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University of Central Asia signs MoU with Naryn State University to Promote Sustainable Development of Naryn

University of Central Asia
8 December 2023

The University of Central Asia (UCA) and the Naryn State University (NSU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration in various areas related to the improvement of the quality of life of the people of Naryn and its surrounding areas. The Memorandum was signed by Professor Christopher Gerry, Acting Rector and Dean of the Graduate School of Development, UCA, and Dr Ermek Baibagyshov, Rector of NSU.

The Memorandum builds on the longstanding partnership between the two universities under UCA’s Mountains Universities Partnership (MUP) initiative, where UCA has supported a range of efforts including the establishment of a digital library as well as milk and meat processing laboratories at NSU.

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Professor Christopher Gerry (left) with Dr Ermek Baibagyshov celebrating the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between UCA and NSU.

The MoU will formalise and expand the collaboration between UCA and NSU, including with the support of the Naryn Urban Resilience Programme (NURP), a five-year project supported by the Swiss Fund (SECO) to help transform Naryn into a resilient urban settlement, equipped to prosper economically, socially, and culturally.

Specific initiatives outlined in the MoU include professional development opportunities for NSU faculty through UCA’s Certificate Programme on Urban Resilience, establishing collaborative research centres, developing entrepreneurship skills through curriculum developments, and enhancing facilities at NSU, including digital infrastructure. The two universities will also jointly promote knowledge and learning techniques related to urban resilience among UCA and NSU students and faculty members.

This partnership between UCA and NSU signifies a shared commitment to transforming Naryn into a vibrant, sustainable, and resilient university town.

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