280 Graduate from UCA Programmes
At the ninth annual graduation ceremony in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 18 November, 2017, over 280 graduated from UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) and the Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) with certificates in professional development and skills building programmes.
Welcoming the graduates and guests, UCA Dean of the Graduate School of Development, Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko, emphasised the University’s commitment to equip students with internationally-recognised qualifications that meet the socio-economic needs of Tajikistan. He also highlighted the outcome of the external evaluation of SPCE in 2017. “As part of this exercise, we had six top experts examine our major programmes to see whether or not they were up to standard. A detailed evaluation report concluded that: SPCE is performing its tasks and mission at the highest possible level, and particularly rewarding was the comment that SPCE’s quality assurance system is unique in the region, and unique even in the context of similar institutions in developed countries.”
Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko presenting a Certificate to a graduate who completed Intermediate Level English.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Asliddin Nizami, Professor of Arts, addressed the importance of preserving cultural diversity in Central Asia. “It is important to preserve and develop, by all means, the existing diversity and education of the cultures of the people of the region. By doing this, it will ensure that the active process of cultural dialogue continues for centuries.”
SPCE Graduates received certificates in Accounting, English and business planning. Among the other achievements were 13 women who received certificates in the Start and Improve Your Business course that was initiated by The First MicroFinance Bank of Tajikistan and delivered by SPCE.
Parents and guests at the graduation ceremony.
Graduates of AKHP’s Humanities in English programme received training in critical analysis, ethical reflection, and academic reading and writing skills. AKHP’s comprehensive curriculum focuses on embracing diversity, fostering open-ended curiosity and aesthetic appreciation, and building skills in participatory leadership and reasoned interpretation. AKHP builds the necessary skills to enable graduates to not simply fulfill academic and professional requirements, but also to think critically and ultimately redefine those requirements.
“SPCE is contributing a lot to the development of the country’s economy through its courses and programmes, and I think it is now time for SPCE to expand its activities to other regions of Tajikistan.”, said Mr. Akbar Pesnani, Aga Khan Development Network’s Diplomatic Representative in Tajikistan in his concluding remarks.