University of Central Asia

Mailing address: 
138 Toktogul str., Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Name: 
Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Title/Position: 
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Email:
Focal point 1 - Name: 
Dr. Diana Pauna
Focal point 1 - Title: 
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
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Focal point 2 - Name: 
Dr. Salim Sumar
Focal point 2 - Title: 
Director, Academic Development & International Partnerships
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Focal point 3 - Name: 
Nurzhan Akimova
Focal point 3 - Title: 
Manager, International Office
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Please provide a brief description of your academic structure: 
The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are Patrons of the University and His Highness is the Chancellor. UCA brings with it the broader commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network.
Please describe briefly any activities your institution is already carrying out, which are relevant to UNAI and its principles: 
- Education Improvement Programme Boosts Quality of Education in Central Asia The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Education Improvement Programme (EIP) conducted face-to-face professional development workshops for 171 teachers of English, math, chemistry and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Naryn (Kyrgyzstan), and Taldykorgan (Kazakhstan) in January. - Early Childhood Education on the Rise in Khorog Favziya Shonazmieva, from Tajikistan, enrolled in a business planning course at UCA's School of Professional and Continuing Education in Khorog, providing her with the necessary skills to open an Early Childhood Development centre in her hometown. - Branding Naryn to Promote Socio-Economic Development Communications and Media students of UCA’s Class of 2021 are exploring how to brand Naryn to promote socio-economic opportunities in the mountainous regions, and enhance the quality of life in Naryn Oblast by providing better jobs and living conditions in the region. Students presented branding proposals to a panel of UCA faculty and staff, and some will also be formally presented to the Naryn government authorities for consideration. UCA’s Contribution to Open Government Partnership Recognised - The University of Central Asia was recognised by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic on December 20th 2019 for its significant contribution to the implementation of the Open Government Partnership in the Kyrgyzstan, specifically related to the disclosure of mining industry data. - UCA Releases New Study Guide for Naryn Schools A new study guide for Grade 5-11 secondary school students on “Soil Study and Evaluation through Experiments” was formally released on December 17th for teachers and education departments in Naryn. The manual was developed by UCA’s Mountain Societies Research Institute in Kyrgyz and Russian languages, and is approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic. - Students Host Model UN Conference in Khorog The University of Central Asia's Model United Nations (MUN) conference brought together 120 participants from four regions of Tajikistan, as well as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Organised by UCA students at the Khorog campus from October 21-23, it aimed at educating young people in the arts of debate, negotiation, and public speaking by providing a forum in which they can hone their skills.