University of Central Asia and Aga Khan University Collaborate on Student Admissions Systems

Date: 05 November 2015
The University of Central Asia (UCA) hosted a delegation from the Aga Khan University (AKU), comprised of Senior Associate University Registrar and Director of Student Experience Dr Laila Akbarali and AKU’s PeopleSoft team including Iqbal Tharani, Suleman Gazyani, and Gulzar Meghani from 19-22 October 2015. 
 
The AKU delegation spent four days in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, working with UCA counterparts to develop and implement an effective Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system as UCA prepares for admission of students next Fall. This was the third meeting between UCA and AKU to develop the PeopleSoft Campus Solutions System for UCA’s operations. 
 
From left to right Abid Ladhani, UCA Strategic Planning Manager; Iqbal Tharani, AKU Senior Software Designer; Gulzar Meghani, AKU Associate Registrar; Dr Ariff Kachra, UCA Dean of Arts and Sciences; Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman of UCA's Board Executive Committee; Dr Laila Akbarali, AKU Senior Associate Registrar and Director of Student Experience; Suleman Gazyani, AKU PeopleSoft Campus Solutions consultant. 
  
The teams were meeting to confirm UCA’s academic credit structure and ensure that the ERP system is the bedrock.  “AKU’s experience and expertise proved invaluable in helping UCA design strong and forward thinking processes related to student recruitment, admission processes, student records, progression policies and an overall university calendar,” said Dr Ariff Kachra, Dean of Arts and Sciences.
 
The system is designed to fulfil the requirements of universities to manage student ‘life’ enrolment and records; and eventually student services, alumni relations all the way through to tracking career progression. It offers configurable support for planning and managing student progress through degree programmes, along with the flexibility needed to offer enrolment options across multiple campuses and adapt to global demand for easy access and usability.
 
This kind of collaborative exchange is critical to the growth and development of both AKU and UCA. By helping UCA assess their needs and create effective systems for student management, we are able to critically assess our own experience and better understand what has worked well for us and what has not,” said Akbarali.
 
UCA expects to have the admissions module of the ERP system fully functional in January 2016. The Student Records module of its PeopleSoft system is expected to be in place by mid-2016. 
 
As we advance construction of our residential campuses and prepare to open our first campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic in September 2016, we are also planning the architecture of our student enrolment, management and record-keeping systems, to ensure we are ready to truly serve as a regional university aspiring to attain world-class standards,” said Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman of UCA’s Board Executive Committee, “In this endeavour, we are privileged to benefit from the experience and expertise of the Aga Khan University.