Highlights from the School of Professional and Continuing Education, Naryn

Date: 09 July 2013
Other languages: Русский язык |
In the first half of 2013, the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic delivered cultural, technical and academic activities to engage students and members of the Naryn community.
 
“SPCE Naryn is excited about the range of programmes we offer the community. In addition to our scheduled courses, we host special programmes to highlight the rich resources at SPCE and in the broader community. Our goal is to make SPCE a community hub where people can come together to learn, exchange ideas and make connections,” explained Anara Duisheeva, SPCE Naryn Campus Head.
 
The Komuz and its Melodies 
 
The Kyrgyz proverb “A good man’s words never die, just like work which is already completed" aptly describes the legacy of renowned Kyrgyz ethnomusicologist and komuz player, Asan Kaybïlda uulu, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 80.  
 
On 26 March 2013, SPCE Naryn paid homage to Asan Kaybïlda uulu at an event entitled My Komuz: The Face of the Nation. Attended by SPCE students and staff, the event aimed to raise awareness of the cultural significance of komuz music and featured performances by young komuz players. 
 

SPCE Academic Achievement Programme
student Adinai Mukanbetova plays two famous
Kyrgyz melodies, "Mash Botoi" and "Kambarkan"
 
“The komuz is an important cultural symbol of the Kyrgyz Republic.  Komuz music is viewed as a national treasure, reflecting the history, language, customs and spirit of the Kyrgyz people. We take great pride in our culture and believe that it will live on as long as our language, traditions and music are kept alive,” said Ms Aigul Omuralieva, SPCE Naryn Librarian.
 
Ms Omuralieva introduced participants to Asan Kaybïlda uulu’s two-volume seminal publication, The Kyrgyz Küüs: Analysis, Thoughts, and Opinion. The Kyrgyz-language publication contains rich historical material on the Kyrgyz küü, instrumental music played primarily on the komuz; material that might otherwise have been lost. The volumes are supplemented by music CDs with recordings of over 100 komuz melodies and narratives on their histories by the author. 
 
The volumes were published in 2011 by the UCA Cultural Heritage Book Series, with UCA Senior Research Fellow, Dr Elmira Köchümkulova serving as scholarly editor and project coordinator. As part of its mission of cultural preservation, UCA is documenting existing knowledge on the diverse cultural traditions of the region. From 2008 until his death in 2010, UCA worked with Asan Kaybïlda uulu to restore and compile recordings of komuz melodies and publish the volumes.
 
SPCE Naryn librarian, Aigul Omuralieva presents
the two-volumes by Asan Kaybïlda uulu.
 
“The event was very informative. I came to appreciate that playing the komuz is a challenging endeavour. I enjoyed listening to the performances and learning about our national instruments. I hope SPCE organises similar events in the future,” said SPCE student Rustam Sulaimanov.
 
SPCE conducts Information Technology Training for Naryn State University
 
On 27 March 2012, SPCE Naryn held a one-day training session on information technology (IT) communications systems for Naryn State University (NSU) instructors, students and the Naryn community. The event also gave community members an opportunity to tour SPCE facilities and learn more about SPCE courses. 
 

Daniyar Tentiev, SPCE Coordinator of IT Academies
and Test Centres, presents on modern network communication.

 
The training was conducted by SPCE IT staff and introduced basic IT techniques such as data backup or ‘mirroring’. Daniyar Tentiev, SPCE Coordinator of IT Academies and Test Centres, spoke about modern network communication and its growing importance in the workplace. Attended by 40 NSU teachers and students, including Guldayra Munaitbasova, Dean of the IT Faculty, the training was developed in response to the growing need in towns like Naryn to build IT capacity and facilitate connectivity to larger urban centres. The event helped SPCE staff assess the utility of one-day community workshops and potential community interest in a new course on networking.
 
Students use Innovative Theatre to Prepare for Academic Success
 
On 26 April 2013, SPCE’s Academic Achievement Programme (AAP) students showcased their English skills at an Open House for parents. Using innovative puppet theatre designed by their English instructors, the students performed folk and fairy tales in English.
 
AAP students demonstrate their English-language
skills through puppet theatre at SPCE’s Open House for parents.
 
After the performance, Gulzana Kurmanalieva, SPCE Academic Affairs Assistant, met with parents to answer questions, discuss the progress of students, and highlight ways in which parents can help them succeed in their final exams.
 
SPCE launched AAP at its campus in Naryn in 2012 to assist young students outside urban centres prepare for post-secondary academic success. The programme is designed to equip village school learners with the English-language skills they need to be competitive with urban school university applicants and to succeed once they are enrolled in universities.