University of Central Asia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Renew Cooperation in Higher Education

Date: 16 July 2010
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 16 July 2010 – The University of Central Asia (UCA) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have agreed to extend cooperation in higher education for over the next three years through the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions. Through this renewed agreement, DAAD will continue to serve as one of the key partners in UCA’s Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP), which offers aspiring Central Asian scholars the opportunity to pursue masters and doctoral studies at leading international universities. Upon completion of their studies, these scholars will provide the foundation for the future faculty of UCA. 

The agreement between DAAD and UCA builds on the existing Partnership Agreement signed in 2004 between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ) to intensify cooperation in the areas of regional cooperation, community development, strengthening of civil society and building of pluralistic societies. 

The agreement between UCA and DAAD established a joint University of Central Asia – German Academic Exchange Service Scholarships Programme for Central Asian scholars to pursue advanced study in German institutions of higher education. The agreement also facilitates engagement and exchange between German academics and UCA in the fields of academic planning, research, professional development and academic best practices. 

UCA sent its first scholars to Germany in 2008, and currently supports five scholars undertaking studies in the fields of Economics, Ethnography, Geoecology and Ecology. Under the UCA-DAAD Scholarship Programme, the 2010-2011 academic year will see three scholars from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan begin doctoral studies in Germany in the fields of Integrated Natural Resource Management, Mathematics and Human Geography. 

The University of Central Asia was founded in 2000 by the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan.