On behalf of the Chancellor, His Highness the Aga Khan, Princess Zahra Aga Khan, who is also a Trustee of UCA, conveyed a special message of congratulations. She also highlighted the global challenges of climate change, for which solutions and adaptative measures must be identified and implemented locally.
“The reason that UCA teaches Earth and Environmental Sciences is that climate change will affect Central Asia as it will the rest of the planet. It will force changes to the ways you grow and distribute food; to your approach towards resources; and to the way you will build houses in the future. It will also create a raft of new jobs and careers that will be essential in the decades to come.
Most importantly, you, the students of today, will be the scientists of tomorrow. Those who can model and predict natural disasters as well as predict future changes in the climate, and the effect it will have on humans in the next hundred years or more. These scientists will be greatly in demand in various careers, from biology, geology and geography, to physics and chemistry, because all these fields will evolve with climate change, and career options will be varied and crucially important….
Graduands, as you enter the next phase of your lives, UCA eagerly looks forward to celebrating in your success. We hope that your alma mater will always have a special place in your heart, and that you will stay connected to UCA as a lifelong learner and enthusiastic ambassador.”
Princess Zahra’s Address
As the ceremony’s chief guest in Naryn, the Minister of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, Dr Almazbek Beishenaliev, lauded the efforts of UCA in encouraging research relevant to the needs and challenges of the region:
“I am confident that UCA graduates will make a significant contribution not only to the development of Kyrgyzstan, but the wider Central Asian region.”
He was amongst a number of distinguished guests who spoke at the ceremony.
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