UCA SPCE’s 10th Graduation Ceremony graduates over 200 from Tajikistan and Afghanistan

Date: 19 November 2015
The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA SPCE) celebrated its 10th graduation on 14 November 2015 at the Town Theatre in Khorog, Tajikistan. 
 
UCA SPCE’s 200 graduates from Tajikistan and Afghanistan successfully completed courses in information technology, accounting, technical vocational education, plumbing, cashier/bookkeeping, business plan development and language courses.
 
The ceremony was attended by Mrs Guldastamo Orumbekova, Deputy Governor of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO);  Ghulom Hoshim, Afghan Consul in Khorog; Dr Karl-Heinz Frank, GiZ Country Director; and Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General of UCA. 
 
“The Government of GBAO values the work of UCA SPCE in strengthening professional skills and socio-economic development in the region. UCA programmes, in cooperation with the local government, have yielded good results. We look forward to continuing our partnership and leveraging the great potential of this university,” said Orumbekova.
 
The University recognised over 200 graduates at the ceremony. Graduates of UCA SPCE’s information technology programme received the internationally-recognised International Computer Driving License certificate. Professional certificates were awarded for Accounting Technology and Technical Vocational Education. Cashier/Bookkeeping, Business Plan Development, English for Academic Purposes and Conversational English short-term graduates received Certificates of Achievement. Graduates of Conversational Russian, German and Chinese received Records of Achievements. Afghan learners from the border districts of Badakhshan province, who completed UCA SPCE’s Assistant Plumbing short-term programme, supported by the International Organization for Migration, received Certificates of Achievements during the ceremony.     
 
Kalamov Faraidun receives his auto mechanics certificate with congratulations from Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, UCA Director General.
 
UCA SPCE also recognised the achievements of 10 instructors who received a Master’s in Management from Kyrgyz-Russian Slavonic University (KRSU), based on a partnership between KRSU and UCA under the Small and Medium Enterprise Growth Project for Central Asia, an initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF). These newly qualified instructors make up the flagship faculty of the School’s new Small and Medium Business Programme, currently being delivered under the Economic and Social Connections: A Multi-Input Area Development Financing Facility for Tajikistan, an alliance between USAID and AKF. 
 
UCA SPCE was established in 2006 in Khorog and its Learning Centre in Dushanbe opened in 2008. To date, SPCE has enrolled over 27,000 learners in Khorog and 16,000 learners in Dushanbe. Through partnerships with AKF and government agencies, UCA SPCE delivers courses in Afghanistan through three Satellite Learning Centres in Shugnan, Darwaz and Ishkashim districts and a Continuing Education Unit at Badakhshan University in Faizabad city. The School also introduced its academic and quality assurance system at Learning Centres of Aga Khan Education Services in Ishkashim and Zeebak. In total, UCA SPCE has reached over 4,500 learners in six locations in Afghanistan.
 
“This ceremony – our 10th graduation - marks a milestone for UCA. Our first graduation in Khorog in 2007 celebrated 57 graduates in just two programmes. Today, we congratulate over 200 graduates of 10 programmes. SPCE Khorog has emerged as a sustainable and dynamic institution that evolves to meet the demands of  adults and youth for quality professional and vocational programmes and even prepare them for university. The 2017 opening of our undergraduate campus in Khorog will provide new pathways for UCA SPCE, offering learners opportunities to access world-class faculty and facilities and courses that will prepare them to engage in regional industries and enterprise,” said Krawchenko, congratulating the graduates. “In partnership with national and local governments, international organisations and local communities, we are proud to be an established part of the landscape in GBAO.”
 
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