In the Media


17 November 2018 | IN THE MEDIA
Swiss Glacier Holds World's Largest Postcard
A series of 125,000 postcards and drawings about climate change were put on display on the shrinking Aletsch Glacier in the Swiss Alps. Children from Kyrgyzstan contributed to this giant postcard as part of the World Mountain Forum 2018, co-hosted by UCA in Bishkek in October. 

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25 October 2018 | IN THE MEDIA
In the Media: World Mountain Forum 2018

From October 23-26 2018 the University of Central Asia co-organised the fourth World Mountain Forum (WMF) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. WMF provides a platform for policy-makers, scientists and practitioners to share experiences and best practices, and develop integrated solutions to existing challenges to sustainable development in mountain regions.
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11 May 2018 | IN THE MEDIA
Tekeli Tynisi - Human Capital is a Foundation For Modernisation

The University of Central Asia hosted a meeting to discuss a new initiative, titled “Education Improvement Programme” on May 3rd  2018 in Tekeli, Kazakhstan.

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21 April 2017 | IN THE MEDIA
Astana Times - Science, Technology and Math Necessary for Students to be Globally Competitive, says University Director General
It seems economics and law have been eternally popular and cliché fields to study and work in former Soviet Union countries. The notion that one is guarantied a job afterwards has been fading away, however, with the arrival of the digital era and a competitive new world ruled by science and technology.

30 January 2017 | IN THE MEDIA
Why aren’t Universities in Kazakhstan Built Outside of Major Urban Areas?
Receiving a higher education in Kazakhstan means moving to a big city. For some, this move presents new opportunities; however, for others this creates inevitable challenges. Students have traditionally identified transportation, accommodation and living costs as their most significant challenges. Kazakhstan has never built universities outside major metropolitan areas, contrary to common practice in the West, where universities frequently become cores of small towns. looks into why universities in Kazakhstan are not leaving major cities and whether such a move can happen in the foreseeable future.

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02 June 2016 | IN THE MEDIA
BBC News: UCA Inaugural Campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) visited UCA's inaugural campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic in anticipation of its undergraduate launch in September 2016.

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18 January 2016 | IN THE MEDIA
UCA Executive Chairman Speaks to AKIPress on AKDN's 15 Year Presence in the Kyrgyz Republic and the University's Aspirations

Bishkek (AKIpress) - This year the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) marks 15 years of its work in Kyrgyzstan. AKIpress talked to Mr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in Kyrgyzstan, about AKDN projects, values and many other topics.


11 December 2015 | IN THE MEDIA
A Journalist’s Perspective: A Day on the University of Central Asia Construction Site

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA SPCE) graduation ceremony – by the way, its 10th – similar to previous years was celebrated in a festive and colourful fashion.  It would not be an exaggeration to say that the 200 graduates receiving their certificates from the UCA leadership (and it should be added that certificates were conferred not only to graduates, who came from GBAO, but also from the neighbouring provinces of Afghanistan) were glowing with happiness. Details of the ceremony is available in the UCA SPCE press release and, in the story prepared by our correspondent. As for me – I would like to relate my trip, together with a group of fellow journalists to the campus construction site in Khorog. 
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15 October 2015 | IN THE MEDIA
Shamsh Kassim-Lakha: Education is Not Instant Coffee - Vecherniy Bishkek
Construction of the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) main campus, which opens next year in Naryn, is nearing completion. Thanks to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan will host a world-class University. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, AKDN Diplomatic Representative and Executive Chairman of the Board Executive Committee, UCA spoke to Vecherniy Bishkek (VB) on how this initiative was undertaken. 

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30 September 2015 | IN THE MEDIA
Investments in Education - Vecherniy Bishkek
Journalists from Bishkek travelled to Osh, where they visited the Aga Khan School and spoke to students and teachers. They also travelled to Naryn, where they saw firsthand the progress of construction of the first campus of the University of Central Asia. 

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30 September 2015 | IN THE MEDIA
US$85 million Spent on University of Central Asia Construction in Naryn - Kabar Information Agency
The University of Central Asia in Naryn, currently under construction, is funded by Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).  The total estimated spending of this University US$85 million. The new main campus building which will welcome students from September 2016, has been completed and final finish works are ongoing. This information was provided during a media tour on 8 September organised by AKDN, Kyrgyzstan.  

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30 September 2015 | IN THE MEDIA
Regional Development Spurs Country Growth - Kyrgyz Tuusu
For many years, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has been supporting the establishment of institutions and programmes which help to develop an economically dynamic, politically stable and intellectually and culturally vibrant Kyrgyz Republic. The Network provides necessary information and free of charge consultations for citizens of rural areas to improve their living conditions, and also renders financial assistance for their further development. In addition, much attention is paid to education, and several activities are carried out in Osh and Jalalabad cities.

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24 August 2015 | IN THE MEDIA
University of Central Asia Constructs New Campuses with CONJECT’s Support
The construction of the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) three campuses in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan is being supported by CONJECT, a leading supplier of cloud software for the whole life management of built assets.

27 April 2015 | IN THE MEDIA
Aga Khan works to build a better world - Calgary Herald
A palpable mood of prosperity hangs in the clear mountain air of Khorog, fuelled by construction of the University of Central Asia, a daring, seemingly illogical project by the resolute Aga Khan Development Network.

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27 April 2015 | IN THE MEDIA
Calgary group brings hope to Central Asia - Calgary Herald
The craggy, geologically young mountains below me are said to be the soul of Kyrgyzstan. They are the highest ranges in Central Asia, covering 93 per cent of the country. Those who attempt to tame its steep valleys cling precariously to terraced slopes. In its high meadows, nomadic cattle herders have worked this wild landscape for more than 2,000 years.

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17 November 2014 | IN THE MEDIA
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.

02 September 2014 | IN THE MEDIA
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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05 May 2014 | IN THE MEDIA
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.

01 April 2014 | IN THE MEDIA
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.


18 May 2013 | IN THE MEDIA
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.


01 July 2011 | IN THE MEDIA
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.

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