Over 600 Graduate in Afghanistan from UCA Schools
The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) celebrated its third graduation ceremony, recognising 629 learners across six Satellite Learning Centres (SLC) in Afghanistan in September and October 2017. These centres are in Darwaz, Ishkashim, Shughnan and Faizabad, as well as SPCE programmes offered in cooperation with the Aga Khan Education Service Centres in Ishkashim and Zebak.
SPCE is the first operational programme of UCA, founded to offer an international standard of higher education and foster the socioeconomic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain regions.
Mr. Dilovar Butabekov, Deputy Director of SPCE Afghanistan and Tajikistan, presenting an English certificate to a student in Faizabad.
“SPCE programmes have helped the people gain knowledge and celebrate unity,” said Muhammad Ismail Qayumi, Head of Nusai District in Darwaz at the ceremony. The SLC Darwaz awarded graduates, 45% of whom are female, with English and Information Technology (IT) certificates on 26 September.
In Faizabad, the SPCE-Badakhshan University Continuing Education Unit (CEU) held a graduation ceremony on 3 October and recognised over 150 students. “The SPCE-Badakhshan CEU provides high quality courses led by professional instructors. We are grateful that students in the region have an opportunity to learn new skills,” said Dr. Gul Mohammad Bedor, Deputy Provincial Governor of Badakhshan.
Remarking on the benefits of knowledge and education, Shughnan District Head, Mirzaqul Paiman, congratulated graduates from the SLC Shughnan on 19 October. Female graduate, Qurban Bibi, noted, “I feel very lucky. Current SPCE programmes are very important in improving the young generation’s skills and education level of Shughnan society.”
In Ishkashim, over 200 graduates received English and IT certificates and the District Governor of Ishkashim, Nomdar Khan Khalid encouraged students to continue studying and apply for UCA’s undergraduate programmes in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Over 200 students received SPCE certificates in Ishkashim.
Representatives from the government of Afghanistan, including from the Presidential Apparatus, international community, civil society, UCA and Aga Khan Development Network attended the ceremonies at the various learning centres.
Deputy Minister of Finance of Afghanistan, Ms. Naheed Sarabi commented at the event in Ishkashim, “I am so happy and proud that young girls as well as boys have received certificates in English and computer programmes in this remote and suburban area of Badakhshan.”
This year, SPCE graduates in Afghanistan completed courses in English, accounting, IT and the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) certification programme. Since its inception in 2006, SPCE has trained more than 106,000 learners at 12 learning centres and satellite learning centres across Central Asia and Afghanistan. All SPCE certificate programmes are internationally benchmarked and academic quality and integrity is assured through a system of external examiners and evaluations.
UCA was founded in 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are the Patrons of the University and His Highness is the Chancellor. UCA’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain communities, by offering an internationally recognised standard of higher education, and enabling the peoples of the region to preserve their rich cultural heritage as assets for the future.