UCA Celebrates Summer Camp Graduates

The University of Central Asia (UCA) Summer Camp ended today, with a closing ceremony at the Sinegorie Pansionat resort, on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan.
The closing ceremony was attended by Mrs Rita Borbukeeva, Deputy Governor of Issyk-Kul Oblast, Mrs Kadisha Dairova, Vice President of Student Affairs, International Cooperation and Government Relations at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, Mr David Agnew, President of Seneca College Canada and Mr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Diplomatic Representative of Aga Khan Development Network for the Kyrgyz Republic and Executive Chairman of the UCA Board Executive Committee.
“You have all been excellent students eager to improve your English and math. Some of you have dramatically progressed to express yourself through poetry. Well done,” said Mrs Borbukeeva.
Summer Camp graduates receive certificates of participation from Mr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman of the UCA Board Executive Committee.
The 76 Grade 10 students from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan who attended the Camp represent a talented cohort of Central Asian students, selected through a competitive regional admissions process that had as many as 850 applicants. At the closing ceremony, each student received a certificate of participation. The closing ceremony was led by the camp participants which included performances such as a traditional Tajik dance, Kyrgyz komuz recitation and a short play.
“The successful completion of the inaugural UCA Summer Camp marks a significant milestone as UCA is progressing towards our first campus opening in Naryn next year. Congratulations to all students on your hard work; you have taken a great step in your journey towards higher education. I commend our international and Central Asian Summer Camp team for skillfully teaching and guiding our students and getting them to this point,” said Kassim-Lakha.
“The role of a university is not just to provide an education. It is more. It helps you with career preparation. You have all surpassed cultural and political differences to come together for this camp.” said Mrs Kadisha Dairova. “I am pleased to be part of the University of Central Asia undergraduate programme advisory group and hope we will develop the best programme for you.”
UCA Summer Camp participants and staff celebrate the successful conclusion of the UCA Summer Camp. Participants came from the three UCA host countries, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and represent the beginning of UCA’s regional academic community.
The three week Summer Camp, which began on 17 June 2015, provided a unique academic enrichment experience for participants to improve their English and math skills, receive critical support to enter local or international universities and engage in other activities, including sports, drama, debating, science and field trips, which provided opportunities to practice English-language skills, learn and share experiences. 
Following the Camp, UCA will link applicants to UCA with mentors from different countries via Skype.  These mentors will provide students  further support on how to prepare for, and secure, a world-class education. 
“This has been the best 21 days of my life. At the start of the Camp, I spoke English poorly. Now I speak well and my math has also improved. My counsellors were really funny and I will miss them. I enjoyed the evening programmes, the lessons and the food. We ate different delicious Central Asian dishes. I really want to study at the University of Central Asia in Naryn!” said Aselya Toktorova, who is from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

“I really liked the UCA Summer Camp! My favourite part was the lessons. This was a good opportunity and I have never studied so hard. I woke up early, eager to learn and I liked all the teachers and counsellors. We always spoke English and I have improved so much; I now sometimes find myself thinking in English! This was my first time in Kyrgyzstan and everyone was very friendly and supportive of each other. We are all very similar!” said Munira Tursuneva who is from Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

“I enjoyed the UCA Summer Camp because I could speak with native English speakers and I made many new friends, who I hope to stay in touch with. I was glad to be here and am sad to leave. It was interesting because I was used to learning math in Russian and now I have learnt it in English. I have improved in both English and math. This was my first time abroad and my first experience meeting people from other countries, which is very cool.” said Dias Aimyshev who is from Astana, Kazakhstan.


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