University of Central Asia's 4th Graduation Ceremony in Dushanbe

Date: 23 June 2012
Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 23 June 2012 – More than 190 graduates from the University of Central Asia’s Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) and Learning Centre Dushanbe, School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), were awarded certificates at the 4th Graduation Ceremony held at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe on 23 June 2012.
Fifty nine secondary school and university students were awarded Certificate for completing AKHP’s integrated Humanities in English (HiE) course. The course uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the human condition and nature of societies that promote pluralism of ideas, cultures and people in Central Asia, stimulating valuable academic skills such as analytic reasoning, critical thinking, and team work. The graduates are well placed to be highly competitive in pursuing opportunities for further studies at the international level as well as provide intellectual leadership to their peers and communities. 
Forty-six students were awarded the Professional Certificate in Accounting Technology (ATC), which prepares graduates for positions as accountants in small enterprises or NGOs, and bookkeepers/accountants in larger enterprises and organizations. ATC is valued at 30 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits, is based on International Financial Reporting Standards and is the first programme of its kind in Central Asia. ATC also prepares students for the forthcoming programme leading to the Certified Accounting Practitioner qualification.
Twenty-nine students received a Certificate of Achievement, having completed the requirements of Levels 1 & 3A of the English for Business Programme. The programme is based on the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) curriculum and SPCE is a registered LCCI examination centre. Seven graduates received LCCI Certificate. Twenty-four students, including eleven from the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, five from the National Social Investment Fund and eight from the Tajik Parliament received Record of Achievement, having completed two levels of Conversational English programme. 
Twenty-five students received a Professional Certificate in English for Academic purposes. The programme is developed in cooperation with University of Ottawa (Canada) to prepare applicants for admission into international universities. The programme also prepares students for taking TOEFL and IELTS tests.  
AKHP was established in 1997 and became a part of University of Central Asia in 2007.  The regional headquarter is based in Dushanbe from where it manages its activities currently ongoing in 23 Universities, 11 colleges and 1 lycee in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Approximately 42,500 students have been exposed to the AKHP curriculum across the region to-date. 
SPCE was launched in October 2006 in Khorog and its Learning Centre was established in January 2008 in Dushanbe. To date, SPCE has enrolled over 21,000 learners in over 60 types of training programs and operates out of its town campus, Learning Centre in Dushanbe, Technical Vocational Education and Training Centre in Khorog and Project Office in Faizabad, Afghanistan. SPCE also provides capacity building for the Shegnan’s Teacher Training College in Afghanistan.
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