UCA Commemorates a Second Successful Summer Camp with Grade 10 Students from Central Asia

Date: 10 August 2016
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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 built friendships and long-lasting relationships through science, debate, sports, drama and field trips, where they gained valuable experience practicing English-language skills and studying collaboratively.


UCA selected the 73 gifted students, pictured here, from nearly 600 applications in a competitive regional admissions process.
Students received certificates of participation at the closing ceremony, which was emceed by students and featured unique songs, a dance performance and an intercultural chant. Alinazar Boynazarov, a Tajikistan student was nominated by his peers to address the cohort summarized their sentiments and said:
 
"I will always remember what we’ve been taught at the UCA Summer camp – adapting to new circumstances, English language and math classes, communication skills and time management,” said Alinazar. “The camp gave me the opportunity to improve my knowledge, live in a multi-cultural environment and be part of a second family. I can proudly say that these have been the best three weeks in my life!


Alinazar Boynazarov, a student from Tajikistan nominated by his peers to deliver an address, praised the UCA Summer Camp’s “multicultural community,” as “opening a new world” for the Grade 10 students.
UCA Director General Dr Bohdan Krawchenko congratulated students on a summer well spent, upgrading their English and math skills and receiving crucial assistance to the university application process.
 
This camp highlights the simple fact that the greatest resource of any society is its human capital, young people in particular. Admission to the summer camp was through an objective selection process.  This is a process that reaps huge rewards. When talent is the sole criteria for participation in a programme you will be amazed by the capacities, imagination and commitment of young people.  It is the responsibility of those who lead higher educational institutions to nurture and challenge these young people on a journey of intellectual inquiry and professional growth,” said Dr Krawchenko.
 
Dr Bernadette Dean, Associate Dean of UCA’s undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences commended Summer Camp faculty and counsellors on another successful Summer Camp. Dr Dean encouraged students to use the lessons and guidance from Summer Camp as a roadmap for pursuing the best educational opportunities available.
 
The UCA Summer Camp hopes to prepare students for the future, not only by strengthening their language and mathematics skills, but by helping them identify their goals and chart a path forward. Deciding where to attend university is one of the most important decisions a student will make, and we hope that our Summer Camp students will leave here feeling empowered, informed and prepared for this important next step,” she said.
 
Dr Dean will oversee the arrival of UCA’s inaugural undergraduate class to the University’s first residential campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. This year’s summer camp participants had the opportunity to visit the UCA campus in Naryn on 3 August before its official opening in September 2016.


Kyrgyz students led by Bekjan Damirbek uulu on guitar performed an original Kyrgyz song.
Erik Krauss, UCA Manager of Student Affairs, and Camp Director Farrah Kamani, who returned after her first year as Deputy Director, led the 2016 Summer Camp.
 
“The UCA Summer Camp is rooted in a student-centred and experiential approach to learning. In addition to rigorous curriculum taught by talented faculty, our summer camp participants had the chance to learn from their counsellors and from one another. This approach at the heart of te residential university living, and an important preview of the community of learning UCA encourages,” explained Krauss, who brings more than 25 years of university experience in North America, Europe and Central Asia.
 
This year’s programme also brought together the diverse team of faculty who will pioneer the UCA preparatory year in the School of Arts and Sciences. The eight faculty, who recently completed a rigorous pedagogical and curriculum training programme through UCA’s partnership with Seneca College, Canada, hail from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Colombia, the Philippines and Germany.
 
UCA is building three residential university campuses of equal size and stature in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic; Khorog, Tajikistan; and Tekeli, Kazakhstan. In September 2016, UCA will enrol its first undergraduate class at the Naryn campus, offering integrative undergraduate degree programmes in Communications and Media and Computer Science. The campus in Khorog, Tajikistan opening in 2017 will offer Economics and Earth and Environmental Sciences. The third campus in Tekeli, Kazakhstan is anticipated in 2019 and will offer Engineering Sciences and Business and Management.