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UCA Offers Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
02 September 2014, Dushanbe, Tajikistan - The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) and the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan are offering a Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Developed with Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, the programme is targeted to civil servants, independent analysts and staff at think-tanks and non-governmental organisations who wish to acquire skills to advance evidence-based policy analysis. The programme is offered in a flexible format to accommodate working professionals. Taught by highly qualified staff, it is the first of its kind in the region.
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Summer School on Labour Markets in Central Asia
11 August 2014, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Republic -
UCA’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) conducted a summer school on Labour Markets in Central Asia from 13 to 25 July 2014 in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyz Republic. Twenty participants from Central Asia learnt key themes of labour economics, discussed labour market issues and were introduced to relevant research and policy analysis methods. Sessions included lectures, class discussions, group work and data analysis exercises. 
The programme was part of the Gender and Labour Markets in Central Asia project funded by the Institute for the Study of Labor and the United Kingdom Government Department for International Development through the Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme (GLM | LIC).
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Kyrgyz Prime Minister Visits UCA Naryn Campus Site
06 June 2014, Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic - On 6 June 2014, Kyrgyz Prime Minister Joomart Otorbayev visited UCA’s Naryn campus site and was briefed on construction progress. Speaking to the media at the site, the Prime Minister said: “The University of Central Asia is a large and ambitious project. Construction, including faculty buildings and dormitories, is progressing alongside academic operations. Overall, this investment will bring socio-economic development to Naryn and the region and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic will support and look forward to its future developments.”.
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Mountain Societies Research Institute Organises Workshop on Agroforestry in Central Asia
27 May 2014, Chon-Kemin, Kyrgyz Republic - UCA’s Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) hosted a workshop on Agroforestry Practices in Central Asia from 12 to 14 May 2014 in Chon-Kemin, Kyrgyz Republic, with the support of the United States Forest Service (USFS).The workshop was organised to raise awareness of ongoing agroforestry research and projects in Central Asia, document and synthesise existing practices and research knowledge in related fields. Attended by representatives of state committees, farmer associations and non-governmental and international organisations and independent experts, participants also identified constraints and opportunities to implementing agroforestry to improve the quality of life of Central Asian communities and protect the environment.
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Canadian Minister of State Visits UCA
19 May 2014, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Canadian Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), visited the University of Central Asia (UCA) in Bishkek on 19 May 2014. Minister Yelich learnt about UCA’s capacity building initiatives in the region; UCA’s contributions to regional growth and stability through its engagement with communities in Central Asia and Afghanistan; how UCA programmes support women’s empowerment; and the development of the University’s three campuses. The Canadian Government supports UCA’s Regional Cooperation and Confidence Building project and its Research and Public Policy Initiative. UCA is also partnering with Canadian universities on faculty development and research, and to develop and deliver professional development, undergraduate and preparatory academic programmes.
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