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Message from the Governor of Naryn Oblast, Mr Sabyrkul Ashimbaev at UCA Graduation 2022

Dear guests of the Graduation Ceremony of the University of Central Asia,

Dear Graduates and Faculty members,

I sincerely congratulate you all on the Graduation Ceremony of the University of Central Asia (UCA).

Greetings to the honorable participants of the Ceremony:

the Chancellor of the University, His Highness the Aga Khan,

the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of UCA, Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha,

Member of the Board of Trustees of UCA, and

Her Excellency Princess Zahra,

the Rector of UCA, Prof Dr Sohail S Naqvi,

the Dean of the School of Arts and Science, Dr Maxim Khomyakov,

From the people of Naryn oblast and myself, to the Minister of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic, Almazbek Beishenalievich.

I would like to emphasize that the building of the University of Central Asia, which is an international centre of education and culture in Naryn, has created attractive opportunities for social, economic, strategic, and infrastructural development in the region.

We once again thank His Highness the Aga Khan for choosing Naryn to build such a world-class Central Asian university.

The opening of the School, firstly, will create favorable conditions for young people in our region to receive quality education in accordance with international standards; and secondly, it will open up opportunities to improve the economic situation in the region.

The University of Central Asia, as a partner, has already implemented a number of investment projects aimed at developing the city of Naryn and Naryn oblast.

These include the development of the Naryn Master Plan with the financial support of the Aga Khan Development Network; launching of the Smart City project; creation of videos related to tourism development; and attraction of financial resources through the Government of Switzerland towards a resilient and sustainable development of the Naryn region, are noteworthy achievements. In addition, a number of social infrastructure projects have also been implemented and contributed towards the development of Naryn city.

We are pleased that UCA’s Naryn Campus is seeing off its second batch of graduates. Of the total 171 students studying at UCA, 72 students are from Kyrgyzstan, of which 21 students are from the Naryn region. Out of 33 graduates this year, 11 are Kyrgyz students.

I am confident that our graduating students have received an excellent education at a world class level.

I wish the graduates good health, long life, and a bright future! I sincerely hope that each of our graduates will be able to use the acquired knowledge in their lives, and become good specialists and fine human beings.

I am confident that our graduates will contribute to the development of Central Asia, including Kyrgyzstan. It is my hope that our partnership with the University of Central Asia will continue to gain strength, and in the future, we implement many more projects to make Naryn a real centre of knowledge and culture.