UCA and AECOM Present on Naryn Campus Design and Construction
On 6 March 2013, the University of Central Asia (UCA) participated in a public meeting organised by the Naryn Oblast Administration. At the meeting, UCA Director General Dr Bohdan Krawchenko and Grant Robertson, Director of Construction, spoke about the University’s progress to-date and campus development plans.
“Since its inception, UCA has worked very closely with the Naryn community. We have community members who have been trained by our School of Professional and Continuing Education and community members who worked in construction. At this juncture, we wanted to keep the community apprised of its progress as UCA moves into its next phase of campus development,” said Dr Krawchenko.
UCA Director General Dr Bohdan Krawchenko addresses the Naryn community.
Zalkar Kamalov, Deputy Director School of Professional and Continuing Education,
and Kanatbek Muratbekov, Authorised Naryn Representative of the Government look on.
In his presentation, Dr Krawchenko introduced the University’s academic programmes and construction developments since 2006. He highlighted milestones such as the completion and handover of the Naryn State Road to the Kyrgyz Government in 2010, the official opening of the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) town campus in 2011, and the inauguration of the football and tennis community facilities in 2012. Dr Krawchenko also described how UCA has planted 60,000 trees, plants and shrubs, installed lighting on the State Road, stabilised the riverbank, and provided water and electricity to Tosh Bulak village.
As it completes its final campus master plan, UCA will begin site works, including building drainage, extending its equipment storage facilities, and building a workforce facility of international standards for its future construction staff, explained Dr Krawchenko.
Dr Krawchenko and Mr Robertson shared UCA’s overall master plans with three-dimensional images of its start-up phase academic and dormitory buildings to help community members visualise how their town will be transformed in a few years. They described how in the next 12 months, UCA will be working closely with its executive designers, AECOM, UK & Europe to finalise the campus design.
On 12 June 2013, UCA teamed up with AECOM to deliver presentations on Structural and Geotechnical Engineering to 85 students at UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education in Naryn. The event was a unique opportunity for Naryn students to learn about design and engineering and some of the changes they will see in their community as UCA’s campus is developed.
“The opportunity that UCA brings to the region doesn’t start with its construction. It is important for UCA to engage with Naryn youth throughout the entire process. This way, students can learn about different fields of study and possible careers, as they see the design and construction process unfold, literally before their eyes.” said Grant Robertson, Director of Construction.
Two presentations were delivered to students aged 10 to 14 attending SPCE’s summer programmes, students aged 15 to 17 from eight Naryn Town high schools, and students from the Aga Khan Foundation’s School Parliament Project, which recruits from a pool of 62 schools and over 15,000 students across Naryn Oblast.
AECOM’s Mr Paul Stewart, Regional Director of Geotechnical and Geo-Environmental Engineering and Mr Samir Pozder, Associate Director, Building Engineering delivered the lively presentations.
“Being fathers ourselves, it was a true pleasure and honour to be given an opportunity to deliver a presentation on what engineering is about to children in Naryn. We made sure that it would be interesting to the students by presenting to our own kids first and getting it approved by them. Big exam we had to pass!” said Mr Pozder.
Samir Pozder, AECOM Associate Director, Building Engineering presents
the basics of engineering science to Naryn students.
Students learned about the basics of engineering science and the structure of AECOM. Mr Stewart and Mr Pozder discussed AECOM’s role as executive designer of UCA’s Naryn campus site and presented the steps involved in the building design. They also described other AECOM projects, including work on Halley VI, a scientific base in Antarctica, which the students were intrigued by.
“I believe that we managed to capture their attention by providing a snapshot of some of the exciting projects our company is involved in, and we hope that we helped pave the way into the future for at least some of them,” said Mr Stewart.
The students enjoyed the presentations and were inspired to learn and do more. “What should I do to obtain employment in the engineering field?” asked student Bakyt kyzy Begai. Others asked about student internships with AECOM. Teachers who attended the presentations were also impressed. “AECOM presented challenging material in a way that was easy for students to understand. Students were engaged and interested. It was a unique educational opportunity, opening their eyes to a larger world of study and work,” said Aija Tynystanova, a grade ten English teacher at #5 Kychan Jakypov Secondary School, Naryn.
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