Undergraduates Settle into Residential University Life at the UCA Naryn Campus

Location: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Other languages: Русский язык

The first month of classes at the University of Central Asia (UCA) Naryn Campus got off to a bustling start. UCA’s inaugural 71 undergraduates acclimated to to residential university life on the Naryn Campus, getting acquainted with roommates and meeting fellow classmates from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Since arriving on campus, the diverse cohort of students have familiarised themselves with the characteristically small class sizes, challenging coursework and student-centred approach to teaching and learning that set UCA’s programme apart. The first year Preparatory Programme, taught by faculty from around the world, is helping upgrade students’ skills in English for academic purposes, mathematics and science.


English Faculty Dr Roza Kazakbaeva utilises integrated technology and student-centred instruction in the classroom.
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The Dining Hall at the Naryn Campus, lit by a biodynamic light chandelier, doubles as an event space for lectures, celebrations and music, dance and theatre performances.
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Students of UCA’s diverse undergraduate class gather in the outdoor courtyard outside of the Academic Building. The entire campus is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing students to connect wherever they are.
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Students at UCA’s Naryn Campus enjoy outdoor spaces to study, socialise and interact with nature.
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English Faculty Dr Nasima Yamchi leads a course as part of the Preparatory Programme. Dr Yamchi brings more than 30 years teaching Academic English, Critical Thinking and Cultural Diversity to UCA.
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UCA Faculty and Dean Dr Bernadette L. Dean enjoy the faculty terrace at the Naryn Campus, a space to meet, relax and enjoy the mountain vistas.
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UCA students walk to class at the Naryn Campus. The diverse cohort of undergraduates, nearly 40 per cent women, includes talented young people from UCA's founding countries, as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Undergraduates study between classes in the Academic Building. Student study and meeting spaces are located throughout campus to encourage informal learning and discussion.
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Science Faculty Laughton Browne demonstrates proper use of the University's "wet lab" facilities, which include chemical resistant surfaces, pluggable sinks, gas outlets, measurement tools and supplies used in the Preparatory Programme’s science curriculum. 
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The UCA Naryn Campus sits on 252 hectares of land on the banks of the Naryn River, nestled among the Tien-Shan mountain range. Each UCA campus features outdoor spaces that offer unique learning landscapes for student exploration and study.
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