UCA's first campus opened in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic in 2016, second campus in Khorog, Tajikistan opened in 2017 and will be followed by Tekeli, Kazakhstan (2021). Undergraduate students interested in majoring in Earth and Environmental Sciences or Economics will enroll in the campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic.
Founded in 2000, the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular, private, not for profit University, which was ratified by the respective parliaments and registered with the United Nations.
Operational since 2006, UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) is Central Asia’s first provider of formal, university-based, non-degree educational programmes and offers vocational, professional development and personal improvement opportunities to youth and adults, all with the goal of fostering economic development. Located in the centre of Khorog, the administrative capital of Tajikistan’s GBAO region, SPCE offers internationally benchmarked programmes such as English for Business, Accounting, Information Technology, Mountain Tour Operator, and an apprenticeship-based programme in the construction trades. In 2008, the School opened a Learning Centre in Dushanbe and a second satellite learning centre in Dushanbe in 2015.
SPCE is a leading provider of post-secondary, short-cycle education in Central Asia, giving young people and adults professional and vocational qualifications that improve employment and income generating opportunities.
The Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) promotes pluralism in ideas, cultures, and people by supporting the development and implementation of innovative humanities curricula based on the cultural traditions of Central Asia. AKHP initiates and supports curriculum and pedagogical development in universities, community outreach projects and institutional development through long-term partnerships. It has worked with universities in Kazakhstan as well as Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
AKHP programmes and debate clubs are conducted in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The Project also hosts Public Lecture Series in Dushanbe and Khorog in collaboration with various partners. For more information on upcoming lectures, click here.