Message from UCA Leadership

Welcome to the University of Central Asia (UCA). Whether you are a prospective student or a parent, a professor or a researcher, we are pleased to introduce you to UCA: Central Asia's first regional, fully residential university based in three countries.

As a partnership between the Aga Khan Development Network and the Governments of Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan, UCA combines international resources and educational standards with regional talent and community investment. We offer students from Central Asia something different: an immersive, residential campus experience where students study and live amongst faculty, fostering learning, mentorship and the free exchange of ideas.

Our curriculum is designed by some of the best minds in higher education, and rooted in the economic realities of Central Asia. UCA's five-year degree programme is designed to create qualified job applicants, and to produce entrepreneurs and job creators in the region's growth sectors.

Our students will graduate from the University knowing how to lead, communicate, and think critically. They will have benefited from modern, world-class learning facilities, exposure to professional experience through internships and hands-on learning projects, and mentorship and institutional support in their academic, professional and personal lives.

We look forward to welcoming the first undergraduates to our regional campuses. UCA admissions are solely merit-based; no qualified student will be denied admission due to financial need. We are looking for the best and brightest the region has to offer, and believe a diversity of backgrounds and experiences will strengthen our undergraduate community.

UCA is here for the long haul. Not only is it a timely investment for the region today, it is built to last for generations. We hope you will consider applying to join the UCA community, to lend your talents and make your mark.

Dr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha
Board of Trustees
Dr Bohdan Krawchenko
Director General and
Dean of Graduate Studies
Dr Diana Pauna
School of Arts and Sciences