Frequently Asked Questions about the Naryn Campus Construction

1When will main campus construction start?
Major construction works for UCA’s first main campus began in September 2013 in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic.

2What is currently being built?
UCA is building Phase I of its Naryn main campus. This includes preparing the building site and the construction of a 12,200m² facility.  Phase I will include previously constructed international standard sports facilities.

3Who designed the campus?
The campus master plan and concept design were conceived by award-winning architecture firm Arata Isozaki & Associates, while the detailed design and construction documentation were by AECOM UK. Campus and building design allow for the development of the Naryn campus facilities in multiple phases and ensure that the facility complements its unique mountain environment.

4What can we expect to see in the next few months?
You will see the construction of building site facilities, including offices, roads and welfare facilities for staff.  Ground breaking will include the laying of the campus building foundations. The construction of the sub and super structure for the campus buildings will commence in the spring of 2014.

5Will building continue through the winter?
Yes, as of March 2014, construction works will be continuous.

Why has there been a delay in the start of construction?
UCA has been engaged in necessary preparatory works, to ensure that the campus site is ready for construction. Additionally, due to a fault line running through the site, the master plan and structural design of the originally designed campus facilities had to be re-mastered to comply with the latest international seismic design parameters.

6Why is the University being built in phases?
Construction is being done in phases to ensure the systematic development of UCA’s three campuses and to allow for the challenges inherent in this ambitious endeavour.

7Are there any jobs available?
Since 2008, UCA has employed an average of 100-150 citizens in construction annually. UCA currently employs 130 Central Asian staff in construction and 140 staff in academic and operations.

As construction proceeds, UCA will employ local security and management staff.  All other employment will be done by subcontractors. Works packages will be procured by UCA, with the majority being tendered to Kyrgyz contractors, who in turn will be contractually obligated to employ minimum levels of Central Asian staff.

Once the campus is open, there will be employment opportunities for personnel to operate and maintain the facility.

8Why are works packages being subcontracted?
Works packages are being subcontracted to facilitate early construction start and completion dates; the use of local and regional contractors; enhanced local and regional employment opportunities; and capacity building for companies who can provide services to UCA in the future.

9When will construction be completed?
Phase I construction of the Naryn campus is scheduled to finish in the spring of 2016. A testing and commissioning period will follow.

In September 2016, the UCA campus in Naryn will open its doors to the University’s first class of undergraduate students.

10Who is funding the construction of the Naryn campus?
UCA is an ambitious endeavour benefitting from the support of a variety of stakeholders. Since the University’s inception, the Aga Khan Development Network has invested in UCA, and has committed to finance the construction of the Phase I facilities. The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic has provided land for the campus sites and fiscal exemptions, in accordance with the UCA treaty which was signed by the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan and His Highness the Aga Khan.

11 What comes next?
Construction and facilities development will continue beyond Phase I. At full capacity, the UCA Naryn campus will be 125,000 m² and house 1,200 students.


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