UCA News - Issue 97
School of Professional and Continuing Education Kazakhstan celebrates 5th Anniversary and graduates 80 learners
The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) in Tekeli, Kazakhstan held its 2011 graduation ceremony on 29 September 2011. The ceremony recognized the achievements of some 80 graduates receiving certificates in Accounting Technology, English for Business, Kazakh for Business, Information Technology, and Technical Vocational Education and Training, among other programs.
Held at SPCE’s Taldykorgan Learning Centre located in the ‘Dom Druzhby’ (House of Friendship), the ceremony also celebrated SPCE’s 5th Anniversary. In Kazakhstan, SPCE was launched in Tekeli on October 2006, with its Taldykorgan Learning Centre opening in January 2008. In September 2007, SPCE opened its Vocational Training Centre in collaboration with Koksu Agricultural College (near Tekeli). Taldykorgan is the capital of Almaty Oblast and Tekeli is 45 kilometres from the regional centre.
Guest of Honour Mr Tursynbay Gabit Tursinbayevich, Kazakhstan Nations Assembly Chairman for Almaty oblast, Deputy Head of Almaty oblast Akimat, commended SPCE’s continued engagement with communities and the public sector as part of its effort to provide high-quality and relevant programmes to a wide range of learners.
“It is important that SPCE today is engaged into promotion of socially needed professional education. We are always happy to support its initiatives and develop mutual collaboration, especially considering the fact that UCA will not only be promoting development of education, but also contribute to the cultural development of the region,” he said.
At the ceremony, Director of SPCE, Gulnara Djunushalieva announced its plan to open a new learning centre in Kazakhstan’s capital. “Since its inception in 2006, the SPCE team in Kazakhstan has trained 6,000 learners. We have set ambitious targets and now look forward to opening of a learning centre in Astana,” she said. At the request of Kazakhstan’s Academy of Finance, Ministry of Finance, SPCE is already delivering English for Business courses to Kazakh civil servants in Astana.
The ceremony was followed by a performance organized by Dom Druzhby showcasing traditional songs and dances from the various ethnic groups living in this multicultural region.