SPCE Khorog holds its 7th Graduation Ceremony

Date: 13 August 2012
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SPCE Khorog holds its 7th Graduation Ceremony 

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) in Khorog graduated 215 learners at its seventh graduation ceremony on 14 July 2012. 
The ceremony was attended by representatives of Tajikistan’s Central and Regional Governments, Embassies of Afghanistan and Unites States, senior representatives of GIZ and USAID, local leadership and friends of the graduates.

Graduates of 7th SPCE Khorog Graduation in 2012.

 More than 200 SPCE learners were awarded certificates in Accounting, Cashier/Bookkeeping, English for Business Level 2 and 3A, Conversational English, English for Academic Purposes, Training for Guides. Records of Achievement were also awarded in Project Appraisal, Conversational Russian, Conversational German, Conversational French and Dari Advanced Level courses. 6 secondary students were awarded Letters of Appreciation for participating in SPCE Olympiad and the Mathematics and English in the Villages’ programmes.

This year SPCE again recognized learners from Afghanistan who studied at SPCE Khorog under the “Cross Border Vocational Education in Badakhshan” (CVEB) Phase II programme, a joint initiative of UCA and the United States Agency for International Development.   Twenty-two Afghan graduates received certificates for completing basic-level courses in IT, Conversational English, and Cashier/Bookkeeping.   As part of the CVEB II programme, 60 students from Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan were awarded scholarships to study at SPCE Khorog. Courses were delivered in the Dari language, including the original curriculum and learning materials in Dari. The advanced level training programmes students of CVEB II are expected to graduate in the late December 2012, when SPCE will conduct its winter Graduation.

Afghan student is receiving award from UCA Director General Dr Krawchenko

In his keynote address  on labour market development in Tajikistan, Mr Subhon Ashurov, Former Deputy of Minister of Labour, highlighted UCA’s work and contribution to regional skill development. 

“…in the situation of excessiveness of labour forces, education and continuing professional training for adults has become one of the main factors of decreasing tension of labor market, providing productive jobs and decreasing the level of poverty. The best example of providing quality professional education in Tajikistan, its compatibility with international standards is demonstrated in the activities of UCA’s SPCE in Khorog.”

Mr Subhon Ashurov, Keynote Speaker at SPCE’s 7th Graduation

Echoing Mr Ashurov’s sentiments, His Excellency Mr. Mahmadamin Mahamadaminov, Minister of Labour Sand Social Protection of Tajikistan, remarked that “the school is playing an important role in supplying the Tajik market with a skilled and qualified labour force.”  Earlier this year, UCA signed a tripartite Agreement with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection and GIZ to enhance further cooperation in the sphere of Vocational and Professional Education.

His Excellence Mahmadamin Mahmadimnov,
Minister of Labour and Social protection of Tajikistan

The First Deputy Governor of Gorno-Badakhshan of Tajikistan Mr Ismoil Orifshoev also thanked SPCE on behalf of local government for their commitment to continuing education.  “The local government of Gorno-Badakhshan is satisfied with SPCE’s work and expresses its gratitude to the organizers, heads, teachers and supporters of this place of knowledge and learning.””

The day concluded with SPCE Khorog’s annual cultural performance.  In addition to performances by SPCE Khorog learners, this year’s performance featured selected musicians from the “Roof of the World Festival 2012,” a traditional music festival aimed at preserving the music, arts, cultural traditions of Badakhshan and the wider Central Asian region.  Musicians and dancers from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,  Afghanistan, Germany, the United States and other local folklore groups performed national dances and songs for guests.

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