Kyrgyz Prime Minister Visits UCA Naryn Campus Site
Kyrgyz Prime Minister Joomart Otorbayev visited the University of Central Asia's (UCA) main campus in Naryn on 6 June 2014. He was accompanied by Mr Osmonbek Artykbaev, Minister of Energy and Industry; Mr Abdylda Suranchiev, Minister of Internal Affairs; Mr Abdymamat Murzabekov, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications; Mr Altynbek Ergeshov, Head of the Department for Organisational and Inspectorial Work and Local Governance of the Apparatus of the Government.
Prime Minister Otorbayev and his delegation toured the campus site and were briefed on construction progress. They were joined by Naryn Governor Mr Amanbay Kayipov and Naryn Mayor Mr Baatyrbek Jeenaliev.
|Prime Minister Joomart Otorbayev and his delegation are briefed by UCA’s Mirlan Baiysh on campus construction.
Speaking to the media at the site, the Prime Minister said: “The University of Central Asia is a large and ambitious project. Construction, including faculty buildings and dormitories, is progressing alongside academic operations. Overall, the University and Aga Khan Development Network will bring socio-economic development to Naryn and the region and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic will support and look forward to its future developments.”
|UCA’s recently completed international standard workforce facility.
Since UCA officially launched construction in September 2013, the University has established key worksite facilities. The stone crusher and batching plant are installed and producing construction materials. The welfare facility for staff and site construction office are ready for use. Water, electricity and telecommunications are connected at the site. UCA’s Naryn work site was one of the few projects in the region to continue working through the winter season.
All ten contracts to complete these facilities were awarded to contractors from Naryn, and all work was completed employing a Naryn workforce. Since September 2013, UCA, through its contractors, has consistently employed over 140 local citizens in campus construction. UCA also directly employs more than 80 personnel for its operations and construction management in Naryn.
The first of over 20 works contracts will be tendered in June 2014, with construction commencing in July. At least 75 percent of the companies awarded contracts will be from Kyrgyzstan. Appointed contractors will ensure the maximum possible number of their workforce are made up of workers from Naryn.
In addition to construction, UCA continues to engage with the communities surrounding its Naryn campus site. The University’s annual football tournament is held at its campus sports facilities, which are open to the public. This winter, the construction division and contractors built a sledding hill on campus, which was enjoyed by Naryn families.
In 2013, UCA participated in celebrations marking the 145th Anniversary of Naryn town, and published a booklet on Investment in Naryn. UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education has reached over 16,000 learners in Naryn since its inception in 2006.