UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education Graduation Ceremonies Recognise 370 Learners in Tajikistan

Date: 01 December 2016
The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA SPCE) celebrated the graduation of 370 students from its town campus in Khorog and learning centres in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in November 2016.

On 19 November, the SPCE Khorog graduation was attended by Governor of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) Shodikhon Jamshed, Dr Karl Heinz Frank, Director of GiZ, Arambegim Mahtobshozoda, new Mayor of Khorog and Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, UCA Director General and Dean of Graduate Studies. The graduates received their certificates and transcripts in the presence of over 250 guests.

GBAO Governor, Jamshed emphasised the strong collaboration between UCA and the local government in social and economic development and said, “I strongly believe, that the graduates, as holders of knowledge and skills will greatly contribute to the socio-economic development of the region and will spread their skills across the country.”  

During the ceremony, Deputy Director Dilovar Butabekov, marked SPCE’s achievements in the region, including Northern Afghanistan. He described how graduates have since developed businesses creating sustainable employment for citizens.

Saifi Zubair Mohammad Eisa from Afghanistan receiving his English for Academic Purposes certificate from Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, UCA Director General and Dean of Graduate Studies.

“Today, we acknowledge the accomplishments of over 230 learners. SPCE is a rather unique institution in the region offering skills development and professional programmes in a flexible learning format that makes life-long learning enjoyable,” said Krawchenko.

A week later, on 26 November, a similar ceremony was hosted at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe. It was attended by Akbar Ali Pesnani, Diplomatic Representative of the AKDN in Tajikistan; Ambassadors of Japan, France and Iran,; Members of the National Parliament and Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, UCA Director General and Dean of Graduate Studies.

Gulnara Dzhunushalieva, Director of SPCE outlined how UCA’s strong partnerships with state and corporate partners in Tajikistan were critical. She added that international projects for GBAO-based entrepreneurs and Northern Afghanistan TTC students as well as employees of the energy sector were financially supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

USAID also provided support for developing and delivering Business Planning and Small and Medium Business Management courses at UCA’s SPCE in Khorog. They are delivered as part of the Economic and Social Connections: A Multi-Input Area Development Financing Facility for Tajikistan (ESCoMIAD) implemented by agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network and their partners, and made possible by the generous support of the American people through USAID and the Aga Khan Foundation. 

“Japan is convinced that regional cooperation is indispensable for the stability and development of Central Asia, so it wants to be a “catalyst” for the better relations among Central Asian countries and UCA shares this conviction,” said His Excellency Hajime Kitaoka, Ambassador of Japan to Tajikistan.

Two hundred and thirty learners in Khorog and 140 in Dushanbe received awards for their achievements in Business Planning, English, TOEFL, Russian Chinese, postgraduate preparatory and Technical and Vocational Education and Training and professional development programmes. SPCE’s courses are offered to learners from 16 to 65 years old. 

Pesnani congratulated the SPCE team saying, “At SPCE’s 10th Anniversary conference, the leadership discussed a way forward, how education is necessary, is relevant in modern society and requires sustainability. It will provide insight for SPCE to broaden its programmes to society at large.” 

UCA SPCE was established in 2006 in Khorog and its Learning Centre in Dushanbe opened in 2008. To date, SPCE has enrolled over 90,000 learners in Central Asia including 49,000 in Tajikistan. Through partnerships with AKF and government agencies, UCA SPCE delivers courses in Afghanistan through three Satellite Learning Centres in Shugnan, Darwaz and Ishkashim districts and a Continuing Education Unit at Badakhshan University in Faizabad city. 

SPCE learners at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe after receiving their completion certificates.

The School also introduced its academic and quality assurance system at Learning Centres of Aga Khan Education Services in Ishkashim and Zeebak. In total, UCA SPCE has reached 11,000 learners in Afghanistan.

UCA is building three campuses of equal size and stature in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic; Khorog, Tajikistan, and Tekeli, Kazakhstan. The first residential campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic inaugurated in September 2016. The campus in Khorog is slated to open in 2017, followed by the campus in Tekeli, anticipated in 2019. 
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