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Mountain Societies Research Centre

The Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) is a university-wide, interdisciplinary research center dedicated to addressing the challenges and opportunities within Central Asian mountain communities and environments.

The MSRC’s goal is to support and enhance the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies through sound research on the sustainable development and management of their physical, social, economic and cultural assets. This will be achieved through the following objectives:

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.
Serve as a knowledge hub in Central Asia for scholars, development practitioners and policymakers.
The MSRC, together with its regional and international partners, actively works to transfer knowledge to policy and practice aimed at improving the quality of life for people of the mountain areas in Central Asia, including the Tien Shan, Pamir and Hindu Kush mountain ranges. The MSRC is the first of several planned research centres at UCA.

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

TRAINING & COURSES | 27 September 2012

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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.

Objective
This course is open for all interested in Central Asian music and culture. No prior knowledge of music or ability to read musical notation is asumed. Classroom size ranges from 20 - 30 students.

Language
The course materials and language of instruction is English. Students are required to be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English

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University of Central Asia holds regional roundtables to promote effective local development in the Kyrgyz Republic

In September and October 2012, the University of Central Asia (UCA) and the State Agency for Construction and Regional Development under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic held a series of roundtables for representatives of bodies of local self-government (Aiyl Okmotu) around the theme “Regional Development: Foundation of Reforms”. The roundtables – led by K. Narbayev, Head of SACRD, and attended by members of Parliament, representatives of the government, and deputy Governors of Oblasts – provided a unique forum to discuss the many issues relating to the socio-economic development of rural areas and the administrative-territorial reforms.
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University of Central Asia in “Universities and Regional Development: A Critical Assessment”

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School of Professional and Continuing Education, Khorog holds Spring Graduation Ceremony, graduates 35 Afghan learners

NEWS | 29 May 2013

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The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA-SPCE) held its eighth graduation ceremony on 26 March 2013 at the Khorog Theatre, Tajikistan.

Attended by provincial and national government officials, ambassadors of the United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Turkey, and representatives of UCA and the Aga Khan Development Network, the ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of 200 SPCE graduates. The event also commemorated the holiday of Navruz, a festival with Persian cultural roots marking the arrival of spring, and included a cultural performance by the students from Qurbonsho Noyobshev Music School, Khorog.

“Just as we welcome new beginnings during Navruz, we are proud of our graduating students, and wish them success as they use their newly gained knowledge in their future work,” said Robert Wheeler, UCA Chief Operating Officer.


Muhammadzubair s/o Muhamad Zamir, who completed SPCE’s Cross-Border
Vocational Education in Badakhshan (CVEB) English programme, receives
his Certificate from UCA’s Chief Operating Officer, Robert Wheeler.


Students received certificates recognising their successful completion of courses ranging from Accounting Technology, English for Academic Purposes, Bookkeeping/Cashier, Conversational Russian, Conversational German and French, English for Business Programme, Conversational English to Training of Guides. Students who had successfully taken London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) exams received LCCI Certificates, and records of professional development were presented to Information Technology (IT) and English teachers from SPCE’s outreach programmes.

Vocational achievements were also recognized, with certificates awarded to a newly trained group of plumbers, as well as to 24 village mason-masters who attended SPCE courses with support from the European Commission Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection –ECHO (DIPECHO).

The ceremony also recognised SPCE’s third graduating class of Afghan students who successfully completed advanced level courses under the Cross Border Vocational Education in Badakhshan (CVEB) programme, a joint initiative between UCA, Aga Khan Foundation USA and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Her Excellency Susan Elliot, Ambassador of the United States to Tajikistan, congratulated the 35 Afghan and 22 Tajik CVEB graduates, and said, “The CVEB initiative, now concluding its second phase, embodies the core tenants of the New Silk Road Initiative, encouraging cross-border cooperation and development.”


Her Excellency Susan Elliot, US Ambassador to Tajikistan, congratulates
the new graduates of UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education.


These sentiments were echoed by Isror Isrorov, Deputy Governor of Gorno-Badakhstan Automous Obast, “The 35 graduates from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan are receiving qualifications that will enable them to improve their lives and contribute to their country’s prosperity. We see this opportunity as a way to strengthen friendship and brotherhood between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.”

Since 2009, UCA-SPCE has expanded access to education in border districts through the CVEB programme. To date, 132 students from Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan have received scholarships to study English, IT, Bookkeeping/Cashier and vocational education at SPCE, Khorog. The CVEB programme has already expanded employment opportunities for its graduates: 45 percent of CVEB alumni received a promotion, found a new job or received a better salary upon completing their courses at UCA-SPCE. The CVEB programme also supported the establishment of a SPCE project office in Faizabad, Afghanistan and the development of curriculum and learning materials in Dari language, further extending the reach of its programmes.


The University of Central Asia SPCE graduating class of Spring 2013


Following the graduation, SPCE officially opened its new auto-mechanic workshop featuring modern machinery and equipment provided by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit). Supported by a tripartite Agreement between UCA, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Tajikistan, and GIZ, the newly opened workshop will provide high-quality training for future automechanics.

Since 2006, SPCE, Tajikistan has graduated over 24,000 students with professional and vocational qualifications in accounting, entrepreneurship, tourism development and applied languages that have improved their employment and income generating opportunities. The School is Central Asia’s first provider of post-secondary, short-cycle education with learning facilities in Khorog and Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Naryn and Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic; Tekeli and Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan; and a project office in Faizabad, Afghanistan.

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UCA Course on Central Asia Musical Traditions Teaches and Inspires

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University of Central Asia Celebrates Afghan Graduates of Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis

By Sayed Jawad - Thu Mar 19 2015, 10:36 am


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The first group of 15 Afghan civil servants completed the Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis (CPPA) course offered through a partnership between University of Central Asia (UCA) and the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan.

The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA) marked the achievements of the first Afghan graduates of its Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis (CPPA) at a ceremony at the Ministry of Finance in Kabul on 18 March 2015.

UCA was established in 2000 by a treaty between the Governments of Kazakistan, Kyrqyz Republic, Tajikistan and His Highness the Aga Khan to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies.

UCA Director General, Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, said “CPPA offers a rigorous learning experience, bringing together expert instructors and civil servants to study concepts and methods in policy analysis to advance evidence-based policy making.”

The course was offered through a partnership between UCA and the Ministry of Finance fo Afghanistan. “We are pleased to have been able to offer the course to Afghan civil servants in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Finance,” Dr Krawchenko added.

The ceremony was also attended by Mr Abdul Razak Vahidi, Deputy Minister for Administration and Mr Musa Kamawi, Director of Human Resources of the Ministry of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Mrs Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN); representatives of embassies and international organizations; government officials; academics; business community; civil society and media.

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Deputy Minister Vahidi congratulated graduates and highlighted this programme as valuable capacity building of government civil servants in policy analysis. He thanked the UCA administration and the Aga Khan Development Network for facilitating this opportunity to Afghanistan.

“The Ministry of Finance is expecting all programme participants to maximize this great academic opportunity, utilize the knowledge they have gained for the improvement of service delivery within Ministry of Finance and transfer this knowledge to their colleagues and counterparts and introduce changes,” he added.

“The strength and success of this partnership will not be measured by quantity, but by quality” stated Mrs. Mawani. “Each one of you who has benefited from the IPPA Programme will have a multiplier effect by passing along your expanded knowledge within your institution and beyond. AKDN and UCA are committed to strengthening the capacity of Afghan civil servants and to building a sustainable partnership through exchange of knowledge in the region”.

CPPA is an executive programme designed, among others, for civil servants. In 2014, UCA offered CPPA concurrently for Kyrgyz, Tajik and Afghan civil servants in Bishkek and Dushanbe. Besides building the participants’ technical capacity, the programme was a great platform for regional dialogue and understanding. This Afghan cohort of 15 graduates attended the programme in Bishkek from October 2014 to February 2015.

“The programme gave me the opportunity to gain comprehensive insight into what policy is all about, how it becomes a reality and how it is evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively,” said graduate Mohammad Karim Karimzadah.

The graduates received the professional development Certificate in Policy Analysis and a certificate supplement detailing the programme of studies and learner’s achievement in accordance with European standards. The course is a 25 credit European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) programme.

CPPA is offered within IPPA’s Research and Public Policy Initiative (RPPI), supported by the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada and the Aga Khan Foundation, Canada. RPPI aims to ground policy-making processes in Central Asia in sound evidence and policy analysis by building the capacity of researchers to conduct independent and critical studies and by expanding the ability of policy professionals to utilize such research in policy development.

CPPA will be offered again in 2015 to Kyrgyz, Tajik and Afghan civil servants.
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Canada's Seneca College and the University of Central Asia sign milestone partnership agreement 2015-07-08

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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ASIA IN NARYN - 2004-07-07

Date: Wednesday, 2015, July 8

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David Agnew, Seneca President and Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman of the University of Central Asia Board Executive Comm

BISHKEK, Kyrgyz Republic, July 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Seneca and the University of Central Asia (UCA) signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday that will see Seneca develop a preparatory program for incoming students as the university gets ready to open its first undergraduate campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic next year.

The signing ceremony took place at UCA's Central Administration Office in Bishkek.

"This partnership with Seneca College represents a critical step forward in the delivery of UCA's undergraduate curriculum, as well as in faculty development, in advance of our first campus opening in 2016," said Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman of the UCA Board Executive Committee.

Seneca was chosen after an international search that focused on 30 universities and colleges that offered preparatory programs. Seneca's strengths included its strong track record in international education, the focus on practice-based learning and the ability to develop integrated curriculum customized to the context and culture of UCA's teaching environment.

"This agreement with UCA embodies Seneca's commitment to building bridges and networks throughout the world," said David Agnew, Seneca President. "We are committed to outstanding academic programs and fostering a global perspective, and look forward to a successful collaboration."

The preparatory program will be offered in the first year of UCA's five-year undergraduate program. It is an enrichment program designed to ensure that UCA students attain internationally competitive levels in English, math and science and develop key study and research skills necessary to succeed at university. The program will be delivered for the first time when UCA opens its first undergraduate campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic next year.

UCA will offer majors in Computer Science, Communications and Media, Economics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Engineering Sciences and Business and Management. Minors include Development Studies, Central Asian Studies and Globalization Studies. Students will graduate with either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts.

The partnership between UCA and Seneca College is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada, provided through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and the Aga Khan Foundation, Canada.

About Seneca College

One of Canada's leading postsecondary institutions, Seneca offers a comprehensive range of programs across all disciplines to nearly 100,000 full- and part-time students in campuses across the Greater Toronto Area. Seneca's graduate certificates, degrees, diplomas and certificates attract more than 5,000 students from 120 countries around the world and students from across Canada. With an emphasis on work-integrated learning, interdisciplinary study and flexible learning opportunities, Seneca is the pre-eminent institution in Ontario, Canada for transfer options to and from universities and colleges. For more information on Seneca, please visit: www.senecacollege.ca.

About The University of Central Asia

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000. The Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan and His Highness the Aga Khan signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University, which was ratified by the respective parliaments and registered with the United Nations. UCA was established to offer an internationally recognized standard of higher education in Central Asia and prepare graduates to contribute leadership, ideas and innovation to the economies and communities of the region. UCA brings with it the commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network. For more information on UCA, please visit: www.ucentralasia.org.

SOURCE Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Image with caption: "David Agnew, Seneca President and Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman of the University of Central Asia Board Executive Committee, signed a milestone partnership agreement to develop the English, mathematics and science curriculum for UCA's new preparatory program. (CNW Group/Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150708_C6968_PHOTO_EN_440597...
For further information: Kayla Lewis, Manager of Media Relations, Seneca College, +1 647-515-0439, kayla.lewis@senecacollege.ca; Nisar Keshvani, Head of Communications and Marketing, University of Central Asia, +996 (0) 770 822 851, nisar.keshvani@ucentralasia.org
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University of Central Asia’s Naryn Campus Taking Shape

Published on Jul 20, 2015

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) first undergraduate campus is taking shape in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. Construction is on schedule for the campus to open in 2016. UCA’s centralised, phased strategy harnesses the talent of award-winning designers, a multi-national construction management team and specialised regional and local contractors.

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Afghan Graduate Applies Skills to Training Healthcare Professionals | Aga Khan Foundation USA

Six years after the Cross-Border Vocational Education in Badakhshan (CVEB) program began, its graduates on the Afghan side of the border continue to reap the benefits of their training at the University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education in Khorog, Tajikistan.

Roghul was one of the first students in the program. She was a schoolteacher before attending CVEB in Khorog. With the skills she gained there, she improved her livelihood and now works to strengthen the health sector in one of Afghanistan’s poorest and most remote provinces.

Raised in Shughnan, Roghul was teaching English in Faizabad when she applied to the CVEB program in 2011. Although some of Badakhshan’s more traditional families do not permit daughters to study or work outside of the home in a mixed-gender classroom, Roghul’s family encouraged her to pursue her education, particularly in English.

“My family became very happy when I joined this program and they always supported me, especially my father,” Roghul remembers. “He said that English is very important to our life and when we know English we can find a good job.”

Four years after completing the program in Khorog, Roghul has improved her job prospects and earning potential. She secured a job with the Aga Khan Health Services in Faizabad, the center of Badakhshan province, and now uses her English as an instructor in the nursing program, where she also teaches computer literacy.

“The CVEB experience was so beneficial for me for employment,” says Roghul. “I improved my language by teaching and listening, and so I feel confident during my interviews. Now at my work I earn more.”

Now in its third phase, the CVEB program, launched in 2009, promotes economic opportunity and fosters cross-border cooperation in Badakhshan province. The program provides students with housing, courses, and learning materials tailored to Afghan learners. Supplemental instruction ensures that the Afghan participants succeed in their coursework. CVEB also organizes community activities to encourage cross-border cultural exchange between the Afghan men and women living and studying in Khorog.

The project aims to improve employability and economic opportunity on both sides of the border by addressing issues of instructor preparedness. Tailored for instructors of English, IT, and Accounting, and housed within a regional training institution equipped to accommodate learners from both sides of the border, CVEB III is guided by a strategy of investment in education for greater opportunities.

Like Roghul, many of the Afghans who have completed the program over the years are bringing new skills and energies for a better future.

Cross-Border Vocational Education in Badakhshan is an initiative of the University of Central Asia in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Aga Khan Foundation USA.

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Shamsh Kassim-Lakha: Education is Not Instant Coffee - Vecherniy Bishkek

Construction of the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) main campus, which opens next year in Naryn, is nearing completion. Thanks to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan will host a world-class University. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, AKDN Diplomatic Representative and Executive Chairman of the Board Executive Committee, UCA spoke to Vecherniy Bishkek (VB) on how this initiative was undertaken. Below is an excerpt reprinted with VB’s permission.

http://www.ucentralasia.org/news.asp?Nid=961

Question (Q): How does AKDN choose where to initiate its work and to locate its offices?

Answer (A): We launch our socio-economic development programmes only when we are invited by a country. For example, we came to Kyrgyzstan at the invitation of the government. The Kyrgyz Government appreciated the outcomes of our efforts in Tajikistan. In the 1990s which was a difficult period for Tajikistan, there was a famine in the Gorno Badakhshan Oblast (GBAO). The AKDN delivered food and the only delivery route for humanitarian aid was through Kyrgyzstan territory. In 1995, together with His Highness the Aga Khan, we arrived in Bishkek to thank the Government for its assistance. It was at this time, that the authorities addressed His Highness with the request to help the newly independent country with economic, social and educational projects. His Highness responded that he would kindly support the request of a friendly nation.



The first AKDN programme to begin in Kyrgyzstan was the inauguration of the Kyrgyz Investment Credit Bank (KICB), with the Kyrgyz Government as one of the co-founders. AKDN also opened a school (the Aga Khan Academy) and a microcredit company (First MicroCredit Company) in Osh. This was when the vision to initiate the University of Central Asia (UCA) in Naryn was conceptualised. In 1996-97, I was the Co-Chair of the Commission, which examined the feasibility study of such an endeavour.



After the study was completed, it was presented to the government, and in 2000 an International Treaty to establish UCA was signed by the governments of the Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and His Highness. As I was the President of the Aga Khan University (AKU) in Pakistan and six other countries including the United Kingdom, and had extensive experience in establishing a university of a similar standard, I was appointed to lead the planning and building of UCA. AKU has launched branches in many countries, and it is not only a university in its traditional sense, but also a major research centre. It is also planned for UCA to become such a centre. Whilst UCA’s academic programmes are designed to meet international standards, they are adapted to meet the specific needs of Central Asia.



Q: Why was Naryn chosen as a UCA Campus?

A: Naryn is mountainous region and economically depressed. Usually, inhabitants of such areas have less access to resources and are more socially vulnerable than their fellow citizens living on the plains. Therefore, in the mountainous regions there is a high level of poverty, largely marginalised populations, which is a favourable environment for radicalism to take root. Therefore, in all three countries, where UCA campuses are being built, we have selected such locations. The UCA campus in Tajikistan will open in Khorog; in Tekeli, Kazakhstan; and in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan



Q: Will UCA’s faculty comprise of foreign or local experts?

A: Three years ago, we selected 35 candidates from our three campus host countries. They were selected competitively and were sent to study at the leading universities in the world. They will form the backbone of the University’s teaching staff, alongside experts from abroad.



RETURNING HOME IS NOT A BAD THING



Q: What the incentive for graduates to return to Kyrgyzstan to work, in such a remote setting? Would they not pursue prospective jobs abroad and not return?

A: This is a real dilemma for all developing countries. The AKDN faces similar challenges. There have been occasions in the past where students who were supported with high quality education, later left to work in different spheres. We do accept there is a risk that a certain percentage of graduates will return to their country; this is human nature.



In any case, we should attempt to attract them to return, after they achieve success in their new abode. In my experience, we faced similar circumstances in Pakistan; however, we were able to attract citizens back to their homeland. And you will be surprised, we did not use wages as an incentive. We could not afford to pay them such salaries as compared to the West. There is however, another incentive which is the natural human desire to be recognised in their own communities. In a foreign country, one is always one of many who have achieved success. But at home, it is a different experience to be treated well by your own people as one who has reached great heights, thanks to their diligence and intelligence.



Within, the first decade of launching AKUin Pakistan, 60 percent of the faculty consisted of those who came returned from abroad. And they did not work for US dollars, but instead for the Pakistani rupee.



Q: Where did you receive your education?

A: My first degree was in food technology from Britain. I then completed my Masters in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, USA.



Q: Were you too among those who returned to their homeland?

A: Yes, the first 19 years of my career I was devoted to the economic sector in my country. I managed a large manufacturing company producing and exporting textiles and other goods. I also worked with other AKDN projects, in particular, I was leading the construction of the AKU campus in Pakistan. When the University was opened, I was offered the task of leading it.



This is how my transition from business to education occurred. At one point after my retirement from AKU, there was a period I was appointed as Minister of State and then Minister of Education and as Minister of Science and Technology, I was given the responsibility to lead the reform of higher education and our recommendations were successfully implemented.



Q: What are AKDN’s plans AKDN in Kyrgyzstan after launching the University of Central Asia in Naryn?

A: The opening of UCA is just one of the phases. The next phase is to assist with the improvement of the public school education system through UCA. Our university will offer a five year Bachelors education compared to four in most parts of the world. This is because students are not adequately prepared.



The first year will provide students with the opportunity to improve their knowledge, to fill in the gaps of school programme. We need a phased approach to this, and here we are working closely with the Ministry of Education and Science.



As His Highness has said, [establishing a] university, and a system of education in general, is not like preparing instant coffee, which is ready immediately. For UCA, to become mature and prominent in the international arena, it will take at least 15 to 20 years. So we do have long- term plans to achieve this goal.



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University of Central Asia receives OPIC support to complete its campus in Khorog

Bishkek (AKIpress) - The University of Central Asia (UCA) is rapidly progressing to complete the construction of its second campus in Tajikistan, scheduled to be ready by 2017, at a total capital layout of $94.4 million, UCA said.

Alongside a $64.4 million commitment from the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), including $7.5 million from the Aga Khan Foundation, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States Government’s development finance institution has extended $30 million to complete Phase I construction of its Khorog campus. This support marks OPIC’s second partnership with AKDN, following financing to expand the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.

"While OPIC’s contribution is financially significant, it is even more noteworthy as a demonstration of confidence in UCA’s objectives and the quality of its facilities and academic programmes. This will no doubt encourage potential partners of the University. We are building three campuses of the same stature, facility and standards to ensure equity in development across UCA’s founding states. We will be a key intellectual driver and serve as a role model to encourage others to raise standards in the region,” said Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman of UCA’s Board Executive Committee and AKDN Diplomatic Representative to the Kyrgyz Republic.

When fully operational, UCA will have campuses in Tajikistan ,Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The investment by OPIC builds upon the progress of UCA’s Naryn campusin the Kyrgyz Republic, scheduled to be the first to open in September 2016 and funded by AKDN. The Khorog campus will open in September 2017, followed by a third campus in Tekeli, Kazakhstan currently anticipated in 2019.

Recruitment for UCA’s first cohort of undergraduate students has already begun. The first four academic specialisations will be Bachelors degrees in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Economics in Khorog; Computer Sciences, and Communications and Media in Naryn; followed by Engineering Sciences and Business and Management in Tekeli.

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Action At University of Central Asia Campuses In Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan

Usually the University of Central Asia (UCA) campus sites in Khorog, Tajikistan; Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic; and Tekeli, Kazakhstan are only buzzing with construction activity, but this past month, they witnessed action of a different nature. UCA organised a media briefing in Khorog, celebrated its topping out (reaching the highest point) construction milestone in Naryn, and design architects visited national partners in Kazakhstan for expertise consultation.

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Badakhshan TV: UCA Khorog construction progressing

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The Construction of the Khorog Campus of the University of Central Asia, by Safarmo Butabekova of Badakhshan TV, highlights the vision behind the construction of UCA’s Khorog campus in Tajikistan. The university is the result of ongoing cooperation between the Government of Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Development Network. UCA’s Agency Construction Management strategy increases the local economic impact of construction through use of local contractors and suppliers.

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University of Central Asia Launches New Cultural Heritage Publications on the Pamirs

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 12 November 2015 – The University of Central Asia (UCA) launched three new books that focus on the history and cultures of the Pamir region of Tajikistan, including an Archaeological Map of the Eastern Pamirs by Mira Bubnova and two volumes in The Musical Arts of the Pamirs series by Nizom Nurdjanov, Fayzulla Karomatov and Bahriniso Kabilova.

“This series is widely viewed as the most comprehensive work on Pamir music to-date and UCA is pleased to have played a role in preserving this heritage,” said Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, UCA Director General and Dean of Graduate Studies.

The Musical Arts of the Pamirs is a five-volume study on folk music, oral history, dance and theatre traditions of the Pamir region. The series is the culmination of 40 years of field work conducted by Nurdjanov and Karomatov, with support from the Art History Department of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography named after Ahmad Donish at the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan. The fourth and fifth volumes in the Musical Arts of the Pamir series were launched at the event.

The fourth volume, on Tales, Epics and Legends, presents epics, musical fairytales and humorous songs of the Pamirs. The work of local and classical poets, such as Nasir Khusraw, Sanoi, Attor, Abdurrahman Jami and Shams Tabrezi, are also featured. The fifth and final volume covers Instrumental Music, including melodies for instruments and ensembles and lyrical songs based on local, folk and classical Tajik-Persian poetry. A section is dedicated to talented musician and singer Navruzsho Kurbonaseynov. The book concludes with a section on lyrical songs performed by artists of the Khorog Music and Drama Theatre named after Rudaki (now named after Mehrubon Nazarov), which was founded in 1936 and continues to foster the rich musical and poetic traditions of the region.

The first volume in the series, on Musical Heritage of the Pamirian Tajiks focuses on lyrical songs based on both popular local texts and genres and classical Tajik-Persian poetry. Volume two, on Musical Performance and Dances of the Pamirian Tajiks, describes folk music and performing arts of the region, highlighting the complex musical-dramatic genre of song and dance performances. The third book, Ritual Music: Birth, Wedding, and Funeral, describes the music, performances and epics that accompany Badakhshani family celebrations and festivals.

Archaeological Map of the Eastern Pamirs is the second in a two-part series on the unique history, artifacts and preservation of archaeological relics of the Pamir mountains. Based on extensive fieldwork, the publication includes unique maps and illustrations and original research on 300 monuments, as well as the history of communities of the Eastern Pamirs, from the Middle Ages to contemporary times. The companion volume, Archaeological Map of the Western Pamirs by Bubnova, was published in 2008.

Archaeological Map of the Eastern Pamirs and The Musical Arts of the Pamirs Volumes I-V are published by UCA’s Cultural Heritage Book Series, a collection of works aimed at preserving Central Asia’s unique and diverse cultural heritages. They were published with support from The Christensen Fund under the project Preserving Cultural Heritage and Promoting Research in Central Asia: Support to Local Scholars.

The project is implemented by UCA’s Central Asian Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit to promote understanding across cultures and generations by supporting Central Asian scholars in original and high-quality research, publishing and disseminating their work to regional and international audiences. Under the project, UCA supported the publication of six original titles by scholars from Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.

To purchase books in the UCA Cultural Heritage Book Series, please contact: publications@ucentralasia.org

For further information please contact:

Nisar Keshvani
Head of Communications and Marketing
University of Central Asia
Mobile: +996 (0) 770 822 851
Email: nisar.keshvani@ucentralasia.org

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Taking Shape: Aerial View of UCA Khorog Campus Phase I

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University of Central Asia Launches its Inaugural Admissions Campaign for the 2016 Academic Year

The University of Central Asia (UCA) has launched its undergraduate admissions campaign to encourage qualified students from rural and urban schools across Central Asia to apply. UCA, Central Asia’s first fully residential university, is committed to making world-class education highly affordable through generous scholarships and student soft loans.

The University’s first campus will open in September 2016 in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. Undergraduate students will pursue a five-year degree, beginning with a one-year Preparatory Programme to ready them for the international level of academics offered at UCA.

This will be followed by two years of general education through rigorous core curriculum modelled on North American liberal arts degree programmes. The final two years will focus on undergraduate specialisations in Computer Science, and Communications and Media. The second campus scheduled to open in September 2017 in Khorog, Tajikistan will offer Economics, and Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Current recruitment is for students who will enrol for specialisations offered both at the Naryn, and Khorog campuses. Students pursuing Tajikistan-based majors will relocate to Khorog in 2017. The Tekeli, Kazakhstan campus is anticipated to open in 2019 and will feature concentrations in Engineering Sciences, and Business and Management. The three campuses are designed by award winning architect Arata Isosaki of Japan and located in stunning mountain natural environments.

UCA’s undergraduate programme taught in English offers majors and minors that are closely aligned with Central Asian labour market needs. It has the smallest student to faculty ratio in the region (9 to 1), and brand new, modern facilities. Admission to the University is merit-based; no student will be denied admission because of financial hardship. UCA offers generous financial aid that includes merit-based scholarships, needs-based grants, and student loans on accessible terms.

“The University of Central Asia campuses will represent a unique academic community. Our students will come from a diversity of backgrounds. The highly qualified faculty holding PhDs from distinguished universities will be an exceptional intellectual resource supported by strong partnerships with leading universities around the world which will enable UCA to deliver higher education at an internationally acceptable standard.

“The campus will offer a vibrant educational and community life experience that unlocks the talents and energies of students and help set them on the road to become singular actors in their society,” said Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General and Dean of Graduate Studies at UCA.

The admissions team will travel throughout Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan in February and March. Students and parents are encouraged to attend an information session in their vicinity, where UCA staff will provide detailed information and answer questions. For a complete list of UCA information session dates and locations, please visit: http://bit.ly/UCAInfoSessions

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The Benefits of Attending a Fully-residential, Mountain-based University

For most Central Asian students, the higher education experience means attending classes at a university in a city or town, living at home or in a shared apartment, and commuting to campus. Interaction with faculty and fellow students is often confined to class time, which can be limited in a large lecture hall. And the struggle to reach class on time – not to mention finding a quiet place to study – can become the main focus of a student’s university experience, not to mention a major source of stress.

Research shows that living and interacting with fellow students on campus can positively affect critical thinking, cultural awareness, leadership skills and academic development. Conversely, studies confirm that the further you live from campus, the less likely you are to take advantage of all the educational resources at your university. This puts rural students at a serious disadvantage.

UCA believes that a university education is about more than attending class and completing assignments. UCA is offering students in the region something different: A fully residential, immersive experience in an environment that fosters learning and the free exchange of ideas. At UCA, learning begins when a student wakes and pauses only when a student goes to sleep.

UCA offers students the chance to live amongst fellow students and faculty, utilise brand new facilities and resources, and receive an international standard of education in a community of learning unlike any other in the region. Each secure UCA campus offers beautifully designed world-class academic, residential, dining and sports facilities, libraries, laboratories, common lounge and recreation areas, health and wellness services, 100 per cent Internet connectivity and other amenities. The majestic mountain settings of UCA’s three campuses provide ideal environments for students to undergo a life-changing educational experience.

Everything you need to learn and grow is on campus. Come see for yourself!

To apply to the University of Central Asia, visit: http://www.ucentralasia.org/admissions, email us at admissions@ucentralasia.org, or call/SMS: +996 770 822 901 (Kyrgyz Republic), +992 93 999 99 64 (Tajikistan), +7 777 822 3948 (Kazakhstan).

HOW TO APPLY TO UCA:
1.Attend a UCA information session in your community http://bit.ly/UCAInfoSessions
2.Download application forms online http://bit.ly/ApplyUCA
3.Submit your application to apply@ucentralasia.org or in person by 18 March 2016
4.Sit for UCA’s Admissions test on 3 April 2016
5.Shortlisted candidates to submit supporting documents by 29 April 2016
6.Accepted applicants informed and financial aid decisions are provided by June 2016.
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Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Minister of Education and Senior Academics Applaud University of Central Asia’s Ambitious Approach to Higher Education

March 11, 2016: During a visit to the University of Central Asia’s campus on 4 March 2016, His Excellency Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Temir Sariev called Naryn “a place to watch” and praised UCA’s decision to invest to establish a world class university in the mountain region of Naryn.

“Here we have UCA, which is building a world class, fully-residential campus, capitalising on the beauty of the region and offering high quality education. It is breaking the stereotypical view of mountain communities as remote and disconnected by transforming Naryn into a centre of excellence and innovation. The Government is a proud Founder State of this visionary and ambitious endeavour,” said the Premier.

His remarks were delivered at a higher education forum attended by 60 rectors of the country’s leading universities and directors of secondary schools, organised by the Ministry of Education and Science as part of a visit to UCA’s Naryn campus.

[…] Earlier in the day, Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman of the UCA Board Executive Committee and Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General and Dean of Graduate Studies, received the group and conducted the campus tour.

“The University of Central Asia is excited to join the community of educators in the Kyrgyz Republic dedicated to engaging with issues of quality and access to higher education,” said Kassim-Lakha. “We are privileged to share our efforts at UCA with these distinguished academic leaders and look forward to learning from the breadth of their experience and perspective.”

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University of Central Asia hosts presentation on ‘A Place of Miracles: The Story of a Children’s Hospital in Kabul’

UCA Hosts Presentation on Innovative AKDN Public-Private Healthcare Partnership in Afghanistan

25 March 2016: The University of Central Asia hosted an event marking the release of a new book about the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) on 17 March 2016 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

A Place of Miracles: The Story of a Children’s Hospital in Kabul and the People Whose Lives Have Been Changed by It chronicles the hospital’s founding, through an innovative four-way partnership between the Government of Afghanistan, the Government of France, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the French NGO, La Chaîne de l’Espoir in Afghanistan.

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Seneca College of Canada to Award Scholarships to University of Central Asia Students

On 5 April 2016, Canada’s Seneca College announced plans to award three different scholarships to a total of 12 Central Asian students pursuing undergraduate study at the University of Central Asia (UCA). The scholarships from UCA’s curriculum development partner reflect a shared dedication to providing access and affordability to promising students, regardless of their economic status.

The Canadian postsecondary institution, which developed the curriculum for UCA’s Preparatory Programme, will award three types of scholarships to cover a portion of tuition for study at UCA. UCA has committed to covering up to 90 per cent of the cost of tuition based on student need

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BBC News visits University of Central Asia’s inaugural campus in anticipation of its undergraduate launch in September 2016

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) visited the University of Central Asia’s inaugural campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic in anticipation of the launch of UCA’s undergraduate programme in September 2016. UCA offers an international standard of education rooted in the Central Asian context with the aim of promoting the social and economic development of the region and its mountain communities.

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) visited the University of Central Asia’s inaugural campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic in anticipation of the launch of UCA’s undergraduate programme in September 2016. UCA offers an international standard of education rooted in the Central Asian context with the aim of promoting the social and economic development of the region and its mountain communities.

The BBC team spoke to members of the Naryn community, including a local resident employed on the campus site, where UCA has employed more than 300 people during construction and built modern welfare facilities for employees. UCA also laid plumbing infrastructure in neighbouring Tosh Bulak village and is overseeing the renovation of a local park into the future Naryn Smart Park.

They also spoke to prospective students from Naryn who have passed the UCA entrance examination and are currently in the second phase of the admissions process. Admission to UCA is merit-based and UCA offers gen...


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UCA’s Kassim-Lakha Outlines Innovative Approach to Education and Economic Development at "Breaking the Cycle of Poverty" Lecture in the United Kingdom

Date: 27 May 2016

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The University of Central Asia (UCA) Board Executive Committee Executive Chairman and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Diplomatic Representative to the Kyrgyz Republic Shamsh Kassim-Lakha delivered a talk Creating Opportunity on the Roof of the World. He spoke in London on 20 May 2016 as part of the Aga Khan Foundation United Kingdom’s (AKF UK) Breaking the Cycle of Poverty lecture series.

The University, founded by in 2000 by the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan and His Highness the Aga Khan, will welcome the inaugural class of undergraduates to Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic in September 2016. UCA is building three campuses of equal facility and standards in Naryn (2016), Khorog, Tajikistan (2017), and Tekeli, Kazakhstan (anticipated 2019).

His Excellency Robin Ord-Smith, British Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic and past Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan, delivered the opening remarks. Ambassador Ord-Smith, visited the Naryn Campus in February 2016 and recently participated in the British Embassy-supported UCA Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) forum on Mining Policy in the Kyrgyz jointly organised by UCA and the Kyrgyz Ministry of Economy. He praised the University, calling it “a great vision; and an extraordinary and important project” that the region needs.

Kassim-Lakha engaged in a lively discussion about UCA and Central Asia, moderated by journalist Gulnara Kasmambetova, Senior Producer for British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Kyrgyz Television, Radio and Online. (Credit: ICUK/Inaara Somani) Kassim-Lakha addressed the diverse audience, which included representatives from government, the diplomatic corps, media, the donor community, the Ismaili community and the wider public, emphasising the strategic importance of the Central Asian region in a globalised world.

“There is an inverse ratio between the height of the mountain and the economic status of those who inhabit it; the higher the mountain, the lower the economic status. There is resilience and initiative within mountain communities,” said Kassim-Lakha. “Education bridges the divide. We want to give communities the opportunity to reverse this risk of marginalisation through higher education.”

The University is pursuing applied research through its Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI), IPPA and the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (CHHU). UCA’s Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) partners with state universities in the region, providing an innovative humanities curriculum that promotes civic awareness, liberal arts and analytical writing.

“Research is very important. We need to create knowledge in order to develop job creators. We need to find opportunities, and that comes out of the intellectual application of minds, creating research and fostering socio-economic development of Central Asia’s mountain based societies, and helping societies preserve and draw upon their rich cultural heritage,” said Kassim-Lakhka.

Gensler’s Chris Oakley (left) with UCA Board member Naguib Kheraj (right) reviewing a three dimensional (3D) model of the future campus in Tekeli, Kazakhstan based on world-renowned architect Arata Isosaki’s vision. (Credit: ICUK/Riaz Kassam) Kassim-Lakha also related the School of Professional and Continuing Education’s (SPCE) long-standing contribution to the region by providing training to more than 85,000 learners at 12 locations in Central Asia and Afghanistan. More than half of the learners are under 25 and nearly 70 percent have been women.

After Kassim-Lakha’s talk, Senior Producer for British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Kyrgyz Television, Radio and Online, Gulnara Kasmambetova, led an open discussion and question and answer session. She noted that UCA will offer an undergraduate degree programme in Communications and Media and praised UCA’s decision to educate students in English. A BBC news documentary, produced after an earlier visit to the Naryn campus by Kasmambetova, was premiered to the UK audience.

Responding to a question from Almaz, a member of the audience from Naryn on the decision to also offer undergraduate specialisations in Computer Science, Kassim-Lakha explained the need to expand opportunities in the industries of the future.

“We have to bring opportunities to the mountains. We have to ensure modern technologies, modern means of communications in the best form are brought to mountain communities,” explained Kassim-Lakha, noting that the Nielsen company conducted an in-depth market survey to determine where future jobs lie and what the future of Central Asian economic development entails. He noted that UCA’s Computer Science programme received the largest number of applicants during its recently completed admissions campaign.

UCA will offer integrative undergraduate degree programmes in Computer Science, Communications and Media in Naryn and Economics and Earth and Environmental Science at the Khorog campus. The Tekeli, Kazakhstan campus will offer Engineering Sciences and Business and Management.

The University is estimated to generate more than $750 million in projected economic impact of the region, including more than 1,000 construction jobs and 300 new faculty and staff positions.

UCA undergraduate education is delivered in English and rooted in a liberal arts approach to encourage graduates to be globally competitive. Admission to UCA is merit-based and the University offers generous financial aid that includes merit-based scholarships, needs-based grants, and student loans on accessible terms.

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has provided support to UCA’s research agenda through funding to MSRI. Eleven of 35 Central Asians are also pursuing doctoral study at Exeter and Cambridge Universities in the UK through institutional partnerships with UCA’s Central Asia Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP).

The Breaking the Cycle of Poverty lecture was organised by AKF UK along with The Ismaili National Council and UCA at the Ismaili Centre, London.

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University of Central Asia Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic Phase I Campus - Aerial View

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UCA Commemorates a Second Successful Summer Camp with Grade 10 Students from Central Asia



Location: Royal Beach Resort in Kyrgyz Republic’s Issyk Kul region
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The University of Central Asia (UCA) recognised the achievements of the Second Annual Summer Camp’s 73 participants in a closing ceremony at the Royal Beach Resort in Kyrgyz Republic’s Issyk Kul region on 8 August 2016. Over three weeks, UCA hosted top students from Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan at the innovative Summer Camp, an integrated academic enrichment experience for Grade 10 students. Summer Camp participants shared new experiences and built friendships through science, debate, sports, drama and field trips, where they gained valuable experience practicing English-language skills and studying collaboratively.

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Classes Begin for the University of Central Asia’s First Undergraduate Students

Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, 5 September 2016 – Undergraduate classes at the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic campus commenced on 5 September 2016.

The 71 students admitted through a competitive, transparent and merit-based admissions process come from Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan

UCA's inaugural cohort of 71 undergraduate students anticipating the start of classes.

Welcoming the students, Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman, UCA Board Executive Committee and Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in the Kyrgyz Republic said, “This is a historic day for UCA. The University is delighted to welcome our very first 71 students, whose admission is a testament solely of their talent. We are proud that UCA’s financial aid programme ensured that no deserving student was denied entry due to financial circumstances.”

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The Naryn campus of the University of Central Asia will be inaugurated on Wednesday, 19 October 2016. UCA

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UCA Naryn campus to be inaugurated on Wednesday

Naryn, Kyrgyzstan, 16 October 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam will inaugurate the first of three residential campuses of the University of Central Asia in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic on Wednesday, 19 October. The ceremony is due to take place at 11:00 AM Kyrgyzstan Time (GMT+6) and will be webcast at TheIsmaili.org/live.

Founded in 2000 by an international treaty between Mawlana Hazar Imam and the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, the UCA is a secular and private university dedicated to the socio-economic development of Central Asia, and particularly its mountain societies.

The Naryn campus welcomed its first class of 71 undergraduate students in September. They come from Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. UCA residential campuses in Khorog, Tajikistan and Tekeli, Kazakhstan are anticipated to open in 2017 and 2019 respectively.

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University of Central Asia opens its first campus

UCA opens its first campus as part of broad commitment to fostering social and economic development

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov and His Highness the Aga Khan inaugurate the Naryn campus; ceremony is held under the patronage of President Almazbek Atambayev.
Kyrgyz Prime Minister HE Sooronbay Jeenbekov, His Highness the Aga Khan and Shamsh Kassim-Lakha
Kyrgyz Prime Minister HE Sooronbay Jeenbekov, His Highness the Aga Khan and Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman, Board Executive Committee, University of Central Asia, and Diplomatic Representative to the Kyrgyz Republic, following the official unveiling of the plaque to mark the opening of the University’s Naryn campus. AKDN / Gary Otte

Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, 19 October 2016 – The University of Central Asia (UCA), created to be a catalyst for social and economic development in the region’s mountain societies, today officially opened its first campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic.

The new buildings on the Naryn Campus represent the first phase of a larger plan for the 252-hectare site, which was a gift from the Kyrgyz Government. Phase I includes 14,000 m² of space that can accommodate 150 students. It features state of the art classrooms, a library and laboratories; secure, modular student dormitories; faculty and staff residences; and athletic facilities of an international standard. When the final phase is complete, the campus will accommodate 1,200 students and span 125,000m².

The secular, internationally chartered, not-for-profit University is a partnership between the governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

The ceremony, under the patronage of President Almazbek Atambayev, was officiated by Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov and His Highness the Aga Khan.

Prime Minister Jeenbekov spoke directly to UCA students by declaring that the University would provide them with “the knowledge and skills necessary for you to become future leaders in different areas”. Calling this “a gift for all of us”, he expressed his special gratitude to His Highness the Aga Khan for his long-term vision going on to say that, “the future of our country is in the hands of our youth. Quality professional education must therefore facilitate the preparation of young people.”

“It is important to know that what we are doing here will be a valuable example of international cooperation for the future not only here in the region, but also for people far beyond the region,” said His Highness the Aga Khan speaking at the ceremony. “What this University is all about is not only the power of education, but also the power of international cooperation. It is a power that can change peoples’ lives.”

He went on to note that UCA was “not a typical start-up university,” remarking on the University’s School of Professional and Continuing Education, which has already taught over 90,000 people ranging from members of parliament to computer technicians. He also commented on the Humanities Project, which has attracted support from 77 other universities and colleges throughout Central Asia, and two of the University’s research arms, the Institute of Public Policy and Administration and the Mountain Societies Research Institute which are already doing “path-breaking research” and cooperating with international partners on issues that will be central to the region’s progress.

The launch of the Naryn Campus is to be followed by the construction of campuses of equal size and stature in Khorog, Tajikistan (scheduled to open in 2017) and in Tekeli, Kazakhstan (expected to open in 2019).

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Inauguration of the Naryn Campus of the University of Central Asia

SPEECH DELIVERED BY

His Highness the Aga Khan

LOCATION

Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic (19 October 2016)

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim


Your Excellency, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic
Your Excellency, Amanbai Kayipov, Governor of Naryn Oblast
Honourable Ministers, Excellencies,
Students, Faculty and Staff of the University
Distinguished Guests

This is a great day for the University of Central Asia and for me, and for all those who have participated in the development of this University in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. And I know that now is also a very special day for the people of the Kyrgyz Republic and for the leaders and the citizens of Naryn. It is indeed a great pleasure to join with you in celebrating a truly historic moment as we inaugurate the Naryn campus of the University.

It has been a great honor, and also a great pleasure, for my colleagues and for me to work with all of you in building here in Central Asia a great new institution. Your contributions have come in many ways; through your wise advice, through financial resources, through building materials, and through the energies of local workers. Everyone who has made a contribution will always be a part of this place.

You all have our warmest thanks not only for your generous material support, but also for your friendship and for your vision.

Let me mention, too, how honored I was when the President presented to me yesterday this country's esteemed Danaker Order. This award has special meaning for me because it represents important ideals - values that the people of the Kyrgyz Republic honor in daily practice.

I gratefully accepted this award as a symbol of the partnership which has grown up through the years between the people of Central Asia and the people of the Aga Khan Development network, a reminder of the road we have walked together, and of the wonderful journey that still lies before us.

As a result of your efforts, the University of Central Asia is already helping to lead the peoples of this Central Asian Mountain Region to an exciting new chapter in their history. As we take this new step forward, I am also thinking of some of the developments already underway that have highlighted the story of these past sixteen years while providing a great sense of momentum as we move into the future.

UCA is not a typical start-up university. I would point, for example, to the remarkable School of Professional and Continuing Education. Since it launched its first courses in 2002, it has engaged a remarkable number of learners - over 90,000 in all - ranging from members of parliament to young people from the regions and from villages. I would also point to the Humanities Project with its valuable array of courses that have attracted support from 77 other universities and colleges throughout Central Asia. We could also talk proudly about The Institute of Public Policy and Administration, as well as the Mountain Societies Research Institute, two places that are already doing path-breaking research, cooperating with international partners on issues that will be central to the region’s progress. In yet another area of learning, the Cultural Humanities and Cultural Heritage Unit's work on the musical heritage of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are harbingers of what can be expected. Meanwhile, through our faculty development programme, scores of Central Asians have completed their doctorates at leading universities, also providing a unique talent pool for UCA. All of these assets are building blocks which now can help the Naryn campus to play its own central and vibrant role.

This event today brings back some wonderful memories for me. It was just sixteen years ago that I joined the Presidents of the Founding States in signing an extraordinary International Treaty. It was an unprecedented event. The Treaty was then a unique example to the entire world of how these three countries could actually dream together about their common future. And it was also a wonderful example of how they could join hands together, across national boundaries, to make their dreams come true.

When I have talked about this project with people in all parts of the world over these past sixteen years, many of them have been a little bit surprised, and they were also extremely impressed. Do you mean, they asked me, that this new university will have these different bases, in three different countries, all working together in the pursuit of common goals? And my answer of course is yes - not only has this been our plan, but that is what is actually happening today. We would like to build our three campuses in the quickest succession possible.

What this University is all about is not only the power of education, but also the power of international cooperation. It is a power that can change peoples’ lives.

It is important to know that what we are doing here will be a valuable example of international cooperation for the future not only here in the region, but also for people far beyond the region.

And it is also important to remember how this example also grows out of this region’s past.

Students of world history remind us how Central Asia, a thousand years ago, “led the world” in trade and investment, in urban development, in cultural and intellectual achievement. This was the place that leading thinkers from around the known world would look to for leadership. What were the latest breakthroughs in astronomy or mathematics, in chemistry or medicine, in philosophy or music? This was the place to find out. This region is where algebra got its name, where the earth's diameter was precisely calculated, where some of the world’s greatest poetry was penned.

Why did this happen then? Why did it happen here? Above all, I would suggest, it was because of the quality of “openness.” By that I mean openness to new ideas, openness to change, and openness to people from many backgrounds and with a variety of gifts. The people of the cities here, even all those centuries ago, joined hands with the people of the steppes, and together they reached out to people who were far, far away.

That kind of openness can again be the key that unlocks the doors to the future. This will be true not just for people who live down the road, or others who may live over the immediate horizon, but also for people who are even farther away. They are potential partners and potential beneficiaries as we take on the great questions of our time and place: How can we best improve our schools, head off climate change, deal with natural disasters, and advance the public’s health?

The University of Central Asia can do a great deal to help address and answer these questions, not only through its undergraduate and graduate programs, but also through faculty and student research, through relevant interdisciplinary programs - and through partnerships with other institutions - in each case, geared to the specific challenges and circumstances of the region. And the impact of what we do can not only be global and regional - it can be local as well. By working with the leadership of the Oblast, we hope, for example, that Naryn will become a dynamic university town, enhancing the quality of life for all its citizens.

Some examples are already in place: the renovation of the Jakypov Park is one; the medical and diagnostic centre is another. New plans are underway for an early childhood development center, a residential development for faculty, staff and other local citizens, as well as a university inn for the many visitors that will come to share in the beauty and vitality of the Naryn region, and the new university community.

Finally, let me mention that we are also taking some very important organizational steps as we reach this milestone moment in the early history of the University of Central Asia. Not only is UCA launching its first undergraduate degree programme, but, as an autonomous institution, it is now ready for self-governance under a Board of Trustees as envisaged in the International Treaty and the University’s Charter. As the Chancellor of the University, I am making the first appointment to the Board by naming, as its chairman, Shamsh Kassim-Lakha.

Shamsh has had a remarkable career as a successful leader in the field of education. For almost three decades, he led the building, planning and operation of the Aga Khan University, based at first in Pakistan, but now extending into three continents. He was also a former Minister of Education, as well as a Minister of Science and Technology in Pakistan. After making his appointment official, we will now also be moving to appoint other Trustees as Members of that Board, a task I will undertake in cooperation with the Presidents of the Founding States who are the Patrons of the University.

It is under their leadership that we will now go forward. What we celebrate today is not the first phase of this story of growth and progress - but it is still an early step.

Even as we rejoice today, we look forward to the many wonderful steps that are still to come.

http://www.akdn.org/speech/his-highness-aga-khan/inauguration-of-naryn-campus-of-university-of-central-asia

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Photos of the campus:

http://www.akdn.org/gallery/naryn-campus-of-university-of-central-asia


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University of Central Asia has the power to change peoples’ lives, says Mawlana Hazar Imam

TheIsmaili.org

20 October 2016

Naryn, 19 October 2016 — In a historic ceremony held this morning, Mawlana Hazar Imam and the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic inaugurated the Naryn campus of the University of Central Asia — the first of three residential campuses being constructed in the high mountains of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Also see:
» AKDN coverage including press release, photographs and speeches
» University of Central Asia website
» Kyrgyz Republic bestows its highest foreign honour upon Mawlana Hazar Imam

“What this university is all about is not only the power of education, but also the power of international cooperation,” said Mawlana Hazar Imam, who is the Chancellor of the University, in his address. “It is a power that can change peoples’ lives.”

VIDEO and more at:

https://www.theismaili.org/news-events/university-central-asia-has-power-change-peoples%e2%80%99-lives-says-mawlana-hazar-imam

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SPEECH DELIVERED BY
Mr. Sooronbay Jeenbekov

http://www.akdn.org/speech/mr-sooronbay-jeenbekov/inauguration-of-uca-naryn-campus

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SPEECH DELIVERED BY
Mr. Shams Kassim-Lakha

http://www.akdn.org/speech/mr-shams-kassim-lakha/inauguration-of-university-of-central-asias-naryn-campus

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http://www.akdn.org/speech/eraj-uzoqov/inauguration-ceremony-of-university-of-central-asia
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University of Central Asia Opens its First Campus as Part of Broad Commitment to Fostering Social and Economic Development

Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, 19 October 2016 - The University of Central Asia (UCA), created to be a catalyst for social and economic development in the region’s mountain societies, today officially opened its first campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic.

The new buildings on the Naryn Campus represent the first phase of a larger plan for the 252-hectare site, which was a gift from the Kyrgyz Government. Phase I includes 14,000 m² of space that can accommodate 150 students. It features state of the art classrooms, a library and laboratories; secure, modular student dormitories; faculty and staff residences; and athletic facilities of an international standard. When the final phase is complete, the campus will accommodate 1,200 students and span 125,000m².

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Seneca College congratulates its academic partner the University of Central Asia on the launch of its inaugural campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic

TORONTO, Oct, 19, 2016 /CNW/ - Canada's Seneca College congratulates the University of Central Asia (UCA) on the inauguration of its first undergraduate campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic.

"We are delighted to offer our congratulations on this important occasion to the University of Central Asia. We are proud that Seneca was selected, among other institutions around the world, to help develop curriculum for the university's preparatory year. We look forward to our continued work together to provide world class education and foster a global perspective in students." Seneca President David Agnew said.

The Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov and His Highness the Aga Khan inaugurated the Naryn campus on Wednesday, October 19.

The campus opened its doors to the first cohort of undergraduates this September. The 71 undergraduates include talented students from the University's founding countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In 2015, the Toronto-based Seneca signed a memorandum of understanding with UCA to develop the English, mathematics and science curriculum for UCA's Preparatory Program.

Under the agreement, Seneca developed an enrichment program to ensure that UCA students attain internationally competitive levels in English, math and science and develop key study and research skills necessary to succeed at the university level. The curriculum was modelled after Seneca's Liberal Arts university transfer programs.

Seneca also designed and delivered a professional development program for UCA faculty, including training held in Central Asia and Canada, and will provide in-class assessments, longer-term online resources and video conferencing support.

The partnership between UCA and Seneca is made possible by the financial support of Global Affairs Canada and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC).

Seneca is currently working with the Aga Khan Development Network on a skills-development project in Egypt and recently completed a Youth Employability and Leadership project in Pakistan. Seneca also recently hosted Together: An Exhibition on Global Development, an innovative, interactive and multi-sensory experience with photography, film and audio designed to spark conversations about the role Canadians can play in reducing global poverty.

About Seneca College
One of Canada's leading postsecondary institutions, Seneca offers a comprehensive range of programs across all disciplines to nearly 100,000 full- and part-time students in campuses across the Greater Toronto Area. Seneca's graduate certificates, degrees, diplomas and certificates attract more than 5,000 students from 120 countries around the world and students from across Canada. With an emphasis on work-integrated learning, interdisciplinary study and flexible learning opportunities, Seneca is the pre-eminent institution in Ontario, Canada for transfer options to and from universities and colleges. For more information on Seneca, please visit: www.senecacollege.ca.

About The University of Central Asia
The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000. The Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan and His Highness the Aga Khan signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University, which was ratified by the respective parliaments and registered with the United Nations. UCA was established to offer an internationally recognized standard of higher education in Central Asia and prepare graduates to contribute leadership, ideas and innovation to the economies and communities of the region. UCA brings with it the commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network. For more information on UCA, please visit: www.ucentralasia.org.

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Mountain Societies Research Institute

The Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) is a university-wide, interdisciplinary research center dedicated to addressing the challenges and opportunities within Central Asian mountain communities and environments.

MSRI's goal is to support and enhance the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies through the generation and application of sound research. MSRI has five objectives:
•To generate new knowledge on mountain societies from academically sound research;
•To enhance Central Asian capacity to conduct sound research relevant to mountain societies;
•To serve as a knowledge hub for scholars, development practitioners and decision-makers;
•To inform policy and practice through sound research; and
•To contribute to the development of UCA academic programmes relevant to mountain societies.

MSRI, together with its regional and international partners, actively works to transfer knowledge to policy and practice aimed at improving the quality of life for people of the mountain areas in Central Asia, including the Tien Shan, Pamir and Hindu Kush mountain ranges. MSRI is the first of several planned research institutes at UCA.

http://www.ucentralasia.org/Research/MSRI
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