Inauguration of Khorog campus furthers University of Central Asia’s work in mountain communities — The Ismaili | Watch Video of the Event

The University of Central Asia’s Khorog campus in Tajikistan was officially inaugurated on 14 September 2018, joining the world-class centre for knowledge and learning, which connects isolated rural communities with the global community. The Khorog campus is the second to become operational after UCA’s Naryn campus was inaugurated in Kyrgyzstan in 2016. In his address…

Princess Zahra Aga Khan and Trustees Visit University of Central Asia (UCA)

The Board of Trustees of the University of Central Asia (UCA) visited Naryn and Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan on April 13th and 14th 2018. This was their first official visit to UCA since their appointment to the Board in November 2017. The Trustees bring a wealth of expertise and experience, and include prominent individuals with distinguished…

Videos: BBC News Story – University of Central Asia’s Inaugural Campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic and "Creating Opportunity on the Roof of the World"

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) visited the University of Central Asia’s inaugural campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic in anticipation of the launch of UCA’s undergraduate programme in September 2016. UCA offers an international standard of education rooted in the Central Asian context with the aim of promoting the social and economic development of the region…

Naryn Investment Forum hosted by University of Central Asia

Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, 21 August 2017 – As part of the on-going collaboration between the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to improve the quality of life in Naryn Oblast, the University of Central Asia (UCA) hosted the International Investment Forum “Naryn – A Transnational Economic Hub on the…

University of Toronto and the University of Central Asia sign an academic partnership agreement on education and research collaboration

The University of Toronto (UofT) and the University of Central Asia (UCA) signed a memorandum of understanding to build linkages through curriculum and faculty development, faculty and student mobility and joint research collaborations. The first initiative under this agreement foresees UofT’s Computer Science Department develop UCA’s undergraduate Computer Science curriculum to be delivered at its…

University of Central Asia opens its first campus as part of broad commitment to fostering social and economic development

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov and His Highness the Aga Khan inaugurate the Naryn campus; ceremony is held under the patronage of President Almazbek Atambayev. Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, 19 October 2016 –  The University of Central Asia (UCA), created to be a catalyst for social and economic development in the region’s mountain societies, today officially…

Watch videos on University of Central Asia: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic’s Campus Aerial View and Shams Kassim-Lakha Explaining in London on this World First Mountain University

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) first undergraduate campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic is on schedule to open in September 2016. UCA’s centralised, phased strategy harnesses the talent of award-winning designers, a multi-national construction management team and specialised regional and local contractors. Phase I in Naryn includes an academic building, housing classrooms, laboratories, the library…

BBC News: University of Central Asia Inaugural Campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic| Watch video by BBC

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) visited UCA’s inaugural campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic in anticipation of its undergraduate launch in September 2016. Journalist Gulnara Kasmambetova, BBC Senior Producer, Kyrgyz Television, Radio and Online also interviewed Shamsh Kassim-Lakha UCA Board Executive Committee Executive Chairman. They spoke to community members, including a local resident employed on the…

University of Central Asia: Creating Opportunity on the Roof of the World — Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, gave a talk in London about the role of the University

On Friday 20th May 2016, ahead of the launch of the first undergraduate campus in the Kyrgyz Republic in September, Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman, UCA Board Executive Committee, gave a talk in London Ismaili Centre  about the role the University is playing in Central Asia’s current and future development. Shamsh spoke about how UCA is responding to some of the region’s pressing challenges by encouraging…

Speaker of Parliament reaffirms his support for Aga Khan Development Network programs in Kyrgyzstan — AKI Press com

Bishkek (AKIpress) –  Speaker of the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan Asylbek Jeenbekov received yesterday Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Diplomatic Representative for Kyrgyzstan and Executive Chairman, the Board Executive Committee of the University of Central Asia (UCA), who briefed him on current and planned AKDN initiatives in the country. “The AKDN’s long-term and…

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha to Lead the Planning and Building of the University of Central Asia

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the University of Central Asia (UCA) announce the appointment of Shamsh Kassim-Lakha as Executive Chairman of the Board Executive Committee of UCA. As Executive Chairman, Kassim-Lakha will lead the planning and building of UCA campuses in Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Executive Chairman of UCA’s…

Generosity Amid Want — by Bina Shah on New York Times com

KARACHI, Pakistan — Given its dependence on foreign aid and its high level of foreign and domestic debt, Pakistan has always been seen abroad as a country with a begging bowl around its neck. In 2008, for example, $3.6 billion in foreign economic assistance flowed in, but about half of it was needed to service…

Former President of Aga Khan University Shams Qasim Lakha appointed Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman — Tribune com Pakistan

File photo of Shams Kasim Lakha. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FIL Former president of Aga Khan University, Shams Qasim Lakha was appointed Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman on Sunday, Express News reported. Lakha has served extensively in the education sector, including the role of caretaker minister for science and technology. Moreover, the PPP had also suggested him as…

Commission set up to select heads of govt enterprises — Dawn com Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, July 17: The government on Wednesday set up a three-member commission, headed by the federal tax ombudsman (FTO), for selection of chief executive officers (CEOs) of state-owned enterprises. According to the Prime Minister Office, the decision to constitute the commission has been made in line with Supreme Court directives to make such appointments only…