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The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) in Khorog, Tajikistan. The University of Central Asia operates continuing education courses at each of its three campuses, in Khorog, Tajikistan; Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic; and Tekeli, Kazakhstan.
Photo: AKF/Jean-Luc Ray
The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) at the University of Central Asia is the region’s first provider of formal, university-based, non-degree educational programmes, offering vocational, professional development and personal improvement opportunities to youth and adults. Its mission is to foster economic, social and cultural development.

SPCE emphasises tertiary short-cycle education (TSCE), which is well developed in advanced economies but still new to Central Asia. Instead of a university degree, TSCE gives students intense training, usually in one year or less, which leads to a widely accepted qualification to perform industry-specific tasks.

“The most important thing a student can learn is the ability to keep on learning. What these developments mean is human resources have become more important than natural resources in determining the wealth of a society.”
His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Stone-Laying Ceremony of The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad, India, 22 September 2006
SPCE has programmes in areas relevant to the economic development of the region: Enterprise Development and Management, Information Technology and New Media, Applied Languages, Public and Social Sector Management, Vocational Education and Training, Post-Graduate Preparatory Programmes, Professional Development, and Personal Development and Improvement.

Professional development courses that are offered include accounting, language for specific purposes, computers and information technology, small business management, and tourism planning and development. Vocational courses include carpentry, construction, painting and plastering.

University of Central Asia

AKDN brochure (2008)
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