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UCA Khorog Campus Update (September 2016)
16 September 2016, Khorog, Tajikistan - UCA has begun the construction of Phase I of its second undergraduate residential campus in Khorog, Tajikistan. Alongside a $64.4 million commitment from the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), including $7.5 million from the Aga Khan Foundation, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States Government’s development finance institution has extended $30 million to complete Phase I construction of its Khorog campus. The Khorog Phase I facilities include a three-storey academic building (housing a library, classrooms, computer lab, student space, cafe, administrative offices, with faculty offices and housing), a laboratory, student life building and a student dormitory with three wings.

UCA Commemorates a Second Successful Summer Camp with Grade 10 Students from Central Asia
10 August 2016, Royal Beach Resort in Kyrgyz Republic’s Issyk Kul region - The University of Central Asia (UCA) recognised the achievements of the Second Annual Summer Camp’s 73 participants in a closing ceremony at the Royal Beach Resort in Kyrgyz Republic’s Issyk Kul region on 8 August 2016. Over three weeks, UCA hosted top students from Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan at the innovative Summer Camp, an integrated academic enrichment experience for Grade 10 students. Summer Camp participants shared new experiences and built friendships through science, debate, sports, drama and field trips, where they gained valuable experience practicing English-language skills and studying collaboratively.

University of Central Asia’s Shamsh Kassim-Lakha Outlines Innovative Approach to Education and Economic Development at "Breaking the Cycle of Poverty" Lecture Series in the United Kingdom
27 May 2016, London, United Kingdom -
University of Central Asia (UCA) Board Executive Committee Executive Chairman and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Diplomatic Representative to the Kyrgyz Republic Shamsh Kassim-Lakha delivered a talk in London on 20 May 2016, as part of the Aga Khan Foundation UK’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty lecture series. 

In his talk; Creating Opportunity on the Roof of the World, Kassim-Lakha addressed the diverse audienceemphasising the strategic importance of the Central Asian region in a globalised world and the mission of the University of Central Asia, which will open its inaugural campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic to the first cohort of undergraduates in September 2016. He also outlined UCA’s work in the region to date. 

The talk was followed by the premiere of a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) produced news story from an earlier visit to the Naryn campus and an open discussion and question and answer session led by Gulnara Kasmambetova, Senior Producer for BBC Kyrgyz Television, Radio and Online.

University of Central Asia Welcomes Launch of Aga Khan Health Services Medical and Diagnostic Centre in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
17 May 2016, Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic -
The University of Central Asia (UCA), together with the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), celebrated a milestone in the development of Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic into a vibrant university town with the inauguration of the AKHS Medical and Diagnostic Centre on 11 May 2016. The Centre, operating under a licence issued by the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan, is staffed with highly qualified doctors and other medical professionals.

It will offer reliable and affordable services in gynaecology, obstetrics, cardiology, family medicine, paediatrics including a well-stocked pharmacy for Naryn residents, UCA students and faculty. With generous support of the Government of Canada and the AKDN, the Centre will also offer full laboratory services including biochemistry, pathology and haematology tests.

Forum on Mining Policy in the Kyrgyz Republic
11 March 2016, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic - The University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Institute (UCA MSRI) held a roundtable on 11 February 2016 to discuss natural resource management in Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic. The event featured discussions of research conducted in Batken and Soghd oblasts as part of the project Reducing Conflict Over Water and Pastures in the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan supported by the United Kingdom’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. Natural resource management is a primary research focus of the MSRI in Central Asia, and more than 50 representatives from government, academia, international organisations and NGOs in the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan attended the roundtable to share their views.