University of Central Asia Inaugurates Football and Tennis Facilities of International Standards

Date: 31 August 2012
Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, 31 August 2012 – The University of Central Asia (UCA) inaugurated international standard football and tennis facilities at its Naryn Campus as part of the Kyrgyz Republic's Independence Day celebrations today.
Kanatbek Muratbekov, Authorised Naryn Representative of the Government; Baatyrbek Jeenaliev, Naryn Mayor; Mrs Nurjehan Mawani, AKDN Diplomatic Representative; Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, UCA Director General; town officials; and townspeople, were present to witness the facility’s inaugural soccer tournament between teams from the Governor's and Mayor's Office and UCA and Tosh Bulak village.
"This is yet another important stepping stone in the history of this University. Besides offering an international quality standard of education, our underlying mission is to provide opportunities for the community to engage with the University and have access to our facilities. Today's soccer tournament is a testament of our partnership with both local government and the townspeople," said Dr Krawchenko, UCA Director General.
The football pitch conforms with world football governing body Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) standards and the tennis courts are also of international standards with artificial surface.  These facilities were built by residents of Naryn City and Tosh Bulak village, and will be an opportunity to cultivate Central Asian talent.
Also as part of the Naryn Independence Day celebrations, UCA hosted a music concert featuring the Aga Khan Music Initiative's Ustat Shakirt ensemble who were joined by Naryn performers, Askat Musabekov and Zalena Kasymova.. 
The 45-min programme was part of the official state celebrations with the University's School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), Naryn; and Aga Khan Foundation’s Mountain Societies Development Support Programme,  participating in a parade with other local and international organizations. 
"In May 2011, SPCE opened its state of the art town campus facilities offering continuing education to the Naryn population. This is another opportunity for UCA to offer international standard sports facilities for the community," said Anara Duisheeva, Acting Head of Campus, SPCE Naryn.
The University of Central Asia (UCA) – a secular and private university- was founded by the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan following the joint signing of an International Treaty and Charter. The treaty has been ratified by the respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. UCA brings with it the commitment and partnership of the broader Aga Khan Development Network. 
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