UCA Naryn Campus Academic Start
Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
The University of Central Asia (UCA) welcomed 71 talented young students and their families to its first residential campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic on 4 September 2016. The Class of 2021 includes accomplished students from Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. They were accepted to UCA through a competitive, merit-based regional admissions process. The University, which directly employs 285 people in the Kyrgyz Republic, invited faculty, staff and members of the community to mark their arrival.
Parents, community members and UCA staff joined the seventy-one students to mark the start of classes.
From left to right: Dr Ariff Kachra, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, UCA Director General and Dean of Graduate Studies, and Dr Bernadette L. Dean, Associate Dean, welcomed the Class of 2021.
Zarrina Gafurova, one of UCA’s first undergraduates from Khujand, Tajikistan, addressed guests.
Each student contributed a personal message to a cohort time capsule that will be unsealed at the 2021 graduation. Students also inscribed their names in the UCA Legacy Book, a new tradition that symbolically inducts them into UCA’s community. All graduating classes will contribute a class gift to a graduation capsule to be unlocked at the University’s Silver Jubilee in 2041.
Guests gather in the Academic building courtyard for campus tours.
UCA staff, parents and members of the Naryn community tour the University library with Head Librarian Paul Coleman.
Campus guests visit UCA’s classroom spaces.
Undergraduate student Nurlansultan Nogoibaev from Kyrgyzstan proudly shows his new dormitory room to family.
Guests visit the rooftop terrace.