|Project Title||University of Central Asia (UCA)|
|Country||Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan|
|Overall Project Value(EUR)||Not Assigned|
|Project Start – Project End||January 1, 2000–|
Funding and Implementing Organizations
|Origin of Funding||Other|
|Implementing Organization / Consortium||
Aga Khan Development Network
|Contact / Team Leader / Project Team||
University of Central Asia
Project Summary, Objectives and Results
The University of Central Asia (UCA) was created to offer an internationally recognized standard of higher education in Central Asia and create knowledgeable, skilled and creative graduates who will contribute leadership, ideas and innovations to the transitioning economies and communities of the region. The UCA was founded in 2000. The Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private university, ratified by the respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are the Patrons of UCA and His Highness is the Chancellor. UCA’s three campuses will be in Tekeli, Kazakhstan; Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic and Khorog, Tajikistan. These sites were selected because they are hubs of substantial mountain communities at regional crossroads.
The mission of UCA is to promote the socio-economic development of Central Asia’s mountain societies, while at the same time helping the diverse peoples of the region to preserve and draw upon their rich cultural traditions and heritages as assets for the future.
With the understanding that education is central to development, UCA programmes are geared towards addressing key social and economic issues facing the region and particularly mountain communities.
To reach the broadest spectrum of learners possible, UCA offers a range of internationally recognized academic programmes, including undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree courses, non-degree preparatory courses for incoming degree candidates, and vocational, professional development and distance education courses for students and professionals beyond the three UCA campuses.
|Components of the Education Process||Career planning, Education Management, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Mobility and international exchange, Standards and curriculum development|
|Occupational Field||Art, Economy, Trade, Business and Administration, Interdisciplinary Sciences, Philosophy, Ethnology, History, Political Sciences, Public Administration , Public Affairs, Sociology, Psychology, Educational Science|
|Target Groups||Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers|
The first degree offered was a Master’s of Science in Economic Development, including a core one-year curriculum in economics, development, finance and inter-disciplinary studies with a strong emphasis on ethics.
This was followed by a second year devoted to concentrations in one of the following institutes of graduate study: Business and Economic Development, Public Administration, and Rural Development. The remaining three Institutes: Tourism and Leisure, Education Policy, and Environment and Natural Resource Management focus on research, but ultimately offer specialized degrees.
The School of Undergraduate Studies offers a four-year degree to instill graduates with global knowledge, leadership skills, and initiative. The course includes required foundational courses emphasizing critical thinking and interdisciplinary approaches; concentrations in the humanities, natural sciences, the social sciences, and management; and research requirements.
UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), which has been operating since 2006, is Central Asia’s first provider of formal, university-based, non-degree educational programmes, offering vocational, professional development and personal improvement opportunities to youth and adults. By building vocational skills and professional competencies, SPCE will encourage entrepreneurship in the region and stimulate economic development.
The Graduate School of Development consists of six institutes addressing the unique resources and needs of the region while creating a pool of highly skilled professionals and decision-makers in, among others:
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