Speaker of Parliament Ahmatbek Keldibekov visits UCA Campus in Naryn
Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, 25 October 2011 – A Parliamentary delegation headed by the Kyrgyz Speaker of Parliament Ahmatbek Keldibekov will tour University of Central Asia (UCA) and other programmes of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) during a working trip to Naryn Oblast on 25 October 2011. Mrs Nurjehan Mawani, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Representative for Kyrgyz Republic and UCA Director General Bohdan Krawchenko are accompanying the delegation during the visit.
The delegation will tour the new building of UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) equipped with workshops for Technical Vocational Education and Training, modern computer laboratories and a 7,476-volume library. For the past five years, the SPCE has developed more than 170 original textbooks to supplement its courses.
The delegation will also meet with faculty, current students as well as SPCE graduates. Since 2006, SPCE has enrolled over 10,000 students from Naryn Oblast, providing them with qualifications to respond to local market demand, including in the fields of IT, accounting, entrepreneurship, tourism development, applied languages and local economic and social development. Many SPCE graduates have already found better jobs, improved their income or established new businesses, including two construction companies.
To further support the graduates, SPCE has established a revolving enterprise development fund – which offers low-interest microloans to graduates of the School’s Entrepreneurship programme – with support from the Norwegian government and Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank.
During the visit, the delegation will also review the progress on infrastructure development and construction of the UCA Main Campus site. Most construction workers on the site are local residents, who have received formal training through the SPCE programme. Currently, UCA directly employs some 200 people, most of who are local residents.