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  • The agreement between the University of Central Asia (UCA) and Russia’s National Research University in Moscow will lead to the development of a curriculum for UCA’s undergraduate programme in economics. The UCA campus in Khorog, which will open in September 2017, is pictured above. UCA
University of Central Asia and Higher School of Economics sign Partnership Agreement in Moscow

Moscow, Russia, 17 February 2017 - The University of Central Asia (UCA) and the National Research University’s Higher School of Economics (HSE) signed an agreement on 14 February 2017 in Moscow, Russia. HSE will develop curriculum for UCA’s undergraduate programme in Economics and contribute towards faculty development. UCA has the field experience and data on economic challenges in Central Asia, and HSE will provide the analytical expertise, including exchange of faculty and students, and collaborate on joint research. 

At the signing, Dr Ivan Prostakov, Vice Rector of the National Research University, said the partnership would enable collaboration on some of the more challenging economic issues of Central Asia and its mountain societies. Citing UCA’s presence in the region, and HSE’s disciplinary expertise, he indicated that the two universities are well equipped to co-develop curriculum and relevant research.

UCA is delighted to enter into its first formal partnership with an institution in the Russian Federation,” said Dr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of UCA. “The support from the Higher School of Economics for our undergraduate curriculum in Economics is particularly relevant because of its recognised standing in the field and understanding of the context of Central Asia.

The partnership also includes developing Russian language writing courses for delivery at UCA’s campuses in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. While UCA’s curriculum is in English, Russian courses will be offered to enhance students’ academic and professional writing skills, ensuring professional proficiency upon graduation.

With HSE’s support, UCA will be able to address some of the more intractable socio-economic issue in the region. This partnership will also provide important opportunities for faculty and student development,” said Dr Diana Pauna, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at UCA.

About the Partner Universities

National Research University Higher School of Economics 

Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top universities, the National Research University’s Higher School of Economics (HSE) is a leader in Russian education and one of the preeminent economics and social sciences universities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Having rapidly grown into a well-renowned research university over two decades, HSE sets itself apart with its international presence and cooperation. Faculty, researchers, and students represent over 50 countries, and are dedicated to maintaining the highest academic standards.

A dynamic university with four campuses, HSE is a leader in combining Russian education traditions with the best international teaching and research practices. It offers outstanding educational programmes from secondary school to doctoral studies, with top departments and research centres in a number of international fields.

University of Central Asia (UCA)

UCA was founded in the year 2000. The Presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan signed an International Treaty and Charter to establish this secular, private, not-for-profit University. The treaty was ratified by the respective parliaments and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents of the three host countries are Patrons of UCA, and His Highness the Aga Khan is the Chancellor. UCA’s School of Arts and Sciences began classes in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, in September 2016, and the campus in Khorog, Tajikistan, is expected to open in September 2017. UCA was established to offer an internationally recognised standard of higher education in Central Asia and prepare graduates to contribute leadership, ideas, and innovation to the economies and communities of the region.

UCA’s mission is to foster the socio-economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, while helping the peoples of the region preserve and draw upon their rich cultural heritages as assets for the future. UCA brings with it the commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network.