September 5, 2016: University of Central Asia’s first batch of 71 students started their undergraduate studies on 5 September 2016 at Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic campus.
Admitted through a competitive, transparent and merit-based admission process, these students come from Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Students pursuing specialisations in Computer Science or Communications and Media will spend all five years at UCA Naryn, while those specialising in Economics or Earth and Environmental Science will transfer to the UCA campus in Khorog, Tajikistan, slated to open in 2017.
UCA undergraduates begin their five-year degree programme with the University’s intensive Preparatory Programme. The following years feature liberal arts core curriculum rooted in the Central Asian context and specialised study in a selected major.
The formal inauguration of the University is expected in October 2016.
UCA is building three residential university campuses of equal size and stature in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, the first to enroll undergraduate students; and in Khorog, Tajikistan (2017) and Tekeli, Kazakhstan (anticipated 2019).
Each UCA campus features state of the art classrooms, libraries, and laboratories, secure, modular dormitories and athletic facilities open to the public, including football pitches and tennis courts.
Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman, UCA Board Executive Committee and Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in the Kyrgyz Republic, was present at the ceremonies, accompanied by UCA Director General and Dean of Graduate Studies Dr Bohdan Krawchenko; Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr Ariff Kachra; Kyrgyzstan’s Deputy Minister of Education Nurmamat Esenkulov and Naryn Deputy Governor Asizov Kasen.
Excerpt of the remarks made at the ceremony:
“This is a historic day for UCA. The University is delighted to welcome our very first 71 students, whose admission is a testament solely of their talent. We are proud that UCA’s financial aid programme ensured that no deserving student was denied entry due to financial circumstances. The first phase of constructing a university is over and now, together with faculty, staff and students, we begin the much more challenging task of building the institution based on the values this University espouses,”
“We are delighted that UCA will focus on enhancing the standard of higher education in Central Asia and become a role model for other Universities.”
“In the months and years to come, the University will make a significant contribution to this community and in turn can always count on our support,”