Photo Galleries
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New Books Launched in Kyzyl-Jar Highlight Unique Kyrgyz History and Culture
01 June 2015, Kyrgyzstan - On 2 May 2015, a book launch in Kyzyl-Jar village in Jalal-Abad province, southern Kyrgyzstan, highlighted unique aspects of Kyrgyz culture and celebrated hometown anthropologist Dr Elmira Köchümkulova. Köchümkulova leads the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit at the University of Central Asia (UCA), and authored the two books being launched, Respect Graces the Living, Lamentation Graces the Dead. Kyrgyz Funeral Lamentations and Lamenters and Kyrgyz Herders of Soviet Uzbekistan. Historical and Ethnographic Narratives. A specialist in Kyrgyz nomadic traditions, Köchümkulova adapts western ethnographic methodology to the study of Kyrgyz cultural experiences and oral traditions.

Cities Of The Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries Of Kyrgyzstan - Exhibition And Book Launch
09 May 2015, The Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto, Canada - More than 175 people attended the launch and exhibition of Professor Margaret Morton’s book, Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan at the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto. The event was co-sponsored by the University of Central Asia (UCA), the Global Centre for Pluralism, the Aga Khan Council for Canada, the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Morton described her experiences photographing Kyrgyz cemeteries. Head of UCA’s Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit, Dr Elmira Köchümkulova, who accompanied Morton on her travels provided an introduction to the book. She also presented her recent book on Kyrgyz funerary customs. Global Centre Scholar and Carleton University professor Dr Jeff Sahadeo presented on History and Memory: Implications for Pluralism in Kyrgyzstan and the Ferghana Valley. An evening lecture which followed at the Ismaili Centre, featured Morton, Köchümkulova, Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  discussed representations of death and burial traditions in Islamic architecture. The Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan photo exhibition is on display at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto until 30 July 2015.
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UCA Celebrates First Graduates of Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis
03 February 2015, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic - The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA) celebrated the first graduates of its Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis (CPPA) in Bishkek on 3 February 2015. CPPA is an executive programme offered to civil servants in Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Afghanistan by the Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), under UCA’s Research and Public Policy Initiative, which is supported by the International Development Research Centre and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.
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Aga Khan Reviews Progress of University of Central Asia Naryn Campus
03 November 2014, Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic - His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of the University of Central Asia (UCA) visited the Naryn campus, the first of UCA’s three new undergraduate campuses spread across the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan on 3 November 2014.
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Afghan Civil Servants Begin Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis in Bishkek
23 October 2014, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic - Eighteen Afghan civil servants arrived at the University of Central (UCA) in Bishkek to begin the Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis (CPPA) on 6 October 2014, through an agreement between UCA and the Afghan Ministry of Finance. CPPA is an executive programme offered to civil servants in Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Afghanistan by the Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), under UCA’s Research and Public Policy Initiative, which is supported by the International Development Research Centre and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.
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