UCA Presents Awards at Fourth SPCE Graduation in Khorog

Date: 12 June 2010
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On 12 June 2010, UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) Khorog campus held its fourth annual graduation ceremony in Khorog Park. The ceremony recognized the achievements over 300 learners in the fields of Accounting, English for Business, IT, Mountain Tour Operators and Mountain Guides, English in the Villages, and Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) trades.

The awards ceremony was attended by Mr. Malikhsho Nematov, Chairman of the Youth, Sports and Tourism Committee of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan; Ambassador Henri Zipper de Fabiani, French Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan; Mr. Aziz Giyoev, Deputy Governor of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO);  Mr. Alisher Faromuzov, Director of the National Centre for Adult Education in the Ministry of Labour and Employment of the Government of Tajikistan; Mr. Yodgor Faizov, CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation; and Mr. Nakhat Adulofizov, Head of Aga Khan Education Services in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. UCA Director-General Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko addressed the graduates, with Mr. Dilovar Butabekov, head of the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), acting as Master of Ceremonies. The graduates received their certificates in the presence of some 450 family and friends.

SPCE Graduates in Khorog Park

The day’s activities began with the graduates’ procession from the SPCE town campus to Khorog Park accompanied by live music from the Brass Band from the Khorog Garrison Office of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Tajikistan. Graduates were addressed by Chairman Nematov and Deputy Governor Giyoev, who offered congratulations and expressed support for the collaboration between UCA and the Tajik government at the local and national levels. Ambassador Zipper de Fabiani spoke about the unique relationship between AKDN and France, highlighting plans to offer courses in French language and eco-tourism at SPCE Khorog in the coming fall.

This was the first graduation held at Khorog Park, the revitalization of which was completed in 2009 by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in cooperation with the people of Khorog. Located at the centre of Khorog beside the Gunt River, the park was updated to meet the needs and reflect the aspirations of the community. An exhibition from current SPCE learners, alumni, and local business owners was set up alongside the graduation tent, and guests enjoyed a concert featuring local musicians and dancers following the ceremony. The exhibition featured informational materials on the Pamirs, including a recently published work by scholar Robert Middleton, entitled The Pamirs: History, Archaeology and Culture (Dushanbe 2010, pp131), commissioned by the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) and published by UCA. (For more information and to order copies, contact Mikhail Romanyuk mikhail.romanyuk@ucentralasia.org)

Established in 2006, SPCE is UCA’s first operational academic programme tasked with the mission of fostering economic development. SPCE offers courses for youth and adults designed to improve employment opportunities by responding to the trends of the local labour market, as well as offering professional development opportunities for mid-career professionals. SPCE Khorog continues to expand its programs, enrolling over 8,500 learners since the launch of programmes in 2006. In 2010, enrolment increased by 57% percent. SPCE Khorog will continue to develop its capacity as a regional node, offering cross-border education initiatives for learners from Afghan Badakhshan.