The School of Professional and Continuing Education

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education is designed to serve the immediate needs of the communities where the campuses are located and fulfils UCA’s approach to reach the broadest spectrum of learners possible.

Launched in 2006, UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) provides post-secondary and continuing education, giving young people and adults professional and vocational qualifications in a flexible learning format that improves employment and income generating opportunities. The School has trained more than 119,000 participants (as of August 2018) across 60 programmes and courses at 12 learning centres throughout Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan. The School is also a leading provider of educational literature having published more than 300 textbooks in support of its programmes.

Learning Centres

  • Tajikistan: Khorog, Dushanbe (2)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Naryn. Bishkek
  • Kazakhstan: Tekeli
  • Afghanistan: Darvaz, Faizabad, Ishkashim (2), Shugnan, Zebak

SPCE is the only official testing centre for many international qualifications, and its learning centres are recognised as Cambridge English Language Assessment Centres. Amongst its many courses, the school offers internationally recognised certificate programmes in English for Business (London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board), Accounting (Certified Accountant Practitioner and Certification for International Professional Accountants), ICT (Microsoft IT Academy), International Computer Driving License (ICDL) and Local Economic and Community Development. SPCE also provides an apprenticeship-based Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme in a number of construction trades.

TVET students learn best practices in auto-mechanics through an innovative curriculum that combines classroom training, hands-on experience, and apprenticeships.TVET students learn best practices in auto-mechanics through an innovative curriculum that combines classroom training, hands-on experience, and apprenticeships.

To ensure that its programmes reach a diversity of communities, outreach courses have also been set up in remote villages that do not have direct access to SPCE facilities. These courses help address issues, such as the use of outdated curricula in the public-school system, and preparation for national tests, that are particularly acute in village communities.

All certificate programmes are internationally benchmarked - their academic quality and integrity are assured through a system of external examinations. Instructors are recruited locally and undergo training to acquire international certification. SPCE's focus on quality of education is recognised as a best practice model; the School is assisting continuing education institutions throughout Central Asia, Egypt and Pakistan by sharing curricula and textbooks, and providing quality assurance systems.

External Evaluation

SPCE underwent a rigorous external evaluation in 2017. The objective was to assess 10 years of the effectiveness of implementing programmes designed to advance the socio-economic development of the mountain regions of Central Asia, and improve livelihoods and educational mobility. In doing so, SPCE established a model of an educational institution that had no equivalent in the region, and virtually none in international practice.

The evaluation was conducted by the Higher School of Economics in Russia, the College of Rockies in Canada, as well as independent regional experts and consulting companies to assess how well SPCE had met its mission from 2010 to 2016. The evaluation garnered empirical evidence and asked authoritative field experts to critically examine its programmes, quality assurance processes, organisational structure, and other aspects of its operations. The Impact Evaluation showed that almost 90% of graduates said their goals to obtain skills for employment or admission to higher education were met. About 75% of the graduates said that SPCE improved their chances of finding new or better jobs, and 12% had started or expanded a business. In addition, 88% of graduates noted that SPCE provided skills enabling them to remain in their community, and 77% said studying at SPCE resulted in increased civil engagement. The report highlighted that it has established “a remarkable quality assurance system”, and concluded that SPCE should continue to grow incrementally along existing pathways.

SPCE Courses

Certificate Programmes

Accounting Technology Certificate
Small Business Management using mini-technology
Local Economic and Community Development
English for Business
English for Academic Purposes

Technical Vocational Programmes

Auto Mechanic

Short Programmes

Certified Accounting Practitioner (preparation for external examinations)
Academic Achievement Programme
Development of Business Plans
Social Entrepreneurship
International Computer Driving License
Cashier/Financial Assistant
Conversational English
English for Health
English for Youth
Conversational Russian
Conversational German
Conversational Chinese
Conversational Kyrgyz
Conversational French
Guides Training

Short Courses and Outreach Programmes

Kazakh for Business
Tajik for Business
Open your own Business
Starting a business
Expanding a business
Business Planning
Business Communication Skills
Financial Literacy
Mathematics for Accounting
French for Tourism
Accounting Software 1 C (Buhgalteriya)
Pre-Beginner English
Pre-Beginner French
Russian for Repatriates
Online Essentials
Computer Essentials
Word Processing
Using Databases
Maths for University Entrance
Chemistry for University Entrance
Biology for University Entrance
Mental Math
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