UCA formally hands over road to Naryn Oblast in presence of President Roza
A new three-kilometre diversion of the Naryn State Road constructed by the University of Central Asia (UCA) was formally handed over to the Naryn Oblast Administration on 1 September 2010 in the presence of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Roza Otunbaeva, ministers and government officials during a working visit to Naryn Oblast. Aga Khan Development Network Representative Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, UCA Director General Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko, UCA Deputy Director John Moylan, and Deputy Naryn Site Manager Kuban Sydybaev, received the distinguished guests. As part of the event the guests also reviewed progress on infrastructure development and construction at the UCA Main Campus site.
During the ceremony, Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani passed on a special message to the President Otunbaeva from His Highness the Aga Khan, the Chancellor of UCA, who emphasized the critical importance of the construction of the US$ 2.5 million Naryn-Baetovo road diversion as it has made it possible to site the campus buildings in the most sun-exposed area, and as far removed as possible from the area of the greatest seismic risk. The road diversion is part of several infrastructure projects completed by UCA which are essential for full scale construction to start. Among other projects are the significant strengthening of the Naryn River banks and planting of a nursery with over 40,000 trees that will be part of the landscaping of the campus. Prototypical test buildings are under construction and once validated campus construction will proceed.
The President, accompanied by the Minister of Education and Science, Kanat Sydykov, the Minister of Transport and Communication, Erkin Isakov, and the Governor of Naryn oblast Turdubek Mambetov, viewed presentations on the campus’s architectural design and on UCA’s first operational educational programme – the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE). The President noted that the School’s programmes providing professional and vocational qualifications were highly relevant and expressed hope that they be offered in other regions of the country. The President was particularly appreciative of the Certificate in Local Economic and Community Development programme that SPCE developed in response to the government’s initiative to recruit young people to public administration.
Construction works at UCA have been carried out almost entirely by local residents, many of whom received vocational training at SPCE. Over the last four years, in excess of 400 construction jobs have been created by UCA in Naryn. UCA is also completing a three-storey SPCE Town Campus in Naryn. Since its establishment in 2006, SPCE has graduated over 7,500 students in English, accounting, IT, tourism, entrepreneurship and vocational programmes.