Speaker of Parliament meets with University of Central Asia Leadership
On 13 July 2015, Speaker of the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan Mr Asylbek Jeenbekov received Mr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman of the Board Executive Committee of the University of Central Asia (UCA) and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Diplomatic Representative for Kyrgyzstan, who briefed him on current and planned AKDN initiatives in the country, including UCA and related investments in Naryn.
|Mr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman of the UCA Board Executive Committee briefing Mr Asylbek Jeenbekov Speaker of the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan on current and planned AKDN initiatives in the country, including UCA and related investments in Naryn.
“The AKDN’s long-term and trusted partnership with Kyrgyzstan has made a significant contribution to development of the country, especially to its rural and mountainous regions. The Parliament highly values its partnership with the AKDN and remains supportive of its programmes in the country,” said the Speaker during the meeting.
Kassim-Lakha briefed the Speaker on the construction of UCA’s first undergraduate campus in Naryn. Phase I construction of the campus, including an academic building housing classrooms, laboratories, the library and dining hall and faculty residences, two dormitories and international standard sports facilities, is progressing on schedule. UCA will admit its first cohort of undergraduate students in September 2016.
Kassim-Lakha also touched upon the AKDN multi-input area development initiative for Naryn. Both agreed that these strategic investments, along with UCA and other national projects, would serve as a springboard for the development of Naryn into an economically vibrant region.
The UCA Executive Chairman expressed his appreciation for the continued personal support of the Speaker and that of the Parliament extended to the AKDN; “The Kyrgyz Republic is fortunate to have a democratic system with the Parliament that has a wise leadership working towards improvement of the quality of life of the people of Kyrgyzstan. It is reassuring that the Parliament values the positive contribution of civil society and recognises the important role it can play towards socio-economic development of the country.”
UCA also delivers academic, training and research programmes and engages government, educational and research partners in the Kyrgyz Republic. The School of Professional and Continuing Education has reached over 21,000 learners with internationally benchmarked certificate programmes. UCA’s research institutes offer training and research opportunities, including the Institute of Public Policy and Administration’s Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis and the Mountain Society Research Institute’s Central Asia and Afghanistan Research Fellowship, which is currently supporting seven Kyrgyz researchers.
The University’s Cultural Heritage Book Series recently published three new books on unique aspects of Kyrgyz cultural traditions, and the Aga Khan Humanities Project has provided innovative curricula and faculty development training in the humanities to 20 institutions across the country.