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University of Central Asia’s Shamsh Kassim-Lakha Outlines Innovative Approach to Education and Economic Development at "Breaking the Cycle of Poverty" Lecture Series in the United Kingdom
27 May 2016, London, United Kingdom -
University of Central Asia (UCA) Board Executive Committee Executive Chairman and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Diplomatic Representative to the Kyrgyz Republic Shamsh Kassim-Lakha delivered a talk in London on 20 May 2016, as part of the Aga Khan Foundation UK’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty lecture series. 

In his talk; Creating Opportunity on the Roof of the World, Kassim-Lakha addressed the diverse audienceemphasising the strategic importance of the Central Asian region in a globalised world and the mission of the University of Central Asia, which will open its inaugural campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic to the first cohort of undergraduates in September 2016. He also outlined UCA’s work in the region to date. 

The talk was followed by the premiere of a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) produced news story from an earlier visit to the Naryn campus and an open discussion and question and answer session led by Gulnara Kasmambetova, Senior Producer for BBC Kyrgyz Television, Radio and Online.

University of Central Asia Welcomes Launch of Aga Khan Health Services Medical and Diagnostic Centre in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
17 May 2016, Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic -
The University of Central Asia (UCA), together with the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), celebrated a milestone in the development of Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic into a vibrant university town with the inauguration of the AKHS Medical and Diagnostic Centre on 11 May 2016. The Centre, operating under a licence issued by the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan, is staffed with highly qualified doctors and other medical professionals.

It will offer reliable and affordable services in gynaecology, obstetrics, cardiology, family medicine, paediatrics including a well-stocked pharmacy for Naryn residents, UCA students and faculty. With generous support of the Government of Canada and the AKDN, the Centre will also offer full laboratory services including biochemistry, pathology and haematology tests.

Forum on Mining Policy in the Kyrgyz Republic
11 March 2016, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic - The University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Institute (UCA MSRI) held a roundtable on 11 February 2016 to discuss natural resource management in Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic. The event featured discussions of research conducted in Batken and Soghd oblasts as part of the project Reducing Conflict Over Water and Pastures in the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan supported by the United Kingdom’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. Natural resource management is a primary research focus of the MSRI in Central Asia, and more than 50 representatives from government, academia, international organisations and NGOs in the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan attended the roundtable to share their views.

Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan and Minister of Education Visit UCA Main Campus and Participate in Education Forum
04 March 2016, Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic -

His Excellency Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Temir Sariev, Minister of Education Elvira Sarieva, Naryn Governor Amanbay Kayipov and Mayor Rakhat Adiev toured the University of Central Asia Naryn campus with 60 university rectors and secondary school directors from across the Kyrgyz Republic on 4 March 2016. They were received and  by Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman, UCA Board Executive Committee and Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General and Dean of Graduate Studies.
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Naryn Authorities and UCA Hold Open House, Campus Tour Marking Launch of Admissions Campaign for Inaugural Undergraduate Class
29 February 2016, Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic - The University of Central Asia (UCA), in partnership with the Naryn Governor and Mayor’s Office hosted an open house and tour of UCA’s Naryn campus on 29 February 2016. Amanbay Kayipov, Governor of Naryn Oblast, Rakhat Adiev, Naryn Mayor, distinguished representatives of the Oblast, the municipal administration, community and business leaders and academics from universities and schools as well as UCA leadership were in attendance. Naryn citizens were briefed on UCA’s first undergraduate residential campus in Naryn, its contribution to the local community and the broader Kyrgyz Republic, as well as UCA’s undergraduate programme and admissions.
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