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15 January 2014, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic - The University of Central Asia and the Mountain Partnership Central Asian Hub hosted two events to celebrate International Mountain Day in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. International Mountain Day (11 December) is observed annually by Mountain Partnership members across the world. Since 2010, the Mountain Partnership Central Asian Hub, which is hosted by UCA, has coordinated the annual celebration in Central Asia with support from the Swiss Development Cooperation. A Food Revolution event highlighted the growing prevalence of malnutrition in mountain regions. A panel on Mountains: Key to a Sustainable Future brought together stakeholders to assess progress in social development.
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12 December 2013, Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic - The eBilim mobile digital library was inaugurated at the University of Central Asia (UCA) School for Professional and Continuing Education in Naryn. eBilim is a one-year pilot project designed to bring information and resources to communities in remote villages in Naryn Oblast. "Bilim" means knowledge in the Kyrgyz language. "e" indicates electronic media. "eBilim" brings together two important components of the project: locally accessible knowledge and current technology and media. The project is being implemented through a partnership between UCA’s Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) and the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP), with financial support from the German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
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05 December 2013, Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan - In November 2013, youth at nine locations across Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan identified critical social problems in their communities and generated entrepreneurial ideas to address them. Those who submit winning proposals will receive grants to implement their ideas.
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03 December 2013, Khorog, Tajikistan - Since it opened in 2006, UCA’s Town Campus in Khorog has buzzed with activity as youth and adult learners alike engage in courses at the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE). The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art learning technologies, computer laboratories, classrooms and a 44,453 volume library. UCA Communications recently spent time at SPCE Khorog where energetic instructors are busy in their classrooms and in their own professional development courses. Students in SPCE’s Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) programme workshops are learning new skills which they practice through TVET’s apprentice programme. SPCE classrooms are full of energy, with students learning new information and skills and engaging in lively discussions and interactive activities. SPCE offers courses in 30 areas and has reached over 27,000 learners in Tajikistan.
20 November 2013, Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic - In September 2013, UCA’s Naryn main campus Phase 1 construction began. Phase I builds on critical preparatory works and community development initiatives such as the diversion and construction of a portion of the Naryn State Road; the construction of gabion walls to secure the adjacent Naryn River bed; the provision of a secure water source to our neighbours in Tosh-Bulak village; and the opening of world class sports facilities. As construction proceeds, instructors at the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) located at UCA’s Naryn Town campus continue to reach both youth and adult learners with academic enrichment, English-language and professional development courses.