UCA Joins Naryn Town Day Nukura Festival
"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the University of Central Asia for participating in the Nukura Festival and Naryn Town Day by hosting festival guests at the University campus. UCA has a role in Naryn Town's development and we look forward to our long-term cooperation," said Mr. Emilbek Alymkulov, Mayor of Naryn Oblast who conceptualised the festival. Nearly 120 guests visited the UCA campus on 16 September 2017. This inaugural annual festival was organised to celebrate Naryn Town Day.
The Festival attracted tourists to Naryn and familiarised citizens with Kyrgyz culture. The programme included master classes on traditional handiwork, national dishes, an exhibition of Kyrgyz musical instruments and a visit to UCA's Campus.
Guests to the UCA campus included Tokmok Mayor, Balykchy Mayor, Osh Deputy Mayor, Naryn Deputy Governor and Naryn First Deputy Mayor as well as representatives from the Naryn village authorities, community and the United States Agency for International Development. UCA Facilities Manager Kuban Sydybaev introduced visitors to UCA followed by campus tours led by undergraduate students.
"Since the operationalisation of university campus in Naryn, UCA has been actively participating in Naryn town’s social and economic initiatives. By visiting the university campus as part of the Nukura Festival, it was a good opportunity for everyone to appreciate UCA’s academic programmes and campus life," said Ms. Jarkyn Ibraeva, Deputy Governor of Naryn Oblast following her visit to UCA.
UCA was founded in 2000. The Presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular, private, not for profit University, which was ratified by the respective parliaments and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are the Patrons of UCA and His Highness the Aga Khan is the Chancellor. UCA’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, by offering an internationally recognised standard of higher education, and helping the peoples of the region to preserve and draw upon their rich cultural traditions as assets for the future. UCA brings with it the commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network.