Construction Facts & History
The land for each campus site was gifted from the Governments of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan as part of the partnership established at UCA's founding in 2000.
Silk Road Sites
The University's three main campuses are located at the crossroads of the Pamir, Tien-Shan, Kunlun-Shan, and Hindu-Kush mountain ranges in Khorog, Naryn and Tekeli. Historical meeting points for the cultures and travelers of the ancient Silk Road, these communities will once again become vibrant hubs of international exchange, where knowledge is created, debates emerge and innovation drives development. These sites will provide learning landscapes in which to address environmental, economic and social challenges critical to the growth and development of Central Asia.
Since the University's inception, the Aga Khan Development Network and UCA have invested significant resources in all aspects of construction and facilities development, including securing land, conducting extensive site investigations and master-planning, selection of architects and engineers to design the facilities, site preparation works and Phase I construction of the Naryn and Khorog campus facilities. The governments of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan gifted land for the campus and provided fiscal exemptions in accordance with the UCA treaty which was signed by the three presidents and His Highness the Aga Khan.
International Standard Sports Facilities
In 2012, UCA opened its first public facilities at its Naryn campus, as well as football and tennis facilities, during an inaugural football tournament on Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day. The size of the football pitch and artificial surface tennis courts are of international standard. Both facilities were physically built by residents of Naryn Town and Tosh Bulak village and managed by UCA's construction team. Open to the public, the football facilities host an annual soccer tournament for teams from participating teams from Naryn Town and surrounding communities around the country's Independence Day.
Reflecting its commitment to cultural preservation, UCA supported an archeological excavation on the Naryn campus site in 2012 and 2013. Led by Kubat Tabaldiev, professor at Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University and executed under permission of Kyrgyz Ministry of Culture, the excavation revealed 45 ancient internment sites as well as memorial fencing, petroglyph drawings, signs on stones and artifacts spanning the Stone, Bronze, early Iron and Middle ages. All artifacts discovered during the excavation were transferred to Bishkek for further study. Read more in a Research Paper by UCA’s Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit on "New Facts about Centuries-Old Naryn".
In line with UCA's broad commitment to the communities surrounding its campus sites, the University designed a 2.5 km two-lane road to give residents of nearby Dasht village year-round access to the Dushanbe-Khorog-Murgab intercity road. The road was built using the crushed rock from the Khorog campus site and replaced a dirt track. The new asphalt road is a vast improvement, incorporating proper drainage and lighting and adhering to local construction codes and best practices.