UCA’s School of Professional And Continuing Education (SPCE) celebrates 5th Anniversary: Summer Graduation sees 200 graduates including 28 From Afghanistan

Date: 27 August 2011
Khorog, Tajikistan, 27 August 2011 – The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA- SPCE) celebrated its fifth anniversary with a Summer Graduation in Tajikistan on 27 August 2011 at the Khorog Theatre. The ceremony was attended by Mr Qodiri Qosim, Governor of Gorno-Badakhshan and Representatives of the Afghanistan’s General Consulate office in Khorog.
As the University of Central Asia’s first operational division, the SPCE represents an important milestone in the development of the University. The School has made considerable progress over the last five years and established itself as the region’s premier institution delivering post-secondary, short cycle education giving young people and adults professional and vocational qualifications.
“SPCE in Tajikistan has grown steadily in the last five years. Considerable planning and preparation was done before the launch of SPCE. And we are continuously evaluating and adjusting programmes to ensure their relevance and impact. The University takes great pride in celebrating the achievements of our current graduates in the presence of our earliest graduates who are here with us today and look forward to receiving their feedback,” said Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General.
Two hundred students received their certificates at the Awards Ceremony, including 28 learners from Afghanistan. Certificates were awarded in Accounting Technology, Mountain Tour Operator and Technical Vocational Education. Records of Professional Development were presented to Mathematics and English teachers from SPCE’s English in the villages and Math in the villages outreach programmes.
Learners also received certificates of achievement in Bookkeeping/Cashier, Conversational Russian, and Conversational German, English for Business Programme Levels 2 and 3A, and Training of Guides.  Students who sat for London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) examinations also received a LCCI Certificates.
For the second time, SPCE is graduating a class of 28 Afghan students. The students studied in Khorog as part of the “Cross Border Vocational Education in Badakhshan” (CVEB) programme, a joint initiative between UCA and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“I have a great interest in construction management, so I applied for SPCE’s TVET programme. As we don’t have a construction specialization in Ishkahsim region of Afghanistan, it was very useful for me to acquire practical technical skills, which I can use daily as a construction manager,” said 23-year-old Hasibi Rahmon.
In 2007, UCA first began exploring ways to provide learning opportunities to communities across the border in Afghanistan.  Since 2009, the CVEB programme has enabled SPCE to expand its programme offerings to Afghan learners and increase access to education in the border districts.  As part of this programme, a total of 90 students from Badakhshan province, Afghanistan were awarded scholarships to study English, IT, Bookkeeping/Cashier, and vocational education at SPCE Khorog. Courses were delivered in Dari language and original curriculum and learning materials in Dari were developed. The CVEB programme also supported the establishment of an SPCE project office in Faizabad, Afghanistan.
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