UCA Update on COVID-19: Message from the Rector
Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,
The University of Central Asia (UCA) has been monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and the response of communities world-wide to this Global Pandemic. We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe, and as a valued member of the UCA community, we would like to inform you of measures taken across all University premises.
Our paramount goal is to protect the health and wellbeing of the entire UCA community, while continuing to ensure the delivery of our programmes to the best degree possible.
In compliance with the directives from the Governments of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, all schools and universities in these two countries are closed since March 16th for three weeks. Anticipating that this emergency is likely to last more than three weeks, classes at UCA’s Naryn campus have been temporarily suspended, and students have returned home. They are expected to resume classes on June 1st and continue the current semester. The 2020-2021 Academic Year is expected to start on schedule in early September. At this time the Government of Tajikistan has not issued any directives for closing schools or universities, and we are monitoring the situation closely and will keep you posted of any date changes.
On all our campuses, as a preventive measure, entry of guests and visitors have been restricted, and many employees are working remotely from home. We are also exploring distance learning for our students in case the Covid-19 emergency lasts longer than currently anticipated. So far there has been no interruption of work by employees, and technology is being used to its fullest potential to maintain productivity. We recognize that essential staff are still required to ensure that the University continues to operate and fulfill its core mission, and all locations are provided with health screening equipment, sanitizers, masks, and educational posters to inform and protect them from Covid-19.
All University-sponsored events, seminars, and conferences have been cancelled, and international travel suspended unless deemed critical to the operations of the University. Anyone returning from international travel is required to self-isolate for at least 14 days, regardless of whether symptoms are evident.
On behalf of the entire UCA community, I would like to express our deep appreciation for your continued cooperation, patience, and support, as we manage the extraordinary challenges of Covid-19. The measures we have taken will remain in effect until further notice, and we will keep you updated over the coming weeks.
Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi