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17 November 2014  |  PRESS
Engaging Remote Mountain Communities with Knowledge, Information and Technology in Kyrgyzstan - Perspectives on Central Asia

In Kyrgyzstan, socio-economic disparities between urban and rural areas are considerable.These differences are particularly apparent with regard to access to knowledge and information and communication technology (ICT). Access to ICT is especially problematic for remote mountain areas. The pilot project eBilim is a mobile digital library housed in a minivan that visits ten villages each month and provides information resources for mountain communities.


03 November 2014  |  NEWS
Aga Khan Reviews Progress of University of Central Asia’s Naryn Campus

His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of the University of Central Asia (UCA) visited the Naryn campus, the first of UCA’s three new undergraduate campuses spread across the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan on 3 November 2014.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  Кыргыз тили  |  


14 October 2014  |  PRESS RELEASE
UCA Institute of Public Policy and Administration Launches Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis for Afghan Civil Servants

The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA) launched its Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis (CPPA) for civil servants from Afghanistan in Bishkek on 14 October 2014. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


27 September 2014  |  NEWS
Q-News Special Issue: Institute of Public Policy and Administration

This issue we put the spotlight on UCA’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA). In the three years since it was founded, the Institute has had an impact at both the regional and country levels, generating research and information, providing training and establishing itself as a regional resource on policy development and public administration.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


16 September 2014  |  NEWS
UCA Board Executive Committee Visit Khorog Programmes and Governor of GBAO

During a two-day visit to Central Asia, the University of Central Asia (UCA) Board Executive Committee and senior members of UCA’s management toured the University’s main campus site and programmes in Khorog, Tajikistan on 5 July 2014. Accompanied by Akbar Ali Pesnani, Head of the Representation of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Tajikistan, the Committee also visited AKDN projects, including Khorog City Park.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


12 September 2014  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Understanding the Link between Climate Change and Alpine Cryosphere

This lecture will describe the impact of climate change on three aspects of the cryosphere: snow cover, glaciers and permafrost. It will also discuss the importance of long-term monitoring based on modern approaches, including establishing a sound database to allow for more accurate estimates of changes in sea levels, river runoffs and natural hazards and help reduce uncertainties about climate change. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


11 September 2014  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Well-being and Coping Strategies of Single Mothers in Osh after the 2010 Conflict in Kyrgyzstan

The 2010 inter-communal violence in Kyrgyzstan left the women of Osh exposed to many difficulties. Satisfactory living conditions were replaced by increased challenges such as deteriorating health and education systems, declining communication and economic opportunity and the loss of property. The increased mortality rate of males and labour migration during and after the conflict resulted in an increased number of single mothers. This study investigates trends related to the well-being of these women, examining their coping mechanisms and the factors that make their lives meaningful in post-conflict Osh.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


10 September 2014  |  NEWS
UCA Celebrates 220 Graduates from Tajikistan and Afghanistan

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA SPCE) held its ninth graduation on 30 August 2014 at the Town Theatre in Khorog, Tajikistan.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


05 September 2014  |  ANNOUNCEMENT
PhD Scholarship to Study Central Asian Economics in Europe

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) of the University of Central Asia (UCA) and Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) are pleased to announce a partnership to develop Central Asian scholars in the field of Economics. UCA’s Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) is designed to ensure that Central Asian scholars with top international academic credentials are strongly represented among the faculty of the University. CAFDP is now accepting applications for a SIPRI-UCA Scholarship for PhD studies. This scholarship is made possible with support from the World Bank.


04 September 2014  |  NEWS
Mountain Societies Research Institute: Programmes, Activities and Outputs 2013

This report describes programmes and other activities, and MSRI’s growing team, outputs and partnerships in 2013.


04 September 2014  |  TRAINING & COURSES
Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis for Afghan Civil Servants

Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis is offered by Institute of Public Policy and Administration of University of Central Asia. The programme was developed in collaboration with Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, the Certificate programme is targeted to civil servants who wish to acquire skills essential to advancing evidence-based policy analysis. Taught by highly qualified experts from Canada and Central Asia, it is the first of its kind in the region.


02 September 2014  |  NEWS
UCA Offers Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA) in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan launched its Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis (CPPA) in Dushanbe on 25 August 2014.


02 September 2014  |  PRESS
Work on University of Central Asia begins - Southeast Asia Construction

UCA is currently constructing three residential campuses in Khorog, Tajikistan; Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic; and Tekeli, Kazakhstan. Each will include academic, athletic and residential facilities surrounded by landscaped parks and learning landscapes in which students and faculties will engage in applied studies and research
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25 August 2014  |  TRAINING & COURSES
Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis

The Certificate programme is targeted to civil servants, independent analysts and staff at think-tanks and non-governmental organisations who wish to acquire skills essential to advancing evidence-based policy analysis.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


20 August 2014  |  NEWS
UCA Formally Hands Over Dasht Village Road to Khorog Municipality in presence of Khorog Mayor

A new 2.5 kilometre road connecting the Khorog Intercity Road to the Dasht Village was completed by the University of Central Asia (UCA). It was officially handed over to the Khorog Municipality and the State Commission Department in the presence of Mayor Faromuz Imomberdiev on 18 August 2014.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


07 August 2014  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Communication, Media, and Critical Thinking in the 21st Century

The age-old problem of misunderstanding between people persists despite the remarkable growth of communications technology and the interweaving of the world’s peoples through globalization. The human race has invested enormously in the means of communication. Vast amounts of data are whizzing across the planet at a lightning pace. Satellites, the Internet, mobile devices, and other media are increasingly enabling people in mountains and deserts to participate in the 21st century feast of information. But let us remember the questions that the poet T.S. Eliot asked 90 years ago: “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


06 August 2014  |  NEWS
Shamsh Kassim-Lakha to Lead the Planning and Building of the University of Central Asia

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the University of Central Asia (UCA) announce the appointment of Shamsh Kassim-Lakha as Executive Chairman of the Board Executive Committee of UCA. As Executive Chairman, Kassim-Lakha will lead the planning and building of UCA campuses in Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan. 
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15 July 2014  |  NEWS
Naryn Vice Governor and UCA Board Executive Committee Visit Naryn Campus Site

The Naryn Vice-Governor, Chinara Abdraimakunova and the University of Central Asia (UCA) Board Executive Committee (BEC) visited its main campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. During their tour on 4 July 2014, they reviewed current progress of the University’s Phase 1 construction on a spectacular site just outside town on the Naryn river bank. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


03 July 2014  |  NEWS
UCA Recognises First Graduates of Practical Business Management Programme

The University of Central Asia (UCA) celebrated its sixth annual graduation ceremony at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe on 28 June 2014. Over 175 graduates from the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) and the Aga Khan Humanities Programme (AKHP) received certificates in professional development and skills building programmes.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


27 June 2014  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
How Can We Anticipate Climate Change in Mountain Communities?

Climate change is occurring in regions with already existing layers of inequities. Furthermore, communities that did not contribute to the causes of climate change are at its vanguard and are experiencing dramatic perturbations. Using applied research from the Pamir Mountains of  Central Asia, this presentation will discuss the possible contributions biological and social sciences as well as the humanities can make to building anticipatory and adaptive capacity. Drawing on indigenous calendars, this presentation will propose a collaborative and interdisciplinary way forward.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


17 June 2014  |  NEWS
Canada’s Minister of State Visits University of Central Asia

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Canada’s Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), met with the University of Central Asia (UCA) leadership in Bishkek on 19 May 2014, as part of her official visit to the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


10 June 2014  |  NEWS
Kyrgyz Prime Minister Visits UCA Naryn Campus Site

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Joomart Otorbayev visited the University of Central Asia's (UCA) main campus in Naryn on 6 June 2014. He was accompanied by Mr Osmonbek Artykbaev, Minister of Energy and Industry; Mr Abdylda Suranchiev, Minister of Internal Affairs; Mr Abdymamat Murzabekov, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications; Mr Altynbek Ergeshov, Head of the Department for Organisational and Inspectorial Work and Local Governance of the Apparatus of the Government.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


05 June 2014  |  NEWS
Mountain Societies Research Institute Organises Workshop on Agroforestry in Central Asia

The University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) hosted a Agroforestry Practices in Central Asia workshop from 12 to 14 May 2014 in Chon-Kemin, Kyrgyz Republic, with the support of the United States Forest Service (USFS).
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


03 June 2014  |  NEWS
UCA Recognised for Best Practices by ECDL Foundation

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was recognised as an outstanding example of best practice in the Corporate/Private category by the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Foundation. Gulnara Djunushalieva, Director of UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) received the award at the ECDL Foundation Forum 2014 on 23 May 2014 in Bucharest, Romania. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


26 May 2014  |  NEWS
Q-News Special Issue: Mountain Societies Research Institute

This first issue of 2014 puts the spotlight on UCA’s Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI). MSRI’s background paper on sustainable land management and eBilim, MSRI’s mobile digital library are featured. Other highlights include the Central Asia and Afghanistan Research Fellowship programme and the Mountain Partnership Central Asia Hub's initiatives.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


23 May 2014  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
CATCOS: Re-establishing Long-term Glacier Monitoring in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia

The lecture explore the methodology and results of glacier monitoring in Central Asia conducted by the Capacity Building and Twinning for Climate Observing Systems (CATCOS) project, which aims to improve climate relevant measurements in data sparse regions


22 May 2014  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Poverty Updates: The Case of the Kyrgyz Republic

This lecture will present poverty and shared prosperity trends in the Kyrgyz Republic, using data and calculations from the 2008 to2012 Kyrgyz Integrated Household Survey. It will also include regional comparisons to other Central Asian countries and Central and Eastern European countries, and analysis of mobility and growth studies.  Finally, significant drivers of poverty reduction will be discussed.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


21 May 2014  |  NEWS
UCA Awards 14 Fellowships for Research on Mountain Societies

The University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) awarded over $160,000 in grants to 14 accomplished fellows from Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic. Awarded in April 2014, the grants will support two-year research projects related to the development of mountain societies.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


06 May 2014  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia and International Food Policy Research Institute Host Food Security Conference

The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) co-hosted a conference on  Agricultural Transformation and Food Security in Central Asia 8-9 April 2014 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, engaging  government officials, development partners and researchers from the region and abroad in dialogue on food security research.  
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


05 May 2014  |  PRESS
New village school in Tajikistan - Southeast Asia Construction

Construction of a new village school in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), Tajikistan, has recently been completed. It will serve 150 students from the remote mountain villages of Vanqala and Pish in Khorog.


30 April 2014  |  NEWS
Continuing Education Unit to be established through partnership between Badakhshan University, University of Central Asia and Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan

The University of Central Asia (UCA) and Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan, which are both part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Badakhshan University (BU) to establish a Continuing Education Unit at BU.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


24 April 2014  |  TRAINING & COURSES
Call for Applications - Summer School on Labour Markets in Central Asia

13–24 July 2014
Ak-Maral Resort, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
In July 2014, in order to raise awareness of the relevance of labour market issues in this context, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA) will offer a Summer School programme on ‘Labour Markets in Central Asia’. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


09 April 2014  |  NEWS
Institute of Public Policy and Administration Hosts Policy Process Symposium at Afghan Ministry of Finance

Afghanistan faces a complex and challenging policy agenda. Defining the policy-making process to improve its effectiveness and ensure that policy is informed by the best analysis will be critical to advancing this agenda.
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08 April 2014  |  PRESS RELEASE
From Transition to Transformation: Food Security in Central Asia

April 7, 2014, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic — A conference organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the University of Central Asia (UCA) to be held from April 8-9 will explore how Central Asian countries can best meet the needs of present and future populations for adequate access to nutritious and safe foods and improve food and nutrition security.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


01 April 2014  |  PRESS
Research on sustainable land management in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan lacks interface between research and action

The research on sustainable land management in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan lacks interface between research and action, proper understanding of social-ecological systems beyond simple cause-and-effect, finds the Research Brief "Strengthening Research for Sustainable Land Management in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan" by the Mountain Societies Research Institute of the University of Central Asia.


29 March 2014  |  TRAINING & COURSES
Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis - Institute of Public Policy and Administration

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), Graduate School of Development at the University of Central Asia (UCA) announces its Certificate in Policy Analysis programme beginning 12 May 2014.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


28 March 2014  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia and Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Symposium Highlights Role of SMEs in Regional Trade

“Small and medium enterprises are a main driver of business and economic exchange in Afghanistan and the ‘Heart of Asia’ region, especially between Afghanistan and Central Asia,” said Mrs Roya Rahmani, Director General of the Regional Cooperation Directorate of the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr James Hill, Head of Mission, Embassy of Canada, underscored the importance of SMEs in economic growth that can provide a basis for stability in the region.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


25 March 2014  |  NEWS
Institute of Public Policy and Administration Hosts Symposium on the Policy-Making Process in Tajikistan

The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA-IPPA) and the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) under the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan convened a symposium on Policy-Making Process in Government in the Republic of Tajikistan on 21 February 2014 at IPA in Dushanbe.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


18 March 2014  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic hold National Round Table on Local Economic Development: Potential and Prospects

Building a democratic state governed by the rule of law requires training the next generation of public and local self-government authorities. This was the focus of a national round table on Local Economic Development: Potential and Prospects organised by the University of Central Asia (UCA) and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic on 11 March 2014 in Bishkek.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


13 March 2014  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Recent Progress of Women in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan: A Case Study of Kabul and Bishkek

Afghanistan has been politically unstable for almost four decades. During Taliban rule, women were deprived of an education and government or private sector employment. Under the current government, there has been some progress in the participation of women in different sectors. In comparison, women in Kyrgyzstan have held prominent public roles. 


06 March 2014  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Diversified Development: Making the Most of Natural Resources in Eurasia

The focus will be on how the resource-rich countries of Eurasia have benefited from global economic growth. The region has recovered from the recession of the 1990s and is integrating into the world economy, primarily through its abundant natural resources. The lecture will discuss these findings and their implications for future economic growth.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


04 March 2014  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Veterans of the Soviet-Afghan War in Tajikistan

The veterans movement of the 1980s was heavily invested in the structures and symbols of the Soviet state. The veterans turned to the state not just for material and financial benefits, but also for recognition of their identity as veterans. This lecture will describe the perspectives of veterans of the Soviet-Afghan war in Tajikistan.


25 February 2014  |  EVENT
Panel discussion on Policy Dialogue on Climate Change Issues

On 25 February, the Mountain Partnership Hub hosted at UCA and the Kyrgyz Climate Change Network, jointly with United Nations Development Programme and the Kyrgyz State Agency for Environment Protection and Forestry, are hosting a panel discussion on Policy Dialogue on Climate Change Issues at the UCA Bishkek Conference Room. The event will raise awareness on issues of climate change and the development of adaptation strategies in the Kyrgyz Republic. The panel discussion will result in a policy brief to be disseminated.


25 February 2014  |  NEWS
UCA’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration Hosts Policy-Making Process in Government Symposium

On 24 December 2013, the University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA-IPPA) hosted a symposium on Policy-Making Process in Government in the Kyrgyz Republic. The symposium was organised within the framework of UCA’s Research and Public Policy Initiative, and is the first in a series which will take place in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Held in Bishkek, it was attended by representatives of ministries, state committees, business associations and civil society, as well as independent experts.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


25 February 2014  |  EVENT
Research and Public Policy Initiative symposia on Policy Process

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) is organising Research and Public Policy Initiative symposia on Policy Process for senior government officials at the Institute of Public Administration of the Republic of Tajikistan, Dushanbe on 21 February and at the Ministry of Finance, Kabul on 25 February.


23 February 2014  |  EVENT
Forum on Small and Medium Enterprise Development and Regional Trade in Afghanistan

IPPA, in cooperation with the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will host a forum on Small and Medium Enterprise Development and Regional Trade in Afghanistan at the Serena Hotel, Kabul on 23 February.


18 February 2014  |  EVENT
Seminar on Research for Sustainable Land Management: Status, Challenges and Pathways for Improvement

The Mountain Societies Research Institute will hold a seminar on Research for Sustainable Land Management: Status, Challenges and Pathways for Improvement on 18 February at 4.00pm in the UCA Bishkek Conference Room.


18 February 2014  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Open Seminar: Research for Sustainable Land Management: Status, Challenges and Pathways for Improvement

 This open seminar will present the findings of MSRI’s Background Paper on Sustainable Land Management in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: A Research Review. The paper provides an overview of the state of research on sustainable land management (SLM) in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and analyses the interface between research and action. The authors reviewed 131 publications and used the Global Land Project analytic framework to assess the focus and gaps in research. To gain further insight, they facilitated a stakeholder feedback session at the September 2012 Central Asian Mountain Partnership Forum (CAMP Forum 2012) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which focused on the theme of SLM.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


18 February 2014  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Open Seminar: Research for Sustainable Land Management: Status, Challenges and Pathways for Improvement

This open seminar will present the findings of MSRI’s Background Paper on Sustainable Land Management in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: A Research Review. The paper provides an overview of the state of research on sustainable land management (SLM) in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and analyses the interface between research and action. The authors reviewed 131 publications and used the Global Land Project analytic framework to assess the focus and gaps in research. To gain further insight, they facilitated a stakeholder feedback session at the September 2012 Central Asian Mountain Partnership Forum (CAMP Forum 2012) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which focused on the theme of SLM.


15 February 2014  |  EVENT
SPCE Dushanbe English Discussion Club will host English Language Fellow from the American Embassy Dushanbe

From 15 to 18 February, the SPCE Dushanbe English Discussion Club will host Maurice Etherridge, English Language Fellow from the American Embassy Dushanbe, in Room 211 from 3.30 – 5.00pm.


14 February 2014  |  NEWS
Q-News Special Issue: Campus Development

The stories in this issue put the spotlight on these exciting developments, and feature some of the people who make them possible. Other highlights include the graduation of 200 SPCE and AKHP learners in Dushanbe; a new agreement between UCA and the Kyrgyz Russian Slavonic University; and UCA publications presented to the Library of Congress.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


04 February 2014  |  NEWS
New Governor of Naryn Visits UCA Campus Site

The recently appointed Governor of Naryn, Amanbai Kayipov, visited the Naryn campus site of the University of Central Asia (UCA) on 22 January 2014. Construction is underway at the site and the campus is scheduled to open in 2016.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


03 February 2014  |  EVENT
Information Technology and English professional development training

From 3 February to 20 March, the School for Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) Khorog will provide Information Technology and English professional development training to 21 Afghan instructors, as part of the Multiple Input Area Development Alliance (MIAD) programme.


31 January 2014  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Balance of Payments of the Kyrgyz Republic: Current Status

This lecture will examine the theoretical basis of building international accounts and the balance of payments of the Kyrgyz Republic. The lecture will also include an overview of the current status of the balance of payments of the Kyrgyz Republic based on data on the first half of 2013. Features of the country's balance of payments statistics will be described, as well as the problem of "errors and omissions".
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


28 January 2014  |  NEWS
Young Social Entrepreneurs Receive Awards from the University of Central Asia

Six winners of the ‘Change the World Around You!’ social entrepreneurship competition received up to $2,500 each to implement innovative projects in their communities across the Kyrgyz Republic. The winners received their awards at a ceremony at the University of Central Asia (UCA) in Bishkek on 17 January 2014.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  

2013


19 December 2013  |  NEWS
UCA and GIZ Bring Mobile Digital Library to Naryn and Ak-Talaa Districts in the Kyrgyz Republic

Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic – On 12 December 2013, the eBilim mobile digital library was inaugurated at the University of Central Asia (UCA) School for Professional and Continuing Education in Naryn. The mobile library is housed in a new minibus which was refurbished to transport and facilitate the use of eBilim digital and electronic resources.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


18 December 2013  |  ANNOUNCEMENT
Change the World Around You! - Social Entrepreneurship Contest

The University of Central Asia, Coca-Cola Company,  and Coca Cola Foundation announce the second “Change the World Around You!”competition. We are seeking youth in the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan with an original idea, who can contribute to solving social problems in their communities. In the Kyrgyz Republic, the six best proposals will receive grants of up to $2,450 to implement their ideas. In Kazakhstan, the top five proposals will receive up to $2,015 to implement their projects. 

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13 December 2013  |  NEWS
Trade and Economic Relations Between Ukraine and Countries of Central Asia: State and Opportunities For Development

This lecture will examine the potential  implementation of trade partnerships between Ukraine and the countries of Central Asia. There is a high degree of complementarity in many product areas, and the effective utilisation of foreign trade could create a foundation for  establishing robust value chains. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


13 December 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Trade and Economic Relations Between Ukraine and Countries of Central Asia: State and Opportunities For Development

 With increased globalisation, establishing mutually beneficial foreign trade relations is an important prerequisite to ensure robust economic growth and the utilisation of competitive advantages of national economic systems. This is particularly true in countries where product markets are complementary.


12 December 2013  |  NEWS
Re-thinking “International Community” and State-building in Kyrgyzstan

 Activities influencing the political system of Kyrgyzstan have been undertaken by a range of international actors. “International community” is just a concept, but an exceptionally powerful one.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


10 December 2013  |  NEWS
Q-News Vol.1 No.3: Focus on Afghanistan

In this issue we spotlight UCA’s growing programmes in Afghanistan, with stories on our graduation ceremony in Faizabad and a new agreement between UCA and the Afghan Government to lay the foundation for future training activities and more.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


04 December 2013  |  NEWS
Social Entrepreneurship Seminars Held in Central Asia to seek Change the World Around You! Contest Applications

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA-SPCE) held a series of social entrepreneurship seminars for youth across the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan from 4 to 21 November 2013. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


30 November 2013  |  NEWS
Q-News Special Issue: Central Asian Cultural Heritage

A critical part of UCA’s mission is to help the different people of the region to preserve and draw upon their rich cultural traditions and heritages as assets for the future. This issue features our research and learning activities, with a special focus on cultural heritage.
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28 November 2013  |  NEWS
Naryn Students Learn about Landscape Architecture and Visit UCA Campus

On 9 October 2013, 50 students from Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic visited the University of Central Asia’s School for Professional and Continuing Education (UCA-SPCE) Town Campus to learn about landscape architecture and UCA’s main Naryn campus.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


28 November 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The Institutional Framework of Government Economic Policy Coordination in the Kyrgyz Republic: Reality and Future

Government economic policy determines the development of the national economy and the country in general. The government also defines the structure and mechanisms for the implementation of economic policy.  This lecture will review the impact of recent political events and the adoption of the new Constitution on the institutional framework for the development, approval and implementation of economic policy in the Kyrgyz Republic. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


26 November 2013  |  NEWS
Kyrgyz Russian Slavonic University to Train 10 Tajik Instructors through UCA MOU

On 20 November 2013, the University of Central Asia (UCA) and the Kyrgyz Russian Slavonic University (KRSU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for UCA instructors to pursue a Masters in Management degree.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


21 November 2013  |  NEWS
Kyrgyz Journalist and IMTAK Participant wins National Journalism Award with Article on UCA

Naryn-based Tenir Too journalist, Klara Esenalieva, was recently awarded first place in the Development Policy Institute’s Movement for Budget Transparency national journalism competition in the Kyrgyz Republic. One of her winning articles, entitled UCA is the Future of Naryn, was published on 26 March 2013 by Tenir Too press. It highlights how the University of Central Asia (UCA) addressed community concerns regarding the construction of its Naryn campus. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


17 October 2013  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia Celebrates 5th Graduation Ceremony in Dushanbe

More than 200 graduates from the University of Central Asia’s Aga Khan Humanities Project (UCA-AKHP) and School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) were awarded certificates at UCA’s 5th Graduation Ceremony at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe on 21 September 2013.


10 October 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Political Developments and Education in Afghanistan, 2002-2013: Challenges, Opportunities and Expectations

This lecture will describe an analysis of 11 years of international engagements in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on the reconstruction and redevelopment of education. The key purpose of this presentation is to analyse the achievements, challenges and expectations in the field of education over the past 11 years. 


08 October 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Remittances and the Human Capital of Children: New Evidence from Kyrgyzstan during the Revolution and Financial Crisis, 2005–2009

This lecture will describe the effect of the receipt of remittances on the education and health of children in Kyrgyzstan during a volatile period of their recent history, 2005–2009. The country experienced revolution in 2005 and the global financial crisis beginning in 2008.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


27 September 2013  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia Launches Phase I Construction of Naryn Campus

The University of Central Asia (UCA) announced the official start of Phase I of its main campus construction in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic at a media briefing on 27 September 2013. Held at UCA’s Naryn Town Campus, the event was attended by the Vice-Governor and Vice-Mayor of Naryn Oblast, UCA contractors, as well as local and regional media.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


26 September 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Rule of Law and Administrative Justice

His presentation explores the questions: What is Rule of Law? How to monitor the legal development? How to guarantee good administration and administrative justice? A symbolic functional model of the rule of law is like “a house built on solid ground”. 


17 September 2013  |  NEWS
SPCE TVET Alumni, Instructors and Students Help Construct New Village School in Tajikistan

An unprecedented collaboration between alumni, instructors and students of the University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education's (UCA-SPCE) Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) programme has contributed to the construction of a new village school in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), Tajikistan. This unique initiative brought together several generations of UCA learners in a community effort that will benefit 150 students from two villages in GBAO.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


05 September 2013  |  NEWS
Kyrgyz Prime Minister Satybaldiyev kicks off UCA's 2nd Annual Football Tournament

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiyev officially kicked off the finals of the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) 2nd Annual Football Tournament at its Naryn Main Campus on 31 August 2013. The tournament was part of the celebrations commemorating the Kyrgyz Independence Day. This is UCA’s second tournament following the official inauguration of its international standard sports facilities at last year’s Independence Day celebrations.
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03 September 2013  |  NEWS
UCA Clearing 160,000 Cubic Metres of Rock at Khorog Campus Site

To prepare its Khorog campus site for construction, the University of Central Asia (UCA) is clearing and crushing up to 160,000 cubic metres of rock. The cleared land will house UCA buildings and the crushed stone will be used as raw material in the construction of roads, the Khorog campus buildings and other infrastructure.  The site is located 2,100 metres above sea level and the campus will include academic, athletic and residential facilities surrounded by landscaped parks. The design and building process will employ best practices in campus design, seismic design, construction methods and environmental sustainability.
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15 August 2013  |  NEWS
UCA and AECOM Present on Naryn Campus Design and Construction

On 6 March 2013, the University of Central Asia (UCA) participated in a public meeting organised by the Naryn Oblast Administration. At the meeting, UCA Director General Dr Bohdan Krawchenko and Grant Robertson, Director of Construction, spoke about the University’s progress to-date and campus development plans.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


13 August 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Sedentary Nomads? Pastoralism, Nomadism, Settlement and Tribalism among the Kyrgyz of High Asia

This lecture will describe the findings of research conducted on Kyrgyz settlements in the early and intermediate Soviet years. It will emphasize the 1916 rebellion and early Slavic colonisation of Kyrgyz lands as catalysts of social and political change and settlement, prior to the Stalinist economic programme of 1929-30.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


08 August 2013  |  NEWS
Archeological Discoveries at UCA Naryn Campus Site

The University of Central Asia (UCA) campus site in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic does not just promise to be a centre of learning and information exchange in the future. It also holds valuable evidence of vibrant communities in the past. In fact, UCA’s mission to help the peoples of Central Asia preserve and draw upon their rich cultural traditions and heritages as assets for the future came alive when valuable archeological evidence was found on the campus site. 
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01 August 2013  |  NEWS
UCA Builds Entrepreneurial Capacity and Invests in Social Initiatives in Almaty Region

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA-SPCE) is implementing a series of initiatives to help communities in the Republic of Kazakhstan develop entrepreneurial capacity and proactive responses to economic and social challenges. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


22 July 2013  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia and Ministry of Finance sign MoU to deliver Certificate in Policy Analysis to Afghan civil servants

The University of Central Asia (UCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on 22 July 2013. This MoU enables UCA to deliver a Post-Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis (PGCPA) programme to Ministry staff and civil servants from other selected government agencies.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  Dari  |  


22 July 2013  |  NEWS
UCA Q-News, Volume 1, Issue 1

The inaugural issue of UCA Q-News, the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) quarterly magazine. Q-News presents its readership with Quick Quarterly Quotes and news bites from the University.  Providing an overview of UCA’s recent activities and achievements, the magazine brings you highlights from UCA’s key news channels; including the UCA Newsletter, event announcements, press news and photo galleries.
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17 July 2013  |  NEWS
UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education holds Academic Achievement Ceremony in Faizabad for Afghan learners

On 30 June 2013, The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) held an Academic Achievement Ceremony at the Kokcha Palace, Faizabad to recognise 18 Afghan instructors graduating from SPCE’s professional development programmes in English and Information Technology (IT). Seventeen Afghan scholarship recipients who successfully completed professional courses at SPCE Khorog in Tajikistan were also recognised.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  Dari  |  


09 July 2013  |  NEWS
Highlights from the School of Professional and Continuing Education, Naryn

In the first half of 2013, the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic delivered cultural, technical and academic activities to engage students and members of the Naryn community.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


30 June 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Access to Education by Ethnic Minorities in the Republic of Tajikistan

This lecture will describe the findings of a study on the education of ethnic minorities in the Republic of Tajikistan. Conducted from March to June 2013 by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the study was designed to develop measures to support the implementation of Government of Tajikistan recommendations of international human rights mechanisms. The study was conducted as part of the European Union Protection of Human Rights for Stability in Central Asia project.


18 June 2013  |  NEWS
Young Social Entrepreneurs Implement Award-winning Projects

Mobilising the enthusiasm and creativity of youth to address social issues through entrepreneurship is an effective way to engage youth in their communities and build critical leadership skills. This was the principle behind the Change the World Around You!competition administered by the University of Central Asia (UCA), in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation Kyrgyz Republic and The Coca-Cola Foundation and Company. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


13 June 2013  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia releases 2nd edition of English-Russian Glossary of Public Policy Terms and Concepts

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) published the second edition of its English-Russian Glossary of Terms and Concepts in Public and Economic Policy, Administration and Trade. The book was launched during a regional four-stop tour by renowned economist and policy analyst Oleksandr Kiliievych, who compiled both editions of the glossary. Kiliievych, an Associate Professor in the Department of Economic Policy of the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine and author of over 240 publications, arrived in the region this week to share his perspectives on the development of this expanded edition and its utility in the region.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


10 June 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Kasha and Quality in Kyrgyzstan: Donors, Diversity, and Dis-Integration in Higher Education

Kyrgyzstan’s relative openness to a diversity of ideas, combined with its poverty, has caused it to accept a plethora of international academic institutions and programs, often exported by the sender rather than imported at Kyrgyzstan’s request. These programs and institutions suggest a variety of visions of Kyrgyzstan’s future and of the political and religious identities of its citizens.


04 June 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Designing Institutions in a Post-socialist Transformation Process: Local Institutions in Regularising the Management of Pasture Resources in Kyrgyzstan

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan faced a challenging transition from a state- managed to a market economy. Within the framework of agrarian reforms, agricultural land and livestock were redistributed, but state ownership was retained for forest, pasture and water resources. Rapid reforms created a temporary institutional vacuum, which stimulated the process of refilling by informal and newly created, decentralized, formal institutions.
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04 June 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
English-Russian Glossary of Terms and Concepts in Public and Economic Policy, Administration and Trade

This lecture will describe the framework, contents and utility of a unique resource, the English-Russian Glossary of Terms and Concepts in Public and Economic Policy, Administration and Trade, by presenter Oleksandr Kiliievych. The glossary was produced under the Regional Cooperation and Confidence Building in Central Asia and Afghanistan project implemented by the University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration, with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


30 May 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Soldiers in a foreign land. The experiences of Tajik soldiers of the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989)

Over half a million Soviet citizens took part in the Soviet-Afghan War, lasting from 1979 until 1989. Of these more than fifteen thousand came from the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic. Many of these Tajik soldiers played an outsize role in the war as translators and as soldiers better accustomed to the cultural and climatic realities of Afghanistan than their northern Slavic brethren. Moreover, the Tajik fighters shared considerable cultural and linguistic similarities with many Afghans, giving them a particular position in the conflict. How did Tajik soldiers experience this war that caused death and destruction among people so similar to themselves? Is there truth to the claim often floated in the West during the Cold War that the Afghan War led to a political and even religious awakening among Central Asians? 


29 May 2013  |  NEWS
UCA Course on Central Asia Musical Traditions Teaches and Inspires

“When she sang, a sense of peace overcame the classroom, which felt like a light, warm wind. Her voice was strong and bright, light and free, and made me forget about my problems.”  It is rare that these kinds of emotions are invoked in a hot, stuffy classroom at a busy city university. However, this is what undergraduate student Gulzira Kamytzhanova experienced listening to her professor Dr Elmira Köchümkulova perform on the Kyrgyz instrument komuz, in a ground-breaking new course on Central Asian Music offered by the University of Central Asia (UCA).
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


26 May 2013  |  NEWS
School of Professional and Continuing Education, Khorog holds Spring Graduation Ceremony, graduates 35 Afghan learners

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.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


25 May 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Findings from Archaeological Site on University of Central Asia’s Naryn Campus Site

In Summer 2012, a group of archeologists from three universities in Kyrgyz Republic conducted archeological research on UCA’s campus site in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. The research was supported by the University of Central Asia, which is committed to the protection of the site, as part of its mission to  help the peoples of Central Asia preserve and draw upon their rich cultural traditions and heritages as assets for the future. This lecture will describe the findings of the research study and its implications for the future protection of the site.


18 May 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Crafting Winning Graduate School and Grant Proposals

Dr. Eric McGlinchey will discuss how students and scholars can craft winning graduate school and grant applications through the incorporation of grounded social science methodology in their research proposals. McGlinchey will discuss how to articulate clear and compelling research questions and how to formulate research designs likely to resonate with university admissions and research grant review committees.


18 May 2013  |  PRESS
Central Asia Governments to adopt evidence-based processes for economic growth

 "The public policy paradigm is also about a new way of working in government. It involves a process with defined cycles of policy development, such as agenda-setting, formulation, adoption, implementation, and assessment. Having a process is also a good way of working out competing interests and building coalitions in support of policy. Having an interest and lobbying for your interest is a normal part of how democracy works." - Speech by Dr Bohdan Krawchenko at the Opening the Doors of Policymaking in the South Caucasus and Central Asia, an Open Society conference held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.


07 May 2013  |  TRAINING & COURSES
Research Methods in the Social Sciences, 7 - 13 May 2013 Khorog, Tajikistan

This course grounds students in social science research methods. Focus is on sound and rigorous research design. Students will explore multiple approaches to causal analysis. Students will examine case study, survey, experimental, game theory, and ethnographic research designs and assess the strengths and limitations of these approaches in effort to build theories in social science. 


04 May 2013  |  EVENT
UCA researchers speak at Lenses, Prisms and Mirrors: Zooming, Interpreting and Reflecting in Humanities and Social Sciences in Central Asia conference

On 4 May 2013, the University of Central Asia Senior Research Fellows Dr Elmira Kuchumkulova and Dr Duishon Shamatov and Research Programme Manager, Dr David Gullette will present at the ‘Lenses, Prisms and Mirrors: Zooming, Interpreting and Reflecting in Humanities and Social Sciences in Central Asia’ conference at the American University of Central Asia.


23 April 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
How ’Global’ is the Global Transformation of the University? The Importance of Transnational Knowledge Production and Critique

 These are turbulent times for higher educators and students around the world. They are characterised, by a new era of capitalist initiatives which include the rapid defunding of formerly public education systems, ascendance of capitalist knowledge regimes and the transformation of professional identities.
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16 April 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Poverty Profile and Regional Welfare Disparities in the Kyrgyz Republic

Every country has places where living standards are lower than the national average. These welfare disparities between and within regions may stem from the concentration of people with better demographic and human capital characteristics (concentration hypothesis) or due to the differences in returns to these characteristics (geography hypothesis). The recent poverty profile of the Kyrgyz Republic demonstrates how poverty varies with geography and how it is affected by different household-level attributes.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


16 April 2013  |  EVENT
UCA Public Lecture: Poverty Profile and Regional Welfare Disparities in the Kyrgyz Republic

On 16 April 2013, 4pm, as part of UCA's Public Lecture Series, Aziz Atamanov will be speaking on "Poverty Profile and Regional Welfare Disparities in the Kyrgyz Republic", at UCA Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 2nd Floor Conference Room.


15 April 2013  |  NEWS
UCA’s commitment to cultural preservation inspires donation of unique collection from Prof. Vasiliy Kisunko’s library

The University of Central Asia (UCA) received nearly 600 books from the collection of the late Vasiliy Kisunko, a Russian art historian and professor. The collection includes books on culture, history, politics and political economy published by Soviet historians between 1960 and 1980.  The collection’s geographic focus is “the East,” as defined during that time period to include the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia and China. “Perhaps what is most interesting about this collection is its historiographical significance,” said Gregory Kisunko, Vasily’s son, “These books explain history through the eyes of historians during the Soviet period. People don’t write like that anymore.”
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29 March 2013  |  NEWS
UCA Builds GIS Capacity in Central Asia

The University of Central Asia (UCA) is working to strengthen the capacity and use of Geo-Information Systems (GIS) in Central Asia. “Building capacity in GIS is an investment in the future of research and the wellbeing of communities in the region. The methodologies offer unique tools to take a spatial perspective on both opportunities and risks in a variety of sectors,” said UCA Senior Research Fellow Dr Bettina Wolfgramm, a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


29 March 2013  |  EVENT
Kyrgyzstan on the Way to Eurasian Integration

On 29 March 2013, UCA’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) will participate in "Kyrgyzstan on the Way to Eurasian Integration," international conference organized by the Kyrgyz Republic Ministry of Economy. Director General, Dr Bohdan Krawchenko; IPPA Project Coordinator, Dr Roman Mogilevskii; and Research Fellow, Dr Kanat Tilekeyev will be part of panel discussions with experts and officials from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China and Russia.


26 March 2013  |  EVENT
SPCE 8th Navruz Graduation Ceremony

UCA's School of Professional and Continuing Education,  Khorog will host its 8th graduation ceremony on 26 March 2013, at the Khorog Theatre. Approximately 200 learners, including 36 Afghan students and 22 Computer and English Language teachers from the 7 districts of the GBAO region will be graduating.


26 March 2013  |  PRESS RELEASE
SPCE Khorog holds Spring Graduation Ceremony, graduates 35 Afghan learners

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA-SPCE) held its 8th graduation ceremony on 26th March 2013 at the Khorog Theatre. 
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23 March 2013  |  EVENT
Civil Society: Strategy and Possibilities Workshop

The Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) and the Aga Khan Foundation will host a workshop on “Civil Society: Strategy and Possibilities” for students from 23 - 26 March 2013, at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe. 


23 March 2013  |  EVENT
AKHP Public Lecture - Theory of Superstring and Quantum Gravitation

As part of the Aga Khan Humanities Project Public Lecture Series, Professor Muminov Khikmat will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Theory of Superstring and Quantum Gravitation’ on 23 March 2013, 11am - 1pm at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe.


19 March 2013  |  PRESS RELEASE
UCA Signs Partnership Agreement with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Economy

The University of Central Asia and the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote cooperation and capacity building for civil servants on 19 March 2013.
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14 March 2013  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia invests in young professionals as future leaders in development

Twenty young Canadian professionals selected for the competitive International Fellowship Programme of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) from diverse academic backgrounds and matched with development organisations around the world to expose them to the field and contribute to the mission of the host organization. 
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27 February 2013  |  NEWS
UCA presents journalist and media training project at World Bank workshop

The University of Central Asia (UCA) presented the outcomes of its Budget Reporting for Journalists and Media Training project at the World Bank-hosted Information Matters – Transparency and Accountability in the Kyrgyz Republic (IMTAK) Project completion workshop on 19 February 2013 in Bishkek.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


21 February 2013  |  EVENT
Aga Khan Humanities Project Faculty Development Workshops

From 14 - 20 February 2013, the Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) is organizing a workshop for Faculty Development Coordinators from Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan. 


19 February 2013  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia and Kyrgyz Government hold National Round Table on 'Local Self-Government in Kyrgyzstan: State and Opportunities for Development'

Effective local self-government is critical for democratic governance and economic growth.  This was the theme of a National Roundtable on Local Self-Government in Kyrgyzstan: State and Opportunities for Development organised by University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) on 19 December 2012 in Bishkek.
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12 February 2013  |  NEWS
UCA instructor wins masters dissertation prize at University of Birmingham

With over 13 years teaching experience, UCA Senior English Instructor Tojiniso Olimnazarova, recently completed her Masters in Education at the University of Birmingham, with a dissertation entitled “Using multiple languages in English as a Foreign Language in classrooms in Tajikistan.”
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08 February 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Social Work Development: Fundamental Trends in Modern Kyrgyzstan

This presentation includes a discussion of fundamental directions and trends in the development of social work.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


07 February 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Financial Support Obligation in Kyrgyz Kinship Networks

Financial obligation in Kyrgyz society include a system of compulsory monetary contributions from immediate and extended family members at funerals, weddings, or when a person is facing health issues. The presentation will include findings from a study of the systems through which financial and material support obligations are fulfilled within kinship networks in contemporary Kyrgyz society.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


05 February 2013  |  NEWS
Afghan students pursue advanced English and IT training at UCA, Khorog

Twelve young learners from the rural areas of Afghan Badakhshan and Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), Tajikistan arrived at the University of Central Asia’s (UCA), School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) in Khorog, Tajikistan to pursue advanced courses in English and Information Technology (IT) in October 2012.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


31 January 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Food Security and the Agricultural Cooperation Agenda in Central Asia with a Focus on Tajikistan

The global rise in food prices, significant dependence on food staple imports, and the temporary wheat export bans by the region’s main producers is having a dramatic impact on the lives of millions in Central Asia. This is particularly the case in Tajikistan which has faced a series of natural calamities and poor economic performance over the past few years.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


29 January 2013  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia celebrates 10th anniversary of the International Year of Mountains on International Mountain Day

The University of Central Asia (UCA) supported the ‘market place for sustainable mountain development good practices,’ organised by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) Central Asia Hub, celebrating International Mountain Day 2012, which also marked the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Mountains.
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24 January 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Agricultural Productivity, Poverty and Export Potential in Talas Oblast of Kyrgyzstan

Poverty in Kyrgyzstan has been an important and persistent problem since independence in the 1990s. Despite a decrease in poverty rates in the last decade, rates continue to be high. Remote rural areas have lower potential for economic growth, and demonstrate higher and more volatile levels of poverty that are sensitive to external negative factors. This lecture will present findings from research on the determinants of rural poverty in the remote area of Talas oblast of Kyrgyzstan. The research focused on the main factors determining rural poverty to improve the theoretical basis of agricultural research in the region, and produce practical recommendations for growth in the sector.  The research found a statistically significant link between poverty and production efficiency at the household level.   The presentation will also include an overview of rural production, the results of alternative poverty measurement in the region, and the case for the new export potential of Talas beans, which has developed in recent years. 
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23 January 2013  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Balance of Payments of the Kyrgyz Republic: Accounting Principles and Current Status

This lecture will examine the theoretical basis of building international accounts and the balance of payments of the Kyrgyz Republic. Concepts such as the double entry system, the economic territory, residency, the centre of economic interest and time of registration will be discussed in depth. The lecture will also include an overview of the current status of the balance of payments of the Kyrgyz Republic based on data on the first half of 2013. Features of the country's balance of payments statistics will be described, as well as the problem of "errors and omissions".


22 January 2013  |  NEWS
UCA Senior Research Fellow appointed Foreign Member of Academy of Sciences, Republic of Tajikistan

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Senior Research Fellow and Cornell University Professor Karim-Aly Kassam is no stranger to Central Asia and its academic institutions. Dr Kassam has spent the last seven years researching the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan, working closely with UCA and the Academy of Sciences, Republic of Tajikistan. It is no surprise he was elected Foreign Member (Academician) of the Academy of Sciences, Republic of Tajikistan. Dr Kassam was also appointed English Language Editor of the Academy’s Journal of the Biological and Medical Sciences.  The ceremony took place during the annual meeting of the Academy in Dushanbe on 12 December 2012.
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16 January 2013  |  NEWS
Study of Central Asian Humanities and Cultural Heritage at UCA

A dynamic group of Central Asian and international research fellows are engaged in scholarship that reflects the diversity and richness of the cultures of the region at the University of Central Asia (UCA). In partnership with other scholars and custodians of culture in the region, their research is capturing and preserving existing information and cultural collections, while generating new dialogues and narratives on cultural heritage and identity in Central Asia.
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14 January 2013  |  TRAINING & COURSES
Tradition and Change (Aga Khan Humanities Project)

The Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) of the University of Central Asia (UCA) and the Kyrgyz Russian Slavonic University are pleased to accept applications for this interdisciplinary course from university faculty.
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2012


21 December 2012  |  NEWS
First CAFDP Graduate Fellow returns to UCA

Kanat Tilekeyev became the pioneer graduate of University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) in September 2012. The Programme provides qualified Central Asian scholars with a commitment to the region the support to pursue postgraduate studies abroad and an opportunity to return to the region as scholars of UCA.
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18 December 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Transport Corridors in Central Asia

At the moment there is no effective and commercially attractive transport links between the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan, South Asia and the Middle East. An urgent need is to build a railroad across northern Afghanistan with access to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, and the railroad from Kazakhstan via Turkmenistan to Afghanistan.
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11 December 2012  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia launches Sustainable Mountain Development Report and a special issue of Mountain Research and Development journal on Central Asian Mountain Societies in Transition

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) and the Mountain Partnership (MP) Central Asia Hub launched a report on Sustainable Mountain Development in Central Asia – From Rio 1992 to Rio2012 and Beyond 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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10 December 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Torture and Transition: Determinants of International Human Rights Norm Compliance in Central Asia – Comparative Analysis of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

An exclusive lecture to commemorate Human Rights Day
Post-communist states have had two decades of experience with the free market of goods and ideas. With regards to liberal norms, after independence, they rapidly signed and ratified a variety of conventions and treaties. However, for many states these actions were simply opportunities to satisfy desires for membership in international institutions and appease Western donors and human rights critics. The case of the post-Soviet Tajikistan, in comparison to its northern neighbor of Kyrgyzstan, offers an opportunity for analysis.
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05 December 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Geopolitical Constraints in Central Asia: The Role of Regional Partnerships in Security and Energy

This presentation aims to explore the reasons for Chinese-Russian cooperation concerning energy and security in Central Asia.  We start from the assumption that Russia and China are increasingly inter-related in geopolitical terms and both seek to maintain and/or increase their influence in the region not only through hard power initiatives (which are increasingly less common in both countries’ relations) but through the signing of agreements and defense treaties, which are linked to natural gas and oil.
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04 December 2012  |  NEWS
UCA holds regional roundtables to promote effective local development in the Kyrgyz Republic

UCA 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.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


29 November 2012  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia and Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs host symposium on “Trade and Cooperation between Central Asia and Afghanistan”

On 12 November 2012, the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Institute of Public Policy and Administration, in cooperation with the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Institute of Diplomacy and Directorate General for Economic Cooperation hosted a symposium on “Trade Cooperation between Central Asia and Afghanistan”.
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28 November 2012  |  PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia and Kazakh Academy of Public Administration host forum on “Trade and Cooperation between Central Asia and Afghanistan for Economic Growth”

Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, 28 November 2012 – The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) in cooperation with the Academy of Public Administration (APA) under the President of Republic of Kazakhstan organized a forum on “Trade Cooperation between Central Asia and Afghanistan” on 28 November 2012.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


26 November 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Business Cycles in Central Asia

This presentation examines the features of business cycles (BC) in Central Asian countries: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. The presentation attempts to (i) analyze the relationship between the movements in macroeconomic variables and the aggregate cycle for each country; (ii) examine the extent of synchronization of BCs across countries and BC dependence on other external developments.
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12 November 2012  |  PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia and Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs host symposium on “Trade and Cooperation between Central Asia and Afghanistan”

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) in cooperation with the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Institute of Diplomacy and Directorate General for Economic Cooperation organized a symposium on “Trade Cooperation between Central Asia and Afghanistan” on 12 November 2012.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


08 November 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia: Trade Creation and Trade Diversion in Central Asia in 2010-2011

The formation of the Customs Union (CU) of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russian Federation is probably the most important trade policy change in Central Asia in recent years. Initial analysis indicates that trade in goods between CU countries and other Central Asian countries has grown significantly during the two years of the CU operations.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


06 November 2012  |  NEWS
Youth receive seed funding for social entrepreneurship projects

In July 2012, UCA’s SPCE and AKF jointly launched a nationwide campaign in the Kyrgyz Republic to encourage youth to submit innovative social entrepreneurship ideas. Nine winners received seed funding of up to US$3,000 to implement their idea from the Aga Khan Foundation, USA.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


02 November 2012  |  NEWS
UCA holds workshops for civil servants on trade and economic relations in Central Asia

In October 2012, the Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), University of Central Asia (UCA), hosted a number of one to three-day workshops for civil servants in Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


02 November 2012  |  PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia launches Sustainable Mountain Development Report and Mountain Research & Development Journal issue on Central Asian Mountain Societies in Transition

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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30 October 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Women’s Rights to Land and Natural Resources in Kyrgyzstan: Findings from Batken, Chui, Naryn and Jalalabad Oblasts

This presentation examines women’s land and natural resource rights in practice in rural Kyrgyzstan. Women’s rights to productive resources have been linked to increases in household food security, economic development and children’s education, and access to land and natural resources confers economic benefits through agricultural production, access to collateral, and rental and sales income.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


22 October 2012  |  NEWS
UCA’s MSRC & Mountain Partnership Central Asia Hub launch knowledge hub and new publications at Dushanbe CAMP Forum

The University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) and Mountain Partnership launched new resources and sought feedback from participants at the CAMP Forum on Sustainable Development of Central Asian Mountain Regions 2012 in Dushanbe on 4 - 6 October 2012, where discussions focused on Sustainable Land Management (SLM): Up-scaling Benefits for Rural Communities.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


18 October 2012  |  ANNOUNCEMENT
UCA scholar at Annual Conference of Central Eurasian Studies Society

Dr Duishon Shamatov, UCA Senior Research Fellow, will be at the Annual Conference of Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) from 18 – 21 October 2012. Dr Shamatov will present on “Issues of Financing and Quality of Higher Education in Kyrgyzstan” in a panel called “Purposes and Perceptions of Education and Empowerment” (Session 1).


16 October 2012  |  NEWS
UCA and OSU host roundtable to discuss regional economic cooperation in Central Asia

On 20 September 2012, the Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), University of Central Asia (UCA), in partnership with the Osh State University (OSU) hosted a roundtable on the “Challenges of Regional Economic Cooperation in Central Asia” at the OSU campus in Osh.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


10 October 2012  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia, Central Asian Faculty Development Programme: Ten new scholarships awarded in 2012

The Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) of the University of Central Asia (UCA) is pleased to announce its 2012-13 scholarship recipients for doctoral studies at leading universities around the world. Ten scholars from the region, have received scholarships to attend doctoral programmes at universities in Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom; seven in the sciences and three in the social sciences.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


29 September 2012  |  ANNOUNCEMENT
Interdependence and discrepancy of formal and informal institutions: on the example of child health development projects in Kyrgyzstan by Baktygul Tulebaeva

University of Central Asia Graduate Fellow Baktygul Tulebaeva will present at the Second Annual Conference; Formal and Informal Central Asia: Institutions, Identities and Discourses at the American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on 29 September 2012.


27 September 2012  |  NEWS
First IPPA Graduates in Trade and Economic Policy

On 2 September 2012, 60 civil servants from the Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan received their professional development certificates in “Trade and Regional Cooperation in Central Asia and Afghanistan for Economic Growth” at Kapriz Resort in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


27 September 2012  |  TRAINING & COURSES
Introduction to the Music of Central Asia (Autumn 2012 - Spring 2013)

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.


26 September 2012  |  ANNOUNCEMENT
German Leibniz University Students visit UCA

Eighteen undergraduate Geography students from Leibniz University Hannover visited the University of Central Asia Administration Office in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on 26 September 2012.


06 September 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Categories of Analysis and Categories of Practice since the Tajik Civil War by Sophie Roche

The civil war in Tajikistan in the 1990s was a dynamic period that has transformed social practices and has created new collectivities. This lecture will re-examine some of the categories of analysis used to describe the civil war, and relate them to ethnographic research.
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31 August 2012  |  PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia Inaugurates Football and Tennis Facilities of International Standards

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.


31 August 2012  |  NEWS
UCA inaugurates football and tennis facilities at the Naryn campus site on Kyrgyz Independence Day

On 31 August 2012 the University of Central Asia inaugurated international standard football and tennis facilities at its Naryn Campus as part of the Kyrgyz Republic’s Independence Day celebration.
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27 August 2012  |  PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia begins “Trade and Regional Cooperation in Central Asia and Afghanistan for Economic Growth” training programme

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia, as part of its Canadian supported “Regional Cooperation and Confidence Building in Afghanistan and Central Asia” (RCCB) project began its training programme on trade and regional cooperation for 60 public servants from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic in Issyk-Kul, which will run from 25 August to 2 September 2012.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


22 August 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Education, Identity and Resilience among Gorno-Badakhshan Pamiri Youth by Carole Faucher

This lecture examines the interplay of religious, secular and home education in the self-identification process of Pamiris originating from Tajikistan’s Autonomous Province of Gorno-Badadkhshan (GBAO), living in Central Asia with access to Ismaili religious education.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


22 August 2012  |  PRESS
Uzbekistan: Trade Regime and Recent Trade Developments, Brion Anderson and Yuriy Klimov

Report - 2Mb
Regime and Recent Trade Developments, Brion Anderson and Yuriy Klimov
Working Paper No. 4, August 2012, 56 p.
Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia


21 August 2012  |  NEWS
The University of Central Asia and partners successfully complete the World Bank’s “Budget Reporting for Journalists and Media Training” Project

The University of Central Asia hosted the closing of the World Bank’s “Budget Reporting for Journalists and Media Training” Project on 25 July 2012. 55 newspaper editors from regional and national mass media and representatives of international organizations participated in the event.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


21 August 2012  |  ANNOUNCEMENT
Economic Interaction of Russia with the countries of Central Asia: Trends and Prospects

Report - 2Mb
Economic Interaction of Russia with the countries of Central Asia: Trends and Prospects
Irina Sinitsina
Working Paper No. 5, August 2012, 96 p.
Available in Russian only. English will be available soon.
Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia


14 August 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Resilience, Community Deliberation and Management of Irrigation Canals in Kara Kulja District, Kyrgyz Republic

This presentation examines the upkeep and restoration of irrigation canals, which present a difficult challenge to communities in rural Kyrgyzstan. The result is a collection of interacting visions of good irrigation management and a water resource system that is much more complicated than large-scale governance plans would have us believe.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


13 August 2012  |  NEWS
SPCE Khorog holds its 7th Graduation Ceremony

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) in Khorog graduated 215 learners at its seventh graduation ceremony on 14 July 2012.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


04 August 2012  |  ANNOUNCEMENT
Change the World - Social Entrepreneurship Contest

The University of Central Asia, Coca-Cola Company, the Aga Khan Foundation and Coca Cola Foundation announce the contest. We are seeking Kyrgyz youth (16 - 30 years old) with an original idea, who can contribute to solving social problems in your community. The 10 best ideas will receive grants of up to US$3,000 to implement their proposals.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


01 August 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
PLS Dushanbe - Trends and Patterns in Foreign Trade & Tajikistan’s Transport Transit Corridors

Roman Mogilevskii will discuss recent trends and patterns in trade of Central Asian countries with each other and other parts of the world. Shokhboz Asadov will discuss performance of Tajikistan's transport corridors and their challenges ahead to become crossroad for transport traffic of the region 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


26 July 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Coping Strategies: Public Avoidance, Migration, and Marriage in the Aftermath of the Osh Conflict, Fergana Valley by Aksana Ismailbekova

This presentation examines the dynamic survival strategies of ethnic Uzbeks living in Osh, Kyrgyzstan in the aftermath of mass violent conflict in Osh in June 2010. They have a long history of living in the Osh region and have strong emotional and historical sentiments that bind them to the region and its graveyards and sacred sites
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


17 July 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Export of Higher Education Services in Kyrgyzstan by Nurbek Jenish

The paper examines the recent developments in the international higher education sector in Kyrgyzstan. It attempts to (i) provide an explanation for why the country has outperformed its Central Asian (CA) neighbors, becoming a regional leader in recruiting international students, and (ii) assess the impact of international students on the Kyrgyz economy.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


14 July 2012  |  PRESS RELEASE
UCA-SPCE graduates over 200 learners in Khorog including 21 from Afghanistan

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) held its seventh graduation in Tajikistan on 14 July 2012 at the Khorog Theatre. 
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13 July 2012  |  NEWS
SPCE Learning Centre, Dushanbe and AKHP hold joint 2012 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) held their fourth annual joint Graduation ceremony on 23 June 2012 at the Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


10 July 2012  |  NEWS
UCA’s SPCE instructors conduct seismic safe construction training as part of “Capacity Building for Habitat improvement in the Hindu Kush” project

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), Khorog conducted a series of seismic-safe construction and thermo insulation Training of Trainer (ToT) workshops in June and November 2011, as part of a three-year project on habitat improvement in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), Tajikistan.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


07 July 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
AKHP Special Lecture Series: Comparative Analysis Human Being and His Perspective in the Context of Nasir Khusrav’s Philosophical and Theological Interpretations by Dr Nazariev Ramazon

The author focuses on the Khusrav’s thesis where the human being is presented as “the measure for all knowledge” and where rationality is the main way to the “truthful” knowledge of reality and phenomena.


05 July 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Trends and Patterns in Foreign Trade of Central Asian Countries by Roman Mogilevskii

The relationship between the multiple forces driving development and risks in Central Asia 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.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


04 July 2012  |  NEWS
Aga Khan Humanities Project trains 135 instructors in Central Asia

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.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


04 July 2012  |  NEWS
AKHP appoints new staff in Tajikistan and Kazakhstan

In the first half of 2012, University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) appointed two new staff to lead and strengthen their Faculty Development Programme (FDP), which provides training in innovative curricula and pedagogy, and has partnerships with 38 universities and colleges in the region.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


02 July 2012  |  TRAINING & COURSES
Project Appraisal by Dr Ralph Huenemann (2 - 13 July 2012)

This Project Appraisal (PA) course focuses on practical training in public project appraisal - which is partly an art and partly a science. There are some similarities between public project appraisal and making investment decisions in private business but also some important differences. We will examine both the pure public situation and the blended public-private situation (often referred to as Public-Private Partnership or PPP).


26 June 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Stimulating Innovation and Entrepreneurship in a Small Market Economy: Lessons and Evidence from Other Countries by Dr Geoff Gregson

This lecture will discuss key elements of innovation systems in small market economies that are critical for stimulating and supporting new venture creation, university-industry collaboration and the flow of risk capital.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


23 June 2012  |  PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia's 4th Graduation Ceremony in Dushanbe

More than 190 graduates from the University of Central Asia’s Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) and Learning Centre Dushanbe, School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), were awarded certificates at the 4th Graduation Ceremony held at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe on 23 June 2012.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  ?????? ??????  |  


08 June 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Remittances, Transfers and Education in Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic by Prof Kathryn H. Anderson

Educational development is one of the keys to local economic development. This lecture describes the findings of a study examining the impact of transfers from international migrants and internal donors on education development in the two poorest countries in Central Asia, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


01 June 2012  |  ANNOUNCEMENT
Keynote Address by UCA Director General at Opening the Doors of Policy-Making Networking Conference

University of Central Asia Director General, Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, will present a keynote address  promoting public policy as a defined function in government, and activity of civil society organizations at the Opening the Doors of Policy-Making Networking Conference on 1 June 2012 in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


27 May 2012  |  TRAINING & COURSES
The Economy of China by Dr Ralph Huenemann (21 May - 16 June 2012)

The University of Central Asia's School of Professional and Continuing Education is organizing an evening summer course on "The Economy of China" by Dr Ralph Huenemann (University of Victoria, Canada) from 21 May - 16 June 2012 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic  This course will help students to understand China’s economy and its trade and investment relationships with the rest of the world.


18 May 2012  |  PRESS RELEASE
UCA SPCE holds its Open Doors Day at new premises in Taldykorgan

UCA's School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) held its Open Doors Day at its Learning Centre in its new premises in Taldykorgan from 17 to 19 May 2012 to celebrate the opening of its new building targeting a broad audience, including teachers, high school and university students, entrepreneurs, finance professionals, economists and private- and public-sector accountants.


15 May 2012  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 118

On 12 May 2012, Kyrgyz Republic Minister of Finance Akylbek Japarov, presented a lecture on the implications of switching to a two-tier public budget to 13 Kyrgyz journalists at UCA.  In April 2012, it published the Kyrgyz-Russian-English Glossary of Terms and Concepts in Public Finance and Budget Process containing more than 450 key terms and concepts relevant to public finance
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


04 May 2012  |  EVENT
UCA participates in Tempus-GEM teacher training in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

From 30 April to 5 May 2012, the University of Central Asia (UCA) supported two teacher trainers – Ruslan Bobov and Farrukh Nazarmovloev – to attend the workshop on  theoretical and practical implications of using geoinformatics systems (GIS) technologies. The training conducted at the Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture was the third training as part of a Tempus-GEM  grant project.


27 April 2012  |  TRAINING & COURSES
Rapid Rural Appraisal Workshop

This one-day Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) workshop will serve as an introduction to RRA methodology through the lens of land and tree tenure. The workshop will introduce participants to RRA theories, research tools, and practical training exercises. RRA is a family of methodologies designed to encourage the participation of local communities in the collection and use of information to improve their livelihoods.


26 April 2012  |  NEWS
Naryn entrepreneur Gulmira raises her baking standards after SPCE Entrepreneurship course - Issue 117

A native of Naryn city in the Kyrgyz Republic, Gulmira Toktosunova worked as a teacher for most of her adult life. After retiring from teaching five years ago, Gulmira, 45, decided to set up a bakery as an alternative means to support her family. “I have five children. I knew I needed to continue to support myself and my family,” said Gulmira.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


25 April 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The Perestroika Period in Central Asian Societies: History and Collective Memory by Dr Irina Morozova and Dr Gulnara Aitpaeva

The re-conceptualisation of socialist socio-historical and cultural legacies that began during Perestroika impacted public and academic understandings of how the whole region of Central Asia is now shaped.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


07 April 2012  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 116

Nearly 500 students, teachers, and community members attended an English Language Festival jointly organized by UCA and the British Council in Kazakhstan introducing English language instructors to interactive teaching methods and professional development opportunities, whilst  younger learners enjoyed activities to facilitate their English learning.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


23 March 2012  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 115

The University of Central Asia's (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) launched its latest publication, Ancient Monuments of Tien-Shan, representing a significant contribution towards preserving archaeological monuments and the Kyrgyz Republic's history on 28 February and 5 March in Naryn and Bishkek, respectively.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


13 March 2012  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 114

On 1 March 2012, the University of Central Asia signed a Memorandum of cooperation with the State Agency of Construction and Regional Development (SACRD) to promote cooperation and implement joint activities for capacity building of municipal employees and to spur regional development.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


11 March 2012  |  PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia and British Council organize inaugural English Language Festival in Tekeli and Taldykorgan

The University of Central Asia (UCA) and British Council, Kazakhstan jointly organized its inaugural English Language Festival in Tekeli and Taldykorgan on 10 and 11 March 2012, respectively. Representatives of city and oblast akimats, schools and Aynalayin orphanage were present at the opening ceremony held at Dom Drujby, Taldykorgan.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


05 March 2012  |  PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia publishes “Ancient Monuments of Tien-Shan” based on 20-year archaeological research by Kubat Tabaldiev

The University of Central Asia (UCA) launched its latest publication: Ancient Monuments of Tien-Shan in Bishkek on 5 March 2012. Based on 20 years of archeological research in the Naryn and Issyk Kul regions, the book presents evidence of the rich heritage of the area.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  Кыргыз тили  |  


03 February 2012  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Nursing Education, Profession and Practice in Bishkek: A Situational Analysis by Salima Somani

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.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


18 January 2012  |  ANNOUNCEMENT
University of Central Asia Central Asian Faculty Development Programme

The University of Central Asia (UCA) is pleased to announce its Central Asian Faculty Development Programme’s (CAFDP) PhD scholarship programmes at its partner institutions – University of Montana (UM), United States and University of Alberta (U of A), 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


16 January 2012  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 113

The University of Central Asia (UCA) received a gift of 700 publications related to research on mountain regions of Central Asia, the Caucasus and other regions of the world from renowned mountain geographer and researcher Dr Yuri Badenkov of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. 
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2011


29 December 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 112

For journalists from the Kyrgyz Republic, reporting on national and local budgets is often a difficult and stressful task. Information may not be widely distributed, and budget data that is available is often hard to understand. In addition, journalists feel they are not prepared to report on budget topics, due largely to lack of knowledge and understanding.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


28 December 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 111

On 9 - 11 November 2011, regional experts gathered in Dushanbe to strategize and support national delegations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or COP17) by strengthening regional inputs on climate change negotiations and on the potential impacts of climate change and adaptation options in mountain ecosystems. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


27 December 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 110

The University of Central Asia’s, School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) convened a Forum on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Southern Kyrgyzstan on 16 December 2011.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


26 December 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 109

On 25 November 2011, SPCE Naryn and UCA’s Construction and Facilities Division (CFD) held their inaugural joint Appreciation Day for Naryn City.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


21 December 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 108

The University of Central Asia's School of Professional and Continuing Education is now offering the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme in Naryn, Khorog and at its Learning Centres in Bishkek and Dushanbe.  
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


21 December 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Centre and partners launch Herders’ Manual for the Western Pamirs of Tajikistan

 The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Centre and the National Centre for Competence in Research North-South (NCCR North-South) launched its Herders’ Manual for the use of livestock herders in the Western Pamirs.
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21 December 2011  |  TRAINING & COURSES
English for Academic Purposes

The University of Central Asia's School of Professional and Continuing Education is now offering the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme in Naryn, Khorog and at its Learning Centres in Bishkek and Dushanbe. The EAP programme adds to SPCE's current English programme offerings in Conversational English and English for Business.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


19 December 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 107

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Knowledge Management (KM) team recently implemented the Osh Business Mapping Project (OBMP) spearheading the use of innovative methodologies and affordable technologies to gather and organise information in the region.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


16 December 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
UCA convenes Forum on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Southern Kyrgyz Republic

The University of Central Asia (UCA), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, convened a Forum on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Southern Kyrgyzstan on 16 December 2011.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


13 December 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Non-electoral protest groups in an electoral environment: the ‘new settlements’ of Bishkek and the 2011 presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan by Dr John Heathershaw

This lecture describes three case studies of non-electoral protest groups by so-called ‘land-grabbers’ (zemlyazakhvatchiki) in the new settlements (novostroyka) of Bishkek during the 2011 Presidential Elections in the Kyrgyz Republic. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


07 December 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 106

Learners and instructors from the Teacher Training College (TTC) in Shegnan, Afghanistan are improving their ability to deliver quality lessons after training provided by the University of Central Asia (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education, Khorog with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


02 December 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Achievements and drawbacks of National Scholarship Testing in Kyrgyzstan by Dr. Duishon Shamatov

A scholastic aptitude test called National Scholarship Test (NST) was introduced in the Kyrgyz Republic in 2002 to assess secondary school graduates and provide them with opportunities to fairly qualify for state-funded seats at universities.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


30 November 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 105

Twenty years after the first UN Earth Summit in Rio, the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) is serving as the focal point for a Central Asian regional assessment of progress related to the 1992 Earth Summit goals specific to the sustainable development of mountain areas (Chapter 13 of Agenda 21).
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


21 November 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 104

The Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) of the University of Central Asia (UCA) is pleased to announce its 2011-12 scholarship recipients for doctoral studies at leading universities around the world. Ten scholars from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan have received scholarships to attend doctoral programmes at universities in Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom


21 November 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 104

The Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) of the University of Central Asia (UCA) is pleased to announce its 2011-12 scholarship recipients for doctoral studies at leading universities around the world.  Ten scholars from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan have received scholarships to attend doctoral programmes at universities in Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom:  Five in the sciences and five in the humanities and social sciences.  Of these, two are continuing Fellows who have successfully completed their masters degrees under CAFDP. 


21 November 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 104

The University of Central Asia (UCA) Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) is pleased to announce its 2011-12 scholarship recipients for doctoral studies at leading universities around the world. Ten scholars from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan have received scholarships to attend doctoral programmes at universities in Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


18 November 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Film Screening - The Desert of Forbidden Art by Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev

18 November 2011 - The incredible story of how a treasure trove of banned Soviet art worth millions of dollars is stashed in a far-off desert in Uzbekistan that develops into a larger exploration of how art survives in times of oppression. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


17 November 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 103

From 28 June to 3 July 2011, UCA-AKHP organized a faculty development workshop in Khorog to train university instructors in Tajikistan to teach two AKHP courses, “Tradition and Change” and “Identifying Civil Society.” The six-day workshop for 15 instructors was hosted by Khorog State University.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


10 November 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 102

The University of Central Asia’s School of Continuing and Professional Education (SPCE) organized a roundtable, "Development of Small and Medium Business in Naryn", Kyrgyz Republic on 19 October 2011. Funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the roundtable was part of SPCE’s Entrepreneurship programme launched under the auspices of a two-year initiative to promote stability and economic opportunity in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


09 November 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 101

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), Khorog launched the second phase of its Cross-Border Vocational Education in Badakhshan (CVEB II) with the assistance of USAID and the Aga Khan Foundation, USA.  
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


04 November 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 100

Six alumni from the University of Central Asia’s, School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) Mountain Tour Operator (MTO) programme have established a cooperative to sell traditional Pamiri crafts.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


03 November 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 99

Over 400 representatives of academic, cultural, international and government institutions and students of music attended the launch of Kyrgyz Küüs: Analysis, Thoughts, and Opinions, Volumes I and II, hosted by the University of Central Asia (UCA) at the Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in Bishkek on 5 October 2011.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


01 November 2011  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia, Central Asian Faculty Development Programme: Ten new scholarships awarded in 2011

The University of Central Asia (UCA) Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) is pleased to announce its 2011-12 scholarship recipients for doctoral studies at leading universities around the world. Ten scholars from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan have received scholarships to attend doctoral programmes at universities in Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.


31 October 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 98

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) and its partner, the Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research North-South (NCCR North-South) launched its Herders’ Manual for the use of pasture committees and livestock herders in the Kyrgyz Republic on 19 October 2011.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


27 October 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Social Dynamic and Conflict: A Study of Public Opinion in South Kyrgyzstan by Asel Murzakulova, Policy Expert, Polis Asia, Bishkek.

The main goals of the research was to investigate: (i) conflict and social resistance to conflict; (ii) experiences and practices of the institution of mediation in the contemporary cities of Osh and Jalal-abad; (iii) sociocultural stereotypes such as conflict potential; and (iv) understanding and interpretation of terms such as authority and power by the contemporary society.  In this presentation, Ms Murzakulova, a Policy Expert at Polis Asia, provides an overview of findings from these studies.


25 October 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 97

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) in Tekeli, Kazakhstan held its 2011 graduation ceremony on 29 September 2011.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


25 October 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
Speaker of Parliament Ahmatbek Keldibekov visits UCA Campus in Naryn

A Parliamentary delegation headed by the Kyrgyz Speaker of Parliament Ahmatbek Keldibekov will tour University of Central Asia (UCA) and other programmes of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) during a working trip to Naryn Oblast on 25 October 2011.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


20 October 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia (UCA)’s School of Professional and Continuing Education supports entrepreneurs in Naryn

The University of Central Asia’s School of Continuing and Professional Education (SPCE) organized a roundtable, "Development of Small and Medium Businesses in Naryn Town" in Naryn on 19 October 2011.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  Кыргыз тили  |  


19 October 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Centre and partners launch Herders’ Manual in the Kyrgyz Republic

 The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Centre and the National Centre for Competence in Research North-South (NCCR North-South) launched its Herders’ Manual for the use of pasture committees and livestock herders of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


19 October 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 96

University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed a memorandum of cooperation on 5 July 2011, for SPCE to train the Kyrgyz Republic’s Penitentiary System Reform Project correctional facilities officers. The project was implemented by UNODC with support from the European Union.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


05 October 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia publishes two volumes, rich historical ethnographic research on the Kyrgyz küü

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 today at Bishkek’s Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
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05 October 2011  |  SPEECH
Speech by Totu Sydykova

Speech by Totu Sydykova at the Kyrgyz Küüs: Analysis, Thoughts, and Opinions, Volumes I, II University of Central Asia Book Launch (5 October 2011)
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05 October 2011  |  SPEECH
Speech by Ernis Turnuov, Distinguished Poet of the Kyrgyz Republic

Speech by Ernis Turnuov at the Kyrgyz Küüs: Analysis, Thoughts, and Opinions, Volumes I, II University of Central Asia Book Launch (5 October 2011)
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05 October 2011  |  SPEECH
Speech by Turdubay Abdrakhunov, Professor of Kyrgyz Literature at Bishkek University of Humanities

Speech by Turdubay Abdrakhunov at the Kyrgyz Küüs: Analysis, Thoughts, and Opinions, Volumes I, II University of Central Asia Book Launch (5 October 2011)
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05 October 2011  |  SPEECH
Speech by Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General, University of Central Asia

Speech by Dr Bohdan Krawchenko at the Kyrgyz Küüs: Analysis, Thoughts, and Opinions, Volumes I, II University of Central Asia Book Launch (5 October 2011)
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05 October 2011  |  SPEECH
Speech by Dr Sharofat Mamadambarova

Speech by Dr Sharofat Mamadambarova at the "Kyrgyz Küüs: Analysis, Thoughts, and Opinions, Volumes I, II" - University of Central Asia Book Launch (5 October 2011).
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24 September 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 95

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA-SPCE) celebrated its fifth anniversary with a Summer Graduation in Tajikistan on 27 August 2011 at the Khorog Theatre. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


14 September 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia hosts delegates from Civil Service College Singapore

The University of Central Asia (UCA) hosted a delegation from the Singapore Civil Service College (CSC) on a visit to Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic from 5 to 6 September 2011.


13 September 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Roundtable on Еffects of Migration on Rural Livelihoods and Families in Central Asia by Antje Elisabeth Kröger, Bakhrom Mirkasimov and Lira Sagynbekova

This roundtable brings together three interrelated research topics on the affects of migration on rural livelihoods and families in Central Asia. Antje describes how migration affects children's welfare and intra-household decision-making when the household has a migrant. Her research demonstrates that having a migrant in the household increases children's household duties and decreases school enrolment rates, particularly for girls.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


12 September 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 94

From 23 – 25th July 2011, Khorog’s Central Park was host to the fourth annual “Roof of the World” Festival. The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) Khorog, along with other international agencies supported the participation of Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan musical groups in the festival.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


29 August 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Exploring Soil Erosion in High Altitude Pastures of Kyrgyzstan (by Maksim Kulikov, Hamburg University)

This lecture presents the preliminary findings of a doctoral study to analyze and compare the situation of soil degradation in four sites of Arslanbab region of Jalalabad region of Kyrgyz Republic. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


27 August 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
UCA’s School of Professional And Continuing Education (SPCE) celebrates 5th Anniversary: Summer Graduation sees 200 graduates including 28 From Afghanistan

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA- SPCE) celebrated its fifth anniversary with a Summer Graduation in Tajikistan on 27 August 2011 at the Khorog Theatre.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  ?????? ??????  |  


24 August 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Becoming Muslim in Uzbekistan: The Moral Quality of Experience (by Dr Johan Rasanayagam, University of Aberdeen)

This presentation explores the processes of moral reasoning by which individuals in Uzbekistan develop understandings of Islam and what it means to be a Muslim.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


17 August 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Weather and Water Patterns in Kara Kulja, Osh: A Climate Change Analysis (by Laurie Ashley and Dr Natasha Ershova)

Combining multiple information sources, an Aga Khan Foundation-led climate change analysis revealed that climate change impacts are already having implications for agriculture, water resources, and non-seismic natural disasters. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


10 August 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 93

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 from 13 to 18 June 2011 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.


04 August 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 92

The University of Central Asia recently announced the establishment of the University’s first research centre, the Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC). 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


26 July 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 91

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.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


22 July 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Fragile identities: Belonging and Self-identification Processes in the context of Majority-Minority Relations (by Dr. Carole Faucher)

Drawing from her 15 years of research in Southeast Asia, Carole Faucher will explore some theoretical inquiries pertaining to the anthropological concept of ‘feeling of belonging’ to a political community.


14 July 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (by Artemy Kalinovsky, University of Amsterdam)

The conflict in Afghanistan looms large in the collective consciousness of Americans.


12 July 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
UCA - USAID Convene Roundtable on Entrepreneurship in Southern Kyrgyzstan; “Giving Entrepreneurs a Voice in the Future of Southern Kyrgyzstan” report released

On 12 July 2011, the University of Central Asia (UCA), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, convened a "Roundtable on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Southern Kyrgyzstan," with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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11 July 2011  |  ROUNDTABLE
Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Following the events of June 2010, the University of Central Asia (UCA) in cooperation with the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC consult) conducted a series of interviews with entrepreneurs in Osh, Jalalabat, and Batken Oblasts to identify barriers for business expansion and areas of economic potential in Southern Kyrgyzstan.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


11 July 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Vernacular Architecture and the Historic Houses of Gyumri, Armenia (by Jane Britt Greenwood)

The aim of this talk is to document the historic houses of the Kumayri Historic District in order to identify and develop an Armenian “pattern language.” This architecturally based language can then be used by architects, developers, and builders as a way to preserve Armenian cultural identity in modern Armenian architecture.


05 July 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 90

University of Ottawa Faculty trains SPCE Instructors for English for Academic Purposes Programme.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


04 July 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Many Homes: How Kyrgyz Migrants Juggle Their Lives in Multiple Settings (by Dr. Susan Thieme, University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Kazakhstan are major destinations for young labour migrants from southern Kyrgyzstan in search of economic and educational opportunities. Children and elderly people often do not migrate and stay behind.


01 July 2011  |  NEWS
World Bank Managing Director Dr Ngozi speaks on growth

On 3 June 2011, World Bank Managing Director Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala addressed 100 delegates, academics and students as part of the University of Central Asia Public Lecture Series.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


30 June 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Production Efficiency Influence on Rural Poverty in Remote Areas of the Kyrgyz Republic (by Kanat Tilekeyev, PhD Candidate, University of Giessen, Germany)

Poverty in the Kyrgyz Republic has a persistent and growing problem since independence. In the 1990s, poverty increased across the Republic. However, in the last decade, poverty indicators have decreased significantly.


27 June 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Transcript - 'Growth' by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, World Bank Managing Director

On 3 June 2011, World Bank Managing Director Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala addressed 100 delegates, academics and students as part of the University of Central Asia Public Lecture Series. She spoke on growth and the challenges of restoring economic growth after the crises of 2010. Dr Okonjo-Iweala discussed the possible sources of renewed growth, such as agriculture, mining and international trade.


27 June 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 88

Kazakhstan’s school students receive ICDL professional certification.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


21 June 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
100 participants from 25 countries discuss sustainable land management, water management and climate change at WOCAT conference in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

From 21 to 22 June 2011, the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) organised a Share Fair on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


21 June 2011  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 87

The Aga Khan Humanities Project University of Central Asia holds faculty development seminars for college lecturers.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


18 June 2011  |  EVENT
The WOCAT (World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies) Share Fair and 15th Annual WOCAT Workshop and Steering Meeting, Kyrgyz Republic, 21-27 June, 2011

The WOCAT Share Fair on Sharing Sustainable Land Management Knowledge to Respond to Global and Local Issues (Bishkek, 21 to 23 June, 2011)  brought together donors and institutions active in Central Asia and beyond to create synergies, strengthen collaboration and harmonize activities between different stakeholders.


13 June 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
UCA and NCCR-NS host an international symposium on pastoralism; UCA Mountain Societies Research Centre announced; Herders Manual project presented

The University of Central Asia (UCA) and the National Centre for Competency in Research North-South (NCCR-NS) co-hosted an International Symposium on “Pastoralism in Central Asia: Status, Challenges and Opportunities in Mountain Areas”.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


11 June 2011  |  EVENT
Pastoralism in Central Asia 2011 Symposium

This Symposium was organized by MSRI in partnership with the National Centre of Competence in Research North-South.


09 June 2011  |  EVENT
Living in Uncertainty: Agro-pastoral Livelihoods and Institutional Transformations in Post-Socialist Rural Kyrgyzstan

Rural Kyrgyzstan experiencing widespread poverty and a considerable divide between the wealthy and the poor, despite twenty years of independence and sustained efforts to reform the rural economy. Drawing on an innovative livelihoods perspective with a focus on institutions, this lecture describes how Kyrgyz agrarian reforms of the 1990s have fundamentally altered rural property relations
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


03 June 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Growth by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, World Bank Managing Director

This presentation is focused mainly on the challenges of restoring economic growth after the crises of 2010. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala discusses the possible sources of renewed growth, such as agriculture, mining and international trade. She argues that the Kyrgyz Republic stands at a crossroad of opportunity, with the potential to re-launch economic growth from a platform of transparent institutions and the fight against corruption.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


03 June 2011  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia's School of Professional and Continuing Education officially opens its Bishkek Learning Centre

On 30 May 2011, the University of Central Asia’s School of Professional Education (UCA SPCE) officially opened its Bishkek Learning Centre. The Ceremony was attended by His Excellency Aliyasbek  Alymkulov, Minister of Youth Affairs, Mrs Ulara Naruzbayeva, State Secretary of the National Agency for Local Self-Government.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


02 June 2011  |  NEWS
University of Central Asia opens new building in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic; Graduates 100 learners from School of Professional and Continuing Education

On 20 May 2011 The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA SPCE) Naryn building was officially opened by Akylbek Japarov, Member of Parliament and Head of Finance and Budget Committee together with Vice Governor of Naryn Oblast Emilbek Alymkulov. Also present were Aga Khan Development Network Representative Nurjehan Mawani and UCA Director General Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko, French Ambassador Thibaut Fourriere, and Koba Gvenatadze, International Monetary Fund Resident Representative.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


02 June 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The Drug Situation in Central Asia and Effective Responses: The New Phase of the Central Asia Drug Action Programme (CADAP) of the European Union

Central Asian countries are experiencing increased drug abuse and related problems such as the threat of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis among injecting drug users. The Action Plan on Drugs between the European Union (EU) and the Central Asian states (2009-13) acknowledges the shared commitment to address drug-related concerns, intensify cooperation and provide assistance in drug prevention and treatment.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


27 May 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Hunting with Eagles in Kyrgyzstan: Central Asian Falconry and the Maintenance of Traditional Knowledge

The Kyrgyz tradition of capturing, training, and hunting with golden eagles has survived for centuries through oral transmission, passed down from father to son through dynastic chains of tradition. The breadth of knowledge involved in the craft is astounding - an eagle hunter is required to be an expert in bird taxonomy and physiology, raptor reproduction and migration patterns, and raptor husbandry.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


17 May 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
In the Name of Victory: Turning the Hungry Steppe into New Land in Zafarabad, Tajikistan (1959-1979)

This lecture discusses the historical creation of “new land” (tselina) through irrigation development during the Khrushchev and Brezhnev eras in Soviet Central Asia, specifically the so-called Hungry Steppe (Golodnaia step’) or vast plain south-west of the Syr Darya River shared by Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


16 May 2011  |  NEWS
Norwegian Ambassador visits SPCE programmes in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic

On 16 and 17 March 2011, His Excellency the Ambassador of Norway to the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, Dag Malmer Halvorsen, visited the University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA SPCE) in Naryn. This was part of an extended visit to Naryn and Osh to review activities funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA).
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


14 May 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
SPCEs 5th Graduation Ceremony sees 300 Graduates including 63 from Afghanistan

Khorog, Tajikistan – The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) held its fifth graduation in Tajikistan on 14 May 2011 at the Khorog Theatre. SPCE recognized 307 students at the Awards Ceremony; including learners and teachers from Afghanistan.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  ?????? ??????  |  


12 May 2011
A Kyrgyz was born in the yurt and will die in the yurt - Kyrgyz funeral customs (The Times of Central Asia)

Kyrgyz death rites are closely linked with the Kyrgyz traditional worldview, kinship system, and oral tradition. With the adoption of Islam the nomadic Kyrgyz incorporated many Muslim beliefs and practices. Death rites present an interesting case for understanding Kyrgyz identity, kinship relations, and local forms of incorporating Islam in Kyrgyz society.


12 May 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Implications of Winter Feed Shortage for Pasture and Livestock Management in Kyrgyzstan

12 May 2011 - After independence, the process of de-collectivization in the Kyrgyz Republic led to redistribution of livestock assets from collective farms. This was coupled by a cease of import of concentrates for winter intensive feeding from other republics.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


29 April 2011  |  NEWS
UCA implements transparency and budget reporting training for journalists as part of Kyrgyz government "Information Matters" initiative

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.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


28 April 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Thinking through Water: Interactions at Dams, Pilgrimage Sites and Transhumant Pastures in Kyrgyzstan

This lecture, based on anthropological fieldwork conducted in the Toktogul region of the Kyrgyz Republic between 2006 and 2008, analyses how people there understand and interact with water, raising questions and providing insight into water metaphors used in current political and social science descriptions of the world. 
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


22 April 2011  |  NEWS
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).
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


18 April 2011  |  NEWS
SPCE: Kazakhstan Update

From 5 - 29 March 2011, InterPress, one of the largest distributors of foreign language learning books in Kazakhstan (http://interpress.kz/), held an English Classroom Photo Competition among English language teachers and instructors from Kazakhstan’s secondary schools and other educational institutions.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


15 April 2011  |  NEWS
UCA Research Programme Update: April 2011

The University of Central Asia was selected as the focal point to produce a Central Asia regional report assessing progress on sustainable mountain development since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, as a steering committee member of the Mountain Partnership Consortium
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


06 April 2011  |  NEWS
UCA signs partnership agreement with National Agency for Local Self - Government of the Kyrgyz Republic

On 18 January 2011, the University of Central Asia and the National Agency for Local Self- Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (NAMSU) signed a partnership agreement to cooperate on improving the knowledge and skills of NAMSU staff and local government personnel.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


05 April 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Kyrgyz Life Cycle Rituals by Abdymitalip Murzakmetov

From birth to death communities practice various rituals related to key lifetime events, such as birth, marriage and death. In Kyrgyzstan, these rituals encompass ancient worldviews, beliefs and values, and traditional knowledge on pedagogy and medicine, and can be considered an “oral constitution.”
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  Кыргыз тили  |  


29 March 2011  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The Experience of Rural Youth in a Context of Changing Education, Learning and Work Conditions in Kyrgyzstan by Rakhat Zholdoshalieva

Formal education is a central component of social and economic reproduction and transformation. However within societies in transition, typical relationships between education and labour markets experience complex adjustments, including the expansion of informal economies serviced by both informal learning and formal education.
Other languages:  Русский язык  |  


25 March 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
UCA facilitates French-learning in Kyzyl-Dobo, Naryn Oblast

The University of Central Asia (UCA)’s “French in the Villages” programme, a partnership with the Embassy of France to the Kyrgyz Republic, has opened a French Language Resource Centre in a school in Kyzyl-Dobo village, Naryn Oblast.


22 February 2011  |  ANNOUNCEMENT
UCA Researcher, Dr Kochumkulova presents a case study of Kyrgyz funeral customs

Re-Islamization in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan: A Case Study of Kyrgyz Funeral Customs


18 February 2011  |  ANNOUNCEMENT
University of Central Asia, Central Asian Faculty Development Programme PhD scholarship programmes for the 2011-2012 academic year

The University of Central Asia (UCA) is pleased to announce its Central Asian Faculty Development Programme’s (CAFDP) scholarships for PhD studies in Ethnomusicology and in Mountain Tourism at its partner institution, the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada).


16 February 2011  |  ANNOUNCEMENT
Mountain Research and Development: Call for Papers on "Central Asian Mountain Societies in Transition"

Mountain societies in Central Asia have experienced systemic economic, political and environmental changes and have demonstrated varying degrees of resilience and capacities to transition.


16 February 2011  |  NEWS
Preserving History & Building Capacity: UCA Initiative to Preserve Pamir Archives

13-14 December 2010, the University of Central Asia (UCA) organized a workshop to identify the scope and status of primary sources related to the Pamir region at the various Institutes of the Tajik Academy of Sciences (TAS).
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15 February 2011  |  NEWS
Pastoralism in Central Asia: Status, Challenges and Opportunities in Mountain Areas

The NCCR North-South in Central Asia jointly with University of Central Asia are pleased to announce the International Symposium "Pastoralism in Central Asia: Status, Challenges and Opportuni­ties in Mountain Areas".


14 February 2011  |  NEWS
UCAs SPCE Khorog welcomes USAID scholarship recipients from Afghanistan

UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) Khorog campus has welcomed 60 Afghan students, selected to receive scholarships to pursue professional programmes at UCA’s SPCE Khorog campus as part of the joint USAID-UCA programme, “Cross-border Vocational Education in Badakhshan” (CVEB).
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08 February 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
Aga Khan School and the University of Central Asia collaborate to build teacher capacity in Osh

Twenty-five mathematics teachers from Osh government schools, the Aga Khan School (AKS), Osh and Aga Khan Lycee, Khorog were today awarded certificates for successfully completing a one-year intensive professional training program organized at the Professional Development Center of AKS, part of Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), Kyrgyz Republic.
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25 January 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
Central Asian scholars, government officials and international community pay tribute to legendary Nurdjanov at Musical Arts of the Pamirs Book Launch

On 21 January 2011, the University of Central Asia (UCA) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) celebrated the launch of The Musical Arts of the Pamirs, Volumes I, II, and III at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe.


21 January 2011  |  PRESS RELEASE
The Musical Arts of the Pamirs: University of Central Asia launches seminal series on Pamir music and heritage

The Musical Arts of the Pamirs, Volumes I, II, and III was launched today at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe.
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2010


30 December 2010  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 70

In this issue: Regional Workshops on Pastoralism & Rangeland Management and Summer Session on Regional Cooperation in Urumqi, China
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23 December 2010  |  PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Institutionalised Instability, by David Gullette, Planning & Reporting Analyst, University of Central Asia

Factors Leading to the April 2010 Uprising in Kyrgyzstan.


22 December 2010  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 69

In this issue: UCA Research Featured at 11th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Society Conference and Staff Research Activities.
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20 December 2010  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 68

University of Central Asia and Embassy of France in Tajikistan sign an agreement to train French language instructors for tourism.
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15 December 2010  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 67

UCA Public Lecture Series - Fall 2010.
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01 December 2010  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 66

In this issue: Michigan State University and University of Central Asia Sign Agreement for Long-Term Cooperation and Collaboration in Education, Research, and Outreach; MSU and UCA co-host Central Asia Day at the MSU International Center in Michigan on 28 October 2010.
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18 November 2010  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 65

In this issue: Doctoral Scholarships in Public Policy at the School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, Canada.
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13 November 2010  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 64

In this issue: ICDL testing centres launched in Central Asia, Expanding virtual resources.
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09 November 2010  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 63

In this issue: University of Central Asia Launches New Partnership with Canada’s Carleton University to Strengthen Public Policy Training in Central Asia.
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04 November 2010  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 62

In this issue: Graduation of School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE); Technical and Vocational Education Learners Koksu, Kazakhstan.
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19 October 2010  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 61

In this issue: University of Central Asia, Central Asian Faculty Development Programme; MPhil / PhD scholarship programmes for the 2011-2012 academic year.
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18 October 2010  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 60

In this issue: University of Central Asia, Central Asian Faculty Development Programme; Master / PhD scholarship programmes at German universities for the 2011-2012 academic year.
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12 October 2010  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 59

In this issue: Certificate Programme in Local Economic and Community Development, School of Professional and Continuing Education.
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30 September 2010  |  NEWS
UCA News - Issue 58

In this issue: University of Central Asia, Central Asian Faculty Development Programme; MPhil/PhD scholarship programmes for the 2011-2012 academic year.
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30 September 2010  |  ANNOUNCEMENT
MPhil/PhD scholarship programmes for the 2011-2012 academic year

University of Central Asia, Central Asian Faculty Development Programme - MPhil/PhD scholarship programmes for the 2011 - 2012 academic year
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06 September 2010  |  PRESS RELEASE
UCA formally hands over road to Naryn Oblast in presence of President Roza

A new three-kilometre diversion of the Naryn State Road constructed by the University of Central Asia (UCA) was formally handed over to the Naryn Oblast Administration on 1 September 2010 in the presence of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Roza Otunbaeva, ministers and government officials during a working visit to Naryn Oblast.
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20 July 2010  |  PRESS RELEASE
66 teachers complete civil service training with UCA

The last group of 18 instructors has completed their Training of Trainers under the Certificate Programme Local Economic and Community Development developed by the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), the first operational education programmeme of the University of Central Asia (UCA).
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16 July 2010  |  PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Renew Cooperation in Higher Education

The University of Central Asia (UCA) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have agreed to extend cooperation in higher education for over the next three years through the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions. 
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07 June 2010  |  PRESS RELEASE
UCA supports civil service training programme for youth

The first cohort of instructors have completed their training of trainers under the program "Recruitment of New Generation Managers into Public and Municipal Service" on June 5, 2010. The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), the first operational education programme of the University of Central Asia (UCA) provided its expertise to support the initiative.
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1980


01 January 1980  |  NEWS
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