UCA Presents Awards at First Annual Joint SPCE-AKHP Graduation in Dushanbe
On June 18 2010, UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) Dushanbe campus and the Aga Khan Humanities Project held their first annual joint graduation ceremony in Dushanbe. The ceremony recognized the achievements over 300 learners in the fields of Accounting, English for Business, Humanities in English, and IT.
The awards ceremony was attended by Mr. Mahmadamin Mahmadaminov, Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan; Mr. Nurali Rioev, Administrative Department Head of the Presidential Administration; Mr. Munir Merali, Aga Khan Development Network Representative to Tajikistan; Ms. Mavjuda Akhmedova, Senior Specialist of Department of Social Protection of Population, Supervisor of Adult Training, President Administration; Mrs. Sharofat Mamadambarova, Head of the Aga Khan Humanities Project; Mr. Dilovar Butabekov, Head of the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) Khorog. UCA Director-General Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko addressed the graduates, with Mr. Khayrisho Shonusairiev, Director of the SPCE Dushanbe Learning Centre and Mohira Fayzulloeva, Senior Instructor of the AKHP, acting as Masters of Ceremony. The graduates received their certificates in the presence of Members of Majlisi Namoyandagon, Mr. Nazrullo Jonov (MP) and Ms. Bibidavlat Afzalshoeva (MP) as well as ambassadors and dignitaries from the OSCE, the Embassies of India, Iran, Pakistan and the United States along with some 200 family and friends.
UCA Director General Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko presented certificates to the graduates
Minister Mahmadaminov addressed the graduates, congratulating them on their achievement and emphasisizing the strong relationship between UCA and the Tajik government. Minister Mahmadaminov also expressed his desire for UCA SPCE Learning Centres established in more parts of the country, given their vital role in improving employability and expanding education in Tajikistan. AKDN Resident Representative Munir Merali spoke broadly about the role of the AKDN in Tajikistan and the close relationship that has been built in the 15 years that various AKDN agencies have worked in Tajikistan in cooperation with the national Government. Mr. Merali went on to acknowledge the high calibre of graduates from AKHP and SPCE, noting that international organizations and embassies alike should keep these graduates in mind when hiring new employees.
In a unique partnership between the Tajik Government and the Dushanbe Learning Centre, and supported by the U.S. Embassy, a group of law enforcement personnel received awards for completing a rigorous course in information technology. The 12 IT trainers from the country’s law enforcement ministries and agencies received Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certificates upon successful completion of the Microsoft 2007 package and passing online exams for international certification. Following their completion of the course, the trainers will provide IT training to staff members in their respective institutions.
Recipients of Microsoft Office Specialists Certificates
This was the first graduation to be held jointly between the Aga Khan Humanities Project and the School of Professional and Continuing Education’s Dushanbe Learning Centre; AKHP has held graduations since 2004 and SPCE since 2009. The AKHP was established in 1997, and became a part of University of Central Asia in 2007. Headquartered in Dushanbe, AKHP currently works with 31 partner universities in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Approximately 37,000 students have learned from the AKHP curriculum across the region to-date.
Through joint funding between the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe and the AKHP, high school students in Dushanbe may enroll in the English Micro Access Scholarship program in two courses: Introduction to Humanities and Individual and Society. Undergraduate and graduate university students may enroll in any of the following courses: Introduction to Humanities, Individual and Society, Tradition and Change, Rhythm and Movement, Identifying Civil Society, Seeking Social Justice, Art and Appreciation, and Negotiating Human Nature.
The SPCE Learning Center in Dushanbe was established in January 2008; this was the second graduation held for SPCE learners of the Learning Center.