The University of Central Asia (UCA) has opened campuses at high altitude sites in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic (2016) and Khorog, Tajikistan (2017), and the Tekeli campus in Kazakhstan is currently in the planning phase.
UCA Naryn campus
The inaugural campus of the University opened in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic in September 2016. It is the first phase of a larger vision for the 252-hectare site, gifted by the Kyrgyz Government. Classes commenced for the inaugural class of 71 undergraduates at the Naryn Campus on 5 September 2016. Phase I includes a 13,927m² space for 150 students featuring state of the art classrooms, library and laboratories; secure, modular student dormitories and faculty and staff residences. Its international standard athletic facilities, including two tennis courts and a football pitch are open to the public and UCA’s sports dome offers indoor athletics year-round. When the final phase is complete, the campus will accommodate 1,200 students and span 125,000m².
UCA Khorog campus
UCA’s campus site in Khorog, Tajikistan is located 2,100 metres above sea level on land. It opened in 2017. UCA's School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) operates a Town Campus in Khorog. Phase I of the UCA Khorog campus includes a three-storey, 15,000 m² facility featuring an academic building, library, laboratory, classrooms, a computer lab, student common spaces, the dining hall, administrative offices, faculty residences and more. The Academic Block will house a library, classrooms, a computer lab, student common spaces, dining hall, administrative offices and faculty reception, offices and residences. Each UCA campus features secure, modular dormitories and athletic facilities open to the public, including football pitches and tennis courts.
In 2015, UCA formally secured a loan to advance construction. Alongside a US$64.4 million commitment from the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), including US$7.5 million from the Aga Khan Foundation, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States Government’s development finance institution has extended US$30 million to complete Phase I construction of its Khorog campus.
UCA Tekeli campus
UCA’s campus in Tekeli, Kazakhstan is located in the Almaty region, 40 km from the regional capital Taldykorgan. To prepare the campus site for construction, UCA has undertaken extensive grading works. About 1.6 km of retaining and decorative walling have been constructed to date. Detailed design works are complete for Phase I of the Tekeli campus. Works will be tendered to local and regional contractors for pre-construction works. UCA then expects to proceed with detailed campus design and some site preparation works.