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UCA Joins Naryn in Celebrating 155 years

School of Arts & Sciences
29 November 2023

The University of Central Asia was an active participant in the joyous celebration of Naryn's 155th anniversary, organised by the government of Naryn. The celebration was attended by the senior management of the University, including Muzzaffar Jorubov, Chief Operating Officer and Dr Maxim Khomyakov, Dean of UCA's School of Arts and Sciences. UCA's staff, faculty and students also participated in large numbers.
Dr Barkat Fazal, Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Kyrgyzstan, addressed the official celebration ceremony held at the Naryn Drama Theater. In his address, Dr Fazal highlighted the contributions of AKDN to the economic, cultural and social development of Kyrgyzstan, particularly Naryn.

“Following an extensive search, and having considered several possible locations, Naryn, with its beautiful landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and, most importantly, its hospitable townsfolk, was chosen as the site for the campus of the University of Central Asia…Today, AKDN is one of the largest development partners, one of the largest employers, and one of the largest taxpayers in the town.”

UCA students added a vibrant touch to the festivities with mesmerizing dances representing the founding states of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. The University also built a traditional yurt in the city square offering delicious treats to the residents of Naryn.

Contributing further to the celebratory week, 192 UCA students, faculty, and staff came together for “Subbotnik” (a cleaning-up activity), to celebrate Naryn's 155th anniversary. The UCA team cleaned a stretch of 7 km, collecting nearly 500 trash bags.

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UCA students performing Kyrgyz cultural dance at the city square during Naryn's 155th Anniversary celebrations.

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