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  • Students and parents attend an SPCE Open Doors Day in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.
  • The School of Professional and Continuing Education in Tekeli, Kazakhstan (UCA).
  • The School of Professional and Continuing Education in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic (UCA).
  • SPCE's Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) students undergoing training in Khorog, Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Mikhail Romanyuk
  • The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) in Khorog, Tajikistan.
Professional and continuing education

UCA is helping expand academic and economic opportunities for Central Asian youth and professionals.

School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE)

The School of Professional and Continuing Education (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. SPCE’s programmes are offered across twelve learning centres in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan including six satellite learning centres in Afghanistan. SPCE offers 450 modules in seven learning areas, delivered as programmes for targeted constituents.

Since 2006, SPCE has trained more than 103,000 learners in the professional and vocational skills identified as in greatest demand, including English, accounting, Information Technology and entrepreneurship. More than half of these learners are women, and three-quarters under the age of 25. The School is also a leading provider of educational literature, having published over 300 textbooks in support of its programmes

All SPCE certificate programmes are internationally benchmarked with academic quality and integrity assured through a system of external examiners. SPCE frequently partners with government at the local, district, oblast and national government bodies to provide training to civil servants.

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Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP)

UCA's Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) fosters the development of critical thinking and academic writing skills within a multidisciplinary humanities framework.

Established in1997 by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, AKHP was inherited by UCA in 2007 and has become an important node for the University, developing and delivering resources, training and courses through its innovative curriculum, faculty development and Humanities in English programmes. AKHP is also contributing to the University School of Arts and Sciences' undergraduate core curriculum. AKHP has reached more than 140,000 students in the region at state universities by training more than 1,515 university instructors in curriculum that encourages critical thinking, analytical writing and student-centred teaching methods. AKHP is affiliated with 83 universities and colleges in Central Asia.

Through a growing network of partner universities in the region, AKHP is transforming the study of the humanities in Central Asia. This regional Project is located at UCA Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and has partnerships and programmes in all three of UCA's Founding States.

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