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International Office

The International Office provides leadership in the pursuit of academic excellence through international cooperation and strategic partnerships. It coordinates and facilitates all relevant cooperation and strategic opportunities in line with UCA's mission of developing mountain societies.

"What we are doing here will be a valuable example of international cooperation for the future not only here in the region, but also for people far beyond the region."

His Highness the Aga Khan, UCA Naryn Campus Inauguration Ceremony, Naryn, Kyrgyzstan, October 19, 2016

UCA Cambridge MOU Signing (3)

At the signing of the Partnership Agreement (L to R): Mr. Naguib Kheraj (UCA Trustee), Princess Zahra Aga Khan (UCA Trustee), Prof. Stephen Toope (Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge), Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha (Chairman, Board of Trustees, UCA), and Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi (Rector, UCA).

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Prof. S. Sohail H. Naqvi (left), Rector of UCA, and Dan Fredrick, Director of International Projects and Manager of the Sponsored Student Programme at the University of Alberta, sign an agreement in 2019.


Dr. Ivan Prostakov (left), Vice Rector of the National Research University's Higher School of Economics, and Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Chairman of UCA's Board of Trustees sign an academic partnership in 2017.


President Santa J. Ono of the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Chairman of UCA's Board of Trustees, sign an MOU in 2017.

University Of Toronto MOU 2016

Professor Meric S Gertler (right), President of the University of Toronto and Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Chairman of UCA's Board of Trustees, sign an MOU of cooperation in 2016.

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Dr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha (left), Chairman of UCA's Board of Trustees, and Mr. David Agnew, President of Seneca College sign an agreement of cooperation in 2015.

The work of the International Office falls under four broad areas of operation:

  • Strategy and Consultation
    Facilitating academic and strategic partnerships across the university in teaching, research and learning
  • Institutional Strengthening
    Working with UCA's School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Development, School of Professional and Continuing Education, as well as University departments to identify, strengthen and support implementation of opportunities and collaborations
  • Maintain Global Relevance
    Participating in events to promote social and economic development in Central Asia, encouraging cross-cultural understanding, fostering flow of ideas in university education as well as adopting best practice in line with international quality standards across the university
  • Graduate, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studies
    Providing leadership in academic development through the Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP)