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22 July 2015, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan - The UCA Summer Camp took place between 17 June and 7 July 2015, providing a unique academic enrichment experience for participants to improve English and maths skills, receive critical support to enter local or international universities and engage in other activities, including sports, drama, debating, science and field trips, which provided opportunities to practice English-language skills, learn and share experiences. Over the course of three weeks, students’ maths scores improved, and their English skills were strengthened considerably. Participants also came away with more clarity and skills to move forward with the next steps of their education, and a strong sense of regional community. As participant Murod Qoimdodov from Tajikistan said, “We have shared stories and our cultures. As we are all Central Asian, we have actually found there are more similarities than differences.”
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07 July 2015, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan - The UCA Summer Camp ended today, with a closing ceremony at the Sinegorie Pansionat resort, on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan. The ceremony was attended by Mrs Rita Borbukeeva, Deputy Governor of Issyk-Kul Oblast, Mrs Kadisha Dairova, Vice President of Student Affairs, International Cooperation and Government Relations at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, Mr David Agnew, President of Seneca College Canada and Mr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Diplomatic Representative of Aga Khan Development Network for the Kyrgyz Republic and Executive Chairman of the UCA Board Executive Committee. The three week Camp provided a unique academic enrichment experience for 76 Grade 10 students from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan to improve English and math skills, receive critical support to enter local or international universities and engage in other activities to practice English-language skills, learn and share experiences.
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18 June 2015, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan - The inaugural University of Central Asia (UCA) Summer Camp opened on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan. The opening ceremony was attended by Mr Adilet Bekboev, Kyrgyz Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Mr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman of UCA’s Board Executive Committee, and HE Olim Rakhimov, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Kyrgyz Republic. The UCA Summer Camp brings together 76 exceptional Grade 10 students from Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan for a unique academic enrichment experience, to improve English and math skills and receive critical support to enter local or international universities. The participants will be taught and supported by a multi-national, experienced team of 20 camp administrators, teachers and counselors from seven countries, led by Camp Director Mr Myrza Karimov of Kyrgyzstan and Assistant Camp Director Farrah Kamani of Canada.
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.
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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