Education for the local, as well as the national and global

Starting off the new year with a hopeful story - and I will do what I can to make this year one where hope is rekindled - comes news from the University of Central Asia's (UCA) brand new campus in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan. Regular readers will know I've been following this project for 15 years now, since working for the …

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A new phase for Central Asian higher education begins

After many years in the pipeline (just do a quick search on my blog if you want to check the archives!), the University of Central Asia (UCA) has today welcomed its very first undergraduate students. True, they are a select few: just 71 students selected from the three UCA countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan …

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Higher education in the high mountains of Central Asia

Regular blog readers will know that I am passionate about higher education and about Central Asia. You may also know that I have been following the trajectory of some of the region's newest institutions with great interest, in order to better understand the motivations behind the creation of these universities and to observe what these institutions mean for the people …

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The power of education: A journey from the mountains of Khorog, Tajikistan, to a world stage

Muslima Niyozmamadova, a high school student from Tajikistan studying at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, is a powerful and uplifting example of how one person's journey in life can drive them to seek change and how education can provide the tools to make that change. Niyozmamadova has made two big moves already in her short years, firstly …

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University of Central Asia ready for students – at last!

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 …

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