The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE)

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) is designed to serve the immediate needs of the communities where the campuses are located and fulfils UCA’s approach to reach the broadest spectrum of learners possible.

The School is Central Asia’s first provider of post-secondary, continuing education, giving young people and adults professional and vocational qualifications in a flexible learning format that improve employment and income generating opportunities. With learning facilities in Khorog and Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Naryn and Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and Tekeli, Kazakhstan, as well as six satellite learning centres in Afghanistan (Darvaz, Faizabad, Ishkashim, Aga Khan Education Service (AKES) Ishkashim, Zebak, Shugnan), SPCE has engaged over 105,000 learners to date (October 2017). Amongst its many courses, the school offers internationally recognised certificate programmes in English for Business (London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board), Accounting (Certified Accountant Practitioner and Certification for International Professional Accountants), ICT (Microsoft IT Academy), International Computer Driving License (ICDL) and Local Economic and Community Development.

SPCE also provides an apprenticeship-based Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme in a number of construction trades. The School is also a leading provider of educational literature having published more than 300 textbooks in support of its programmes.


SPCE Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic

SPCE Khorog, Tajikistan

SPCE Tekeli, Kazakhstan

To ensure that its programmes reach a diversity of communities, outreach courses have been set up in remote villages without direct access to SPCE facilities. These courses help address issues, such as the use of outdated curricula in the public school system and preparation for national tests, that are particularly acute in village communities.

All certificate programmes are internationally benchmarked - their academic quality and integrity are assured through a system of external examination. Instructors are recruited locally and undergo training to acquire international certification. SPCE's focus on quality of education is recognised as a best practice model; the School is assisting continuing education institutions throughout Central Asia, Egypt and Pakistan by sharing curricula and textbooks, and providing quality assurance systems.

TVET students learn best practices in auto-mechanics through an innovative curriculum that combines classroom training, hands-on experience, and apprenticeships.TVET students learn best practices in auto-mechanics through an innovative curriculum that combines classroom training, hands-on experience, and apprenticeships.

Alumni report a high degree of satisfaction with the School's programmes: 97 percent are satisfied with their experience and would recommend SPCE to others and 90 percent find their courses to be “highly” or “mostly” relevant. More importantly, a majority of alumni attribute the completion of their SPCE programme as a factor that enabled them to improve their economic situation by finding new employment, receiving higher income, establishing or expanding existing businesses.


SPCE Courses

Certificate Programmes

Accounting Technology Certificate
Small Business Management using mini-technology
Local Economic and Community Development
English for Business
English for Academic Purposes

Technical Vocational Programmes

Construction-Carpenter
Auto Mechanic
Plumber

Short Programmes

Certified Accounting Practitioner (preparation for external examinations)
Academic Achievement Programme
Entrepreneurship
Development of Business Plans
Social Entrepreneurship
International Computer Driving License
Cashier/Financial Assistant
Conversational English
English for Youth
Conversational Russian
Conversational German
Conversational Chinese
Conversational Kyrgyz
Conversational French
Guides Training

Short Courses and Outreach Programmes

Kazakh for Business
Tajik for Business
Open your own Business
Starting a business
Expanding a business
Business Planning
Business Communication Skills
Financial Literacy
Mathematics for Accounting
French for Tourism
Accounting Software 1 C Buhgalteriya
Pre-Beginner English
Pre-Beginner French
Russian for Repatriates
Online Essentials
Computer Essentials
Presentation
Word Processing
Spreadsheets
Using Databases
Maths for University Entrance
Chemistry for University Entrance
Biology for University Entrance
Mental Maths

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