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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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University of Central Asia & Carleton University Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony


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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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http://www.ucentralasia.org/news.asp?Nid=80

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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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University of Central Asia publishes two volumes, rich historical ethnographic research on the Kyrgyz küü

PRESS RELEASE | 05 October 2011

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, 5 October 2011 - The Kyrgyz Küüs: Analysis, Thoughts, and Opinions, Volumes I and II (Kïrgïz küülörü: Iliktöölör, oylor, pikirler, 1-2 kitep) published by the University of Central Asia, was launched yesterday evening at Bishkek’s Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

The launch brought together over 300 prominent representatives of the academic and cultural community, Government officials and Parliamentarians, the international community as well as music students from high schools and universities. In his welcoming address head of the President’s Administration Emilbek Kaptagaev appealed to the guests to preserve cultural treasures: “Today’s event represents a significant contribution to the preservation of the Kyrgyz cultural heritage and has given a new life to komuz melodies.”

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“Regional Histories, Critical Thought and the University of Central Asia”, by Jeff Sahadeo

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The inspiration for UCA emerged from AKDN’s work among Ismaili Muslims in the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Discussions between the Aga Khan and the President of Tajikistan, Emomail Rahmon ( then Rahmonov), on an institute of higher learning in the region began in 1994-95. Both envisioned a university based in the Pamir mountain city of Khorog and designed specifically to serve the highland peoples of Tajikistan and Central Asia. An international commission struck by the two leaders recommended an institution that would simultaneosly meet the practical needs of mountain communities, driving employment and sustainable development, and foster a broader liberal arts and science education to develop more general skills important in an evolving economy.

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Nursing Education, Profession and Practice in Bishkek: A Situational Analysis by Salima Somani

PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES | 03 February 2012

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Title: Nursing Education, Profession and Practice in Bishkek: A Situational Analysis
Date: 3 February 2012, 4 PM
Speaker: Salima Somani
Venue: University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Conference Room

Abstract
This lecture will present findings and recommendations of a situational analysis of nursing in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, undertaken in 2011 on behalf of the University of Central Asia. The aim of the study was to generate a clear understanding of the healthcare system in Bishkek, with a focus on nursing education and professional practice. The study reviewed nursing education and practice, and the role of nurses in the healthcare system. Data was collected through a literature review, interviewing a sample of nurses and physicians, and the observation of nurses at the National Hospital, Medical College Bishkek and Medical Academia. The review of nursing education and practice identified key challenges. While most nurses have a three-year diploma, nursing education is managed by doctors and learning facilities at nursing schools, such as libraries and laboratories, are inadequate, resulting in insufficient clinical training. There are few opportunities for continuing education and the one advanced five-year nursing programme repeats much of the content of the three-year programme. Once qualified, nurses face additional challenges, including a lack of medical equipment, exclusion from planning and documentation of patient care, and low salaries. The lecture will include practical recommendations for addressing these challenges, including the need to increase English-language proficiency to enable nurses to access on-line continuing education opportunities. The findings of the study will be available to guide long-term planning at UCA, and to inform leaders in the nursing profession, administrators and educators at nursing schools, health and education ministries and policy makers to inform improved planning and implementation of health care and health education policies and programmes.

Biography
Salima Somani received her MSc in Nursing from the Aga Khan University-School of Nursing (AKU-SON), with her thesis on “Knowledge, experience, and attitude of oncology nurses towards complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) at tertiary care hospitals in Karachi, Pakistan.” She has also received her BSc in Nursing and RN Diploma in Nursing from AKU-SON. Ms. Somani worked with AKU for over a decade as a faculty member at AKU-SON, and in clinical settings, particularly in critical care, including leadership positions at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH).

Language
The presentation will be conducted in English. Russian translation will be provided upon prior request.

Registration
Please RSVP to vladilena.vladimirova@ucentralasia.org with your name and affiliation. Please indicate if you require Russian translation.

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To receive information on upcoming lectures, please email: newslist@ucentralasia.org. If you wish to present a lecture in the UCA Public Lecture Series, please contact publiclectures@ucentralasia.org.

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The UCA and the Cambridge Overseas Trust

University of Central Asia
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, to foster economic and social development in Central Asia and its mountain regions in particular.

World-class education will be offered at fully-residential campuses currently under construction in the three countries: Tekeli in Kazakhstan, Naryn in the Kyrgyz Republic, and Khorog in Tajikistan. Each campus will provide state-of-the-art teaching ahd library facilities, and residential and dining facilities for students, faculty and staff, with an integrated role for information technologies. Undergraduate and graduate programmes will be launched when the facilities are completed.

As construction continues, the following UCA programmes are currently active in all three countries: the School of Professional and Continuing Education, the Aga Khan Humanities Project, Research and Knowledge Management programmes, and the Central Asian Faculty Development Programme.

The UCA works with the Cambridge Overseas Trust to offer the University of Central Asia Cambridge Scholarship.

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University of Central Asia Publishes “Ancient Monuments of Tien-Shan”


Publication Based on 20 Years of Archaeological Research by Kubat Tabaldiev

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, 5 March 2012 – The University of Central Asia (UCA) has launched its latest publication, Ancient Monuments of Tien-Shan in Bishkek.

Written by Kubat Tabaldiev, the book is based on twenty years of archeological research in the Naryn and Issyk Kul regions. It presents evidence of a rich heritage dating from different historical eras encompassing the Stone Age, Bronze Era, Early Iron Age and the Middle Ages. In the book, Tabaldiev introduces a new designation for this geographical area – Tenir Too.

“The artifacts and spiritual culture of the Kyrgyz is an excellent example of interweaving rich cultural traditions and historical events, which are described in this book,” reflects author Tabaldiev.

The author collected materials on archaeological monuments in Naryn Oblast through interviews with local elders. The artifacts and spiritual culture of the Kyrgyz offer excellent examples of the interweaving of rich cultural traditions and historical events, which are all vividly described in this book.

“Since its inception, UCA has been supporting scholars of cultural and historic heritage. The purpose of this publication is to not only advance information about ancient monuments in the Naryn region, but also to promote tourism and increase awareness among Narynians of the need to protect outdoor historical sights,” said Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General, UCA.

The book was launched in Naryn, where the University is constructing one of its three campuses, as part of a series of events that will emphasize the importance of preserving historical monuments -- and the role of local residents in the process. For example, Zamir Aldayarov, school principal of Kara Kungei village school (Kochkor Raion), plans to open a regional history museum, with many Narynians already taking active part in preserving historical monuments.

The Bishkek launch was accompanied by the Tengir Too Folklore Ensemble supported by the Aga Khan Music Initiative transmitting nomadic rhythms from Kyrgyz mountains. The Ensemble was created by the Honoured Artist of the Kyrgyz Republic Nurlanbek Nyshanov- Its name is derived from the majestic mountain ranges of the Naryn Oblast.

Since 2008, UCA has supported publications by local scholars related to cultural heritage, building capacity in research tools, and collaborative projects with partner institutions. Last year, it published a definitive two-volume study on Kyrgyz melodies, Kyrgyz Küüs: Analysis, Thoughts and Opinions (Volumes I-II); Volumes I, II, and III of The Musical Arts of the Pamirs, a five-volume study on folk music, oral history, and theatre traditions from the Pamir region of Tajikistan; and a Herder’s Manual in Kyrgyz, Russian and English, which is expected to contribute to a positive change in livestock and pasture management in rural areas of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Forthcoming publications include: Music in Central Asia: an Introduction; Cities of the Dead; The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan; Islam, Nomadic Heritage and Kyrgyz Identity; Musical Arts of the Pamirs, Volumes IV & V; Archaeological Map of the Eastern Pamirs; and Kyrgyz and Kazakh Nomadic Culture through Proverbs.

The Ancient Monuments of Tien-Shan is written by Kubat Tabaldiev. Further information is available on: http://www.ucentralasia.org. Orders can be placed by emailing: publications@ucentralasia.org

For further information please contact:

Nisar Keshvani
Head of Communications
University of Central Asia
138 Toktogul Street, 720001 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic
Mobile: +996 (0) 770 822 851
Email: communications@ucentralasia.org

Anna Vorobeva
Communications Officer
Aga Khan Development Network
Representation, Kyrgyz Republic
80, Tynystanov Street, Kyrgyz Republic
Mobile: +996 772 533 726.
E-mail: anna.vorobeva@akdn.org

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University of Central Asia supports civil service training for municipal services by signing MOU with SACRD and graduating 15 learners from Naryn Oblast

NEWS | 13 March 2012

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Trends and Patterns in Foreign Trade of Central Asian Countries

by Roman Mogilevskii

PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES | 05 July 2012

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Title: Trends and Patterns in Foreign Trade of Central Asian Countries
Date: July 5, 2012. 4 pm
Speaker: Roman Mogilevskii, Senior Research Fellow and Project Coordinator, Institute for Public Policy and Administration, UCA
Venue: University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Conference Room.

Abstract
Central Asia possesses many valuable resources and faces many challenges to its development. The region is landlocked and remote from most global economic centres, it has a relatively small population and market size, underdeveloped infrastructure, and in some areas suffers from political instability and insecurity; all of which create risks for human development. The relationship between the multiple forces driving development and risks is dynamic.

Understanding these dynamics requires consistent monitoring and careful evidence-based analysis of key development factors in the region. One of the most important factors of economic development is foreign trade, and Central Asia has economies heavily dependent on trade. Existing literature provides a comprehensive analysis of the economic situation in Central Asia and background information on trade performance in Central Asia. However, trends in Central Asian economies’ trade performance in general, and in intra-regional trade in particular, during the dynamic period after 2005 are insufficiently covered in the literature.

Based on research for the first policy paper of UCA’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration’s Regional Regional Cooperation and Confidence Building project, this presentation discusses recent trends and patterns in the total and intra-regional trade of Central Asian countries, covers both formal and informal trade flows, and assesses their importance and policy implications.

Biography
Dr. Roman Mogilevskii coordinates activities of the UCA’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration. He has extensive experience researching trade policy, public finance, and macroeconomics in Central Asia and Eastern Europe; has participated in the implementation of research, advisory and training programs across the CIS; and has published numerous papers on the issues of regional cooperation and economic policy.

Language
The presentation will be conducted in English. Russian translation provided upon prior request.

Registration
Please RSVP to vladilena.vladimirova@ucentralasia.org with your name and affiliation. Please indicate if you require Russian translation.

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Aga Khan Humanities Project trains 135 instructors in Central Asia
Bishkek
, July 4 / Kabar /.

From January to June 2012, the Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) of the University of Central Asia (UCA) conducted six faculty development workshops for instructors and administrators from partner universities in Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan, says in a newsletter of the University of Central Asia.

AKHP Faculty Development workshops are facilitated by skilled teams of trainers from the region who introduce AKHP’s multi-disciplinary curricula and innovative pedagogy, with the aim of developing pluralism of ideas through multi-disciplinary approaches and participatory learning. On successfully completing training, participants receive teaching certificates.

In the first half of 2012, 135 new instructors were qualified to join the growing network of Central Asian instructors using AKHP materials and pedagogy in their classes at universities around the region.

In Kyrgyzstan two workshops were organised on AKHP courses Introduction to Humanities and Individual and Society by Cholpon Kurmanbaeva, AKHP FDP Coordinator-Kyrgyz Republic, and facilitated by Alla Kuvatova (Russian-Tajik Slavonic University), Khadicha Shambetalieva (KRSU), Sanjarbek Tajimatov (Kyrgyz National University) and Venera Sabirova (Osh State University).

In January, 25 participants from Naryn State University, Issyl-Kul State University, Talas State University, Batken State University, Kazyl-Kiya State Pedagogic Institute, Kyzyl-Kiya Institute of Management and Economics and Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University (KRSU) came together at KRSU in Bishkek. In April, another 25 instructors received training at the Russian Social University in Osh. All participants received teaching certificates.

“This seminar was excellent, due to the calibre of participants who were highly motivated, intelligent and ready to implement the interactive methods and unusual content of the textbooks,” said participant Ravshan Akbarov.

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University of Central Asia Begins Programme to Promote Trade and Regional Cooperation in Central Asia and Afghanistan for Economic Growth


Professional Development Training for civil service

Kyrgyz Republic, 25 August 2012 — The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration has commenced a week-long training programme on trade and regional cooperation for 60 civil servants from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic in Issyk-Kul. The programme, which is part of the University’s Canadian supported “Regional Cooperation and Confidence Building in Afghanistan, and Central Asia” programme, commenced on 25 August and will run to 2 September 2012.

Key issues discussed at the seminar include: the crucial impact of international trade to Central Asia’s economic growth, the contribution of regional trade to helping economic diversification, as well as how Afghanistan, as a key region for transportation transit to the markets of South Asia and with its ambitious programmes for reconstruction, can become a significant trading partner in a Greater Central Asia. The range of topics include technical details of tariff and trade barriers, international finance and international trade negotiations, and will provide in-depth analyses of Central Asia’s current state of regional trade and prospects for expansion.

The training is designed and delivered in cooperation with Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs’ Centre for Trade Policy and Law (www.ctpl.ca). Their staff of outstanding experts have conducted similar training programmes in China, Russia and other countries. In addition there are speakers from a number of international organizations including the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Institute of Public Policy and Administration staff will present results of their research on trade in the Central Asian region.

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration is a new initiative by the University of Central Asia (UCA). The Institute will focus on an in-depth analysis of economic policy as well as organize quality professional development opportunities for civil servants in the region.

The training is organized in partnership with regional organizations such as the Institute for Retraining of Civil Servants (TJK), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (TJK) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AFG), Ministry of Economy and Anti-Monopoly Policy (KG), and the Agency of Civil Service under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The event provides a unique opportunity for civil servants to meet colleagues from countries in the region for an exchange of views and experiences.

“For the University of Central Asia, this seminar organized through its Institute of Public Policy and Administration is an important intellectual contribution to Central Asia and Afghanistan’s public policy and cooperation issues. Through support from our partners, the Canadian Government and Carleton University, we hope this is a first step to a long-standing contribution to the region,” said Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General, UCA.

A second phase of the training seminar will be held in each of the four countries in early October, with contributions from local experts on issues related to trade and regional cooperation. The project is supported by the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and implemented by the University of Central Asia.

For further information please contact:

Nisar Keshvani
University of Central Asia
138 Toktogul Street, 720001 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic
Mobile: +996 (0) 770 822 851
Email: communications@ucentralasia.org

Anna Vorobeva
Aga Khan Development Network
Representation, Kyrgyz Republic
80, Tynystanov Street, Kyrgyz Republic
Mobile: +996 772 533 726
E-mail: anna.vorobeva@akdn.org

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University of Central Asia Inaugurates Football and Tennis Facilities of International Standards

PRESS RELEASE | 31 August 2012

Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, 31 August 2012 – The University of Central Asia (UCA) inaugurated international standard football and tennis facilities at its Naryn Campus as part of the Kyrgyz Republic's Independence Day celebrations today.

Kanatbek Muratbekov, Authorised Naryn Representative of the Government; Baatyrbek Jeenaliev, Naryn Mayor; Mrs Nurjehan Mawani, AKDN Diplomatic Representative; Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, UCA Director General; town officials; and townspeople, were present to witness the facility’s inaugural soccer tournament between teams from the Governor's and Mayor's Office and UCA and Tosh Bulak village.

"This is yet another important stepping stone in the history of this University. Besides offering an international quality standard of education, our underlying mission is to provide opportunities for the community to engage with the University and have access to our facilities. Today's soccer tournament is a testament of our partnership with both local government and the townspeople," said Dr Krawchenko, UCA Director General.

The football pitch conforms with world football governing body Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) standards and the tennis courts are also of international standards with artificial surface. These facilities were built by residents of Naryn City and Tosh Bulak village, and will be an opportunity to cultivate Central Asian talent.

Also as part of the Naryn Independence Day celebrations, UCA hosted a music concert featuring the Aga Khan Music Initiative's Ustat Shakirt ensemble who were joined by Naryn performers, Askat Musabekov and Zalena Kasymova..

The 45-min programme was part of the official state celebrations with the University's School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), Naryn; and Aga Khan Foundation’s Mountain Societies Development Support Programme, participating in a parade with other local and international organizations.

"In May 2011, SPCE opened its state of the art town campus facilities offering continuing education to the Naryn population. This is another opportunity for UCA to offer international standard sports facilities for the community," said Anara Duisheeva, Acting Head of Campus, SPCE Naryn.

The University of Central Asia (UCA) – a secular and private university- was founded by the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan following the joint signing of an International Treaty and Charter. The treaty has been ratified by the respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. UCA brings with it the commitment and partnership of the broader Aga Khan Development Network.

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Introduction to the Music of Central Asia (Autumn 2012 - Spring 2013)

TRAINING & COURSES | 27 September 2012

This course is an ethnographic survey of the rich and diverse musical traditions of Central Asia. It approaches music both on its own terms and in relation to other aspects of culture and social life. After an introductory geographic overview, the course proceeds through a series of short ethnographic studies focusing on particular musical repertoires, genres, styles, musical instruments, and musicians in the two distinctive socio-cultural spheres whose symbiotic relationship has shaped Central Asian history: the nomadic world and the world of sedentary dwellers. The final section of the course surveys the effects of globalization on Central Asian music through the prism of musical fusion and hybridity, diaspora communities, and cultural revitalization initiatives. Coursework includes weekly reading and listening/viewing assignments based on music examples provided to each student on DVD, or accessible on the Internet. Assignments will also include short written critiques or analyses of music surveyed in the course. Several times during the term, musicians will be invited to the class to discuss and perform selections from their repertoire.

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University of Central Asia hosts training on “Issues of Regional Economic Cooperation in Central Asia” for Kyrgyz civil servants

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) organized a three day workshop for Kyrgyz civil servants on “Issues of Regional Economic Cooperation in Central Asia” in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on 10, 12, and 15 October 2012.

The training followed IPPA’s 10 day training in Issyk – Kul, Kyrgyz Republic, on trade policy and negotiations for 60 civil servants from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan in August 2012. Led by top Canadian trade negotiations experts from Carleton University, the training covered topics ranging from trade economics, trade barriers and tariff regimes, to international finance and international trade negotiation.

The three-day workshop in Bishkek focused on the energy and transport sectors of the Kyrgyz Republic and implications of development for regional trade; the challenges of Customs Union Accession by the Kyrgyz Republic; and the country’s export development strategy. The workshop came as a response to the country’s need to build the capacity of civil servants to engage in relevant policy analysis in an economic environment increasingly conducive to regional synergies.

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UCA’s Institute of Public Policy hosts “National Strategies for Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation in Central Asia and Afghanistan” Workshop in Dushanbe

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Launch of Sustainable Mountain Development Report and Mountain Research & Development Journal – UCA News/photos

02 November 2012, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic – The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) and Mountain Partnership Central Asia Hub launched the Sustainable Mountain Development in Central Asia – From Rio 1992 to Rio2012 and beyond Report and a special issue of the journal Mountain Research and Development (MRD) on Central Asian Mountain Societies in Transition in Bishkek on 2 November 2012

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Youth receive seed funding for social entrepreneurship projects

NEWS | 06 November 2012

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Meder Usupbekov, 26, is one of 150 people in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic who rely on a wheelchair for everyday mobility. Meder’s movement is significantly limited by a lack of infrastructure supporting wheelchair accessibility in Naryn town.

When Meder heard about a University of Central Asia-hosted social entrepreneurship competition funded by Coca-Cola encouraging youth to propose project ideas that solve problems in their communities, he saw it as an opportunity to make a difference.

“In Naryn, people with disabilities can’t move independently in town on wheelchairs. If we could put ramps in major public institutions, we could solve some of the problems they have with accessing information, education and health facilities,” he said.

Meder is one of nine winners receiving small grants as part of the Enhancing opportunities for youth in income-generation, entrepreneurship, and education in Kyrgyzstan project. Funded by the Coca Cola Company (TCCC) and implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation, Kyrgyz Republic (AKF, Kg) and the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), University of Central Asia (UCA), the project aims to strengthen the capacity of youth in Kyrgyzstan to identify and constructively address critical socio-economic needs in their community through social entrepreneurship.

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