and the 15th Annual WOCAT Workshop and Steering Meeting, took place from 21-27 June 2011 in the Kyrgyz Republic. The events were jointly hosted by UCA’s MSRC and partners, the NCCR North-South and the global WOCAT management (Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern; Food and Agriculture Organization; and the International Soil Reference and Information Centre) and secretariat.

“UCA’s recently-launched Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) is proud to co-host these events. The MSRC aims to support and enhance the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies through sound research on sustainable mountain development and management of their physical, social, economic and cultural assets. Partnerships with platforms such as WOCAT are critical to the success of these initiatives,” said Dr. Nasreen Dhanani, Deputy Director of UCA.

WOCAT is a global network of Soil and Water Conservation specialists, contributing to sustainable land management. The events brought together 100 participants from 25 countries to create synergies, strengthen collaboration and harmonize activities between different stakeholders, and address climate change adaptation and mitigation, pasture and grazing land management, and new WOCAT modules. The WOCAT Share Fair took place in Bishkek, bringing together over 50 organizations to share information on sustainable land management projects.

This was followed by the 15th Annual WOCAT Workshop and Steering Meeting in Naryn district, in which plenary and working group sessions assessed WOCAT progress to-date and plans for future activities. Field visits to Tolok and the surrounding areas of Naryn and Jergetal were also organized. The event led to the identification of priority actions that could be undertaken by WOCAT members, institutions and governments in Central Asia to capitalize on the potential benefits of integrated sustainable land management and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in dryland grazing systems.

For more information on these events, please contact: msrc@ucentralasia.org

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UCA News - Issue 91

NEWS | 26 July 2011

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SPCE Learning Centre, Dushanbe and AKHP hold joint 2011 graduation ceremony

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) Learning Centre, Dushanbe and the Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) hold their second annual joint graduation ceremony on 30 June 2011 at the Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe.

The achievements of nearly 300 graduates of AKHP and SPCE Learning Centre Dushanbe were recognized at the ceremony. SPCE graduates received certificates in Accounting, English for Business, and Information Technology. AKHP graduates of the Humanities in English programme also received certificates of completion for individual courses completed, including Seeking Social Justice and Introduction to Humanities.

The awards ceremony was attended by Mr Mirgan Shahbozov, Deputy Speaker of Tajik Parliament, and other prominent parliamentarians: Jabbarova Marhabo – Head, Committee for Science, Education, Culture and Youth Policy and Khayrinisso Yusufi – Head, Committee for Social Issues, Family and Health; Ilolov Mamadsho – President, Academy of Sciences, and representatives of the President’s Administration, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, and Ministry of Health. The diplomatic community was represented by the Ambassadors of the USA, UK, Germany, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, and representatives of the Embassies of Iran, Russia and France.

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PhD scholarship programmes for the 2012-2013 academic year

The Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) of the University of Central Asia (UCA) is pleased to announce its 2012-13 scholarships for Doctorate (PhD) level studies at partner institutions around the world, including Canada, Germany, Singapore, United Kingdom and other countries. The CAFDP provides full scholarships to candidates from Central Asia interested in an academic career at UCA and willing to make a commitment to work as researchers and/or teaching faculty at the Graduate School of Development and the undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences upon completion of their studies at UCA’s campuses in Khorog (Tajikistan), Naryn (Kyrgyzstan) and Tekeli (Kazakhstan).

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