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Town and gown dispute update: Statement from University of Central Asia 

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Shortly after my post on the rising tension in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan following an alleged town and gown dispute after a sports match, the University of Central Asia has now issued a detailed version of the incident on its Facebook page. The English version is copied below in full: UCA LOOKS TO BUILD BRIDGES FOLLOWING BASKETBALL […]

Town and gown clash at the University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan

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Reports are coming in of a clash between university students at the new campus of the University of Central Asia (UCA) in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan, and local inhabitants. Tempers flared between town and gown in which some of the university’s students from neighbouring Tajikistan allegedly “beat up locals during the basketball match” (source: Akipress). This led […]

The Economist on the University of Central Asia 

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Highly regarded British politics and economics magazine The Economist is a reliable source of news and tongue-in-cheek humorous bylines about what’s happening in the world. I was delighted to see a short article on the Badakhshan region of Tajikistan in this week’s edition, complete with silly/witty byline “Aga saga”. This refers to the Aga Khan, […]

University of Central Asia ready for students – at last!

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After over 15 years in the making, I’m delighted to learn that the University of Central Asia (UCA) is finally ready to admit it first degree-level students for undergraduate courses at the Naryn campus in the Kyrgyz Republic this September. UCA’s recent news release further hints that the Khorog campus in Tajikistan will be operational […]

University of Central Asia – progress on Kyrgyz campus

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There’s been a lot of activity in the Kyrgyz press this week following Prime Minister Temir Sariev’s visit to the Naryn campus of the University of Central Asia, which is at long last due to start accepting students for a first cohort in 2016/17. Here’s the University’s press release on the visit, (c) UCA: Prime Minister […]