Building University Towns

The campus towns of Naryn, Kyrgyzstan, Khorog, Tajikistan and Tekeli, Kazakhstan are culturally and ecologically rich secondary cities on the historic Silk Road, within 150 miles of China. UCA’s campuses provide access to quality education outside of capital cities, foster regional hubs of technology and innovation and offer a uniquely immersive residential experience.

In addition to offering students a world class university facilities, UCA is partnering with local government and sister Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) agencies to develop the host mountain towns into vibrant university communities while boosting local economies.

Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic

In May 2016, the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) opened a Medical and Diagnostic Centre providing healthcare to Naryn residents and UCA students, faculty and staff. Licensed by the Ministry of Health, the Centre offers reliable and affordable services in gynaecology, obstetrics, cardiology, family medicine and paediatrics. It is equipped with modern diagnostic equipment, comprehensive laboratory services and a well-stocked pharmacy.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) rehabilitated the Seitaaly Jakypov Park to provide an attractive urban community space for leisure, play and exercise with WiFi connectivity for all ages. The Park is a joint project between the Naryn Oblast, Administration and AKDN through AKTC.

UCA strengthened infrastructure and connections to the broader region by constructing the three-kilometre Naryn-Baeotovo diversion road completed with pedestrian footpath, street trees and lighting, and handed over to the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. UCA also provided 24-hour water supply and paved the access road to Tosh-Bulak village. UCA is also refurbishing faculty and visitor accommodations in Naryn Town.

Khorog, Tajikistan

To extend quality healthcare services to the Khorog community, an AKHS Khorog Medical Centre is also under development in preparation of UCA’s campus opening in 2017.

UCA rehabilitated a walkway for the local Aga Khan Lycee and began construction on early childhood education centres in town, including two kindergartens and a training centre for early childhood educators.

UCA has paved access roads to Dasht village from the main town, a gravel road to Upper Dasht village and an access road from the community of Khitjd. The University also installed streetlights in the area.