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Dr Pulat Shozimov currently serves as both Acting Head and Faculty Development Programme Manager of UCA’s Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP). As Acting Head, Dr. Shozimov oversees AKHP activities, including curriculum development, Humanities in English classes, faculty development activities, and AKHP’s Resource Centre and public lecture series.  
As Faculty Development Programme Manager, Dr. Shozimov oversees a rigorous training programme in interactive curricula and pedagogy among a network of institutions of higher learning in Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan.  
A leading Central Asian academic, Dr. Shozimov formerly served as Curriculum Development Project Officer at AKHP. He headed the Department of Western Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Political Studies and Law of the Tajikistan Academy of Sciences, and has conducted research on culture and the formation of national identity in Central Asia.  
Dr. Shozimov graduated with distinction from the Pushkin Institute of Russian Language and Literature, Dushanbe; received his PhD from the Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences, Almaty; and his Doctor of Philosophical Sciences from the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan, Dushanbe. He is author of the Tajik Identity and State Building in Tajikistan, editor and author of several chapters of Fergana Valley: The Heart of Central Asia (ME Sharpe, 2011), and has published over 70 articles.